In Memorium: Dan C. Purdy, BSc


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Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Questioned Documents Section Chair

The Questioned Document section is sad to announce the passing of Dan C. Purdy on August 19, 2020, at the age of 74. Dan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of B.C. and trained as a forensic scientist at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police where he worked from 1969 to 1999, the last 10 years as the Chief Scientist of Document Services. He then joined Forensic Document Examination Services, Inc. until his retirement from the profession in 2018.

Dan was an active member of the AAFS, the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, the Forensic Science Society, and he was certified by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners. He also established and contributed to an endowment fund that provides financial backing for trainees and junior document examiners to attend professional meetings.

In 2012, Dan Purdy was awarded the Albert S. Osborn Award of Excellence in recognition of his distinguished career and the many contributions he made to the profession of forensic document examination. He retired from practice in 2018. He leaves behind his wife, children, grandchildren, and his colleagues.