Wadsworth Owen, retired physical oceanographer and director of marine sciences at the University of Delaware, died Nov. 26, 2009, at Chase Point in Damariscotta. Formerly of Friendship, Owen was 77 years old.

Owen was born Sept. 4, 1932, in New York, N.Y., but spent most of his childhood on the banks of the St. Johns River in Mandarin, Fla., where he discovered an early passion for both the sea and flying. He graduated from high school in Greenwich, Conn., and joined the Marines, where he attained the rank of sergeant in the PTO during the Korean War.

He graduated with a bachelor of science in physics and mathematics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1961, and received his master’s degree in physical oceanography from Johns Hopkins University in 1969. He worked primarily as a researcher and consultant in oceanography and environmental studies in Connecticut and New Hampshire before becoming director of the Marine Sciences Program at the University of Delaware in Lewes, Del., from 1977 until his retirement in 1996.

He was a noted author and patent-holder in his field and also in the field of aeronautical design. He retired to his parents’ home in Friendship, where he was involved in local flying clubs, and was a docent at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. He possessed a brilliant and inquiring mind.

Mr. Owen is survived by his four daughters, Leslie E. Owen of Pensacola, Fla., Victoria Owen Rand of Omaha, Neb., Samantha Owen of Old Saybrook, Conn., and Joanna Owen of Lowell, Mass.; eight grandchildren; and his very good friend, Marie Hendrickson of Friendship.

Special thanks are due to all of the caring people at Chase Point in Damariscotta.

The memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences to the family may be sent to hallfh@myfairpoint.net.

Arrangements are with Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 949 Main St. in Waldoboro.