Desmond Haldane Brown

January 7, 2019 1 Condolence Print Obituary

Dr. Desmond Haldane Brown passed away December 18, 2018 at 88 after long struggles with his health.

Husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, soldier, sailor, mathematician and history professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, he was a captivating and unconventional man. And always very kind. He travelled the world and found friends wherever he went.

A reception for family, friends and colleagues to celebrate him and his long, fascinating life will be held at his favourite haunt:
UofA Faculty Club
January 12, 2018 at 2pm.
Bring your stories and raise a glass

  1. I was saddened today to learn of Des’s passing in 2018, at the end of his long, notable, and illustrious life. In 1985-87, when I was completing my Master of Laws Degree at the University of Alberta, and at the very peak of his extensive knowledge, skills and abilities, Des gave me unstintingly of his time, help, and support. He spent countless hours editing my many drafts and providing me with excellent suggestions and leads to valuable sources that added enormously to the value of my thesis and its final result. His door was always open to my visits. He was truly the Gold standard of thesis advisors and I can only hope that his excellent example is being modelled by those who followed in his shoes. May he ever rest in peace.

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