Ranard (Jack) Jackson Pickering, 89, Arlington, Virginia, passed away Oct. 29, 2018. He was 89.
He is survived by his three children, Pamela, Whidbey Island, Washington, Nancy, Alexandria, and Michael, presently of Centreville; and his sister, Carolyn Garman, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Joyce H., his beloved wife of more than 50 years, passed before him in 2005.
Jack was born in Goshen, Indiana, and later attended Indiana University, where he received a bachelor's degree suma cum laude and a master's degree, both in geology.
While at IU, he met and married Joyce Holt. Their first daughter, Pamela, was born while Jack and Joyce were still attending IU.
Jack worked as a geologist for the New Jersey Zinc Co. while they lived in Ogdensburg, New Jersey, where his second daughter, Nancy, was born. After they moved to Provo, Utah, he worked for U.S. Steel, and his son, Michael, was born.
After moving to Mountain View, California, Jack attended Stanford University, earned a doctorate degree in geology, and stayed on to do a year of research as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow.
When Jack was employed by the U.S. Geological Survey to work in various field offices, the family moved first to Oak Ridge, Tennessee; next to Columbus, Ohio; and finally, near the Survey's National Headquarters in the Washington, D.C. area.
He soon became chief of the quality of Water Branch, and was then appointed chief of the newly created Office of Atmospheric Deposition Analysis (Acid Rain).
Jack had been in the Senior Executive Service and had received two Service Awards, had published numerous technical papers, was a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and was a member in several prestigious scientific societies. After 33 years, he retired from the Survey.
A graveside memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Whitehead Cemetery, New Paris.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is assisting with arrangements and online condolences may be sent at www.rrefh.com.
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