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Grace, John R. OR'61

Grace, John R. OR'61
From London, Ontario, John R. Grace ’61 and his brothers Robert A. ’55, D. Michael ’58 (Rhodes Scholar 1964) and Archie N. ’66 span 16 years of Ridley history as outstanding academics and athletes. Winner of the Mason Gold Medal, Grace enrolled at the University of Western Ontario earning a B.E.Sc. in 1965. In his last year at Western, he was president of the University Students’ Council and won the gold medal in engineering. He was awarded an Athlone Fellowship to study at Cambridge University where he earned a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering in 1968. He returned to Canada and taught at McGill University before accepting a position in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at UBC from 1990 to 1996. Grace is a world-renowned leader in the field of fluidization, chemical reaction engineering and clean energy. He has held a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Clean Energy and is a co-founder of Membrane Reactor Technologies Ltd., a company focused on efficient hydrogen generation and use. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Chemical Institute of Canada. He was awarded an honorary D.Sc from the University of Western Ontario in 2003 and was invested as on Officer of the Order of Canada in 2014 for his contributions as a chemical engineer, notably to the development of cleaner technology for industrial processes and energy production. Drake is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia, retiring in 2014. Michael Grace ‘58 and Archie Grace ‘66 have had distinguished careers in medicine in London, Ontario as a surgeon and a family physician and Robert Grace ’55 as a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Michael’s daughter Gillian followed in her father’s and uncles’ footsteps and graduated from Ridley in 1996.
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