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KROUSE – Dr. Howard Roy

Roy Krouse passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 2, 2010.

He is survived by his beloved wife Irene, his son Donald (Kendall) and two grandchildren, James and Edward, and his son Ian. Dr. Krouse served in the professional ranks at the University of Alberta and at the University of Calgary for over 40 years. He was a noted international scholar and research scientist, a recipient of numerous awards and a member of the Royal Society of Canada. Roy was a talented musician and a long-standing member of the Prairie Mountain Fiddlers.

Dr. Krouse was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Mary Davidson Krouse, and two grandchildren, Olivia and Thomas.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Flowers gratefully declined, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521-3433. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Dr. H. Roy Krouse, a tree will be planted at Fletcher Park, Airdrie by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Douglas Bennion :

    My thoughts are with the family at this time of sorrow. I spent many hours working with Roy on several projects. He was a gentleman and his contributions to science will be used by many.

    I am sorry we cannot be at the services, we have become snowbrids and are only in Calgary during the summer.

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  2. Judi and John Kendall :

    Our sincere condolences to you all. It is painful at the moment, but the pain will pass and you will all be left with some wonderful and warm memories.

    Roy was a great colleague and a good friend, always supportive and helpful when needed. Besides being an excellent scholar he also knew how to enjoy himself and at every chance would include his friends in that enjoyment.

    Kindest regards and our thoughts are with you.

    Judi and John Kendall

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  3. John Bloch, PhD :

    Mrs. Krouse and Family – my heartfelt condolences to you on Roy’s passing – he had a monumental influence on a generation or two (or three) of geoscientists and working in his lab was a highlight of my graduate experience. – John Bloch

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  4. Eleanor Vargo :

    My sincerest sympathy to the Krouse family. I’m sorry I didn’t know him better, but I’ve enjoyed the CD he sent me and appreciate how talented he was. Best wishes to you all.

    Eleanor Vargo

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  5. Piotr Staniaszek, PhD :

    My prayers and thoughts are with Irene and whole family. Dr. Krouse was very generous man and one of the greatest scientists in Stable Isotopes. I am proud that I was one of his graduate students and I am very thankful for what he did for me and my family.

    Piotr Staniaszek with wife Jadwiga, daughter Katarzyna, sons: Piotr Jr. and Michal.

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  6. Gordon and Bev Cumming :

    To Irene and Family,

    We are saddened to hear of Roy’s passing, and want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have such good memories of his music, wit and wisdom, and the fact that he was such a gentle man who had this passion for every aspect of his life.

    Apologies that we are not able to attend the Memorial Service, but know that our thoughts will be with you, and we know that despite the sorrow of this time, your memories of good times will give you the strength you need.

    Gordon and Bev

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  7. Dr. Finley Campbell :

    Barbara and I convey our feeling of sadness and loss at the news of Roy’s passing. He will always be remembered for his major contributions to the Arts and Sciences and the lives of all who knew him. He was even a very competitive goal tender for the faculty hockey team at U of A.

    Regards, Fin

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  8. Robert van Everdingen :

    To the family of Roy Krouse,

    Heartfelt condolences for all of you at this difficult time. I shall always remember Roy as a great scholar and as a mentor. I was privileged to have worked with him on several projects, and at one time was allowed to operate his trains. I cherish all those memories.

    Wishing you strength and all the best,

    Robert van Everdingen
    Arctic Institute of North America

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  9. Charles & Pamela Yonge :

    Dearest Irene & family
    We are very sad to hear this news of Roy’s passing. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to you and your sons. It seems a long time ago that we spoke but I have fond memories of the custom sewing I did for you. Chas is currently in Barbados on contract and I will let him know about Roy. He was always so generous to the lab staff & their families and he will be very missed. Much love to you – Pam & Chas & triplets (who are 19 years old now)

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  10. Ken and Sandy West :

    Dear Irene, Donald and family, and Ian. We were deeply saddened to learn of Roy’s passing and send our sincere condolences to all of you.

    Though it’s been a few years since we were in touch, we have many happy memories of good times spent with the Krouse family, of backyard barbecues in Edmonton, of many family dinners, and of one very special evening just before Christmas in Edmonton long ago when a very cold and ragged bunch of carol singers were welcomed into your home and treated to an impromptu fiddle and guitar concert that far outshone our own feeble musical efforts.

    Roy was a superb mentor and supportive friend through Ken’s PhD and post-graduate years, taking him to intellectual places he would never have reached on his own, and the years he spent under Roy’s guidance were among the most rewarding and enlightening that he has ever known.

