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ROSS – Grant Arnett, PhD, PEng

August 21, 1934 – January 23, 2010

A man of wry humour, quick wit and incredible intelligence, passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 23, 2010 in Calgary.

Grant’s allegiance to students and colleagues in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary is legend. He found challenge and contentment as a mentor and teacher throughout his 35 year tenure at the U of C. He was an environmental scientist and an engineer. He states on the EVDS web site: “My environmental interests stem from a youth misspent tracking trout and angling for elk in the Canadian Rockies…” Grant was the author of Alberta Environmental Design Guidelines and it is still being used by many design teams in Alberta Transportation. His work involved site analysis and route location problems, or broader resource development planning and design with remote sensing as a key tool and research interest. After his retirement, he continued to conduct failure investigations and do forensic engineering work for the courts. A 30 year resident of Springbank, Grant coached several levels of Minor Hockey (from Atom to Midget), served as a director for the North Springbank Water Coop and was a willing participant at all community meetings regarding regional plans and development issues. He was a master chef in many cuisines.

Grant will be missed by his mother, Phyllis Ross (a spry, feisty 100 year old) and his wife, Trudy. He is survived by his son, Michael and his mother, Helen Ross; cousins Jill (Bruce) Buchan, Kathy (Dennis) Herman, Peter Leveque and Ted Wyatt (Gail Harris); Grant’s extended family, Cherie Copithorne-Barnes (Tim), Kathy Copithorne, Michelle Copithorne (Dr. Carl Adrian), Ryan and Carolyn Copithorne and seven precious grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at Springbank United Church (25011 Range Road 33), on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. You may forward condolences through

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary to support student initiatives relating to Environmental Science or to a charity of the donors choice.

In living memory of Grant Ross, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Trudy, I know it has been a difficult for you. Please know my thoughts are with you,

    Bev Erickson

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  2. Gordon Davies :

    Please accept my sincere condolences on the death of Grant. My thoughts are with you.
    Love Gordon Davies

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  3. The Ross Family:

    I graduated from EVDS in 1983 under the watchful eye of Dr. Ross(or Grant as he insisted on being called). Were it not for his tutelage, his sage advice and encouragement, I would not have graduated nor gone on to have a successful consulting practice in Calgary for the past twenty-seven years. For that I am most grateful.

    Although I had not stayed in touch with Grant, I bumped into him last year and we had a lovely visit. After all these years, he still remembered me. What an amazing man. He was more than an educator; he had a warmth and caring nature that was magnetic. I will never forget him.

    I feel as though I somehow lost a friend; I know that humanity has lost one of its best.

    Please know that I care and understand the depth of your sorrow.

    My heartfelt deepest condolences.

    Gary Browning

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  4. Al and Ida Hardstaff :

    Our most sincere sympathy’s in your loss. We always enjoyed our visit’s with Grant.

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  5. Michel and Samia Sargious :

    To the Family of Dr.bGrant Ross,

    Our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy for your loss.

    Michel and Samia Sargious

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  6. Kirk and Carla Silver :

    To Auntie Phyllis and Trudy

    We are sorry to hear about Grant’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both.

    With sympathy,
    Kirk and Carla

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  7. Robert McManus :

    Dear Trudy;
    I am deeply saddened by the news of Grant’s passing. I am so sorry. This must be so very difficult for you and your family. It is hard to imagine that Grant is no longer with us. I am saddened that I had not seen much of him in the last couple of years.
    During the time that Grant acted as supervisor for my Masters Degree Project, I was able to gain an appreciation for his wonderful sense of humour, his enormous intellectual capacity and his common sense approach to addressing the many projects and activities that he took on. Following the ‘eventual’ completion on my degree, I was fortunate enough to work with Grant on several consulting projects. To my delight, he never stopped teaching or mentoring and I may have learned more from working with him than I did as a student. In this regard I am not alone as a number of other students and colleagues were fortunate enough to benefit from his teaching and mentoring abilities.
    I regret that I am unable to join with you at the services tonight. My heart goes out to you, your children and grandchildren. May god bless you at this time and always.
    Rob McManus

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  8. To all of Grant’s family:
    I had the pleasure of being Grant’s EVDS colleague until my retirement in 1997. May I offer my condolences on his passing.
    I regret very much having missed the memorial service (I chair an organization which was meeting that evening).
    I will always remember the twinkle in Grant’s eye as he lent perspective to the EVDS crisis du jour.
    Phil Elder

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