Obituaries & Death Notices
Published:Jul 05, 2017
Event Date:Jun 05, 2017
RODRIGO, Russell (1934 - 2017) Born November 9, 1934 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, died June 5, 2017 in Vancouver at 82 years. Russell is survived by his four children Simon, Nicholas, Sally and Judith, five grandchildren Jacob, Amali, Josephine, Mac and Andrew, his brother Ryle, sister Jean, and many nieces and nephews. Russell arrived in Canada from Sri Lanka with his wife Susan (died June 2014) and son Simon in a snowstorm in 1968. He came as a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry at the University of Waterloo and went on to become full professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at WLU, and was the Wilfrid Laurier University Research Professor in 1992-93. Russell was particularly proud of the many graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who trained in his lab at the University of Waterloo over many years. Russell became a proud Canadian. He learned to ski, encouraged his children to learn to skate, and loved the Canadian landscape, spending many summers camping in the rain in Canada's Provincial and National Parks, always claiming that, "it's just a passing shower." Russell's other great passion was debating politics and current affairs, usually over a few glasses of wine and beer. He will be missed by family, friends, former students and faculty members alike.
Category: Obituaries & Death Notices
Newspaper(s): Waterloo Region Record
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