    Irene, you and Roy took such trouble to make young students and faculty feel at ease in your home, spouses, children and all, from all over the world. No one who experienced the famous Krouse hospitality will ever forget it, and Calgary isn’t the only place today where people are in mourning for a great guy. May your own wonderful memories of Roy sustain you at this difficult time. Sent with our fond regards. Ken and Sandy West

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  11. Sandra Garvie-Lok :

    I would like to offer my sympathy to Roy’s family at this difficult time. Roy was very generous with his time and comments when I was a graduate student in the U of C’s Dept. of Archaeology. He helped me to become familiar with an area that was initially very foreign to me, and did so with warmth and good humour. His enthusiasm about the potential of stable isotope analysis to tell us about the world around us was infectious, and a real inspiration.

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  12. Dear Irene and family,
    We hope that you have many happy memories to comfort you at this time. We were glad to have had the opportunity to know Roy. He will be missed by so many people in so many different walks of life. Mike really valued his friendship. Roy was a true gentleman. We offer our heartfelt condolences. The last year must have been very difficult for all of you, but the support that you gave Roy was truly inspirational and he was so very proud of all his family.

    Much love to you all from the South family.

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  13. Dear Irene, Donald and Ian,
    I have met Roy the first time at big isotope conference in Moscow in 1978, where he was talking in Russian on sulfur isotopes. I recocognized him as somebody exceptional among scietists – a great man!
    After a number of my visits to Calgary on his invitation and two his visits to Poland (one with you, Irene) and long term correspondence exchange (the latest before last Christmas), I simply cannot imagine that this STRONG MAN passed away. I will allways keep in my mind his generous acceptance of me and my coworkers – Piotr Staniaszek, Mariusz Jedrysek, Jarek Nowak.
    Please accept most sincere condolences from me and fellows in Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, UMCS Lublin.

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  14. To Irene and family.

    Bill and I send our sincere condolences and our prayers. I know Roy will be greatly missed by his family and colleages.

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  15. Janis Milligan :

    Dear Irene, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I will always remember Roy’s hearty smile and generous nature. I remember playing guitar and singing with you and Roy, in our early days at UofC, and will always hold those images in my heart. Your love for each other was an inspiration. I know you will miss him terribly. Jan xo

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  16. Istvan Forizs :

    To the family of Roy Krouse,

    Heartfelt condolences for all of you. Roy was so generous that he even
    helped the set out of the European Society for Isotope Research (ESIR) in
    the early ’90s. He accepted our invitation and gave very interesting planary lectures during the first two Isotope Workshops organized by the ESIR about sulfur isotope geochemistry and its applications. Beside this he helped the personal carrier of some of us, and his house in Canada was always open for
    us.

    Stanislaw Halas and Mariusz-Orion Jedrysek (past presidency of ESIR, Poland)
    Istvan Forizs (president of ESIR, Hungary)

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  17. Tomasz Durakiewicz :

    I have learned the tragic news with great sadness. My prayers and sympathy goes to Prof. Krouse’s family. Having met him very early in my career, I was amazed by his warm and collegial approach to young and inexeprenced adepts like me. He would always offer his time and advice, which was of great value. We will all miss him very much.

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  18. I deeply regret having to miss the funeral today of Roy, my long-time friend and scientific collaborator. He will be greatly missed in all the many fields of science in which isotope-ratio mass spectrometry is used, as well as by his colleagues at the University of Calgary. I offer my sincere condolences to his family.
    Tom Swaddle, Chemistry Department, University of Calgary.

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  19. Ram Chatterjee :

    Dear Irene and family
    Ratna and I send our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. At present we are out of town & we will call you after we get back. Ranita and Rupak pass on their condolences as well.

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  20. I will remember with great fondness the passion of Dr. Krouse’s dedication to science. As an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to work in Dr. Krouse’s lab at the University of Calgary, and that experience deeply affected my career path as a professor and scientist. I also appreciated Dr. Krouse’s love of life, of music and skiing and model trains. Dr. Krouse’s memory will be with me always.

    To Irene, Donald and Kendall, Ian, James and Edward: my sympathy and thoughts are with you.

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  21. To Irene and Family

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find some comfort at this difficult time and know that Roy is no longer in pain. He will be missed.

    Bonnie Cox

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  22. Randall Hislop :

    Sorry to hear about your loss. I was in Mexico and the southern US when this happened and when I returned no one contacted me. Roy was what I used to call the first real person I met on staff at the Physics Department. He shared not only his knowledge, but his everyday life with his students. He was Canadian like most of us.

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