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November 20 1961 – October 31 2011
Acclaimed South African science journalist Christina Scott died in a tragic car accident in Capetown, South Africa on October 31, 2011.
Until her unfortunate death, Christina was the managing editor at Research Africa, Cape Town, South Africa. She was a stalwart of African science journalism, an author, broadcaster and journalist of repute. Christina hosted the weekly Science Matters programme on South Africa’s main national English-language station, SAfm.
She was the President of the South Africa Science Journalists Association (SASJA) between 2009 and 2010 and a strong force in the African Federation of Science Journalists. She was previously the Sub-Saharan editor for SciDev.Net between 2007 and 2009 and between 1994 and 2004 was the science editor at the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation.
She was an active member of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) where she mentored a crop of African science journalists under the Federation’s first SjCOOP between 2006 and 2009.
She leaves her three children Nozipho 19, Alexandra 13, and Benjamin 9.
Tributes can be viewed at: http://www.wfsj.org/news/news.php?id=266
Robert James Morrow
science writer, CSWA president 1984-1985
Robert James (Bob) Morrow, a long-time board member and former President of the Canadian Science Writers Association, died August 31st at Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital in Toronto, after a short illness.
Bob was one of five children of David and Margaret Morrow, who emigrated to Toronto from Belfast in 1922. He left high school to join the Canadian army at age 18, serving in England, Belgium and Holland. Wounded in Belgium, he recovered and went on to manage teams of Canadian entertainers touring military bases in Holland.
After completing his high-schooling, Bob was among the first graduating class of the new School of Journalism at the University of Western Ontario.
He earned his stripes as a reporter and editor with the London Free Press, and later joined Ontario Hydro as senior science writer and editor, where he remained until his retirement.
Involvement with the CSWA
Bob strongly believed in the need for informed science writing in the popular press.
He joined the CSWA Board of Directors in 1972 and served for five years before becoming President in 1984. He was instrumental in encouraging the CSWA to branch out into journalism student mentorship and was an advocate for the development of the media referral service Science Information Sources.
As Jeff Crelinsten wrote, “I remember Bob as a dedicated practitioner who cared about the profession and helping others. He will be missed.”
Pippa Wysong wrote, “He’s one of those people who radiates niceness and as a result was always very approachable. Bob was always really dedicated to science communication and the idea of helping the public understand what science was doing.”
Bob and his wife of 60 years, June, enjoyed retirement living at their home in Leaside. He is survived by his brother Charles in Ottawa, son Robbie in Toronto and daughter Sandra in Victoria, and her three sons, the lights of his life. He was well until suffering a stroke in mid-August.
- Charles Morrow
Charles followed his brother into journalism, including a stint as Parliamentary correspondent for The Canadian Press and Editor of World Health, the magazine of the World Health Organization in Geneva. He is Secretary of the Ottawa-based Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom.