We have been reducing our book load, with help from Endless Shores in Bridgetown. In checking the top shelf, I found a number of books that have followed me from England, including:
The Spirit and Purpose of Geography by Wooldridge and East was a school prize for Mathematics in 1962. It includes chapters on different geographies: Physical Geography, Biogeography, Historical Geography, Economic Geography, Political Geography.
On the same shelf, we have my graduate theses. M.Sc. Complexity Analysis of Vegetation Patterns in an alpine meadow, 1971 and Ph.D thesis, Inquiry into the Nature of Biogeography, 1976.
Elsewhere in the house, I found two publications from the National Museum in Ottawa.
The Rare Vascular Plants of Nova Scotia, 1977, co-authored with David White, George Argus and Paul Keddy, Syllogeus 18.
The Rare Vascular Plants of Saskatchewan, 1978, co-authored with George Argus and Vernon Harms, Syllogeus 19.
George Argus was responsible for bringing Heather and myself back to Canada from England. With some online research, I found that George died last Fall . Irwin Brodo and Erich Haber penned a wonderful tribute in the Canadian Field Naturalist.
From Wooldridge and East, Preface p.12.
‘We have tried to signpost a path which can lead the student, if he is so inclined, towards the full study of his heritage, the earth’s surface which he treads. And if he persevered along this path his journey will not prove unrewarding. For his effort will subject him to a discipline and yield him a philosophy.’
Finally, from the Alaska Dispatch News November 19, 2022, by Ned Rozell ‘George Argus, a man of the mountains and its willows’.
Heather helps me clear the shelves. Edward adds his creative touch. To Mary Argus, fond memories of Ottawa.
S.W.Wooldridge and W. Gordon East, 1951, The Spirit and Purpose of Geography, Hutchinson University Library.
Irwin Brodo and Erich Haber, 2022, A Tribute to George William Argus: 1929-2022, The Canadian Field-Naturalist. Vol 136 No 3.
N. Rozell Nov 19, 2022, George Argus: a man of the mountains and its willows, Alaska Dispatch News.