May 5, 1951 – September 4, 2013
Owen Hertzman was born on May 5, 1951 and passed away on September 4, 2013 in New Westminster, BC.
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February 9, 2014
Owen and I went back to AZA together... I know he will deeply missed.
February 1, 2014
I was very fortunate to have been taught by Professor Hertzman my first semester at SFU. He really opened my eyes to the field of Geography, and confirmed my decision to pursue a BA in Geography. I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to tell Professor Hertzman that and I know that he was delighted to hear that. I credit Professor Hertzman for having a career now in the field of Geography and it all relates back to Geography 102 that he taught during my very first semester at SFU. Thank you for not only positively impacting my academic and professional life but for doing that to so many other students that you taught. May you rest in peace for eternity.
October 23, 2013
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of a wonderful, kind, and passionate person. My sincerest condolences go out to Marguerite, and to Owen's family. Owen was probably the most influential person in my life to date. I met him at SFU, in what turned out to be his first time teaching GEOG 314. He persuaded me to further explore my interests in weather and climate. He guided me into a Master's program At UBC, and gave me the critical ‘nudge' to take the opportunity to do a PhD in Arctic climatology out of the University of Manitoba. I had managed kept in touch with him through my Winnipeg years, and even visited him and Marguerite a few times while I was in town. He was truly an unselfish individual with unparalleled dedication to his students and enthusiasm for education. I'll always remember our carpool rides together out to UBC, that always included endless, usually lopsided, conversation full of his honesty, wisdom and humour. I'll always remember you fondly, Owen. Rest in peace.
October 9, 2013
I had the pleasure of taking two geography courses with Mr. Hertzman at SFU. He was one of the most personable and helpful professors I've had. He showed a true enthusiasm for teaching, something that you don't see in many professors. I remember when he was taking chemo during a school semester and was quicker to reply to emails and return tests than my other professors! After my last class with him I meant to send him a card or even email him to say how much I enjoyed his class, although I never did. Just goes to show that we shouldn't wait to do the little things like thanking someone for making an impact on your life. I hope to have more professors like Owen Hertzman. Thank you for your passion and time Mr. Hertzman, RIP.
September 30, 2013
I had the pleasure of working with Owen during his years at Dalhousie, and Owen and Marguerite became good family friends. Owen's enthusiasm for knowledge was infectious, and long discussions over dinner were always entertaining. Our deepest condolences to Marguerite and all family members.
Barry and Lorraine Ruddick, Glen Haven, N.S.
Chris Ruddick and family, Halifax, N.S.
Jason Ruddick and Stephen Ruddick, Sydney, Australia
September 18, 2013
I was a fellow grad student with Owen in UBC Geography in 1976-78 and was impressed with his intelligence, sense of humor and values. He corralled me once to be interviewed on Vancouver Co-op Radio while he was working there. I remember thinking "how could you work here while you're in grad school"? Answer - he was really bright!
My sincerest sympathy to his family.
I'm making a donation to the BC Cancer Agency.
September 16, 2013
Owen was a wonderful person, a man of high principles, a solid scientist and a prof who cared deeply about his students – and I know this first hand as he and I co-taught a graduate course at Dalhousie for several years. He will be missed and most of all by Marguerite, and equally wonderful person to whom I send my sincere condolences.
September 16, 2013
All my love to Marguerite and family. Such sad news; I have nothing but fond memories of our shared house with Owen. XO Jessica
September 15, 2013
GEOG 214 - Weather and Climate, was one of the very first courses I took at Simon Fraser University after transferring from the University of Victoria in 2008 (via the then Capilano College). I thoroughly enjoyed the course (as Iike Owen, I am a huge weather nut), and went on to take three more courses with him (GEOG 314, 414 and a directed readings course on Climate Change in the Boreal forest).
I always enjoyed our chats on weather (even if they did go a little longer than I intended to stay), and learned a lot about the atmosphere and climate from him.
Owen was a huge inspiration for me (as he was for many other students), and he was a very big reason I decided to attend graduate school. I never believed I "had the chops" for grad school until he told me I did; without his support, it is likely I would never have applied in the first place.
Thank you Owen for distilling upon me your vast knowledge of the weather, and for showing me my full potential!
September 15, 2013
I was a colleague of Owen's at Dalhousie. A finer man would be hard to find. Owen had a heart of gold, and his dedication to his students and his causes was inspiring. The man would do anything for anyone. He will be missed.
September 14, 2013
Owen hired me on at Dalhousie University in 1991 and was a great friend all the time I knew him. He helped me out in many personal matters and was always there as a great friend. Will be missed...
September 13, 2013
Professor Hertzman was one of my undergrad profs a few years ago. I remember him fondly because I had challenges in one of his courses and he went the extra mile to try to find ways to help me better understand some of the material. I also remember his excitement for climate during lectures and one of our term projects that I really enjoyed because it was so hands on and dealt with real-life scenarios. Because of him, I am now able to appreciate the weather reports on the local news. =)
I am now a teacher and his passion for geography and climate and his willingness to go the extra mile for his students is something I will always remember.
My condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.
September 12, 2013
I was saddened to hear of Owen's passing. I knew Owen while attending UBC in the early 70's, as we had numerous mutual friends. He was a great guy and someone I thought of numerous times through the years. My condolences to Owen's family and friends.
September 11, 2013
I was lucky enough to have taken a geography course with Owen in my undergrad at SFU. He was an inspirational teacher and was genuinely interested in helping his students succeed. I have very fond memories of his lectures and animated personality. Condolences to Owen's family.
September 9, 2013
Owen will always be remembered.For his kindness, for his brilliance, for his caring for the earth and humanity in this time of climate change and for his friendship. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Marguerite , Eileen, and all of the extended family .
Larry Stoffman & Connie Broatch
September 8, 2013
Owen showed perseverance towards passion in life. Even though things get tough, he incautiously showed me to keep moving forward in life when I needed it. A great mentor. Condolences to his family and friends.
September 8, 2013
Owen always took the time to instill the values of hard work and appreciation of others, set by his own example. My colleagues of the class of '07 remember him fondly, and we send our condolences to Owen's family in these difficult times.
September 8, 2013
Altho I only knew Owen when he visited our family , way back in the early 60's, I still am 'shaken' by his demise.I 'qvell' reading of his fine achievements.Condolences to his family.
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