With heartfelt sadness, my mother and I would like you to know that after 86 years, Alan Vanterpool died peacefully in hospital in Edmonton on Sunday, November 30, 2014.
He is survived by his wife Joan, daughter Lise, sister Joanna Krasner, and relatives in Canada, the US and Dutch West Indies. Alan was predeceased by his parents Thomas Clifford and Phyllis Angela (née Clarke) Vanterpool of Saskatoon, and first born daughter Gail of Edmonton.
Alan was born and raised in Saskatoon, SK where he attended school and university. He earned degrees in chemistry with a BA (1948) and MA (1951) from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD from the University of Cambridge (1954), followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester, NY (1954-55).
Alan was a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan in 1955-56, then worked in the research department of Celanese Canada, Edmonton, and Celanese Research Company, Summit New Jersey between 1956 and 1970. He was elected a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada in 1967. Alan went on to work in science policy and industrial development for the Governments of Canada and then Alberta, serving his later years as Assistant Deputy Minister, and finally as Secretary to the Premier's Council on Science and Technology prior to retiring in 1994.
While working in Edmonton, Alan met Joan, and they married in 1958. Alan and Joan celebrated 56 years together, full with family, friends, and world travel.
In retirement, Alan enjoyed genealogy, ship modelling, and the history of trains and railways. He served on the board of the Alberta Pioneer Railway Association, and contributed as historian, train conductor, and tour guide. Alan was also on the boards of the Alberta Ship Model Society, the Edmonton and District Historical Society, the Friends of the Provincial Archives, and served for a time as president of the Friends of the U of A Museums. Alan wrote five history books about railways, including "Silk Trains of North America," an e-book to which he has encouraged ongoing updates, and most recently, "Rivers and Rails," published in April, 2014.
He will be remembered as a level-headed, supportive, and entertaining husband, father, friend, and colleague.
In accordance with Alan's wishes there will be no funeral service and his body has been donated to the University of Alberta for medical research. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be sent to the University of Saskatchewan for the TC Vanterpool Memorial Prize, a scholarship set up in Alan's father's memory (University Advancement, U of S, 501-121 Research Drive, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 1K2;https://give.usask.ca/; 1-800-699-1907).
We will miss him greatly.
Joan and Lise