REG MOORE AND GEORGE STEVENS RETIRED FROM ACADIA
The Acadia Geology department underwent a major metamorphosis this summer, with the retirement of our two longest-serving faculty members, Reg Moore and George Stevens. Although officially retired, both Reg and George plan to continue their research interests, and have maintained their labs in the Geology Department. We thought you might be interested to learn a bit of their backgrounds, and their current activities.
Dr. Reg Moore came to Acadia in 1960 with a B.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He soon developed his interest in the Windsor Group, and particularly in the biostratigraphy of the limestones. He spent a dozen summers consulting for Fundy Gypsum in Windsor and other areas, working out the stratigraphic correlations that unravelled the complex folding in parts of the Windsor Group. There are few Windsor Group outcrops in Atlantic Canada that he and/or his students haven't seen (remember those "strat" projects?). Reg still holds the departmental record for M.Sc. supervision with twenty theses completed under his supervision, many on the Windsor Group. He plans to continue the local field mapping that has resulted in open file publication of a number of sheets in Hants County by NSDNR, and is now working toward the Walton area. His major retirement (?) project will be to curate the vast collection of Windsor fossils and rocks that surround his office in the basement of Huggins. (Some former students may recall the little unheated office on the fourth floor of Patterson, with a light bulb hanging on a wire!). Pat, who has retired from teaching as well, finally got him to take holidays a few years ago, and he is exploring Greece a month or so at a time, improving his Greek and enjoying the culture.
Dr George Stevens began his geology career with B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, interrupted by Korean War service. He taught at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania for nine years before coming to Acadia as department head in 1966, a position he held until 1981. He was largely responsible for the growth in the Department, which had only three faculty in 1966 and occupied rooms over four floors at one end of Patterson Hall. We can thank George for planning and arguing successfully for the facilities we now enjoy in the Huggins Science Hall. His interests in structural geology have taken him around the world - Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Korea, Taiwan, the Alps, and the Appalachians, Rockies and other parts of the USA and Canada including much of mainland Nova Scotia, where he has studied structures in the basalts of North Mountain, the slates of the Meguma terrane and the granites of the South Mountain Batholith. Impact structures have been an interest for some time and even more so since his discovery of a possible Ice Age impact site, during his study of satellite images over the granites of Nova Scotia. He recently convinced the NSDNR to drill the structure and plans to continue to work on gathering more evidence for the impact origin of the feature. Maeann retired from the Acadia Counselling Centre as well, and at the time of writing they are preparing for three months in Spain including a visit with son Eric who works in northern Spain.