In Memoriam

Wendell V. Tangborn, 1927-2020

Wendell V. Tangborn, 1927-2020

Wendell Verner Tangborn passed away on 3 October 2020. He was 93. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. He died peacefully at Mirabella Retirement Community, in Seattle, Washington, USA, where he lived with his wife Andrea Lewis. Born in Sioux City, Iowa,...

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C. Simon L. Ommanney, 1942-2020

C. Simon L. Ommanney, 1942-2020

Simon Ommanney, who from 1993 to 2003 served as Secretary General of the IGS, died in Foxboro, Ontario, Canada, on 18 September 2020. Simon was born in 1942 in Farnham, Surrey, England, where the Ommanney name has long associations with the Royal Navy and polar...

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Konrad ‘Koni’ Steffen, 1952-2020

Konrad ‘Koni’ Steffen, 1952-2020

On Saturday 8 August this year, a long-standing member of the IGS left us abruptly. Professor Konrad Steffen died in an accident during his annual field work on the Greenland ice sheet. Koni, as he was always called by his friends and students, was an active...

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Anker Weidick, 1928-2020

Anker Weidick, 1928-2020

Anker Weidick, emeritus scientist in the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) Department of Glaciology and Climate, passed away Thursday March 12. Anker Weidick was a member of the International Glaciological Society from 1955 to 1997, the year after his...

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Gunnar Østrem, 1922-2020

Gunnar Østrem, 1922-2020

Gunnar Muldrup Østrem was born in Oslo on March 25, 1922. He died on January 12, 2020, close to 98-years-old. He had been a member of the IGS since 1955 and was made an honorary member in 2001. Gunnar was always fond of the outdoor life, understanding nature and...

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Wallace ‘Wally’ Broecker, 1931-2019

Wallace ‘Wally’ Broecker, 1931-2019

Wallace S. “Wally” Broecker died on Monday February 18, 2019 in Manhattan, New York. He was 87. Broecker was a leading climate scientist who coined the terms “Global Warming,” “Abrupt Climate Change,” and commented on the “unplanned, man-made climate experiment.” He...

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John F. Nye, 1923–2019

John F. Nye, 1923–2019

John Nye died peacefully on 8 January 2019 following heart failure. John would have have become 96 next month. His funeral will take place in Bristol on 26 January. For more details contact the IGS office at igsoc@igsoc.org. John joined the IGS in 1950 and was thus...

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Trevor J. Chinn, 1937–2018

Trevor J. Chinn, 1937–2018

It is with great sadness that the New Zealand branch of the International Glaciological Society and wider snow and ice research community acknowledge the passing of Dr Trevor Chinn. Trevor died on the morning of 20th December 2018 following a recent stroke. Trevor was...

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Almut Iken, 1933–2018

Almut Iken, 1933–2018

On December 10, 2018 Dr. Almut Iken died peacefully at the Johanniter Haus in Bremen, Germany. Almut was born on 1 October, 1933 in Bremen. Shortly afterwards her family moved to Leipzig where her father operated a book store. In 1945 with the approach of the Red...

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Lorne W. Gold, 1928–2018

Lorne W. Gold, 1928–2018

Dr. Lorne Gold, a respected member of Canada’s “Ice Research” community, and a long-time member of IGS, died in Ottawa on December 11, 2018 at the age of 90. He was recognized by both engineers and scientists for his contributions to northern engineering and more...

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