An expert in environmental geology, Spooner had taught courses and advised graduate students at Boston College since 1991. He previously had taught at Michigan State University and had operated his own consulting firm, which specialized in environmental hazards such as asbestos.
Despite suffering from vision problems during the past few years, Spooner recently had taken part in an analysis of metal found in sediment of the Charles River, and supervised students assisting in the project.
The Oct. 5 service will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Newton.
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