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Frances J. E. Wagner
May 28, 1927 - November 8, 2016
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<div itemprop="description"><br>WAGNER...... <br> <br>Dr. Frances Joan Estelle Wagner <br> <br>28 May 1927 - 8 November 2016 <br>Born in Hamilton Ontario, Frances grew up in Toronto and at "Wagshack," the family's beloved cottage on Mary Lake in Muskoka. After completing her BA and an MA in Invertebrate Paleontology at Victoria College, University of Toronto, she went on to earn an MSc in Geology and a PhD in Paleontology at Stanford in California. She worked for the Geological Survey of Canada for over thirty years, beginning in Ottawa and later at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She was a pioneer, both in the emerging field of micropaleontology and as a female scientist. She was the third woman to work as a scientist at the GSC, one of the first two to do geology fieldwork and one of the first two to work on research ships, including the Northwest Passage section of "Hudson 70," the CSS Hudson's historic first circumnavigation of North America. <br> <br>Much of her work and leisure time were spent outdoors, and the wonders of nature were both her passion and the source of her spirituality. Other passions included Morgan horses, Shetland Sheepdogs and the rare Norweigian Lundehund, a breed she helped save. Although her network of friends and colleagues reached around the world, she was a valued citizen of Mount Uniacke Nova Scotia for over thirty years, an active member of the Mount Uniacke Historical Society and the Nova Scotia Historical Riding Association. She researched and made historical costumes, including the riding habits she used to demonstrate sidesaddle riding. Her last years were spent at the Windsor Elms Village in Falmouth NS, where she received patient, skilled and loving care. <br> <br>Frances is predeceased by her parents, Harold and Muriel (Konkle) Wagner and brother, David. <br> <br>A memorial gathering will take place at a later date. <br> <br>Donations in her memory may be made to the Salvation Army, Halifax, the Unitarian Service Committee, Ottawa, or a charity of your choice. <br> <br>For more information on Frances' scientific career, see <br> <br>Arrangements are under the care of Lindsay’s Windsor Funeral Home, 194 King Street, P.O. Box 2218, Windsor, NS, B0N 2T0 <br> <br>To add your condolences, click on “Contribute”. <br> <br> <br></div>