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Elder son of Eileen and the late Victor Hertzman, died Wednesday September 4, 2013. He is predeceased by his brother, Clyde, and is survived by his wife, Marguerite Frost, and his step-family: Jane and Brian Forward (Melanie, Michael (Gabby, Noah and Luke)), Mary and Ken Leopold (Nikki), Margaret Hall (Sean and Eamonn), his mother, Eileen, Clyde's partner, Marcy Cohen and Clyde's family, Amos and Caitlin Hertzman (Bennett and Posey), Emily Hertzman and Nyian Tedy (Carmela), Eric and Darlene Hertzman (Pascal). All adored.
Owen was born in Vancouver and attended Sir Winston Churchill high school and spent many happy times in the summers sailing with the family and camping at Camp Deka. He went on to study Engineering Physics at UBC and then completed a Master's in Climatology at UBC and a PhD in Atmospheric Science at the University of Washington. Owen taught at Dalhousie University in Halifax for 13 years where he initiated a program in Environmental Studies. In Halifax, Owen took part in research projects that included flying in research planes through the heart of nor'easters, "some of the most unpredictable and mysterious weather systems on the planet", emerging bright- eyed and ready to go back for more. Intensely involved and interested in politics, Owen ran for the NDP in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Returning to Vancouver in 2001, Owen taught at UBC and SFU, where he was devoted to his students. Members of the Geography department at SFU, where Owen taught courses including Environmental Studies and Climatology, have formed a team "The Climatologists" in honour of Owen for a Terry Fox walk/run on Tuesday September 24, leaving from SFU. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. At Owen's request, there will be a cremation but no service, although a gathering for family and friends is planned for Sunday September 8.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, 2013
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