Robert James Uffen

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ROBERT JAMES UFFEN O.C., Ph.D., D.Sc., F.R.S.C., P.Eng. On Saturday, July 18, 2009, at Extendicare, Kingston, at the age of 85 years, after a long battle with cancer. Predeceased by his loving wife, Mary Ruth, in 1994. Loved and deeply missed by his son, Rob Uffen, his daughter, Joanne Brand, his son-in-law, Ed Brand, and their children, Jamie Brand (Sarah), Julie Runions (Chris), and John Brand. Predeceased by his parents, Elsie and Fred, his sister, Mary Cobo, his brother, Norman, and survived by his brother, Jack. Served in the 2nd World War with the R.C.A. Infantry Corps, 1941-42 and the Royal Canadian Artillery, 1942-45. B.A.Sc. (Engineering Physics) 1949, M.A. (Geophysics) 1950, University of Toronto; Ph.D. (Physics) 1952, University of Western Ontario; D.Sc. Queen's 1967, U.W.O. 1970, R.M.C. 1978, McMaster 1986. Principal, University College of Arts and Science, U.W.O., 1961-65; Dean, College of Science, U.W.O. 1965-66; member, National Research Council, Canada, 1963-66; Chairman, Defence Research Board of Canada, 1967-69; Chief Science Advisor to the Cabinet, Privy Council Office, Ottawa, 1969-71; Dean, Faculty of Applied Science, Queen's University, 1971-80; Vice-Chairman, Ontario Hydro, 1975-79; member, Club of Rome, 1969-84; Commissioner, Ontario Royal Commission on Asbestos, 1980-84; Commissioner, Ontario Commission on Truck Safety, 1981-83. Internationally distinguished research geophysicist, professor, and university administrator. Authored numerous articles on geophysics, evolution of the earth, science policy, nuclear waste, and occupational safety. Was awarded the Centennial Medal, Canada, 1967; Officer, Order of Canada, 1983; Distinguished Service Award, Queen's University, 1990; Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, Canada, 2002. Bob was an extraordinary artist who documented his worldwide travels with many paintings and drawings. Bob loved to sing and play the harmonica. He enjoyed many happy years at the family summer home on Lake Muskoka. Lunches with his colleagues, at the Faculty Club at Queen's were a great source of pleasure for Bob, particularly during his years of retirement. Bob experienced happiness and contentment during his eight years at Extendicare, Kingston. A special thank you from the family to the staff at Extendicare for taking such good care of our dad and grandfather. A memorial service will be held at James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Boulevard, Kingston on Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. with a reception to follow. In remembrance, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Extendicare, Kingston or to the Mary Ruth Uffen Bursary, Queen's University.

Published in the Toronto Star on July 22, 2009