John died July 31, 2021, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  

John was born Feb. 14, 1925, in Regina, Saskatchewan. His undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta were interrupted in 1944 when he volunteered for service in England with the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy. Returning to the University of Alberta in 1946, John graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics. In 1949 he earned an MSE from Princeton. 

John was employed by two affiliated gas utility companies, Canadian Western Natural Gas and Northwestern Utilities. He rose through the ranks and became president of the two companies in 1968. In 1969 he became chairman and CEO of a group of utility companies that are now part of Canadian Utilities Limited. 

After two years in Philadelphia as a group vice president of IU International, John returned to Canada as chairman and chief executive officer of Canadian Utilities, retiring in 1981. Then he served as executive director of the Petroleum Recovery Institute, specializing in research directed toward improving the recovery of oil and gas from underground reservoirs. 

John is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joy; two nieces; and one nephew. 

Graduate memorials are prepared by the APGA.

Graduate Class of 1949