John Clarence Rudolph, BASc’48

Passed away peacefully on August 1, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Daphne (née Stuart, BSc’49), five children, nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was born in Calgary April 9, 1924. He served in the Calgary Highlanders during WWII and marched in the victory parade in Amsterdam Netherlands. He graduated with a degree in geological engineering in 1948 and started in the oil business with Stanolind, the Canadian subsidiary of Standard Oil in 1948. He was the president of Banff Oil and made the decision to drill the first well at the Rainbow field, a discovery that changed the economy of his home province of Alberta. He was a distinguished lecturer for the American Association of Canada for two terms. He raised funding for the first geology building at UBC and as a result had the honour of helping to lay the corner stone of the new building. He was also vice-president of the Canadian Association for the Mentally Retarded, now the Canadian Association for Community Living, and a board member of the VRII in Calgary. He was a board member of the Canadian Horse Show Association and enjoyed volunteering with the Canadian Pony Club in Calgary. He raised cattle and horses on his ranch near Calgary. For personal family reasons he moved to Denver in 1969. He worked in petroleum exploration, a vocation he loved, and was still mapping possible well sites into his eighties.

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