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Saturday June 19, 2010

1931 – 2010
Professor Emeritus
McGill University
Eric died peacefully at home, on Friday, June 18, 2010, surrounded by his dearly beloved wife, Anita Cheyne and loved ones. He is survived by his brother, Anthony, and lovingly remembered by his extended families, friends and colleagues around the world.
Eric was a distinguished Canadian geologist, explorer and university professor. He was renowned for his contributions to the understanding of sedimentary carbonate rocks, particularly Devonian carbonate rocks like those which contained some of the largest oil fields in Alberta, and also for his pioneering geological exploration and geological maps and cross sections of parts of the Canadian Rockies, particularly in the region of Jasper National Park and Mount Robson. Eric was a nurturing and inspiring professor at McGill University, and a mentor to more than fifty graduate research students and post-doctoral fellows. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and Medal by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, and the Pettijohn Medal by the Society for Sedimentary Geology.
In addition to his scientific achievements, Eric's long term commitments included his service with the United Church of Canada, as a member of Mountainside United Church and Montreal Presbytery, as well as his involvement with McGill Chaplaincy.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 11 a.m. in St. James United Church, 463 Ste. Catherine Street West, Montreal, followed by a reception in the Church Hall.
Donations in Eric's memory can be made to the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University or the MUHC Palliative Care Service, Montreal General Hospital, Montreal.

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