"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." Lao Tzu

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Dr. J. Philip McLaren
May 17, 1941- February 12, 2014

A man who loved his family, his friends, his God. 
A man that had a wealth of knowledge oozing from his fingertips. 
A man who could make you laugh until you cried. 
A man who would comfort you when you were sad with a great big bear hug and words of encouragement.
 A man who wasn't afraid to knock some sense into you. 
A man who loved nature and adventures. 
A man who loved teaching and loved his students.
A man after God's own heart.

Doc's Rules: 
(1) Eat when you can. 
(2) Sleep when you can. 
(3) Go to the bathroom when you can. 
(4) If you like it, buy it because you might never see it again.

Psalms 107

Doc leading group of HS students from a lagoon tour. South Water Caye, Belize. 2009
Doc always had a supply of chocolate on his trips.
Doc working at the Whaling museum in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Doc in his garden. Merry Mac Farm, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Devotion time. New Zealand, 2007
Moeraki boulders area. New Zealand 2007

Doc talking with the canoe maker. Hawaii, 2007
Standing at the rim of the crater. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. 2007
Pearl Harbor National Monument. Hawaii. 2007
Belize. 2006.
Doc lecturing. South Water Caye, Belize. 2009
Doc with Meagan A. and Melanie A. Hawaii. 2007
The gang. Hawaii. 2008
Doc and bull kelp. New Zealand. 2008.

Whale Watch.
Teaching flora.
Doc following rule #2.

Teaching flora.
A man and his kilt!
Doc following rule #2.

How his office always was no matter the size.

Doc's last address at ENC. Senior chapel.

Some shots from the Philippines

Coral polyps
Blue Sea Star
Clown Anemone fish

Coral head
Tube Coral
Sea Cucumber
Giant Clam

Bubble coral with Orangutan Crab


View from the outrigger during a break between dives.

Whale Shark!!!
Jos and Ron enjoying a beer after the day's dives.
Whale Shark feeding on a snack of chum

Nudibranch via Jos
Ornate Ghost fish via Jos
Shrimp via Jos
Amazing kitchen staff at Magic Island Resort.
Jo, the Dive Manager.

Pygmy Seahorse via Jos.
Mantis Shrimp via Jos
Mandarin fish via Jos