Dr. Shirley Anne MacMillan Conover

July 9, 1929 - January 8, 2007

Conover, Dr. Shirley A. M. Born on July 9, 1929 in Brantford, Ontario to Hazel and Carter MacMillan, passed away on January 8, 2007 in Cobourg, Ontario. Shirley is survived by her husband Robert James Conover, her children Roanne (Gordon), Pieter, Sydne (William) and Raonull (Anne), and her grandchildren Owen, Erryl and Jenna. Sister of Nancy McClosky. Predeceased by brother Don MacMillan. Shirley was a wonderful wife and mother and she will be greatly missed by her family. She was educated at Oberlin, Yale and Dalhousie Universities earning her PhD in marine zoology. Shirley had a distinguished scientific career making significant contribution to the field of environmental assessment and management in Canada and internationally. In the 1970's and early 80's as an employee of MacLaren Marex and later Maritime Testing, Shirley led teams that undertook environmental impact assessments for the Davis Strait, Sable Island and Hibernia oil fields. In the late 80's and early 90's she was the director of two CIDA international development projects through Dalhousie University: Environmental Management Development in Indonesia and Environmental Management Development in the Philippines. The projects supported government and academic infrastructure development and provided baseline ecological information for these two countries that is widely relied on. The projects were also a fertile training ground for many distinguished professionals in Canada, Indonesia and the Philippines. In 1990 Shirley was appointed to Chair the Environmental Assessment Panel for the Halifax Harbour Clean-up Project by then federal Minister of the environment Jean Charest and provincial Minister of the Environment John Leafe. The Panel completed its work and delivered its report in 1993. Shirley was a member of the Canadian Environmental Advisory Council to federal ministers of the environment for 8 years, was nominated and served as Secretary to the International Association for Impact Assessment, and in 2002 was awarded the Rose Hulman Award for her contributions to environmental assessment in the Hague, Netherlands. A visitation (1 p.m.) and memorial service (2 p.m.) for Shirley will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2007 at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King St. E., Cobourg, Ontario. Friends and colleagues are welcome. Donations in Shirley's name can be made to the World Wildlife Fund Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.

Saturday, January 20, 2007 1 - 2 p.m.
MacCoubrey Funeral Home, Cobourg

Memorial Service
Saturday, January 20, 2007 2 p.m.
MacCoubrey Funeral Home, Cobourg

Elmwood Crematorium

Woodlawn Terrace Inn Cobourg

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