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Dr. John R. Grace, OC

Messages of Remembrance

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Forever grateful for his encouragement, support and guidance throughout my doctoral journey

Long Cheng, Student
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An inspirational leader who demonstrated, through professionalism and intelligence, the very best among scholars. His legacies are many and distributed. A 'nice guy' who finished first.

Neil Guppy, Friend
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I recall interesting discussions with John , both on climate change and on the politics of BC and Canada. A knowledgable and engaging chap, with a fine mind and perceptive viewpoints, he had sometimes sardonic views on University politics in Canada, occasioning laughter and joviality. He will be missed by us all.

Earle Waugh, former brother-in-law
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Dr. Grace was best teacher I had ever had. His teachings influence my daily life. He taught me a lot more than just academic knowledge. It is really sad to find the news from Linkedin today. I was thinking of him all since after graduation, although did not have chance to shake his hands, listen to his teaching and enjoyed his sharpness since. Such a loss. He was literally my family when I was at campus. My deepest condolences to his family which I never met. But I am sure everyone feels the pain as he is such such a great person...

Ping Sun, Ph.d Student
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Dr. John Grace is a very kind, patient and knowledgable supervisor. In my memory, he smiles all the time. Rest in Peace.

Ming Ming Yu, Student
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I did not know John well, but was a long time friend of some of his brothers and sisters. My condolences to all of the family in this trying time.

Ted Aziz, Friend of the Grace family
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Almost 40 years ago I encountered John's famous textbook as an undergraduate at McGill. Since that time, we have crossed paths regularly on both academic and industrial pursuits. About 5 years ago, I had engaged John on a project, and instead of meeting at the University, he instead invited me over to his house, where we sat at his dining room table, discussing a fluidization issue. This personal touch and ability make one feel that their issues were important was what I will remember about John. He always made time for people, sharing his vast knowledge with anyone that could benefit from it. A true professional, and great person. I shall miss him.

Wayne Brown, Industrial colleague and friend
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My sincere condolences to Sherill. John taught me a number of undergraduate courses at UBC and he was also my PhD co-supervisor. John was the most humble man I had ever met in my life. I am going to miss him dearly as he was not just my PhD supervisor but he was a great mentor.  Poupak Mehrani

Poupak Mehrani, Former PhD student
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Claire and I remember John from our early years at UBC, 1992 on. He was a bright and brave soul, standing up for principles and equity. Sincere condolences from both of us, Sherrill. Susan B. Boyd and Claire F.L. Young

Susan B. Boyd, UBC colleague
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I will always remember John fondly for countless reasons. One of the first was his sense of humour. I will never forget when I first came to his office, his comment was ´a student just came out of the woodwork´. He boldly embarked on a research journey with me that was not within his regular bandwidth but he took it on with joy and energy and I will be forever indebted to him for supporting me through thick and thin during this journey. I proudly carry his torch of so many things that made him stand out amongst many many people. A true statesman, gentleman, ambassador, brilliant chemical engineer with a family name befitting of his personality. I will miss you terribly.

Monica Danon-Schaffer, Former PhD student of his
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We all know John was a world renowned researcher, but what I truly respected most about John was his kindness and desire to help others. His legacy will live on through the many he has inspired.

Michael Wormsbecker,

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