Who is Thomas Duncan Fairlie of Williamsburg?
According to an online obituary, We are saddened to announce the passing away of 61-year-old Thomas Duncan Fairlie of Williamsburg, VA.
Who passed away suddenly on Wednesday April 27, 2022.
He was born his parents, Tom and Maureen Fairlie and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons 1st class) degree in mathematics from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 1982 and became a research scientist at the UK Meteorological Office in Bracknell. Thus began his life-long interest in understanding the physical and chemical processes in the Earth’s atmosphere.
He joined NASA Langley Research Center as a research scientist in 1987, where he remained until his retirement in 2021. While at NASA he also studied at Harvard University and was awarded a Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Science in 2009.
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During his career he conducted research into atmospheric chemistry and dynamics using a combination of models and measurements from satellite, airborne, and ground-based instruments. He participated in field campaigns to help understand atmospheric ozone loss, global air pollution, and volcanic aerosols.
He was a kind and gentle person, self-effacing with a wry sense of humor. His interest in the environment was not limited to his work. He loved the outdoors; camping, hiking, and mountaineering in the Scottish Highlands, New Zealand, Rockies, Alps and Virginia, where he led numerous trips with the local Appalachian Trail Club. His other outdoor passions included soccer and kayaking, resulting in many friendships and his marriage to Welby.
Duncan was a devoted and much-loved dad to Hannah and James, husband to Welby, brother to Hilary Spenceley, and a dear friend to many.
Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his entire family and friends.