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A legacy in honour of family, UNB

Throughout his long and distinguished scientific career, Dr. Robert (Bob) Jenkins (1948-2012) maintained a commitment to the University of New Brunswick. This was in part because of his respect and admiration for noted chemistry professor, Dr. Doug Brewer, his mentor and supervisor when Bob earned his Masters of Science degree at UNB in 1975.

In addition to scholastic achievements, Bob was active in the UNB band as a piper, performing in signature university events such as convocation and Encaenia, often leading the class procession. In 1974, he received a letter of commendation for his piping from the Colonel of The King’s Own Scottish Borders, a Scottish-based regiment with historical ties to New Brunswick.

While Bob’s Masters thesis examined the petrochemical pollution of groundwater, it was as a medical researcher where he spent the bulk of his career. His professional work involved investigations in clinical biochemistry and toxicology, particularly related to inflammatory bowel and joint diseases.

“Bob was extremely meticulous,” said Joanne Morris, a colleague and close friend of Bob’s at AstraZeneca. “He was a great resource for everyone, with a very solid scientific background.”

During his career, Bob was a member of the Canadian Institute of Chemistry and a chartered scientist with the British Science Council. In addition, he spent 10 years teaching and conducting research at McMaster University before moving to private-industry.

Some years ago, Bob made the decision to establish a bursary fund that honours his experiences at UNB and the contributions his parents made toward his success. The Jenkins Family Bursary will support New Brunswick students enrolled or majoring in UNB’s natural sciences program who require financial assistance to support their education.

“Science was everything to him,” said Joanne. “His interest was not just chemistry but the sciences in general. He did have other interests but in terms of his career, he was totally absorbed by it and loved it. Even when he was retired, he would get magazines from the chemistry society and different scientific societies and keep up with them. He was always learning.”

It’s easy to have an impact: A $25,000 bequest in your will can provide a $1,000 annual scholarship for UNB students forever. For more information or to help us ensure your wishes are fulfilled, please contact Ms. Marion Williams, Sr. Development Officer.

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