In Memoriam: Raymond J. Prime, PhD


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It is with heavy sorrow and reverence that the Criminalistics section reports the loss of Dr. Raymond Prime, former director of the Centre of Forensic Sciences. He was a distinguished member of the fire science community. He passed away on October 15, 2018, in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. The following is a post from his colleague and friend Dennis Merkley on the Fire Investigators forum.

Surrounded by his family, Ray passed away peacefully on October 15th at the age of 73. A devoted husband to Irene for 45 years, a loving father to daughter Jacqueline Prime, PhD, and son James. Ray graduated with a PhD in analytical chemistry from McMaster University in 1973 and went forward to have a distinguished career at the Centre of Forensic Sciences (CFS) in Toronto, retiring in 2010 as the Director of the Centre. He was a widely respected Past President of the Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences and a longtime member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. His research into fire pattern analyses and fires in general were of great value in the Canadian fire investigation community. He will be remembered as a loyal friend, a dedicated and talented scientist, a man who would always step forward to help, a person who could fix anything and figure out everything. 

He will be truly missed.

Dr. Prime’s obituary may be viewed HERE.