A keeper of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs dies

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Ferguson passed away Christmas Day

Dr. Laing Ferguson, one of the biggest supporters of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs receiving UNESCO World Heritage status, has died at age 78.

Dr. Laing Ferguson, one of the biggest supporters of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs receiving UNESCO World Heritage status, has died at age 78.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – One of the biggest supporters of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs has died.

Dr. Laing Ferguson died on Christmas Day after a lengthy illness. He was 78.

Born in Dunfermline, Scotland, Ferguson graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1957 with a bachelor of science (honours) geology and in 1960 with a PhD in Paleoecology.

After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Edmonton and time spent working in the Arctic, Ferguson accepted an associate professor position at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B. in 1962.

He became the head of the geology department from 1973 to 1995, holding the Sir James Dunn Chair from 1982 onwards. He was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus from Mount Allison University in 1999. 

During his time at Mount Allison he sat on many boards and committees including the senate and board of regents.

Ferguson was also a fellow and member of various geological/paleontological societies and associations. He was heavily involved in the Atlantic Geoscience Society, on the executive and acting as president in 1982.

The fossil cliffs in Joggins were a large part of Ferguson’s life. He took many students there on field trips as well as many public groups and organizations.

In 1988, Ferguson wrote The Fossil Cliffs of Joggins, a popular book that was reprinted several times.

He was also involved in the committee that succeeded in getting the fossil cliffs designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In recognition of his significant and continued contribution to the Joggins Fossil Institute he was made an honorary lifetime member and named a Keeper Of The Cliffs in 2009.

A human rights activist, he helped found the Canadian National Section of Amnesty International in 1973, becoming the second president in 1976.

He was also very involved in the local Sackville group.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Campbell’s Funeral Home in Sackville. A memorial service will be held at the Mount Allison University Chapel on Saturday at 2 p.m.  

 

Organizations: Mount Allison University, University of Edinburgh, Atlantic Geoscience Society UNESCO Joggins Fossil Institute Amnesty International

Geographic location: SACKVILLE, Dunfermline, Scotland Joggins Paleoecology Edmonton Arctic

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