John George Packer

November 12, 2019 1 Condolence Print Obituary

John was born in Reading England September 27, 1929, however, he spent his formative years in Aylesbury, Bucks.

After doing his national service he obtained his BSc and PhD from the University of London. In 1957 he joined the Botany Department at the U of A where, for next 30 odd years he pursued his interest in the taxonomy of Arctic and alpine plants.

He leaves as his legacy many papers relating to this topic, a number of graduate students scattered about the world, and the 3rd edition of the Flora of Alberta.

John was interested in human rights as well as progressive politics, and was a long time member of the New Democratic Party, having run as a candidate in 1972.

He is survived by his wife Anne, sons Keir (Judy), Tom (Bette), and Jim, as well as grandchildren Valerie, Stephen, Clare and Seth. He is also survived by his brother David (Pam), and nephews Simon and Duncan and their children, Sam, Ella and Seth all of England. He was predeceased by his daughter Naomi.

A celebration of John's life will take place 2 pm November 16 at Trinity Funeral Home 10530 116 Street, Edmonton AB

  1. Dear Anne and family. I am sorry to hear of John’s passing. I learned so much from him both as an undergraduate student in botany and more recently while working with him on the update to the Flora. I very much appreciate his willingness to share his vast knowledge and expertise with me and will treasure those memories. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. With my deepest sympathies. Joyce

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