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Dr. Bayne, given Herbert A.
DR. BAYNE It is our painful duty, this week to record the death of Herbert A. Bayne, M.A., Ph.D, F.R.S.C., which occurred in this town on Saturday morning. Dr. Bayne was the oldest son of the late James Bayne D.D. of Pictou, and was born in 1846 at Great Village, Colchester Co., where his father was then settled. He received his early education at Pictou Academy, and in 1869, took the degree of B.A. at Dalhousie College after a brilliant four years course. He was Principal of Pictou Academy for seven or eight years, and won there a high reputation as a successful teacher. He threw special energy into the work of the science classes, which he conducted with great usccess. In 1873 he went to Germany to prosecute his studies, devoting himself principally to the science of Chemistry. In Berlin under Dumas, at Leipzig under Weidemann, and at Heidelberg under Bunsen, graduating as Doctor of Philosophy at Heidelburg in 1877. In the same year he returned to Nova Scotia. Appointments to scientific specialties are not common in this country, nor easily obtained, and Dr. Bayne's first position after his return was that of head master of the Halifax High School. Here he did good work, orgainizing the school, and planning the science class rooms in the new building. At the same time he lectured on Chemistry in Dalhousie College. In 1879 he was appointed Professor of Chemistry in the Royal Military College at Kingston, which had just been founded. "Here" to quote the Halifax Herald, "he again found full scope for his remarkable organizing powers. He had not only to prepare lectures in chemistry and other allied subjects, but to originate and develop the scientific department of the College to plan the laboratory, to stock it with apparatus." He soon won golden opinions. He was made one of the original Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. He was employed by the Government in some scientific investigations requiring exceptional skill and experience. At the same time he found oportunity to make original researches on the subject of chemical tests of the purity of silk, the result of which was communicated in a valuable paper to the Royal Society of Canada at its last meeting. In 1882 he married Anne, eldest dughter of Hoard Primrose Esq, of this town. He was a great favourite, as all his old pupils here will easily understand, with the students of the Military College; and he devoted himself to the teaching of science with the greatest enthusiasm. Those who watched his career with pride and pleasure saw promise of much goodwork to be done. But it was not to be. For two or three years he suffered from occasional illness, last spring more severly than at any previous period, and he sought as usual, rest and relief in his native air. Shortly after his arrivel here he was confined to his room, and before many weeks the physicians attending him were forced to the conclusion that the end was near. He was conscious to the last, and died peacefully about 11 o'clock on Saturday afternoon. He was a man of fine presence, of wide culture, and of a singularly attractive character. If is not the town of Pictou alone that has to mourn his loss. Canada may well lament the death of one of her most promising young scientific men. We fell that we only voice the sentiment of the entire community in extending to his bereaved friends and relatives heartfelt sympathy and the most sincere condolence. (On the same page of the Colonial Standard is found the following.) DIED BAYNE - At Pictou. p.m. the 18th inst., Herbert A. Bayne, M.A., Ph.D., D.F.R.S.C., Proffessor of Chemistry in the Royal Military College, Kingston, in the 40th years of his age. The Halifax Herald page 2 PANS MFM # 6906

[Colonial Standard, September 21, 1886]

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