David Campbell Flett Fayle, BScF, Dip For (Oxon), PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus November 24, 1932 – December 21, 2013, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family. David was predeceased by his daughter Marilyn, and is survived by his wife of 56 years, Janet Evans, and his brother Brian Fayle. Loved by his children Elizabeth (Marc), Robert (Wendy) and Alexander (Raul), grandchildren Erin (Joshua), Emma (Mike), Cameron, Madeleine and Maxwell. David was born in Dursley, England and did his National Service as Lieutenant in Hong Kong, after which he immigrated to Canada to attend the University of Toronto. After receiving his degree in Forestry at U of T, he received his Diploma of Forestry at Oxford, then his doctorate at U of T. His thesis was used as a first year forestry text for at least thirty years. His career began as a research scientist at the Federal Ministry of Lands and Forests in Ottawa. He then moved to Clarke Irwin Publishing as Executive Editor, Education. He returned to research at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and became an adjunct professor at U of T. He then moved to U of T as a tenured professor teaching silviculture and scientific communications. He was world renowned for his expertise on root growth. He was at the forefront of climate change research, pooling his research on the effects of climate change on radial tree ring growth with other influential international scientists, and was called upon as an expert in court cases internationally. His extensive tree root system is still on display at the Ontario Science Centre. He was also a staunch supporter of architectural and land conservation. Some of his many accomplishments included: chairing one of the first Local Architecture Conservation Advisory Committees; being the lead on moving the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Manse to Black Creek Pioneer Village; and serving on the Land Stewardship Committee of the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust. David enjoyed travel, capturing his experiences through his ink and watercolour sketches. He was a self-taught master carpenter, accomplished sailor, author, and member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals as a historical building expert. Best known for his dry wit and charm, David was proud to be a Canadian and his favourite expression when asked about his British accent was that he ‘escaped England’. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues.
© Globe and Mail, Canada 24 December 2013