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DAWSON-GROVE, Glascott Eyre (D-G)

September 9, 1924 – February 16, 2012

Glascott Eyre Dawson-Grove (D-G), beloved husband of Elizabeth (Liz), passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2012, in Calgary at the age of 87.

Born on September 9, 1924, in Bishop’s Waltham, Hampshire, England, D-G lived in China until the age of 10, with his parents Heremon and Ethel (Betty Symes) Dawson-Grove, his father a Government Official for the Chinese Customs. D-G learnt to speak fluent Chinese from his amah (nanny). Taught by his parents and missionaries in China, he attended Rugby School in England, and then King Edward VII School in Hong Kong. At 16, he won the prize for highest marks in his final year and a scholarship to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Since the minimum age of 17 prevented him from attending MIT that year, D-G enrolled in Geology at Hong Kong University. The Japanese invasion in December 1941 delayed his formal studies – he was a POW in Hong Kong with his parents for the next four years. Following the War, he attended Imperial College Royal School of Mines, London, for his BSc in Oil Technology and continued his studies at Cambridge for his MSc in Structural Geology. An avid ballroom dancer and judo enthusiast, he rowed for Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in the 8’s and double sculls. He also met lifelong friends and business associates at university with whom he kept in touch for more than 60 years. D-G contracted polio at age 27, and then met and became engaged to his Physiotherapist, his future wife, Elizabeth. Qualified as a Petroleum Engineer, D-G began his career in the oil business with Shell Oil in California (1953-1961), immigrated to Canada where he was employed with Home Oil in Calgary (1961-1977), and then established his own consulting business, “Petrophysical Consultants International Ltd.” As a founding member of the Calgary Rowing Club in 1967, D-G became known as an outspoken advocate and resource for the sport. He loved rowing and kayaking, as well as mentoring and coaching new members of the club and competing in numerous regattas. He was last on the water at age 77 in 2002, and continued rowing on the indoor training tank until after his 87th birthday. D-G was known for his innovation and integrity in work and play, and his incredible determination to never give up. Beside his loving wife of 57 years, D-G is survived by his two daughters and a son-in-law, Louisa and Bill Chapman of Williams Lake, BC, and Lucy Forster of Calgary; five grandchildren, Laticia, Oleh and Roman Chapman of Williams Lake, and John and Claire Forster and their father, Paul Forster, all of Hong Kong. The family would like to thank the staff of Unit 71 at the Rockyview Hospital, including Dr. Han Friesen and Doug Kromm RN for their wonderful care. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of D-G Dawson-Grove, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. To Elizabeth:
    My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your husband D-G. From the item in the Calgary Herald he was a unique and distinguished individual, and I am sure you will miss him a lot.
    I will check with you in the spring time to see if you still want to go out a time or two on the bluebird trail.

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  2. Dear Elizabeth and family:

    I was saddened to read the notice today in the Herald of Glascott’s passing. During the times I drove him to his appointments I admired his sheer determination to stay mobile and independent. I see that Glascott led a very long, successful and interesting life. My sincere condolences on your loss. Anne

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  3. Charlie and Carmel Samphire :

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

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  4. Eileen Schlenker :

    Dear Mrs Dawson-Grove,Louisa,& Lucy,
    For these many years, I have held warm memories of each of you and am now also saddened by your loss. Such an interesting, accomplished, and many-faceted gentleman was your patriarch! How very proud you must be of him. Please know that my caring sympathy as well as my fond regards are with you.
    Most sincerely, Eileen Schlenker

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  5. Mildred Williams :

    Dear Elizabeth,
    I was surprised & saddened to see the obit for D-G in the paper over the weekend. I immediately phoned Roy.

    It seems D-G had a very interesting life. I was reminded of Rick Hanson because he also married his therapist.

    May your family & your memories help you through this difficult time.

    My sympathy to you for the loss of your husband. Sincerely, Mildred (CSRS)

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  6. Elizabeth & Family,

    I was sorry to hear of D.G.’s passing. Mum & Dad always enjoyed talking to him. I know he will be missed.
    Dairne Boyd (daughter of Joan & Keith Cullingham)

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  7. Richard Gotfried :

    With sincere condolences to old neighbours and friends Louisa and Lucy on your loss…
    I forgot some of the history and common roots we shared back to China and Hong Kong until I read about your Father’s background and childhood. I will always remember the big, old convertible and was honoured to chat with your father a few times dockside near the rowing club during my dragon boating days! My thoughts and prayers are with you…

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  8. Pat McLellan :

    I was saddened to hear of DG’s passing. As a life long kayak and canoe racer and for a period in university a rower I really came to admire DG’s determination and passion for “being on the water”. I particularly remember a period in the 1990’s when he was having trouble with his legs and decided to purchase and paddle one of the very tippy Lancer K-1 racing craft, something 14 year olds have trouble let alone someone about 70 years of age. I really knew little about DG’s professional life but I find it interesting he was a Shell engineer and later started his own firm, which has been exactly my career path. I’m sure he’s getting up early somewhere this morning to launch before dawn.

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