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Dr. Richard Francis Langler, professor
emeritus, chemistry
submitted by Dr. John F. Read, professor
emeritus, chemistry
Rick Langler was the consummate profes-
sor, with firm, well-reasoned views. He
would never bend for purely pragmatic rea-
sons. Teaching students was his top priority,
whether it was through his lectures, tutorials,
or research. On many occasions, graduates
of his commented that his courses were the
most helpful that they had ever taken.
He was dedicated to research and published
over 100 papers in refereed journals. His inter-
ests spanned the range from theoretical stud-
ies to practical investigations of the effect of
organosulfide compounds (yes, the odour)
on leukemia cells and as antifungal agents.
His laboratory activities always involved stu-
dents, many serving as co-authors on aca-
demic papers. The University recognized his
research activities with both the Paul Paré
Medal and Award.
Rick published extensively in the Australian
Journal of Chemistry
and a group of gradu-
ates has decided to submit publications to
the Journal to honour his memory. One of the
students involved in this, Christopher Graves
('01), now teaching at Albright College, wrote
"his dedication and energy in his teaching
and research continue to motivate me, his ex-
ample is one to which I aspire; the amount of
time he devoted to every single one of us is
really remarkable."
Rick passed away in February 2014 of a can-
cerous brain tumour at the age of 68.
Mark Kroeker ('12)
Excerpts from notes submitted by Scott Green
('12), Keleigh Annau ('12), Aly Kelly ('11),
Lauren Macdonald ('11), Sara-Beth Harrison
('12) and Dr. Leslie Kern (geography and
We were so very lucky to have had Mark
for the time that we did. We don't think Mark
ever realized the impact that he had on the
people around him. He exuded passion and it
was contagious. His passion for civics, student
politics, university life, and his friends and
family was almost as infectious as his laugh.
Mark found a way to inject humour into ev-
ery situation, but was always mindful of cur-
rent issues and those around him.
There are so many things that we will re-
member about this amazing man, the most
prominent being his ability to have a good
laugh and give a great hug. Mark could
brighten your day by simply walking by your
workspace, giving you a big smile and a pat
on the back, and then fading back into his
own work.
The world is a much poorer place now that
he is gone, but we are all richer because he
touched our lives.
Earle Chesley Brown ('56)
Submitted by his wife Mary Brown ('56) and
daughter Carolyn
Earle was raised in Nova Scotia during the
Depression and Second World War. He ex-
celled in school and finished his last year
of high school by correspondence while
working to help support his family. After
completing teachers' training at the provin-
cial college, he received a Lord Beaverbrook
Scholarship that enabled him to attend
Mount Allison. His love of music made him
many long-lasting friendships here. He also
met his wife Mary here, and graduated in
1956 with a Bachelor of Science.
Earle made his career as a chemist at the
Naval Research Establishment in Halifax and
then with the Ontario Research Founda-
tion in Oakville. He loved the outdoors and
spent as much time as he could there with
his family, whether fishing or paddling the
fibreglass canoe that he made or building a
cottage on Brule Point, NS. A lifelong learner,
a family man, a lover of science, philosophy,
the outdoors, and music, and a true Renais-
sance man; all this made Earle a true Mount-
ie, and he will be missed.
The list is compiled from information sent
to University Advancement Jan. 1, 2014 to
May 16, 2014. Please feel welcome to submit
memories of departed Allisonians you have
known and loved, and we will be happy to
print short versions in the
and longer
versions online at