(Nova Scotia & Magdalen 1958) (30 December 1938 -1 December 2020)
John enrolled at Dalhousie University at the young age of 14, and graduated with an MSc in 1958. He was awarded with First Class Honours, the Governor-General's Gold Medal and a Rhodes Scholarship to continue his doctorate in Experimental Physics at Magdalen College, Oxford University.
John spent five years as a researcher and lecturer at the Université de Grenoble, where he developed a love for the French Alps and met his future wife, Jacqueline. A compelling offer with the National Research Council brought him back to Canada (Ottawa), and later he joined the Association of the Atlantic Universities (Halifax). He retired as Director of Research and Academic Planning for the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (Fredericton) to pursue his many other interests and moved back to Halifax in 1997.