Duncan Law

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"In 1944 Professor Sinnhuber hired a research assistant, Duncan Law, who had just graduated from Oregon State College, to work with him in the area." (area refers to tests on dogfish liver oil for Vitamin A content)

"Duncan Law's official retirement from the Seafood Laboratory in 1984 marked the end of an era.  He had worked under two different directors, Harvey and Crawford, received the U.S. Department of Interior National Conservation Award, and served in a number of city offices, including city council.  It was this close link with the local community, the research community, and the seafood industry that would lead to another step forward for the Laboratory in 1997. Duncan Law may have retired, but he didn't quit working for the benefit of the Laboratory, the community, and the state."

"Although Duncan Law had retired from the Seafood Laboratory, he had not stopped his efforts to improve the seafood industry and the Astoria community.  He went to Congressman Les AuCoin to get support for his idea of a seafood consumer research and education center.  In 1990 the nonprofit Seafood Consumer Center was established to provide a facility and focal point for research and education for processing, harvesting, marketing, promotion, and consumption of seafood.  The Board of Directors included community leaders such as J.W. Forrester, publisher of the Daily Astorian, and Duncan Law; state agency representatives such as Joe Easley of Oregon Trawl Commission and Dalton Hobbs of the Oregon Department of Agriculture; educational representatives such as Jim Hogan of Clatsop Community College and Thayne Dutson and Lavern Weber of Oregon State University; seafood industry representatives such as Grant Larsen of Ocean Foods of Astoria; and City of Astoria representatives such as Mayor Willis VanDusen."

Source: Astoria Seafoods Laboratory, the first 60 years (1938-1998) by Pamela A. Rogers