IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Daniel W. Fort, former Rice Rivers Center Board Chair
January 5, 2016
The VCU Rice Rivers Center has lost a long-time stalwart, Dr. Daniel Fort. As a founding member and past Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Fort was instrumental in building the Center into the acclaimed research site it is today. From the earliest days of construction of the research pier, education building and the outdoor classroom, to supporting construction efforts on the upcoming overnight lodge, Dr. Fort was passionate about providing a world-class site on which to conduct education and research for the advancement of the environmental sciences. As a strong advocate of the Center’s work around the globe and a supporter of the collaborative approach to solve environmental problems, Daniel was eager to see the long-awaited research laboratory building come to fruition and persistently worked to make it a reality. His colleagues will miss his input as they press forward in his honor.
An accomplished medical doctor and avid outdoorsman, Dr. Fort was prolific in his charity and impassioned work in the fields of medicine and the environment. He made friends around the world through his devotion to his work, and his absence will be felt acutely. He is survived by his son Duncan Magee Fort; his sister Margaret Fort Bridgforth; his brother William Acrill Fort; four nieces and nephews; his longtime partner Kate Haw; and by countless friends young and old.
The VCU Rice Rivers Center expresses profound condolences to Dr. Fort’s friends and family. He will be sorely missed.
Dr. Fort’s obituary can be seen here.