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Sandi Borland sjborlan at indiana.edu
Fri Mar 8 10:03:16 EST 2002

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Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 15:50:19 -0500 (EST)
From: malacins <malacins at indiana.edu>
Subject: John Armstrong <sent by Mary Armstrong>     

Dr. John Brian Armstrong 

Born February 26, 1943 - Died August 26, 2001

Dr.  John  Armstrong died suddenly at his home in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Armstrong was born in Ottawa and grew up in both the Ottawa and
Vancouver areas while his father, Dr. John E. Armstrong, a geologist with
the Geological Survey of Canada, spent the summers surveying the interior
of British Columbia. His family moved permanently to Vancouver in 1949.
John attended and graduated in three years from Magee High School as the
top student in his Grade 12 class.

In 1964 he graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BSc in
Chemistry. He had numerous summer jobs, including time spent at the
weather bureau in Vancouver, for Atomic Energy at Chalk River and with Dr.
Al Matheson at National Research Council in Ottawa.

He was awarded a University of Wisconsin Scholarship in 1964 and also held
a National Research Council scholarship from 1965 through 1968. He
graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry in June of 1968 and spent the next
year as a research associate in biological Chemistry at Harvard Medical
School. In 1969 he accepted a Assistant Professorship at the University Of
Ottawa. He became a Associate Professor in 1975 and a full Professor in

Despite various health problems including ParkinsonÕs which was first
diagnosed in 1993 John was still teaching full time at the time of his
death. He had been a Professor in the  Department of Biology for 32 years
(September 1969 - August 2001).

Dr. Armstrong was author of numerous scientific papers and co-editor of
Developmental Biology of the Axolotl, Dr. Armstrong had a wide range of
interests in both the fields of Biology and Genetics, from developmental
mutants of the axolotl (Ambystoma mexicamum) to canine diversity. Over his
career he also worked as the Graduate Supervisor for ten M.Sc. and five
Ph. D students.  

He was a moderator of the  CanGen discussion group (Canine Genetics and
his web site is http://www.magma.ca/~kaitlin/diverse.html .

In June 2001, he was one of the guest speakers at the annual meeting of
the Poodle Club of America's annual meeting held in Marbourgh, Maryland.

He is survived by his wife Mary, his daughter Kathleen and sons Patrick
and Michael, and his mother, Constance Armstrong who lives in Vancouver


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