19 August 1925 - 22 February 2017
With sadness we noted the passing of our Life President Dr Trevor Ford.
Trevor Ford died on February 22nd, just two months before his 92nd birthday. As many will know, Trevor had been confined to a wheelchair for many months after surgery, but had continued to add to his published papers.
He read geology at Sheffield University 1947-1950, followed by a Ph.D on the Ingleton Coalfield 1950-1053. He was appointed Assistant Lecturer at the University of Leicester 1952, and was successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and, finally, Associate Dean for Combined Studies in Science 1986-1988. He retired in 1989, and was made an Honorary Research Fellow.
In 1997, Trevor was awarded the O.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for “Services to Geology and Cave Science”.
On March 14th Dr Peter Ernest Long passed away in Oxford, aged 79.
Whereas Peter was not a professional geologist, his interest in the Pleistocene Crags led to his expert status; and he published on the subject, despite, technically, being an amateur, from 1991 to 2012. Being a Member of the Section C, Peter co-led the recent field trip to study the Crag deposits of East Anglia.
Peter successively held the post of Lecturer in the Botany, Biology, and Microbiology Departments at the University of Leicester, from 1968 to 2001; and then continued in part-time education for the University, in ecology and nature conservation, at the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning, in Leicester.
He was a skilled field mycologist, and was co-author of a successful text book - Environmental Microbiology - published by Black in 1981.