Donald Kenzie Cameron Jr.

Donald Kenzie Cameron Jr.
1931-1994

It is with deep regret, yet mixed with positive emotions, that I submit this eulogy for Don Cameron: regrets because his family, his friends, the paleontological community, his co-workers and the community at large have lost a true friend; positive emotions because I have the opportunity to express my gratitude of having known him.

Don Cameron graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology from McGill University in Montreal and an M.Sc. in Paleontology from Indiana University. He spent his entire career from 1954 until his retirement in 1992 with Chevron, where he held positions as foraminiferal paleontologist, development geologist and palynologist in various locations including Jackson (Mississippi), Dhahran (Saudi Arabia), Croydon (England), New Orleans (Louisiana) and finally in San Ramon (California) where he held the position of supervisor, Stratigraphic Services for Chevron Overseas Petroleum Inc.

Even more significant and rewarding than his distinguished career was his strength in the field of human relationships: Don always honoured his fellow men by giving them his full attention, encouragement and kindness, and in doing so, he brought out the best in people; he scored successes where few others would have succeeded because he truly valued and believed in mankind: respected by his superiors, revered by his subordinates he was a true and trusty friend for his co-workers.

Our first farewell to Don was in 1992 when he retired after 38 years of service with Chevron. He and his wife Barbara could finally enjoy a well-deserved rest. They moved to Franklin, Tennessee to live near their immediate family.

Sadly his retirement years were but all too short. Don died on February 2, 1994 at the age of 63 and leaves behind his wife, Barbara, son Donald III (Los Angeles), daughter Mrs. Sheppard and granddaughter Kelsey of New York City and his mother Mrs. Rachael Cameron of Portland, Maine.

Don also leaves behind a vast number of people whose lives he has touched and enriched. On behalf of all those people I wish to express my deep gratitude for having known Don Cameron. May the Most High bestow his pity and love on Don’s family.

Submitted in sadness but with fond memories

Bert Van Helden
Chevron Canada Resources
Calgary, Alberta


Note: This article appeared in CAP Newsletter 17(2):13, 1994.