December 2016

Dr. Atholl Sutherland Brown

Dr. Atholl Sutherland Brown, who served as British Columbia’s 8th Chief Geologist from 1975 to 1984, has died in Victoria at the age of 93. Atholl was born in Ottawa, but grew up mainly in Victoria. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941 and, as a member of the Royal Air Force in Burma, flew 48 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.  After the war, Atholl attended the University of British Columbia and subsequently earned a Ph.D. in geology at Princeton. He joined the BC Geological Survey in 1951 and was involved in early mapping of the Cariboo and the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii). Atholl was an excellent scientist and wrote numerous papers on the geology and mineral deposits of British Columbia, especially porphyry copper and molybdenum deposits. This expertise lead to his editorship of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Special Volume No. 15 on “Porphyry Deposits of the Canadian Cordillera”. Atholl also authored several books including two published by the Geological Association of Canada. The first was “British Columbia’s Geological Surveys 1895-1995: A Century of Science and Dedication”, which was a lively history of the BC Geological Survey and its gyrations published in 1998 to mark its 100th year anniversary. His most recent book “Searching for the Origins of Haida Gwaii - Adventures While Mapping the Geology of the Islands 1958-1962” was published in 2013 and is a testament to his incredible energy and fine intellect right to the end of his life.

Atholl was a natural leader always looking for ways to gave back to the geological community. He served as President of the Geological Association of Canada in 1980 and was a charter member of the Committee of Provincial and Territorial Geologists. The Committee remains instrumental in establishing closer relationships amongst the provincial, territorial and federal geological surveys.
Atholl was an active member of the Victoria geological community and could be counted on to show up at the Survey’s alumni golf tournament, Open House, and various social events. He was held in very high regard by the Canadian geological community and will be greatly missed.

A service will be held at the University of Victoria’s Interfaith Chapel on Jan. 19 at 12:30 p.m.

Stephen M. Rowins
Chief Geologist, BC Geological Survey
Past President, Geological Association of Canada

January 2017

Jay Kent Taylor

Jay Kent Taylor June 21, 1946 - January 4, 2017 With profound sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved and loving husband, father and grandfather, Jay Kent Taylor, in his home in Birch Bay, Washington on January 4, 2017.Jay is survived by his wife, soul mate and joy of his life, Florence Taylor and children: Kevin (Cherie) Taylor; Denise Taylor (Ryan Chamness) and Trevor Taylor. He leaves behind, siblings Sherrill (Blaine) Nelson, Glenn (Janice) Taylor, Micheline (Will) McKay and Sidney (Catherine) Taylor. Cherished grandchildren: Spencer and Marissa (Taylor) and Ethan Chamness.Jay was born June 21, 1946 in Burnaby, BC, the eldest son of Sidney and Mavis Taylor. After spending most of his childhood years growing up in South Burnaby, Jay continued his post-secondary education completing professional degrees in geological and mining engineering at the University of British Columbia.Jay worked as a global pioneer in mining spanning the last 33 years of his career leading Placer Dome Inc. The challenges opened doors for both Jay and Florence to live abroad in Canada, Chile, South America, and The United States of America.After retiring, Jay continued his hobbies in classic car restoration, as well as travel with his many friends and family. He took pride in seeing all his family pursue their education and dreams. He had an enormous impact on all those who knew and worked with him. Most of all, Jay loved his wife, children and grandchildren and they will miss him immensely. The family will be confirming a future date for his celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bellingham Peace Health Hospice Society.To leave a condolence for the family, please visit my love forever.........