JACOBS, ALLAN EDWARD August 7, 1938 – June 30, 2021 On Wednesday June 30, 2021, Allan Edward Jacobs, passed away at his home, in Kensington Gardens, Toronto, at the age of 82. Carol E. Roup, Allan's loyal and loving companion, was by his side. Allan was born on August 7, 1938, to Edward John Henry Jacobs and Elsie May (Harris) Jacobs in Toronto, Ontario. He received a B.Eng. in 1960 at the University of Toronto, a Master of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Allan was employed by Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, New York, the Atomic Energy Commission of Canada and for many years as a Professor of Physics at the University of Toronto. Allan was what many would describe as an intellectual genius, with a near photographic memory for music, art, and history. He had a passion for marathon running, skiing, hiking, paddling, and international travel, and completed the Toronto Marathon in 1979. A consummate scientist, Allan cared deeply about the environment and was civic-minded, always striving for a better and more just society. He had a gentle, kindhearted, and caring personality. As a child, Allan developed a deep love of the outdoors having spent his summers camping and fishing on the Naiscoot River with his family, and later at his family's cottage on Georgian Bay, Ontario in the same area. Allan was most proud of having achieved the elusive "Thirteen," having paddled each of Canada's ten provinces and three territories. Allan completed the Thirteen at the age of 75 by paddling the Bow River in Banff, Alberta, with his brother, Roger on a trip they had long planned and completed together in July of 2014. He is survived by his brother, Roger William Jacobs, nieces Jennifer Eileen Ceslak and Lauren McLennan Breen, nephew Edward John Jacobs, longtime companion Carol E. Roup, and her children Katherine Roup and Oliver Roup. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 5, 2021, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the Forest Lawn Chapel, 4570 Younge Street, Toronto.
Published in Toronto Star on Jul. 4, 2021.