The CIC extends its condolences to the family of Ron Whitman.
Ron Whitman, FCIC, passed away in Halifax, NS, on Match 31, 2008. He was born in Halifax and received his early education in the Halifax area. Following his graduation from Acadia University with a BSc (honours chemistry), an MSc (chemistry), and an MEd, he started his distinguished teaching career at Queen Elizabeth High School (QEH) in Halifax. He subsequently served as head of the science department at Halifax West High School before returning to QEH as vice-principal. He finished his career as principal of Halifax West.
He was a sessional lecturer at Acadia University for many years. Following his official retirement from the school system in 1997, he taught a university preparatory course in chemistry for Dalhousie University through its continuing education division. During his retirement, he worked with the Nova Scotia Department of Education to develop evaluation tests for high school students.
His passion for chemistry and his ability to inspire his students to excel was legendary. His influence extended well beyond his classroom. He was a senior author of three editions of Chemistry Today, a highly successful chemistry textbook that was used by high schools across Canada and in the U.S. for at least 20 years.
Ron was recognized early in his career by the CIC with the Domtar Award. He also received a Shell Merit Award for his contributions to chemistry education in the Halifax region, He was especially thrilled to be named a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada in 1985.
Russell J. Boyd, FCIC
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|Title Annotation:||RECOGNITION/RECONNAISSANCE; death of Ron Whitman|
|Author:||Boyd, Russell J.|
|Publication:||Canadian Chemical News|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||May 1, 2008|
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