Douglas J. Duskin passed away suddenly on January 9, 2012 in Camden, SC. Born in Newark, NJ on November 5, 1941 and raised in Washingtonville, NY, he was the son of Diana S. Duskin and the late Stephen J. Duskin. He held a B.Sc. in Geology from Duke University and a M.Sc. in Mineral Deposits from Cornell University.
He was on active duty with the U.S. Navy from 1963-67 serving in destroyers of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and coastal patrol boats in the Mekong Delta. He then served in the Naval Reserves for eleven years and attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He enjoyed a 40-year career as a globally renowned exploration geologist with National Lead, Amselco, and Kennecott Exploration Company. Among his principal achievements were the exploration and development of the Ridgeway gold deposit in Ridgeway, SC; the development and production of the Diavik Diamond Mine in Yellowknife, NWT, Canada; early stage exploration leading to the discovery of the Eagle Nickel Mine in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Doug was a member of the Society of Economic Geologists, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, and the Institute of Lake Superior Geology. He was also a board member of the Northern Michigan Geologic Repository Association.
An avid pilot and capable sailor, Doug found great pleasure at the controls of his Cessna or at the helm of a sailboat plying the waters anywhere from the Carolina coast to the Caribbean. He relished spending time with family and friends, restoring classic automobiles, and rooting for the Green Bay Packers.
Doug is survived by his mother; his wife, Minna E. Hovinius; his daughter, Kristin V. Duskin-Gadd, her husband, Michael J. Stephens and their daughter; his son, Christopher J. Duskin, his wife Leslie M. Duskin and their three children; sisters, Margaret R. Duskin, Dorothy E. Russell, and Priscilla Duskin and brothers, George H. Duskin, Daniel P. Duskin, and Stephen J. Duskin, II.
Doug will receive a U.S. Navy burial at sea. Donations in his honor may be made to the Northern Michigan Geologic Repository Association at 141 Chippewa, Negaunee MI 49866 or to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
On-line condolences may be made to Doug’s family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.