PRESIDENT’S NOTES – TERRY DEVEAU
It was a great pleasure to see many of you again at the Spring meeting in Concord. I’ve been a regular at NEARA conferences since 2003, and it is marvel to me how so many volunteers are able to stage each of the meetings so well.
Suzanne Carlson has done an amazing job as NEARA President these past three years, not just at the conferences, of course, but in all the behind-the-scenes work and board meetings so necessary to NEARA’s ongoing operations and growth. I know that I speak for all NEARA members in extending to her a hearty and sincere “thank you” for her dedicated service; and although the duties of President have passed to me, she’ll continue in her ongoing role as Chair of the Publications Committee, which is also greatly appreciated.
Many of you know me from my role as Coordinator for Maritime Canada, and have heard my reports and presentations at conferences. Beyond that, many of you may not know me very well, so as your new President, I take this opportunity to introduce myself.
My home is in Nova Scotia, where I have lived since 1957; when my parents moved here from Toronto to raise their new family in a rural setting. As a boy, I loved to explore the woods and was always greatly intrigued by strange stonework, evidence of long abandoned homesteads or watermills, etc.
In school I was attracted to mathematics, science, and engineering. In university I obtained a BS in math, a diploma in engineering, did two years of graduate studies in astrophysics, and eventually completed a Master of Science degree in acoustics at Penn State University in 1999. My specialty is underwater acoustics and ocean science. I’ve worked in both the defense and environmental science branches of underwater sound research and development. For four years I’ve been a full time employee at Jasco Applied Sciences, in the role of Senior Scientist, Ocean Acoustics ( see http://www.jasco.com ).
A tour of Oak Island in 2002 piqued a more focused interest in my peripheral interests in history and archaeology. Reading and web searches told me that there was a great deal about the mysterious past of Nova Scotia, and indeed the whole Northeast, that was not yet well-understood. I soon found NEARA and like-minded amateurs researching strange dolmens, undecipherable inscriptions carved in out-of-the way rock faces, unexplained cairns and unenclosed walls, etc.