Bruce Douglas Owen, PhD, died at the age of 83 on Monday, May 2, 2011 in the Delta Hospital in BC.
Born in Edmonton, AB, Bruce pursued a lifetime career as a Professor of Animal Science. Following the completion of a BSc (Agriculture, 1950) and an MSc (Animal Nutrition, 1952) from the University of Alberta, he spent several years working at Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River, NY and at the Canada Department of Agriculture Experimental Farm in Beaverlodge, AB. He completed a PhD (Animal Nutrition, 1961) at the University of Saskatchewan and immediately began an academic position there in the Faculty of Agricultural Science. In 1977 he accepted a professorship at UBC, where he remained until he retired in 1991.
Bruce loved children and all animals, and appreciated healthy debate on matters relating to science and animal health. He enjoyed playing violin and listening to classical music, and was an avid concert and opera attendee.
He is survived by his wife Jean, sons David and Douglas and their families, and his loving companion Greta Gill.