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GLOCKNER, Dr. Peter
B.Sc (Hon.), M.Sc., Ph.D., P. Eng.
January 26, 1929 - November 5, 2016
Dr. Peter Glockner passed away peacefully at Agape Hospice in Calgary, on November 5, 2016. He is survived by Sarah (nee Kraft), his wife of 61 years, his daughter Marilyn (Jack Dale) and his brother John (Rita) of Nelson, B.C., as well as many nieces and nephews.
Born in Mórágy, Hungary to Peter Glockner and Elisabeth Biel, Peter obtained his grade and secondary school education before leaving his native land with his parents and brother in 1946. They immigrated to Canada in 1949, settling in Medicine Hat. After spending a year and a half as a construction labourer, playing with local bands and learning English, he returned to school for a year, graduating in June 1951, with distinction and setting a new provincial record high average grade in the departmental examinations. This earned him a scholarship at McGill where he earned a B. Sc. (Honours) in Civil Engineering. A fellowship took him to MIT for his M.Sc. and the Ford Foundation provided support for his Ph. D. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
His academic career began in February, 1958 at the University of Alberta as Assistant Professor of Applied Mechanics in Civil Engineering. At his request, he was transferred to the new Calgary campus in September 1960, where he became a founding member of the Faulty of Engineering, spending the remainder of his career in teaching and research. He became Associate and Full professor of Civil Engineering in 1962 and 1967 respectively, served as Acting Head of Civil Engineering and was invited to become Head of Mechanical Engineering in 1976, holding that position for 11 years. From 1976 until his retirement in 1994, he was professor in both Departments. He wrote A Place of Ingenuity, a book on the Faculty of Engineering's history. His foundational work in two departments and the faculty were recognized by appointing him Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Engineering, a first-ever distinction.
Dr. Glockner's fundamental and applied studies on solid mechanics topics such as the behaviour of shells and inflatables, creeping stability and constitutive modeling of nonlinear time-dependent materials including ice, resulted in over 300 publications and invitations for lectures and keynote addresses around the globe. His contributions were also recognized by numerous awards, prizes and distinctions including EIC's Gzowski Gold Medal, ASCE's Mosseiff Medal and Prize and the 1993 Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics, CANCAM, Medal and Award. In 1994, a special international conference, "A World of Shells," was organized in his honour at the Banff Centre.
Professor Glockner served on boards of directors of national and international learned societies and professional organizations and has been elected Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics by whom he was selected President Elect for 1994-95, The American Society of Civil Engineers, The Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, and the Engineering Institute of Canada.
With his wife Sarah, he established the Peter Glockner Engineering Scholarship for Excellence, awarded to a third-year student enrolled full-time in Civil or Mechanical Engineering.
Peter Glockner found relaxation in his lifelong love of playing the accordion, in swimming and playing tennis, and in writing and editing the Hungarian Ethnic Lexicon, an English translation of a Hungarian Encyclopedia.
Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME (Medicine Hat) on Friday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held in St. Peter Lutheran Church (758 8th Street SE, Medicine Hat) on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Pastor Shane Hein officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to your local Parkinson Alberta Society. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Peter Glockner, or you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com and leave a message of condolence.


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Published in Calgary Herald from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2016.
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November 19, 2016
Dear Sarah, I did not meet Peter while we were both at UofA but recall going to a party at the Wilson's in a basement suite not long after we moved to what later became UofC. Peter played his accordian all evening. Somehow we both liked and respected each other and although I was not in engineering, was a P.Eng. which may have helped. We had many good chats together over the years. Peter cared very strongly about about UofC. I recall that when he discovered a very prosaic design for an overpass from the compus over the Crowchild, he insisted in producing a very aesthetic design that shamed Alberta Building and Works who were responsible for the building designs into building. It was a very attractive and imaginative design. We had many great parties in the early days and these cemented many friendships. It was so long ago and yet seems so recent! I salute you, old buddy, Harvey
Harvey A. Buckmaster
November 15, 2016
Dear Sarah and Marilyn,
Our deepest condolences on Peter's passing. Me and Ewa were really saddened by the news. He was my mentor, my scientific as well as spiritual guide for a long time. I owe him a great deal, and we will miss him.
Walerian and Ewa Szyszkowski
November 14, 2016
I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Glockner on several occasions when he came to The City of Calgary's Archives while he was working on the Hungarian Ethnic Lexicon. He was a delightful and informative conversationalist and it was always a pleasure to speak with him.

