It is with sadness that the BMSC informs our community of the death of Leona Peter on January 24, 2022.

It is with sadness that the BMSC informs our community of the death of Leona Peter on January 24, 2022. Leona was a long-time friend, philanthropist and champion of the BMSC. As an alumna of the University of Calgary, Leona met her husband Dick Peter in 1965 at U of C summer school. They married later that year before moving to Seattle where she completed a BA and Dick his PhD in Zoology in 1969. After moving to Edmonton, Alberta, where Dr. Peter continued his research as a pioneer in fish endocrinology, Leona’s passion for education continued. She worked in peer support, peer education, curriculum development, and trained teachers, nurses, physicians, and counselors – including working five years in crisis intervention and suicide prevention before being hired into the Alberta Alcohol & Drug Abuse AADAC Community Education Services. Leona and Peter moved to Bamfield in 2006 when Dick became BMSC Director. After Dick died very suddenly on 8 March, 2007, Leona’s strength carried the family forward and they settled in Courtenay.  Leona started a bursary for BMSC students, as they both believed firmly in the importance of students having the support needed to work and learn in a marine environment. Through this bursary, the BMSC has always been part of their “science family” and their generosity has supported the career trajectories of dozens of students who have had a life-changing research experience in Bamfield. Leona was admired for her love for life and we will miss her.

You can read more about Leona here:


Enjoying Leona’s Pond, July 2019

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