Remembering Former Dean Robert McNutt

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Robert (Bob) McNutt, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography & Earth Sciences. Dr. McNutt held a wide range of senior university positions throughout his career, including acting provost, dean of the Faculty of Science, interim dean of the DeGroote School of Business and acting dean of Humanities. He will be remembered as a dedicated leader, researcher and professor, as well as an honoured colleague.

Dr. McNutt received his Bachelor of Science at the University of New Brunswick and his Ph.D. in Geochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He came to McMaster in 1965, joining the then Department of Geology. A respected isotopic geochemist, his most recent research explored the use of strontium isotopes as a tracer in water/rock systems, from surface water to brines.

Over his career here, he also served in many crucial administrative roles. He was also Principal at Erindale College, today known as the University of Toronto Mississauga, from 1995 to 2003. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree by McMaster.

He is fondly remembered by his colleagues at the University and elsewhere. For more information on Dr. McNutt’s life, please see The Daily News.
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