Armstrong, Dr. David Thomas

Armstrong, Dr. David Thomas

August 1st, 2016

Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Monday, August 1st, 2016, with family by his side, Dr. David Thomas Armstrong of London and formerly of Adelaide, Australia, in his 87th year. Husband of the late Catherine Downey-Armstrong (2012). Loving Dad of David (Wendy) Armstrong of Stouffville, Susan (Warren) Lindsay of London, and Meredith (Jeff) Biehn also of London. Dear step-father of Georgina, Fiona (Roel), and Sophie, all of Australia. Loving brother of Hugh Armstrong of Calgary, Donald (Pam) Armstrong of Kinburn, and the late Mary (Bill) Carss of Arnprior. Proud ‘Papa’ and Grandpa to Tori (Ben) Bartosik, Melissa, Chris (Bianca) and Rob Armstrong, Megan (Luke) Mann, Scott and Ryan Lindsay, Leanna and Olivia Biehn, and Molly Haitjema. Great-grandpa to Zosia and Gabriela Bartosik. Missed also by his dear friend and first wife, Carolyn Armstrong. David was a world-renowned research scientist in reproductive physiology. He inspired and mentored many at Western University, London, and The University of Adelaide in Australia. Cremation has taken place. The memorial service will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of David are asked to consider St. Joseph’s Hospice or make a blood donation to Canadian Blood Services. 

