Dr. Blair Spearman
September 29, 1951 – October 1, 2017
Dr. Blair Spearman passed away unexpectedly on October 1, 2017 at the age of 66 at his favourite cottage on the Arrow Lakes in the Kootenays.
He is survived by Laura, his devoted wife of 33 years, his precious daughter Valerie, his loving sister Paula Angus (Bill) and niece Meredith Angus of Calgary; his uncle George Spearman (Helen), first cousin Doug Spearman (Ginette) and many more cousins and relatives of Ottawa.
Predeceased by his parents Ken and Eileen Spearman. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario on September 29, 1951 and completed his undergraduate and master’s degree at Carleton University before going on to finish a PhD at Pennsylvania State University where he met one of his best friends and a well-known mathematician, Dr. Lance Littlejohn.
He was not only a wonderful husband and father but also a renowned mathematician.
He inspired thousands of students with his simple yet eloquent teaching style that even made some of his students decide to switch their major in order to pursue mathematics instead.
He was the very first recipient of the UBC Okanagan Teaching Excellence and Innovation award and was consistently on the Teaching Honour Roll. Research was something he greatly enjoyed and had a passion for, having published over 115 mathematical papers in well known journals with co-authors including Dr. Kenneth Williams. He taught at UBC Okanagan for many years and worked alongside brilliant colleagues including Dr. Qiduan Yang, Dr. Heinz Bauschke, and Dr. Shawn Wang.
Blair was an avid outdoorsman who was very fond of nature and wildlife and spent most of his spare time canoeing, fishing and harvesting game.
He often said that most of his creative ideas for research came from his contact with nature.
With that said, in lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the BC Wildlife Federation.
Blair’s memorial service will be held on October 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Springfield Funeral Home in Kelowna.
There will be a visitation beforehand from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com 250-860-7077.
Springfield Funeral Home