Arvid is survived by his spouse, Frances, their children Linda, Maria, Arthur and Henry, and their families.
MEMORIAL GATHERING CONFIRMED -- Sunday, November 25
A gathering of family and friends will take place Sunday, November 25 beginning at 1 p.m. at Country Kitchen Catering (1715 Mayor Magrath Drive South).
Arvid began working for the U of L in 1969 and retired in 1990. He remained closely connected to the department, his colleagues and students and kept current on recent developments in physics research.
Arvid, together with Sam Kounosu, Earl Milton and Joe Rood, were the founding members of the Physics Department when the University of Lethbridge commenced operations in buildings on the grounds of Lethbridge Junior College on January 1st, 1967.
In the early half of the department’s history Arvid was directly involved in the hiring of new faculty. His calm and stable leadership during that period shaped the character of the department and led to its current strengths in research and teaching.
Over more than two decades, Arvid taught a wide-variety of courses in the physics curriculum, and for the last ten years of his teaching career (1980 – 1990) he taught the pre-Engineering courses for the University’s Engineering Transfer Program with the Universities of Alberta and Calgary.
In this capacity, Arvid built a relationship with the local APEGGA branch, whose support was critical in sustaining the transfer program. Certainly there are many Alberta engineers whose careers began in Arvid’s classroom.
After his retirement, Arvid pursued many interests including farming, and his hobbies, particularly astronomy. He remained keenly interested in physics, and in the welfare and activities of the department, regularly attending departmental seminars, colloquia, coffee hours and thesis defenses.
His colleagues recognized his commitment with a scholarship named in his honour that supported a student who got to work in all areas of Physics at the U of L, and gain broad exposure to the different types of projects and activities taking place in the department.
Condolence messages may be sent to the Physics Department care of Sheila Matson -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- and will be forwarded to the family.
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