HARVEY A. BUCKMASTER
April 8, 1 929 November 28, 2018 BSc., MA, PhD, P. Phys., C. Phys., P. Eng.
Harvey was born in Calgary and died in Victoria. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his nephews Hunter (Connie), Peter; step-nephew Scott; step-nieces Michelle and Andrea, Judy; his cousins and their extended families. He was predeceased by his first wife, Pat Wood (1967). Harvey received degrees at the University of Alberta, mathematics and physics (BSc. I Hon.50) and at the University of British Columbia, applied mathematics (MA 52) and experimental physics (Ph.D. 56). His post doctoral fellowship took him to Cambridge University from where he returned to become a professor at the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, and an adjunct professor of the University of Victoria.
Gifted with a keen intellect and an endless sense of wonder and curiosity, he saw the natural world as full of mysteries to unravel and complex problems to be solved. His combination of theoretical and experimental skills gave him a unique ability to function in both the academic and nonacademic worlds.
At the University of Calgary, he played leadership roles in TUCFA, academic pensions, salary negotiator, was an elected member of the Board of Governors, and received an induction into the Order of the University of Calgary. He was a founding member of Calgary CPAWS, and member and chair of Science Advisory Committee of the ECA which lead him to be a proponent for climate change long before it was fashionable. In his community he was President and played a leadership role in the Bankview redevelopment plan. He photographed and documented the graves of God’s Acre Military Cemetery for Veteran’s Affairs Canada, and was the compiler and editor of the 2014 edition of the Veterans Cemetery.
He also found time for the Arts and was a keen outdoorsman. Since he was 14, he spent as much time as possible hiking in his beloved Rocky and Purcell mountains. He worked tirelessly for parks, particularly in the creation of Nose Hill Park. He shared a wonderful, loving, rich, fulfilling partnership with his wife Margaret for 50 years, particularly working together on their many projects.
The mountains have called and he has gone hiking.
A special thanks to his physicians, and the Victoria Hospice Palliative Care team and his caregiver and friend Roma.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Victoria, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society National Office, 506-250 City Centre Ave., Ottawa, ON K1R 6K7.