Sad news

Grace Klein-MacPheeIt is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Grace Klein-Macphee. Those that have attended our chapter meetings know that she was an active member and a great mentor to many.

Dr. Grace Klein-MacPhee, wife of the late John A. MacPhee, Jr., 74 years old from Narragansett, RI passed away Saturday September 20th 2014 at home after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born December 18th 1939 in Lawrence, MA to Emil Louis Klein and Jessie (McLean). She grew up in Andover, MA.

Grace was a Marine Research Scientist who received her Bachelors and Masters of Art in Biology from Boston University (1961 and 1966) and received her Ph.D from the University of Rhode Island Biological Sciences in 1978. She worked for the EPA in the Narragansett, RI laboratory, and was known for her outstanding ability to raise larval winter flounder. She also worked at the University of Alaska-Juneau fisheries department in addition to teaching. She also taught at Northeastern University, CCRI and as an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island.

She was a member of the American Fisheries Society, the Fisheries Society of the British Isles, the Estuarine Research Federation, American Society of Zoologists, American Association for the Advancement of Science, World Mariculture Society, American Institution of Biological Sciences, International Study of Artemia, Southern New England Chapter of AFS and the Rhode Island Natural History Survey. She received the Rhode Island Natural History Survey Distinguished Naturalist Award in 2002, Recipient of a Merit Award from EPA, Special Achievement Award from the Northeastern Division of the American Fisheries Society for her outstanding efforts as co-editor of the third-edition of Bigelow and Schroeder’s Fishes of the Gulf of Maine, a Certificate of Appreciation from the American Fisheries Society for serving as the Chapter President of the Southern New England Chapter of the AFS from June 2003 – 2004. In addition she was a contributor of articles to various professional publications. She was very involved with sharing her knowledge with students from high school, college undergraduates and served on numerous graduate student committees.

Grace also was an active member of the United States Figure Skating Association and enjoyed studying dance skating. She enjoyed the 2014 USFSA National Championship in Boston among several other Ice Skating Events. She supported the Providence Bruins and URI Men and Women Ice Hockey teams in addition to being a long time supporter ofthe Friends of Boston University Hockey. She was an active member of Peace Dale Congregational Church serving on various boards and committees. She was anactive member of the United Church of Christ. She was a member of the URI Alumni Association in addition to the Boston University Alumni Assoc.

Grace is survived by her daughters Erika Huntley, Arwen MacPhee, her sons and daughters-in-law James and Suimay MacPhee and Peter and Selena MacPhee in addition to 8 grandchildren: Jennifer Walsh, William Huntley, Caryl Williams, Kevin Vadehra, Maylah, Lily, Lianna and Olivia MacPhee.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 27th 2014 at the Peace Dale Congregational Church, 261 Columbia St, South Kingstown, RI at 11am.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to:

The Grace Klein MacPhee Student Travel Grant

The Early Life History Section/AFS
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 110, Bethesda, MD20814-2199

Or to the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, P.O. Box 1858 Kingston, RI 02881

A Mentor and a Friend: Doug’s Page

In Memory of Douglas S. Tolderlund – January 14, 1939 to January 24, 2008

Doug TolderlundDouglas S. Tolderlund, 69, of Old Lyme, Connecticut, passed away peacefully at his home on January 24, 2008.  More than 400 people attended a Celebration of Life ceremony at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy Chapel on February 2, a testimony to the impact Doug had on the lives of so many people.  Doug was born in Newport, RI on 14 January 1939.  He attended Brown University as a NROTC scholarship student, and in 1960 received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology.  After graduating from Brown, Doug was commissioned an Ensign, United States Navy. During his four years in the Navy he served on the USS Caliente (AO-53) and USS Tanner (AGS-15).  After resigning from the Navy in 1964 he returned to graduate school, and in 1969 earned a Ph.D. in Marine Science from Columbia University.

