My heartfelt sympathies to Carmel and family on the passing of Rudy. At the ISPG he was always a source of encouragement, hope and caring even in his retirement. I am thankful to have known Rudy and Carmel for 40 years and to see the love that they had for their family and others. I was sorry to have to miss the funeral because of illness. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
My sympathies, to you Carmel and your family at this time, as Rudy's passing is so deeply felt. We will miss his presence and memories will have to sustain. Rudy enriched many lives with his knowledge, his caring for others and his commitment to engage and make outcomes better. His contributions are many and are remembered.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
My family and I send our deepest sympathy to Carmel and her family. We've lost a kind, gracious, remarkable geologist.
Rudy and I were colleagues, but more importantly friends for about 55 years. We joined the Geological Survey at about the same time in Calgary in 1965. I was fortunate to attend their wedding which was the beginning of a lifelong friendship with Carmel and her family. Although I never worked in the field with Rudy, we spent a lot of time discussing the glacial history of Canada. He did take over my teaching duties at the U of C when I was transferred to Ottawa. This may not be the place to say this, but I always felt that Rudy didn't get the credit he deserved as a geologist. He mapped a huge areas of glacial deposits in western Canada. His maps are widely used. When discussing the glacial history with him, you soon learned his great depth of understanding. We've lost an important scientist.
Rudy will be missed Carmel; I hope his passing was peaceful and that you’ll find solace in knowing that you’re not alone in your grief.
I took 2 courses from Dr. Klassen when I was an undergraduate in Archaeology at the University of Calgary, they were incredibly interesting. Then, as a Masters student in Archaeology, I got to be his teaching assistant in airphoto interpretation—I learned more than the undergraduates and he inspired a love of using airphotos in archaeology. When I came back to the University as a professor, he helped me incorporate using airphotos in my environmental archaeology course. He was a wonderful, thoughtful and kind person. It makes me very sad to know he has passed.
Professor Emeritus, Anthropology and Archaeology
Auntie Carmel and family, although I can't make it to the formal ceremonies, I will be with you all in spirit. Uncle Rudy was a gracious and kind soul, we will always miss him.
Elizabeth and Patrick Robinson.
My heartfelt condolences to Carmel and the rest of Rudy's family. I am sad to learn of Rudy's passing. We were work associates at the Geological Survey of Canada, in Calgary. He was a great guy and a highly respected Research Scientist.
Deepest regrets, Don Cook
My condolences and prayers for all of Rudy's family and friends. I fondly remember the many interesting and enlightened discussions we had during countless, and perhaps a bit too lengthy, coffee breaks and lunch hours with Rudy and his close friends and kindred spirits like Owen Hughes and Keith Williams, among many others. It was a golden age for the Geological Survey and Rudy was one its brilliant reflections. I shall remember both his wry humour and his clever turn of a phrase.
Dear Klassen family
My deepest condolences on the loss of Rudy. I have several fond memories of him over the years. He was always interesting to talk to and had great insights into many things and was always willing to lend a hand. I hope you spend this week remembering the advice, support and kindness Rudy has shown you over his long life.
Chère famille Klassen,
C’est avec tristesse que j’ai récemment pris connaissance du décès de Rudy, qui pour moi a toujours été plus formellement, M. Klassen. Malgré ne l’avoir connu que le temps rencontres sociales le dimanche à la paroisse Sainte-Famille, je garde des souvenirs d’un homme toujours souriant et chaleureux, et qui me paraissait posséder une grande sagesse. De mon point de vue, l'un de ses legs importants est sa contribution à la formation d'une famille que j'ai toujours tenue en très haute estime.
Je vous transmets mes plus grandes sympathies. Malgré que je ne pourrai être parmi vous cette semaine pour célébrer sa vie, sachez que vous serez tous dans mes pensées.
Three different memories of Uncle Rudy:
I remember receiving, as a child, two Green and Gold souvenirs from Uncle Rudy, from the University of Alberta: a felt wall pennant, and a toque. I was very pleased with them.
I remember being reprimanded by my father for contradicting Mom on the subject of Uncle Rudy’s summer growth of beard, seen in his photographic slide show. I thought the beard was great, while Mom said it looked terrible.
In 1987 or 1988, while Betty and I and our girls were Uncle Rudy’s tenants on the ancestral Klassen farm, we were responsible for keeping the feeders and waterers topped up for about 1500 pheasants in a large flight pen on the acreage. One morning when we went out we were horrified to find that the gate to the pheasant pen was open and most of the birds were outside the pen, some already off in the hedge rows. By taking the chicken wire loose from the side of the pen we created a funnel opening through which we herded quite a lot of pheasants back into the pen, but hundreds of them must have escaped. The coyotes probably fed well. If we had been locking the pen gate every night like we were supposed to do, this incident would never have happened. Whatever Uncle Rudy’s exasperation with us, I do not remember being reprimanded for our carelessness, nor did Uncle Rudy tell us at the end of the season how many birds he was short of the original number. This speaks to a considerable graciousness of character on his part.