Ken Mooney Death | Obituary | Ken Mooney Dead | Died | Funeral Plans – We heard about the great loss, that Ken Mooney is no more and has reportedly passed away. We are made to known about his death on August 28, 2020.
We mourn with the family of Ken Mooney for this great loss. Please received our heartfelt condolences.
For every start of a journey, there must be an end. His journey has sadly come to an end on earth.
Dr. Kenneth (Ken) A. Mooney passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on August 17, 2020.
Ken Mooney served in the Federal government for nearly 50 years. In 1983, he joined NOAA’s Office of Climate and Atmospheric Research (OCAR), which later became the Office of Global Programs (OGP), the forerunner to the Climate Program Office (CPO). He was hired by our founding Office Director Dr. Mike Hall as the Director of the U.S. Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere (TOGA) Project Office 1, which was housed at NOAA for the 10-year duration of the TOGA Program. He also managed NOAA’s Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Program, the Climate Dynamics and Experimental Prediction Program, and the initiation of the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction. He received the NOAA Administrator Award in the 1990s for excellence in climate science program management.
Ken Mooney went on to become the Physical Science Division director and then OGP’s deputy director and acting director. In recent years, he served as co-manager of CPO’s Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate (AC4) Program, together with Monika Kopacz. Prior to working at NOAA, Ken was an ocean modeler for the U.S. Coast Guard. He received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Masters in Atmospheric Science from the University of Maryland, and a PhD from the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island.
Ken Mooney had a deep love and passion for big science challenges. He especially enjoyed working with scientists to plan and mount large-scale process studies to advance scientific understanding of the ocean, atmosphere, and climate system — the biggest one being TOGA-COARE, with some 1,200 scientists from 20 nations participating. Throughout his long career, Ken continued to lead and support successful field campaigns. As recently as May 2020, Ken was recognized for his leadership with a group NOAA Bronze Medal for outstanding execution of the Fire Influence on Regional and Global Environments Experiment – Air Quality (FIREX-AQ) mission, a collaborative effort with NASA to improve understanding of air quality and climate impacts of fires.
Ken Mooney loved sharing his passion for great ocean and atmospheric science with others. He enjoyed telling his office mates stories of the field campaigns he led at CPO — the more research planes and ships and international partners that were involved the better! Ken was a strong advocate for best practices in applying the scientific method, and a fierce defender of the quality of the research by scientists supported by NOAA climate programs. His work ethic and dedication was unparalleled. One could always count on Ken to get the work done and not shy away from whatever was required to get the job done. Rolling up his sleeves and working hard to advance NOAA science is what motivated Ken every day.
Tributes to Ken Mooney
Friends, Family and loved ones are extremely sad and currently grieving as the news of his decease was made known.
Ken Mooney Cause of Death
Ken Mooney cause of death has never been made public. We will surely update this news as soon as we are able to get more information regarding his death.
Ken Mooney Obituary | Funeral Arrangement | GoFundMe page
The family are yet to make public the obituary and funeral arrangements. We also not aware if any GoFundMe was created by the family or friends of the deceased at the time of this publication.
This post will be updated with more information as they are made available and public.
It is with incredible sadness and heavy hearts that we announce that our friend and colleague has passed away. Celebrate his life, leave a kind word for him. Friends, Family and Loved ones has poured out their grieve and condolence to honor the passing away of the deceased.