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JENKINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-01-03 published
Brian Alexander MAXWELL
By Sandy JENKINS Friday, January 3, 2003, Page A14
Geophysicist, musician, winemaker. Born October 2, 1954, at Miminska Lake, Ontario Died September 1, 2002, in Lagos, Nigeria, of a heart attack, aged 47.
Brian Alexander -- Sam -- MAXWELL was half Scottish, half Aboriginal and the greatest guy you could ever want to meet. He grew up in the beautiful town of Sioux Lookout, Ontario When he wasn't fishing he played bass in the popular local rock band called Core.
In 1974 he graduated with honours from high school, to the delight of his mother and father. Sam then moved to the University of Manitoba, where he received his B.Sc. in 1978. His passion for music brought him to Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he started a band called the Geeks. They developed a cult following but never had enough money to buy food (like his hero Neil Young and the Squires before them). He moved back to Winnipeg to do a master's in geophysics. When Texaco Canada was recruiting for its Calgary office, Sam showed up for the interview in his usual garb -- jeans and a Czech hockey sweater. Texaco hired him and he moved to Cowtown in September, 1982.
There he joined the growing Manitoba ex-pat community, and we became roommates. At a house in St. Andrew's Heights, Sam invented an infamous new way of playing table hockey, dubbed the "Maxwellian Defence." He thought nothing of inviting 40 people for turkey dinner. "No darts after 10 p.m." became his credo, which came to mean late-night antics were deemed not to have occurred. Sam was very quiet and low-key at work, but late-night arguments were his forte. He never took himself too seriously, evidenced by his trademark small smile and little laugh. Even today scientists are divided over Sam's controversial theory that drinking Big Rock beer negates hangovers.
We started jamming in our basement and Sam demonstrated a rare ability to turn complete buffoons into reasonably good guitar players. A prescient Sam insisted on taping the last performance shortly before the band's members followed their separate paths in 1988. These coveted bootleg tapes are known to collectors as "The Last Jam."
Sam was a passionate fan of the Winnipeg Jets and the Blue Bombers. He once walked out of a Bomber game at British Columbia Place during the third quarter, he was so outraged by the team's performance. Later, when the Big Blue won the Grey Cup in 1984, he shook coach Cal Murphy's hand and proclaimed he would never wash it again.
Sam was in a hockey pool with brothers Ron, Gord and Friends back in the Sioux. He was always perusing The Hockey News so he would be prepared for that summer's draft.
Sam absolutely loved his job as a geophysicist, although never enough to get to work on time. He did very well and Texaco rewarded him with overseas assignments.
In 1990 he married Nee in Thailand and was transferred to China, where they got busy raising a family. Ben (15), Angela (11) and Daniel (8), were his proudest achievements.
In China, his seismic mapping led to a significant oil discovery. Sam put another band together and they played regularly. He moved to Lagos, Nigeria, in 1994 and nurtured another group of guitar players until they were good enough to play at Bob's Bar (the best ex-pat bar in town, he said) every Friday night.
He was a devoted son and a proud brother, visiting Sioux Lookout regularly, most recently spending the Millennium New Year there. Nee brought him home for good and he was buried on September 11. The Geeks played Dylan's Knocking on Heaven's Door at the funeral.
He wasn't the best for keeping in touch, once saying: "I don't worry about that; I know Jenkins will always find me."
Sandy is a friend of Sam MAXWELL.

