Department of Geology Lab Renamed After Generous Donor

November 2, 2010

BRANDON, MB – At 2:30 p.m., on November 4, the generous donation from the late Garth Davis Baker will be acknowledged and celebrated by faculty, students and interested members of the public.

The Department of Geology at Brandon University has received a very generous $110,000 bequest from Garth Davis Baker. An avid rock hound and member of the Rock and Gem Society, Mr. Baker’s generous gift will fund five endowments in support of the Department of Geology and its students — the Garth Davis Baker Memorial Bursaries in Geology, the Garth Davis Baker Memorial Equipment Endowment in Geology, the Garth Davis Baker Undergraduate Geosciences Research Scholarships, the Garth Davis Baker Academic Scholarships in Geology, and the Garth Davis Baker Geosciences Professional Development Scholarships. The Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative has provided matching funds for $100,000 of this donation, resulting in $210,000 in endowments to support the Department of Geology in perpetuity.

Together, this funding will reward geology students for academic achievement and research potential, provide funding for students in financial need and for professional educational opportunities for Geology Students, as well as generate ongoing funding for Geosciences Equipment.

Garth Davis Baker was Brandon-born and raised, and enjoyed dairy, beef and grain farming with his brother Lyle until health issues forced him to retire in 2002. He enjoyed music, exploring the world, sketching and trying new activities.

Mr. Baker wished to enrich the lives of others who are pursuing research in undergraduate studies in Geology. Through this bequest he has established a lasting legacy that will enable this to continue. In recognition of his immense support, the Department of Geology looks forward to naming a room in recognition of Mr. Garth Davis Baker.

Dr. Deborah Poff, the President and Vice-Chancelor of Brandon University, the Acting Chair of the Department of Geology, Dr. Ali Somarin, and the Dean of Science Dr. Austin Gulliver will speak at this event and will be joined by several special guests. They will be assemble in room 2-31, in the Brodie (Science) Building, which will be named The Garth Davis Baker Petrology Lab. Refreshments will follow.
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