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In Memory of John C. Kingston 1949-2004

John Kingston.

The University of Minnesota Duluth research community lost a water expert, unique individual, valued friend, and colleague on June 9. John Kingston died following a year-long battle with brain cancer.

Kingston was the leader of the Natural Resources Research Institute's Ely Field Station, a research associate, and on the graduate faculty of the Water Resources Sciences Program and Department of Biology. He was recognized worldwide for his expertise in diatom taxonomy and pursued Sea Grant research on algal ecology in the St. Louis River. Kingston published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed literature and technical reports. His legacy will endure through his publications, his students, and numerous contributions to improving our understanding and protection of the environment.

Kingston was born in Austin, MN. He is survived by his wife, Sarah (Rayman) and two sons, O’Neill and Hudson; and his mother, Mary Kingston. He was a vibrant individual with a passion for music, hunting pheasants, fishing, and many outdoor activities.

A memorial scholarship fund has been established in Kingston’s name at the Iowa Lakeside Lab where he taught diatom taxonomy in the summers. Donations can be mailed to: Iowa Lakeside Lab, Attn: Judy, 1838 Highway 86, Milford, IA 51351. Make checks payable to Friends of Lakeside Lab, Inc. and please specify on the check that it is for the John Kingston Memorial Scholarship.

By Sea Grant Staff
September 2004

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