Steered his career to his dream job: not even cancer could take the wind out of Bernard Brown's sails.
DIED: Former philanthropist and oilpatch veteran Francis E. (Fran) Lefaivre, 84; after a brief illness, in Calgary, on April 22. Born in Edmonton and raised in Calgary, he joined the Royal Bank out of high school. Two years later, in 1942, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy, serving overseas during the Second World War as a navigator with the fleet air arm, and retiring from service in 1947. He then joined Shell Oil as a crude analyst and liquefied petroleum gas trader, a career that spanned 26 years, during which time he was also involved in the family business of Rocky Mountain Importers. Following his retirement, he formed Lefaivre Resources, enabling him and his wife to travel to more than 65 countries, financing projects to bring food, shelter and medicines to areas devastated by famine and war. He also served on the boards of Carewest, Operation Eyesight Universal and the Leger Foundation.
DIED: One of the architects of the television news hour, Keith L. Bradbury, 66; of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), in Vancouver, on April 27. Born in Moose Jaw, Sask., he grew up in Winnipeg and Vancouver where he joined the Vancouver Sun as a copy boy, later becoming a reporter. He also attended the University of British Columbia, earning an arts degree in 1966, followed by a law degree three years later. But his first love being journalism, he joined BCTV as a feature reporter in 1972. In 1975 he was appointed assignment editor, and in 1989 became news director. His dogged determination to build a strong local news voice in British Columbia resulted in a program that set the news standard for all Canadian news organizations. He retired in 1998 as vice-president of news and news director.
DIED: Cancer immunologist and professor of pharmacy John Samuel, PhD, 53; of cancer, in Edmonton, on April 17. He was born in Karuvatta, Kerala, in southwest India, where he earned his graduate degrees in pharmaceutical sciences. He came to Canada in 1981, obtaining a master's degree in biochemistry from the University of Windsor, followed by a doctorate from the University of Alberta in 1985. He then joined the faculty of medicine at the U of A as a research associate, and from 2001 to the present, he was a professor of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences at the university. He recently received international recognition for designing a vaccine to fight breast and lung cancer.
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|Title Annotation:||THE RECORD|
|Date:||Jun 4, 2007|
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