Picture of Dr. Doug Inglis and Jenny Gusse.

In Celebration of Dr. Doug Inglis and Jenny Gusse

We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Dr. Doug Inglis and his partner Jenny Gusse at the end of September. Inglis was an adjunct professor in the Department of Biology, as well as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Neuroscience where he was a beloved, valued friend and collaborator, who had also co-supervised many of their students over the years at the University of Lethbridge. Dr. Inglis had also worked with the NMR Facility, directed by Tony Montina, who is a member of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Both he and Gusse worked at Agriculture Canada’s Research Centre in Lethbridge, where Gusse also supervised students on co-op placements.     
Their colleagues in the Biology Department share their memories with us:

“Doug Inglis and Jenny Gusse were consummate professionals, people who loved their work and who you could always count on to get the job done and done well.

Doug and Jenny met in Edmonton, and remained together from that day forward, travelling first to Lethbridge Research Centre so Doug could take up a post doc and then to Mississippi State where Doug took up a faculty position and Jenny became his lab manager. Drawn back to Alberta by a love of mountain hiking, they returned to LRC where Doug took up a research scientist position and soon afterwards became an adjunct member of the Department of Biological Sciences at ULeth.

For Biology faculty, Doug is remembered as a wonderful colleague, a strong scientist, and an individual with integrity. Doug was a thoughtful, careful and demanding scientist and a strong communicator. He was a very prolific author, with over 200 journal articles, who was always incredibly well organized and thoughtful about his work. One of Doug’s greatest research strengths was his flexibility and ability to adapt to a changing research environment. Unlike many high-profile researchers who leave the lab bench to pursue speaking engagements, Doug stayed close to home, continuing to work in the laboratory or in the field on locally relevant projects.

Among both Uleth Biology students and faculty, Doug and Jenny will be especially remembered for their dedication to student training. Doug taught several courses, including Mycology and Advances in Agricultural Biotechnology, for our department, but their major contribution was the large number of undergraduate and graduate students they have mentored on various research projects. Jenny, described by one former student as the best molecular biologist she has ever encountered, was a patient and skilled teacher who provided valuable hands-on training in all aspects of lab technique and equipment operation, while Doug concentrated on other aspects of student training, ensuring that their students were well versed in experimental design, statistical analysis, manuscript preparation and well counseled in career prospects.”

We send our deepest sympathy to their families, their friends and colleagues in the Biology Department, Neuroscience Department, and to everyone at the University who worked or studied with them.