In the email below sent to the Hamilton community on Nov. 21, 2017, Interim Dean of Faculty Margaret Gentry announced the death of Eugene Domack, the J. W. Johnson Family Professor of Environmental Studies Emeritus.
I write to inform you of the death of Eugene Domack, the J. W. Johnson Family Professor of Environmental Studies Emeritus. Gene earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Rice University. He arrived at Hamilton in 1985 as a member of the Geology Department. Gene was a prolific and well-known scholar whose research career was dedicated to studying the geologic record of climate change.
Although he worked in many areas of the world in sequences ranging in age from thousands of years (Oneida Lake) to more than half a billion years (Namibia), his primary love was Antarctic research. For three decades, he returned to the waters around the continent nearly every austral summer with colleagues and students to investigate the evidence of climate change recorded in Antarctic marine sediments.
Gene was the College’s inaugural J.W. Johnson Family Professor of Environmental Studies, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the recipient of numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and other agencies.
Upon retirement from Hamilton in 2013, Gene joined the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida. He is survived by his wife Judi and daughter Madison, both of St. Petersburg, and by his mother, his brother and two sisters, and several nieces and nephews.