March 4, 1930 – March 29, 2013
John Kentfield, beloved husband of Amelia Kentfield of Calgary, passed away on March 29, 2013 at the age of 83 years.
An only child, John was born and raised in the UK. He received his undergraduate engineering from Southampton University in 1959 and his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of London in 1963, participating in the early development of gas turbines. John moved to the USA in 1963 to work as a Project Engineer for the Curtiss-Wright Corporation in New Jersey. He met the love of his life, Amelia, in New York, where they were married in 1966. In 1970, John accepted a position as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary, where he remained for the rest of his life. Although officially retired in 2004, as a Professor Emeritus, he was actively engaged in research until the day he died.
John was a kind, gentle and modest man with a wonderful sense of humour and a passion for knowledge. He understood how energy could be harnessed for the good of mankind and devoted his life to the wellbeing of others through the intelligent use of technology. He was a very creative engineer who used his grasp of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics to develop new and innovative solutions to global technical challenges. He saw the potential of wind energy decades before it became a viable alternative energy resource. He created a unique turbine blade to harness the wind more efficiently that was particularly suited for use in developing countries. Another of John’s novel aerodynamic designs was later incorporated into SpaceShipOne, the world’s first commercial, manned space vehicle. Those who knew and worked with John and particularly his friends, colleagues and students, always felt enriched by the experience. He will be sadly missed.
John is survived by his loving wife Amelia.
There will be no formal service for John at this time. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of John Kentfield, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences