Rolf Hagbert Kihl

16 janvier 193619 janvier 2021

Rolf Hagbert Kihl, 85, passed away peacefully in Stuart, FL on January 19, 2021, with his family by his side. Rolf was born January 16, 1936 in Ottawa, Ontario, to John and Lillian Kihl, both of whom are deceased. Rolf met the love of his life, Mary and they married in 1963. They moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1968 where they raised three beautiful, active children.

When Mary and Rolf moved to Colorado, he began his career at the University of Colorado working at INSTAAR as a sedimentologist. This is where he became an avid CU Buff fan and would spend his Saturday afternoons in the fall at Folsom Field overlooking the incredible flatirons of Boulder Colorado. Rolf could recall any player, game, opponent of any CU football game and was always happy to tell stories of when CU beat Nebraska! He especially enjoyed keeping stats for the NFL football pool over the years.

Rolf also had a love of fishing in the beautiful Rocky mountains where he talked many times of "the one that got away" in Estes Park. He also had a passion for videography and photography and spent many hours at the ice skating rink and baseball fields when his children were young. Rolf’s excellent sense of humor was enjoyed by all.

Rolf and Mary enjoyed their last 20 years in Stuart, Florida going to the beach and having dinners out with friends. Rolf was predeceased by his wife, Mary Eleanor Kihl and brother Eric Kihl. He is survived by daughters Erica Ambrose (Billy) of East Taunton, MA., Andrea Ferrie (Bill) of Lafayette, CO., and son Jeff Kihl (Leanne) of Fort Collins, CO. and eight beautiful grandchildren. Rolf is survived by his sister Norma Yeatman.


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Rolf Hagbert Kihl


Bill Manley

7 mars , 2021

Rolf was a kind soul indeed. As an INSTAAR graduate student, I appreciated his mentorship and guidance. But I most enjoyed the casual conversations I had with him while spending many hours in the "sed lab". Thank you, Rolf. A life lived well, and well remembered.

John Andrews

22 février , 2021

In 1963 I was a Research Scientist with the Geographical Branch in Ottawa, Canada. Myself and several others were flown up to the edge the Barnes Ice Cap in May and in late July, as the ice on Flitaway Lake broke up we were joined by Rolf. Gunnar Ostrem "enlisted" us to quarry glacial ice from the margins of the ice cap. Rolf continued to work at the Geographical Branch in the Sedimentology Lab. and when Jack Ives and others moved to the University Colorado in 1967/68 he was able to offer a job to Rolf and he and Mary moved to Boulder. In the subsequent years Rolf was a mentor to a host of graduate students (& faculty) as he developed and oversaw a first-class Sedimentology Lab. For several years I was in charge of the Lab. and priviledged to work with Rolf. Rolf was a significant figure in much of the data that was generated from INSTAAR and a "father figure" to many.

Gifford Miller

22 février , 2021

I was a graduate student and early career scientist when Rolf was running the Sed Lab at INSTAAR. He was always helpful and kind when I brought in samples that might be processed in his lab. And his careful processing of samples for radiocarbon dating was legendary. He confided in me one day that when he was offered the job to come to Boulder from Canada to run the Sed Lab, the main question he needed answered was whether the University of Colorado had a decent football team. Everyone was fond of Rolf.

Anne Jennings

22 février , 2021

Rolf was such a great friend to the graduate students at INSTAAR. He always had licorice twists to share and made a lot of silly jokes. I remember a banner he printed out on his dot matrix printer that said 'These meetings will continue until we figure out why nothing is getting done!' He was so enthralled with the CU Buffs and was ecstatic when CU beat Nebraska...which didn't happen often. The settling tube in the lab had a rubber duck floating on top. Rolf was a wonderful person and I am very sad to know he passed away, but I know he lived a long, happy life with a loving family.

Wendy Roth

19 février , 2021

I have many fond memories of Rolf. I had spent many of hours in his lab and he taught me so much. He always made me laugh. He used to want me to watch the CU Buff games and I never did. Rolf always talk so highly of CU Buffs and I would give him a hard time about how bad they were doing. I'm sure he is singing and dancing with Mary to Olivia Newton John's music. I loved Rolf, he was a great teacher and all around great person.

To Rolf's family, I'm very sorry for your loss and wish you peace during this difficult time.

Mignon de Leeuw

23 janvier , 2021

I remember Uncle Rolf as a tall, friendly and affable man who shared good humoured stories. As a young child, my earliest memory is of Uncle Rolf’s and Auntie Mary’s tremendous happiness at their wedding. In another childhood memory, I recall Uncle Rolf and Uncle Eric (his brother) cheering on the Ottawa Roughriders Football team with great enthusiasm. As an adult, I have a fun memories of Uncle Rolf, Auntie Mary, Erica, Billy and boys visiting us in Deep River, Ontario for Norma’s ( his sister) and Kit’s 50th wedding anniversary. Rolf’s big smile and ready chuckle always brought cheer to us all.
We send love and condolences to Erica, Jeff, and Andrea and their families.
Love from,
Mignon and Phil de Leeuw

Carol Armstrong

23 janvier , 2021

Always looked forward to Rolf's sense of humour, love of life and family . Couldn't visit him without a stash of Canadian jujubes. We have many fond memories and pictures of Rolf You Mary. Heartfelt condolences to you Erica, Andrea, Jeff and families.
Love to all Uncle Bob and Aunt Carol

Sarah Bloom

22 janvier , 2021

My memories of Uncle Rolf are full of joy. He always looked at the positive side of life and was most charming to chat with. He will be missed by many, but can now join dear Auntie Mary. Rest in peace Uncle Rolf.