Oscar K. Huh Jr. 78, of Baton Rouge, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 from complications of Parkinson's Disease. Oscar was born in Hackensack, N.J. on November 29, 1935 to Gloria Modesta (Mody) and Oscar K. Huh Sr. He grew up in Hasbrouck Heights N.J. where he was very active in the Boy Scouts advancing to the rank of "Eagle Scout". He graduated from Hackensack High School in 1953. Oscar studied Geology at Rutgers University, Class of 1957 where he distinguished himself by originating and serving as Rutgers' first "Scarlet Knight" mascot. He continued his studies at Penn State University where he received a Masters and Doctorate in Geology having studied the Mississippian rocks of east central Idaho. He spent 3 years in the U.S. Navy as a commissioned officer aboard the minesweeper USS Fidelity stationed out of Charleston, S.C. serving in the Mediterranean and then the Caribbean during the Bay of Pigs. He married Wanda P. Kuhn of Hershey, PA. in 1966. After graduation from Penn State in 1968, Oscar joined the Naval Oceanographic Office, Washington D.C. where he participated in the "Man in the Sea" program called "Sealab III" and also worked with the DMSP Satellite program. In 1976 Oscar joined the LSU faculty of the Coastal Studies Institute where he was founder and director of the "Earth Scan Laboratory", the first satellite receiving station of its kind in the U.S. Gulf Coast Region. He was a fellow in "The Explorer's Club" for more than 30 years. Dr. Huh was preceded in death by his daughter Melanie R. Huh Smailus and his parents. He is survived by his wife Wanda, his son-in-law, Thomas O. Smailus, brother John R. "Jack" Huh and numerous other family members. The family wishes to thank his caregiver Louella for her loving care. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Greater Baton Rouge, 9063 Seigen Lane, Suite A, or in memory of Oscar and his daughter Melanie Huh Smailus to the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10504 N. Oak Hills Pkwy., Baton Rouge or Shwachman-Diamond.Org. A memorial service will be held at The First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, Saturday, February 15, at 11:00 am. with visitation starting at 10:00 am. A reception will follow the service. Oscar's adventuresome spirit will live on in the lives of everyone who knew him.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2014