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Don RiegerMy sincere condolences to David's family and friends. David was both a giant in our field and a true gentleman. He will be greatly missed.
Jeremy ThompsonMy condolences to David's family for the passing of such a great and gentle man, who epitomized what a gentleman should be in addition to his prominent scientific contributions in reproductive biology. The Society for Reproductive Biology plans to give an oration for David at their annual meeting being held shortly. David will be missed by all of his friends in Australia.
Lisa McDonaldHeartfelt condolences to David's family and friends. I was deeply touched by the generosity and friendship of Catherine and David, and remember them both with great affection. David's contribution to reproductive physiology was inspirational beyond his field, and those of us working in the 'outside' of scientific research are indebted to his legacy. Lisa McDonald, Adelaide, Australia
Sean O'LearyMy sincere condolences to David's family in Canada and Australia. David was a great inspiration to me, a strong mentor and a good friend all-in-one. Always thinking about the next elusive hypothesis, his family and friends sums Dave up in a nutshell. He will be sorely missed by many.
Robert GilchristMy thoughts and best wishes go out to David's family and many friends. David was an inspirational scientist to so many of us all over the world. He was my post-doctoral mentor, collaborator and friend during his period in Adelaide. I and so many of my reproductive biology colleagues are indebted to his legacy. David will be greatly missed. Rob Gilchrist, Sydney, Australia.
Rob NormanDavid was a strong and supportive mentor to us in Adelaide and was always humble and willing to support younger scientists and clinicians. His partnership with Catherine was a joy to behold and their house was always open. He helped make us strong in Adelaide and contributed to the founding and success of the Robinson Research Institute.
Bruce MurphyI write in sincere condolence to Dave's family. He was one of my heroes and a role model, partly because of his splendid scientific mind and achievements. But but also because he was without posture or artifice, he was someone with whom everyone could talk science and ideas, he was always willing to collaborate and share. His colleagues in Australia called him "the living legend", and with this I agree. He will be missed.
C.V.RaoOne word to describe him: He is a gem.
Fuller W. BazerMy sincere condolences to the family of David Armstrong. I interacted with David at scientific meetings and during two different visits to Australia. He will be remembered by me as an outstanding comparative reproductive biologist and colleague who had great depth of knowledge and shared it freely with all with whom he interacted.
Peeyush LalaMy sincere condolences to David's family. I came to know him soon after I moved from McGill to Western in 1983 to find in him a great friend and a great role model working in the field of Reproduction. His legacy in science will will remain with a generation of scientists he trained, and many others who crossed his path. David will be missed by many of us here and abroad.
Charles E. (Pat) McCormackAs a graduate student at Madison, WI (1959-64), Dave's research was already highly respected. Upon, meeting him a few years later at a meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, I quickly realized that he was as fine a person as was the quality of his research. I am honored to have known him.
John EppigDavid will be truly missed and honored by all who knew him for his inspiration, achievements, and friendship. His contributions to the Society for the Study of Reproduction opened doors for present and future generations of reproductive biologists. He established a culture of both cutting edge science and a spirit of camaraderie.
Kathy Sharpe_TimmsWith condolences to the family of David Armstrong and the scientific community, a true legend has passed on. Yet his legend will continue in the science and hearts of those who have had the pleasure to know and work with David as well as his league of trainees.
Ron MagnessIt is with saddness I recieved this news. My sincere condolence to David's family including his extended family of trainees and collegues. Besides being a charter member of Society for the Study of Reproduciton he was a spendid role model of science. His work extending well beyond just Reproductive Biology. His legacy will live on in the folks he mentored and trained.
Geoffrey HammondI send my deepest condolences to Dave's family. Dave was a dear friend and mentor, and an inspiration to us all. His boundless exuberance and the passion for discovery that he shared so generously will be greatly missed.
Premendu P. MathurI send my deep condolences to the bereaved family. May David's soul rest in peace. He will be sorely missed. His researches and writings inspired me a lot. He and his family will be in my prayers and thoughts.
Koji YoshinagaMy condolences to the family and friends of Dave Armstrong.
Alberto M. LucianoMy condolences to David's family and friends. I was honoured to meet him in Milan in '95, sharing science and ideas during his sabbatical leave. I was touched by his inspiration, brightness and his sincere friendship. He will be greatly missed.
Barbara VanderhydenMy deepest sympathies to David’s family. What a remarkable man he was and our research community is feeling a great loss. Those of us who have been trained, motivated, and inspired by him are so very grateful to have had that opportunity. He introduced me to the Society for the Study of Reproduction, where one could honour him best by following in his footsteps. During his visits to Ottawa, many of his former trainees and colleagues took great pleasure in getting together with him to resurrect countless funny memories of the rather unorthodox methods that sometimes followed his inspired ideas. He will be sorely missed.
Shyamal RoyIt is a sad news indeed for all reproductive biologists around the world who work on ovarian biology. Dr. David Armstrong was a pioneering scientist whose contribution to ovarian biology cannot be overstated. I learned a lot from his research and have tremendous respect for him. My sincere condolences to his family.
Francis TekpeteyMy deepest condolences to David's family. As one of his many former trainees, I am very grateful to have known and worked with him. He has contributed greatly to our current careers and he will be missed.
John E GadsbyI write to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to David's family. Dave was a role model and hero of mine growing up in science, and I had the pleasure to meet and talk with him about my research at SSR . I also had the pleasure of working closely with him in organizing the SSR Meeting when it was held in London. I was most impressed with his sharp mind and quiet and humble manner. He will be greatly missed.
Harold HafsThose of us who interacted directly with Dave cherish memories of his personal contributions to family and colleagues. In addition, professionally, Dave will be remembered for his pioneering and innovative science. Much of his research was enabled by his ability to identify and adopt innovative methods from related sciences to push back the frontiers of his own work. His legacy of new knowledge is a monument to his professional life.
Landis KeyesDave will live on, in the lives of those whom he trained and inspired. He lived and breathed reproductive endocrinology, his published works revealing a rich diversity of interests, with emphasis upon ovarian function and biochemical basis of gonadotropin hormone actions. And he was a dear friend.
Alan & Mira Goff Our sincere condolences to Dave’s family as well as to many grieving friends. Dave was a remarkable man who enjoyed life to the fullest and we have been privileged to know him. He was a good friend and mentor, who helped us a lot at the start of our careers, and will be missed by many.
Don & Jean RutherfordSo sorry to hear of Daves passing . Dave and I were classmates in Year 51 OAC we both serve red in the Ag.Rep service of the Ont Dept of Agriculture .Dav e was a brilliant student and an excellent judge of Dairy cattle he was on the winning team at the Chicago Fair. It was so good to see Dave and his daughter at our Year 51 reunion last Oct. Please accept our sincere sympathy Don & Jean Rutherford
Chandra YallampalliSo very san to hear Dave's passing, and I express my deepest sympathy to Dave's Family. He will be sorely missed by his extended family - Who he trained and mentored with passion and exuberance. I was lucky to be one of them and the times I spent with him are one of the best in my life so far. There are so many of us in this field that are impacted by his towering personality and will be remembered for ever.
Scott & Genevieve BartonWe were saddened to hear of David's passing. Uncle David was an absolute beautiful person. He was genuine and caring, funny and smart. He had many stories about his childhood, and what it was like growing up on a small farm in Kinburn, Ontario. David was very proud of his roots, and we were proud of his accomplishments. It was an honour to have known David, and to call him my uncle.
Gerry BarbeI am so very sorry to hear of David’s death. I worked for David Armstrong from 1974 until he retired from Western and then we corresponded through the Adelaide years. Whether in the lab, or wrestling sheep in the field or sailing Lake Huron he was a dear friend and fascinating person. Not only was he constantly searching to understand how reproductive biology works but also how we can use those discoveries. He leaves a legacy of knowledge, research tools and scientists that he mentored which is nothing short of outstanding. No question, it’s a loss. Sending my sincere sympathy.
Trevor and Kelly BartonWe will cherish the memories we had with Uncle David. He was always so genuinely interested in what we were doing. We always looked forward to his visits and enjoyed his company at the farm and cottage. He was a true Armstrong if every sense, passionate, funny, smart yet humble, a true gentleman. He will be forever in our hearts.
Anne RouleauMy most sincere condolences to Dr. Armstrong's family. I count myself very lucky to have worked with him for 17 years. His indomitable spirit and fierce intelligence shaped not only the world of science but also a large contingent of scientists that will pass on his legacy.
Gordon YoungWe offer our sincere condolences to Dave's family and his close friends. I worked both with and for Dave for several years. Dave has made an enormous contribution to ruminant livestock worldwide. Dave's knowledge of livestock was much broader than just reproduction and he was a master at imparting practical knowledge as well as scientific information. I know he was respected in many countries and he was looked upon as a giant in his field. It was a great pleasure and honour to have a relationship with him. He will be missed. Gord, Reta and family.
Robert Gore-Langton & Susan DanielOur sincere condolences to Dave's family and many friends. He was a brilliant scientist and an inspirational mentor or colleague for many of us. His contributions to reproductive biology are immense and will continue to influence the field for generations through his copious and widely read publications and his many trainees and their students. Dave also leaves us with many fond memories of his leadership, friendship, and sailing!
Elizabeth Fox, Stephan Motz and familyI like to think that beyond the knowing of those who grieve, the soul makes a safe passage to a new and brighter life. I will miss the cousin who inspired many in his life. My father, Douglas Fox, David's first cousin, was always so proud of his accomplishments and although distance and age preempted frequent visits, always held a special place in his heart for David. In tribute to a generation that held family dear, I will always encourage a connection between future generations. There are now third and fourth cousins who have joined the family who can be proud of the legacy that Dr. David Armstrong left behind. And when they meet, I'm sure they will say - how are we related again? Our love and prayers to our Canadian family at this difficult time
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