John (Janos) Szauer, BSc’59

John Szauer passed away peacefully on September 10, 2019, in Williams Lake, BC. Born in Hungary on January 10, 1932, John was educated in Budapest, beginning studies at the University of Sopron in 1954 (interrupted by the Hungarian Revolution of 1956), then emigrating to Canada in 1957 with fellow Sopron students and faculty to complete his education at UBC. In 1958 he married Sopron classmate Klara Szikszai, and they graduated together from UBC’s Faculty of Forestry Sopron Division in 1959. John joined the BC Forest Service in Prince George, becoming a Registered Professional Forester. In 1972 he transferred to Williams Lake, worked as planning forester and forestry manager, then regional manager of the Cariboo Forest Region from 1984 to 1988. From 1989 to 1991 he served as commissioner on the BC Forest Resources Commission. John and Klara then operated Greentop Forestry Services until her sudden passing in 1999. John is remembered by daughter Katalin; sons John, Thomas (Sarah) and Augustine (Johanne); granddaughters Kalysta & Matiya; family in Belgium and Hungary; and friends and colleagues.