In Memoriam: Nenad Spoljaric

Community remembers senior scientist in Delaware Geological Survey

Nenad Spoljaric, senior scientist in the Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) for nearly 34 years, passed away on April 20, 2022, at his home in Boca Raton, Florida, surrounded by his family. He was 87.

Dr. Spoljaric joined the Survey as senior scientist in 1965. He retired in 1999.

Widely respected by his colleagues and members of the scientific community for his research and contributions to the field of geology, he was the author or coauthor of more than 20 DGS publications.

Born in Zagreb, Croatia, he earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Ljubljana and worked at the Petroleum Institute in Zagreb for several years. In 1963, he immigrated to the United States to marry his high school sweetheart, Barbara Simunovic. He earned his master’s degree from Harvard University and his doctorate in geology from Bryn Mawr University.

His obituary notes that he was a kind, gentle and warm man who put the needs of others above his own.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

To read his complete obituary or leave online condolences, visit Lorne and Sons Funeral Home.


For questions and information, contact DGS at, 302-831-2833