In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friends, collegues and fellow GeoScientists

Warren Basil ErvineJune 04, 1934 - October 12, 2020. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Toronto in Engineering. Warren spent his university summers working as a geologist by foot, canoe, and float plane from coast to coast in Canada, often with the Cree and learning the language. He obtained his Ph.D. in geology at Stanford University, California. Upon graduation he worked as an engineer scientist at NASA for two years in the western United States on the first Earth Observation Satellite. (further information)

Ronald Pickerill, October 30, 1947 - April 5th, 2018. After graduating in Geology from the University of Liverpool, Ron immigrated to Canada to teach in Geology at the University of New Brunswick, a position he held for over 40 years. He was an accomplished researcher with numerous publications, leaving a valuable mark in his field; many of his fossil discoveries are on display at the New Brunswick Museum. (further information)

Nelly (van Huissteden) Koziel, December 12, 1940 - May 26, 2017. Nelly worked for 30 plus years as a an administrative assistant for Natural Resources Canada in the Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic) department at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography where she has formed many lifelong friendships.
Nelly was an active and dedicated member of the Atlantic Geoscience Society (AGS) where she served in the capacity of Treasure for the Society and several of its Committees. She served as a member on the AGS Education Committee and NS EdGEO Workshop Committee. (further information)

Dr. H. Wout van de Poll, December 20, 1932 - February 01, 2017. Wouter graduated with a Bachelor degree in Tropical Agriculture in Deventer in 1956 but decided to pursue his affinity for geology. Four months later, he was working for Sherritt-Gordon Mines Ltd in Northern Manitoba. In1959, he was accepted into 3rd year Geology at UNB and following his graduation, completed a Masters of Geology in 1963. Shortly after completing a PhD at Swansea University (University of Wales) in 1970, he started his teaching career at UNB, eventually becoming the Department Chairman, before he retired in 1996. After retirement, he continued to teach part-time. He also worked with CARIS, a software company, on a volunteer basis, testing their GIS software on a number of geological digital mapping projects. He recently had donated a digital map display to the Quartermain Earth Sciences Centre at UNB. (further information)

Avard Dinsmore Hudgins - 79, of Truro, Nova Scotia passed away peacefully on June 8th, 2016. From 1953-1957, he attended Acadia University where he completed a B.Sc. in geology and received the Bronze Medallion for top marks in the graduating class. It was during this period that “Av” met the love (and rock) of his life, Joan Neatby. The happy couple were married in 1958 before venturing west to the nickel mines of Sudbury. Avard and Joan returned to his alma mater, Acadia U. in 1959 where Avard completed his master thesis in 1960. Over the next 56 years, Avard developed an unrivalled passion for teaching, prospecting, exploring and promoting the varied mineral and geological environments of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. (further information)

Reginald George Moore, March 16, 1932 - February 02. 2014. After graduating in Geology from the University of Western Ontario in 1954, Reg went on to study at the University of Michigan, and later to study Theology at the Atlantic School of Theology and Acadia Divinity College and Episcopal Seminary of the South West in Austin, Texas. In 1960, Reg took up a career as a Geology professor at Acadia University. (further information)

Dr. Franco Silvio Medioli, April 1, 1935 - January 31, 2014. He received his Bachelor from Collegio Maria Luigia and completed his doctoral studies at the Università di Parma. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institut Français du Pétrole in Paris, France and studied English for a year in London, England. (further information)

Dr. Laing Ferguson, April 25, 1935 - December 25, 2013. Laing graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1957 with a BSc Honours geology and in 1960 with a PhD in Palaeoecology. After a two year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Edmonton Alberta and time spent working in the Arctic, Laing accepted an Associate Professor position at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B. in 1962. Laing became the Head of the Geology department from 1973 to 1995. (further information)

Dr. David Hope-Simpson, 1916 - July 10, 2013. He studied Geology at McGill University earning a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in 1941. Upon graduation, he joined the RCAF and trained as a Navigator and flew 35 missions in Europe until the end of the War in 1945. In 1945 he returned to McGill to complete a PhD in Geology. David became a much loved professor of Geology first at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and then at St. Mary's University in Halifax. (further information)

Dr. Bernard Pelletier, 1924 - May 20, 2013. An adventure-filled life: A veteran and a geologist, Bernard Pelletier was also an explorer. He got a PhD from Johns Hopkins University, and worked 50 years for the Geological Survey of Canada. (further information)

John Alexander Robert Stirling, 1949 - December 31,2012. (further information)

Dr. Alan Carson Grant, August 21, 1933 - June 14, 2012. BA (geology), Acadia University; BSc, Dalhousie University; MSc, University of New Brunswick; PhD, Dalhousie University; Doctorate of laws, honouris causa, Dalhousie University. (further information)

Dr. Hans Wielens, March 05, 1948 - August 06, 2010. Hans studied at the universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam, where he earned a Ph.D in Geology. Hans moved to NS in 1999 to work at the BIO, from which he retired in July 2010. As an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University he assisted in the Earth Sciences department. (further information)

Dr. Paul E. Schenk, February 29, 1937 - April 10, 2000. In 1963, Paul earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and joined the Department of Geology at Dalhousie University. (further information)

(Modified by Joe Mac Aprl 20, 2019)