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JENSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-04 published
HUSFLOEN, Richard Lowell
The 12th President of Augustana University College in Camrose Alberta, died quite suddenly on Sunday, September 28th, 2003. He was in Sun City, Arizona at the time of his death, preparing for back surgery. He had served as President of Augustana for seven years before retiring this past June. He had been named President Emeritus by the Augustana board. HUSFLOEN was born on August 5, 1937 in Fargo, North Dakota, the second son of Joe and Clara Alfreida (SIMONSON) HUSFLOEN. He grew up on the Midwestern prairies and the love of this landscape never left him. A photographer (in recent years a hobby, though he had at one time worked professionally) at heart he used the North Dakota prairies as a backdrop for the film, Diane, he and a friend shot and produced in the 1960's. HUSFLOEN's knowledge and interest in film was later used in the production of the film, The Joy of Bach, for Lutheran Film Associates, New York City, on whose board he sat for nine years. Richard HUSFLOEN is survived by his brother, James C. HUSFLOEN, of Fargo, North Dakota. By academic background, HUSFLOEN was both a sociologist and a theologian. His undergraduate degree was from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1960) where he returned to teach sociology after finishing his graduate studies. His Master of Divinity was earned at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota (1963) and his Master of Theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey (1964). He had a special interest in small town and rural communities and traveled widely in the 1960's holding seminars on Rural Ministry for the American Lutheran Church. President HUSFLOEN worked his way through university as an employee of Capital Airlines and United Airlines. He had his own private pilot's license, honed by years of managing to get invited into the cockpits of airliners before airline security made that no longer possible. In recent years, his love of flying with commercial airlines led him to circumnavigate the globe many times as well as making hundreds of trips to Europe, Africa, and recently Australia. This interest led him and a friend, Neil BARDAL of Winnipeg, to establish and run a small travel business as a sideline in the 1980's. HUSFLOEN was ordained by the American Lutheran Church in 1969, serving parishes that ranged in size from Mott, North Dakota to Sherwood Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He served as administrative assistant to the American Lutheran Church District bishops in both Western North Dakota and South-eastern Minnesota. He specialized in the area of stewardship, later moving into more direct hands-on work in resource development, both for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and later in educational institutions: first at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and then at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, affiliated with Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. In 1996, he became president of Augustana University College in Camrose, a small college of 1000 students owned by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and affiliated with the University of Alberta. HUSFLOEN's development skills came into play, raising money to reduce a $5,000,000 accumulated deficit by almost half and balancing the annual budget each of the last five years. Convinced that a small private college would never be able to obtain the kind of funding to enable it to continue as a top-flight school, he and the Augustana board worked to enable the school to become part of the University of Alberta educational system. In June of this year, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada voted to convey the college to the Government of Alberta and the University of Alberta. The negotiations for implementing that decision are still on-going. President HUSFLOEN was convinced that it was important for the college to give something back to the community, both the community in which the college was located as well as the communities from which its students came: 'Knowing that our primary serving area is rural and adjacent to our campus, it is important for us to acknowledge that we owe something to the communities from which our students come. For a long time schools such as Augustana have taken young people from small rural communities and educated them for careers that will not return them to these communities. While this has been an endeavor of willing participants, I think it is important for us to assume an obligation of care and concern for the communities from which our students derive'. During his time at Augustana, HUSFLOEN put strong emphasis on continuing education opportunities for both graduates and members of the community. In 1999, the college acquired the former TransAlta Utilities building in Camrose and turned it into a Centre of Community Education as well as space for classrooms and offices. That year the Centre opened its first distance education program with a full house of 38 paramedic students from small towns in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The program used the internet, print curricula, electronic media and face-to-face teaching to deliver course content. HUSFLOEN found great satisfaction with a Working Families Scholarship program that was established by an anonymous donor in 1998. Working parents could receive support for tuition and living expenses for up to two years of study. President HUSFLOEN was always proud of his Norwegian heritage. He often visited with Friends and relatives in Norway and brought important Scandinavian figures to Augustana to enhance its Norwegian tradition. By appointment of the Norwegian Government, President HUSFLOEN served as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Norwegian Research and Technology Forum in the United States and Canada, the only member of the committee from Canada. This past May, HUSFLOEN was honoured with the degree Doctor of Divinity (h.c.) by the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In August, Augustana College named the TransAlta building The Richard Husfloen Centre. HUSFLOEN was a hard worker who never walked away from a difficult situation. He sometimes ruffled feathers but in the end most people came to realize that his positions were always well thought through and had the best interests of others at the core. His former pastor, the Reverend Dr. Gordon JENSEN, once said, 'He has often placed himself on the margins of the church, and has called for the church to face issues and realities that the church has often not wanted to face. Yet, this has been one of the great gifts he brings to the church.' The church, the educational world and all who knew him are diminished by his death. Services to celebrate Richard's life will be held in Camrose, Alberta on Thursday, October 9 at 7: 30 p.m. in the Faith and Life Centre, Augustana University College Campus and in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Tuesday, October 28, 7: 30 p.m., Sherwood Park Lutheran Church, 7 Tudor Crescent at London Street. Donations in Richard's memory may be made to Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55454. Friends and colleagues may send messages of condolence or reminiscences to For updates to other services being held, please go to and follow the links to Obituaries. Neil BARDAL (204) 949-2200

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