After earning his doctorate, Doug was first employed at the Raytheon Company’s Marine Research Lab as a Senior Ecologist but  left in December 1970 to join the faculty at the United States Coast Guard Academy (CGA) as an Assistant Professor of Ocean Science. During his 28-year tenure at the Coast Guard Academy, Doug taught a variety of classes including General Oceanography, Polar Oceanography, Marine Geology, Marine Pollution, and Marine Fisheries. He always emphasized learning outside of the classroom.  In 1974-1975, Professor Tolderlund and his students conducted an ecological study of the lower Thames River.  Doug also introduced his students to research in Marine Biology conducted by his colleagues at the University of Rhode Island and encouraged his students to present talks at local scientific workshops and meetings.  His accomplished teaching record eventually led to his appointment as chief of the Marine Science section and Head of the Science Department.

Throughout his 28 years at the Coast Guard Academy, Professor Tolderlund was a wise and caring role model and mentor to both cadets and faculty, and a true friend to all.  He always willingly gave his time to extra-curricular activities, and contributed to numerous committees and projects.  Doc T, as his students called him, always managed to find ways to go on great adventures to “enhance his teaching,” such as a trip across the NW Passage on the CG icebreaker Polar Sea and a trip on the icebreaker Polar Star to Antarctica which included a visit to the South Pole (via C-130).  He also landed on Shackelton Glacier and made a helo flight over the “Dry Valleys” of the Transantarctic Mountains.

In 1980, the National Association of Geology Teachers gave its “Outstanding Earth Science Teacher” title to Dr. Tolderlund.  In 1998, in recognition of his efforts, dedication, and commitment to cadet education he received the CGA Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award.

Doug was actively involved in the Southern New England Chapter (SNEC) of the American Fisheries Society, serving as President in 1983 and more recently participating on the SNEC Board of Directors until his death.  His students often presented papers at the SNEC meetings.  In 2001 Doug was awarded the SNEC/AFS Award of Excellence.  Doug Tolderlund’s professional life exemplified his commitment to advancing the goals and objectives of the American Fisheries Society.  His passing is a tremendous loss to those who counted him as a colleague and friend.

Doug is survived by his wife, Sandy; his daughter, Rebecca Gronlund and her husband, Wayne; his son, Jason Tolderlund and his wife, Maura; and his three grandchildren, Quentin Wysopal and Chloe and Connor Tolderlund.

Doug Tolderlund is missed by all of us at SNEC.  Donations in Doug’s memory can be made to the Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association and designated for the Marine Science Endowment.

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A Celebration of Life: Lesa’s Page

Lesa Meng SailingLesa Meng worked for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in California from 1992‑1995.  She then came to Narragansett, RI where she worked at the US-EPA laboratory from September 1995 through June 2006.

Lesa joined the American Fisheries Society in 1990.  Once she came to work in RI, it took no time for her to join and get involved in the Southern New England Chapter.  She took over as Program Development Chair in June 1997 and was a driving force in maintaining high quality Chapter meetings for almost 10 years.  Lesa had developed the program for the June 14, 2006 meeting even though she was on medical leave at the time and could not attend.

Lesa earned the Southern New England’s Special Achievement Award in 1999 for her design and her part in the sales of the official AFS ’98 tee shirt.  In 2001, she was awarded the Chapter’s Irwin Alperin Outstanding Member Award for her continuing contributions as Program Chair.

The Southern New England Chapter dedicated its winter meeting in January 2007 to Lesa.  The Chapter granted, posthumously, the Award of Excellence to Lesa during this meeting.  This was Lesa’s 3rd SNEC award.  The Chapter has also renamed the Citizen’s Aquatic Conservation Award to the Lesa Meng Aquatic Conservation Award, commemorating her dedication to SNEC and the field of aquatic conservation.

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Lesa MengLesa Meng samplingLesa Meng seiningLisa Meng recordingLesa Meng and fish sculpture

Many thanks to Chris Powell for sharing these photos of Lesa with us.