I am so very sorry to hear this sad news and offer my sincere condolences to his family.

With deepest sympathy,

Carol Stokes
Carol Stokes
November 13, 2016
Sarah, Marilyn, and all the Glockner family:
You have my deepest condolences. I was one of Peter's graduate students (1969-73) and, later, a fellow faculty member. My debt to Peter is immense. Not only did I learn from him but I am especially happy that I have remained in touch with him as our paths diverged. Thank you Peter.
David Malcolm
November 13, 2016
My deepest sympathies to the family on Peter's passing. I interacted with Peter over many years when we were Heads of departments in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Calgary. He was always supportive of me, and a gentle manner always calmed the group at promotions time! He of course wrote a wonderfully detailed history of engineering at Calgary, putting forth a huge effort to get those details.
Jim Haslett
November 13, 2016
Dear Sarah and Marilyn
I was truly saddened to see the news of Peter's death but it was uplifting to read of his achievements. And then I began to remember all the wonderful times we had when the university was young - dinners on Charlebois Drive, getting together in Maui, a truly outstanding party at the Gasthaus (was it your 25th anniversary?).
My heart goes out to you and I send you my deepest sympathy.
Robin Terentiuk
Robin Terentiuk
November 11, 2016
Dear Sarah:
You lost your love and partner of over 61 years and many like me lost an academic and good friend. My very sincere condolences. He will be remembered for his achievements and help to those who needed or asked.
Ramesh C Joshi
Ramesh Joshi
November 11, 2016
I did not know Professor Glockner, my colleague in a different faculty at the University of Calgary, but having read of his life, I wish I had. My sincere condolences to his family: I will keep him and you in my thoughts and prayers.
Gene Milone
November 10, 2016
Hello to all of Peter's family:

As well as being an incredible scholar, Peter was such a "gentle" man. In al of my encounters with him via phone or seasonal message notes, he was so kind and so gracious.
We will al miss Peter
Bernadette O'Connor

Mississauga, Ontario
Bernadette O'Connor
November 10, 2016
To all of Peter's Family:
I am passing on my sincere sympathy to you all. I knew Peter as a very
"gentle" man and he was always so kind and courteous to me via phone or written seasonal messages.
Travel safely back and forth to Medicine Hat. I am thinking of you all
Bernadette O'Connor
Mississauga, Ontario



Take Care
Bernadette O'Connor
Bernadette O'Connor
November 10, 2016
Dear Sarah,
My condolences to you and your family on the passing of my friend Peter. I was fortunate enough to come to your house 23 years ago to do a plumbing service call and meet Peter. Over the years we developed a great relationship and I really enjoyed coming over to the house to do my work and catch up with Peter. It was always nice to see his bright smile and talk about business and family. I'm going to miss him.
Peter Voelk
Peter Voelk
November 9, 2016
Our deepest condolences on Peter's passing. Peter was a great leader and a true scientist. He helped many young people in their careers and challenged his colleagues to achieve their full potential. He was a great friend and mentor, a musician and a historian. We have lost a unique personality.
Marcelo and Nareeza Epstein
November 9, 2016
Dr. Peter Glockner made significant contributions to the field of Civil Engineering reasearch and education. As a department Head of Civil Engineering at The University of Calgary he was known as a hard working and very fair Professor. Dr. Glockner also wrote "A Place of Ingenuity" a very detailed history of engineering at the University of Calgary. My sincere condolences to the family.
John Morrall
November 9, 2016
Tante Sarah and Marilyn we are sending you our deepest condolences on the passing of Onkel Peter. While many provinces separated us, his kindness to our family has always made us feel near and connected to you always. While his remarkable legacy will continue to inspire future generations, he will be greatly missed by this one who knew and loved him.
John, Kyle, Janet, Hannah and Milo Biel
November 9, 2016
Marilyn and family, my condolences on the passing of your father. I always enjoyed his great smile and laugh!
Leslie Holmes (nee Matthews)
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