VOCKEROTH, John Richard ("Dick")
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Richard left us peacefully in his sleep on Friday, 16 November 2012 at the age of 84. He was born in 1928 to John Henry and Adelheid (née Müller) Vockeroth. Predeceased by his wife Ann (née Glew), he is survived by his devoted sons Adrian (Nicole Johnson) of Gatineau and David (Miyuki Kamitsuma) of Maple Ridge, B.C., by his dear brother Robert (Erie, née Holmes) of Burnaby, B.C. by his loving grandchildren Matthew, Emilie, Sean, Sarah and Kai and by many nieces and nephews. Having earned the Governor General's award for the highest grade point average of any high school student in Saskatchewan, he studied at the University of Saskatchewan before receiving his doctorate from Oxford University in 1953. Richard gained international recognition during his lengthy career as an entomologist with Agriculture Canada and was appreciated by the worldwide scientific community. In 1997 he received the C.P. Alexander Award as the greatest living North American dipterist. His kindness and generosity are exemplified by the time that he devoted to many charities. The Vockeroth family would like to thank the many caregivers and medical staff who attended to Richard's needs these past few years. A Memorial Service will be held at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O'Connor) on Wednesday, November 21st at 11:30 a.m.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, 2012