Alan Astbury (1934-2014)

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Dr. Alan Astbury, a pillar of our particle physics group, of the University of Victoria, and of Canadian Science. 

Alan joined the Department as the R.M. Pearce Chair of Physics in 1983 and served as Director of the Canadian Institute of Particle Physics from 1991-1995, and as Director of the TRIUMF Laboratory from 1994-2001.

Alan was an exceptional scientist, a true gentleman, and a great friend to many in the Department and in the global physics community. He animated the lives of his friends and colleagues with his energy, integrity, commitment and humour, and he will be sorely missed. Alan is survived by his wife, Kathy, and daughters Elizabeth and Gillian. An online guestbook is available here, and an event commemorating his life and career is being planned. 

A short biography of Alan is available on the department's Alumni webpage. An article from The Ring is available here.