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Leon F. Loucks, FCIC, passed away at his home in Charlottetown, PEI, on April 9, 2002, after a lengthy and determined battle with cancer. Born in Minden, ON in 1939, he graduated in honours chemistry from the University of Toronto in 1961. He was employed by Hercules Powder Co. of Wilmington, DE for two years before returning to Canada for doctoral studies at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of K.J. Laidler, FCIC. He received his PhD in 1967. Awarded an NRC postdoctoral fellowship, Loucks spent a year with R.J. Cvetanovic at the National Research Council in Ottawa.

In 1968, Loucks joined the faculty of Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown which, upon amalgamation in 1969, became the University of Prince Edward Island. He was promoted to professor in 1982 and served as chair of the chemistry department for several terms and a total of 10 years. He received the UPEI Merit Award, and an award for excellence in teaching. In his career, Loucks supervised the senior year research projects of over 40 students. He retired in 1996.

Loucks was elected a Fellow of The Chemical Institute of Canada in 1980. In the CIC Atlantic Local Section, he served as secretary--treasurer in 1979-1980, vice-chair in 1980-1981 and chair in 1981-1982. He was elected to the CIC Council for 1987-1988.

Loucks is survived by his wife, Sue, his daughters, Anita (Smith) and Teresa, his son, Paul, and six grandchildren.

Ratimir Cvetanovic, FCIC, died peacefully in Ottawa, ON on February 23, 2002. He was born on May 19, 1913 in the city of Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia. He earned several degrees in many nations, including the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1936, the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1941, and his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1950. He also functioned as a special lecturer at Toronto in 1950. Cvetanovic served in World War II as Reserve Lieutenant in the Yugoslav cavalry army. Once rooted in Canada in 1952, he became the head of the kinetics, photochemistry and catalysis section of the NRC's division of chemistry. He held that position until 1980 but still travelled extensively. In 1967, he was deemed an Overseas Fellow by Churchill College in Cambridge, U.K. He was a visiting professor and lecturer throughout the 1960s and 1970s at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, the University of California at Davis and the University of California at Irvine. From 1980 to 1989, he worked in Washingto n, DC as senior research scientist for the office of environmental measures in the National Bureau of Standards. Cvetanovic was the author of numerous scientific papers in the field of chemistry. He is survived by his wife, three children, and seven grandchildren. Donations can be made in his memory to the Centre d'Acceuil Roger Seguin.

Herbert Lewis "Bert" Grant, MCIC passed away July 31, 2001 in Vancouver, BC. He was born in Dundee, Scotland on May 17, 1928. He emigrated to Canada at age 16 and received his diploma in industrial chemistry from Central Technical School in Toronto, ON in 1945. He spent the early years of his career as an analyst and research chemist before focusing on beverage manufacturing. He joined the CIC in 1953 while employed as a chemist for Canadian Breweries, Ltd. In 1960, he served in the same capacity for Stroh Breweries. He accepted the position of chemical consultant with International Brewing Consultants in 1963, and by 1967, he was the chemical development director at Hops Extract Corporation. Grant relocated to the Yakima Valley in Washington State, U.S. in the early 1970s and established the Yakima Brewing and Malting Company. There he developed and patented a hop system that is still used today. In addition to the CIC and CSChE, he was also an active member of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC), and the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA). His company continues to retail fine beers brewed in the Grant tradition.

On June 21, 2002, Canada lost a paramount pioneer in the field of chemistry when Ira Edwin Puddington, FCIC, died of a heart attack at age 91. The event of his death brought to a close a 63-year career in applied chemistry. Research chemist at the National Research Council in 1950, he became the NRC's first director of the applied chemistry division in 1952. The NRC very recently lauded the distinguished chemist by dedicating of one of their research laboratories to him. The newly-named Ira E. Puddington building currently houses the NRC Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Chemistry and the Institute for National Measurement Standards (ACCN, June 2002, p. 8). Born January 8, 1911 in Clifton Royal, NB, Puddington graduated from honours chemistry at Mount Allision University 1933 and completed his master's and PhD studies at McGill by l938. He was a longstanding member of the Royal Society of Canada and joined the CIC in 1950. He was elected to the CIC fellowship in 1953, and served as both vice-pr esident and president of the CIC. Puddington held honorary doctor of science degrees from Mount Allison, Carleton and Memorial Universities, and received the Montreal Medal for contribution to the profession of chemistry in 1971. He authored and co-authored over 100 patents and publications in 19 countries. Specializing in the fields of oil and greases, colloidal suspension and coagulation, Puddington discovered the tilted settling process that is now used worldwide in mineral extraction procedures. 57 major inventions are credited to his name. Even after retiring from the NRC in 1974, he remained an active chemist and switched his focus to full-time research. In 1975, he received the R.S. Jane award for creative contributions to applied science and, in 1984, he became the first Canadian to win the Chemical Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Chemists. Most recently, Puddington was working with a colleague on preventing acid run-off from mines. Members of the CIC and chemists throughout the world wil l mourn the loss of a man described by peers as an enormous and positive influence.

Douglas Stewart Russel, FCIC, passed away at home in Ottawa, ON on March 3, 2002. He was born on June 16, 1916 in Georgetown, ON, and he graduated with a master's degree in chemistry from the University of Toronto in 1941. He began his career with Welland Chemical Works as supervisor of the control laboratory and later worked on the atomic energy project until 1945. In 1946, he joined the NRC and, by 1970, he had become the principal research officer in the division of chemistry. He held that position until his retirement in 1981 and was credited for providing sound and aggressive leadership. He published several scientific papers during his career. His lab was one of the first in Canada to employ infrared and gas chromatographic analysis. Russel joined the CIC in 1954, and was awarded the CIC fellowship in 1967. Russel served on the editorial board of Chemistry in Canada (now Canadian Chemical News/L'Actualite chimique canadienne), on the executive committee of the CIC Analytical Chemistry Division and was a lso the national president of the Canadian Spectroscopy Society in 1969. A decade later, he received the Fisher Scientific Award in analytical chemistry. He is survived by his wife, Loreen, three children, a grandaughter and a great-grandchild.
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