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A death

From: Thea Burns <burnsd>
Date: Monday, August 14, 2000
Dr.James Hanlan, retired conservation scientist, Master of Art
Conservation Program, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada.

Sadly, Jim Hanlan died suddenly on August 1,2000, in his 66th year.
The following tribute was written by Ian Hodkinson, former director
of the program.

Jim's first professional appointment was in the Research Division of
DuPont Canada but his interest in the arts soon led him to the
position of Senior research Scientist in the National Conservation
Research Laboratory at the National Gallery of Canada. NCRL evolved
into the Canadian Conservation Institute in 1972. When the Master of
Art Conservation Program at Queen's University was established in
1974 he moved from Ottawa to join its faculty as Associate Professor
of Art Conservation Science. His previous experiences at the
National Conservation Research Laboratory and the Canadian
Conservation Institute were invaluable in helping to design the
conservation science curriculum in the new program.

Over the years Jim made a unique contribution in his supervision of
graduate research projects. He successfully guided students through
the rigorous process of designing, executing and interpreting
research on a wide variety of historic artifacts and conservation
materials. He was called upon to deal with research on items as
diverse as bone, wood, paper, metals, stone, ceramics, leather,
textiles, pigments, paints and dyes. His capacity to understand the
behaviour of such a wide range of materials was quite extraordinary.
Over two hundred reports on that research are now in the libraries
of the International Centre for Conservation in Rome and the Getty
Conservation Centre in Los Angeles. They form a unique and
significant contribution to the literature of conservation.

A memorial reception,  held on August 11, 2000, was attended by
family, friends, and former students and colleagues.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Jim's memory may be made
to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to Kingston Literacy (88
Wright Crescent, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4T9).

Thea Burns
Associate Professor and Paper Conservator
Art Conservation Program
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 3N6

                  Conservation DistList Instance 14:13
                  Distributed: Monday, August 14, 2000
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Received on Monday, 14 August, 2000

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