BU Mourns Loss of Chemistry Professor

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BRANDON, MB – The Brandon University (BU) community is saddened by the passing of longtime professor and University supporter Dr. Bruce James Forrest, who lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday evening.

Born in 1950, Bruce joined the Department of Chemistry in 1986 as an associate professor. His research focused on the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to determine the structure of biological membrane systems, an area in which he was internationally renowned. Bruce served as Department Chair on numerous occasions, most recently from 2004 until 2010, when he took leave to care for his wife. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with cancer.

“Bruce dedicated himself to student success,” says BU President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah Poff. “He established the first scholarship in Physical Chemistry at Brandon University. We are grateful for his many years of service to our students and University, and extend our sincere condolences to Bruce’s family.”

Bruce served in other roles within the University community, including Chair of the Pension Trustees and President of the Faculty Association. An avid fan of the New York Yankees, Bruce was also a passionate wood-worker.

Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, creation and scholarship; educating students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.


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Dr. Deborah Poff
President and Vice-Chancellor
Glen Kirby
Communications Officer


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