Dr. Jay McNee, a founding member of Lorax, passed away at home surrounded by his family on December 3. Jay had been battling cancer for the past 2 1/2 years, yet continued to lead projects and deliver direction and insight to Lorax staff throughout this time.

Throughout his career, Jay was a strong supporter of post-secondary education. He implicitly understood the value of curiosity and experimentation in learning and the importance of intellectual rigour in technological and social application. He was a gentle and encouraging mentor who fostered in those around him a thirst for knowledge.

In recognition of those important values and Jay's contributions to science, his family and friends in conjunction with Lorax Environmental Services are establishing in his name an endowed memorial scholarship at the University of British Columbia. The John Jay McNee Memorial Scholarship in Geochemistry will provide an annual award to a third or fourth year meritorious student at the University who is studying--like Jay did--the geochemical wonders of our planet.

We invite you to help us build the endowment. Contributions will be gratefully received by:

Lorax Environmental Services
2289 Burrard Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada, V6J 3H9
(phone: 604.688.7173)

Cheques should be made out to "The University of British Columbia" and be labelled "John Jay McNee Scholarship". Donors will receive a tax receipt from the University.