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Dr. David Bruce Scott

May 25, 1947 ~ December 21, 2021 (age 74)


Dr. David Bruce Scott 1947-2021, Halifax, NS David B. Scott passed away on December 21, 2021 with his wife, Kumiko, by his side. Dave was an emeritus professor and past chair of the Department of Earth Sciences at Dalhousie University. Dave was born in Oakland, California to David Bernet Scott and Gladys King Scott on May 25, 1947. He grew up in the Pacific northwest (northern California and northwestern Washington State). Dave was a late bloomer. He almost failed the grade 2 and liked school for its extracurriculars, such as the varsity cross country running team and parties. But he eventually developed an aptitude for geology, earning BSc. in Geology and Oceanography from University of Washington and MSc. in geology from Western Washington University. After working at San Diego for a few years, he started a Ph.D. program at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. He whizzed through his Ph.D. in a record two years and became a faculty member. Dave’s life’s work focused on studying the past earth’s environment using microfossils. He led many international/national projects in the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Arctic and the Antarctic. His work is found in numerous scientific papers and books and he was a recipient of The Joseph A. Cushman Award in 2013. He also enjoyed visiting many elementary schools in the province to give talks about dinosaurs and take young students to field trips to beaches, looking for fossils. He was a fantastic father and a husband. He loved to bring the whole family fishing, where he would exhibit levels of patience extending from untangling everyone’s lines to paddling the canoe around the lake for hours in search of fish. He also took us on adventures around the world whether on sabbatical or geological field trips to places including Argentina, Europe, the US cross country , Bermuda, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Dave had an adventurous soul, and imparted this feeling on everyone around him. Dave leaves behind his wife Kumiko and children Helen Scott-Davison (Tyler), Erica and Tarou, and grandchildren. Dave also leaves many “academic children”, students and postdocs, who often became extended family and joined us for dinners and drinks. He enjoyed frequent gatherings with long-time family friends, the Lunns and the Mathesons, whom helped him during many trips together after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. We would also like to thank all the care staff at Sullivan’s lane, Parkstone, for providing such consideration and comfort in the last years of his life. Dave’s appreciation for the people he surrounded himself with ran deep and thus his battle with Alzheimer’s and eventual passing also ripples through many. Dave will be missed by many and remembered for a long time to come. Due to the COVID restriction, a celebration of his life is scheduled in the later date.

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