Digby Johns McLaren was one of the pre-eminent Canadian earth scientists of the latter half of the Twentieth Century, a man of global influence and creative leadership in the disciplines of stratigraphy and the history of life on Earth. McLaren was a very effective President (1971–1972) of the Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists, the predecessor of our Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, during a time of significant developments. The Society contributed strongly to the planning and the operation of the International Geological Congress held in Canada in 1972 and became involved in discussions that led to the formation of the...

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