Obituary


(May 15, 1997, Gazette)

Dr. Nicolai P. Mumm

Dr. Nicolai Mumm, a postdoctoral fellow at Memorial's Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) in Logy Bay, died suddenly on April 6 at the age of 38.

Dr. Mumm held an M.Sc. and a PhD from the University of Kiel, Germany. Nick, as he was known to his colleagues and friends, had a passion for polar research. Between 1986 and 1993 he participated in overwintering expeditions to the Antarctic and the Canadian Arctic. In 1987 he participated in a German expedition to the Arctic Ocean. In 1991 he reached the North Pole aboard the Swedish research icebreaker, Oden. Dr. Mumm was co-author of seven scientific papers on the taxonomy and ecology of polar zooplankton.

At Memorial, Dr. Mumm worked on a biological oceanographic project in Conception Bay. He was making major scientific contributions to his research group at the time of his death, and will always be remembered for his intelligence, creativity and good humor.

During the past year, Dr. Mumm presented several guest lectures, beautifully illustrated by original drawings, to graduate students at the OSC. An early riser and a hard worker, he will be missed by his friends and colleagues at the OSC.

Dr. Mumm is survived by his stepmother, Ellen Mumm, and sister, Astrid Mumm, in Hamburg, Germany; aunt and uncle, Ute and Frank-U. Kaminski in Quickborn, Germany; and by many other relatives, friends and colleagues.