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Derek Noel Kerr

Passed away July 11, 2013 in San Francisco at the age of 77, following an extended illness.

A native of Canada, Derek was proud of his service as a radar plotter with the Canadian Navy, having served aboard the HMCS Ontario and St. Therese on voyages to the South Pacific.

Following his naval service, Derek graduated from Manitoba Teachers College and served as a public school teacher for several years. After a backpacking trip to South America in 1969-70, he decided to pursue studies in Latin American History, receiving his Masters from the University of Calgary in 1977. He was awarded his PHD in Latin American Studies from Tulane University in 1983. His dissertation, "Petty Felony, Slave Defiance, and Frontier Villainy; Crime and Criminal Justice in Spanish Louisiana, 1770-1803" was published by Garland Publishing in 1993.

Derek also attended the University of California, Berkeley, receiving the degree of Masters of Library and Information Studies in 1988. He was employed by the special collections division of the University of British Columbia library in Vancouver, BC.

Derek is survived by his brothers Dalton and Tom Kerr and sister Norma Gobeil, all residents of Canada, and partner, Richard Grube, of San Francisco.

Memorial services will be held at Bethany United Methodist Church, 1268 Sanchez (at Clipper), San Francisco on August 24th at 2pm. Donations may be made to SF General Hospital Foundation.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 26, 2013
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