With sadness, the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) has received news of the passing of Life Trustee Mr. Brunell Spurling.
Mr. Spurling’s father owned the property to the east of BIOS’s campus, and Brunell and his brother grew up as neighbors to BIOS, then the Bermuda Biological Station for Research (BBSR). Brunell Spurling began his professional association with BBSR in the late 1940’s. Wearing numerous hats, including boat captain, carpenter, stonemason, builder and plumber, Mr. Spurling also assisted with early scientific endeavors such as water sampling and radio tagging. In 1970 as BBSR’s Superintendent, Mr. Spurling was instrumental in the expansion of the library building, which tripled the size of the library while also providing new office space and a contemporary conference room. In 1975, Mr. Spurling was elected Life Trustee in recognition of his many years of service to BIOS.
“Mr. Spurling knew the place inside and out,” said Butch Stovell, BIOS Maintenance Superintendent, who worked with Spurling for more than a decade. “He was a wonderful supervisor and a good man to work with.”
The staff and board of BIOS extend its sincerest condolences to Mr. Spurling’s family.