Owen Hertzman

May 5, 1951September 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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Phil Tobin

February 9, 2014

Owen and I went back to AZA together... I know he will deeply missed.

M. K.

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.

Matthew Asplin

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.

Chloe Ivanoff

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.

Barry Ruddick

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

Pat Teti

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.

CT Taggart

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.

Jessica Walker

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

Tyler Herrington

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!

Dan Kelley

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.