Fyfe memorial scheduled

By Communications Staff
January 02, 2014

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A memorial service for William Fyfe, former dean of the Faculty of Science, has been scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Physics and Astronomy Building Atrium.

All are welcome to attend; RSVP to Heidi Van Galen at vangalen@uwo.ca by Jan. 15.

Fyfe, 87, died on Nov. 11. Prior to his retirement, he had 20 years of service at Western.

Fyfe is survived by wife, Patricia, and sons, Christopher Fyfe of Cambridge and Stefan Fyfe of Norway.

Born in Ashburton, New Zealand, Fyfe was the first student from his one-room school to attend university. He received his BSc, MSc and PhD from Otago University, and then taught at the University of California, Berkeley; Imperial College, London; and the University of Manchester, before coming to Western in 1972, as chair of the Department of Geology. He served as dean of the Faculty of Science from 1986-90.

He was widely considered to be among the world’s most eminent geochemists, and his prominent research achievements in geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology and environmental geology gave him international stature.























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