D.C. (David) Holmberg

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By Larry Pals, on the occasion of the presentation of Honorary Life Membership to David Holmberg, 2001

Dave Holmberg received his commission as an Alberta Land Surveyor on October 22, 1959. He was an active member for twenty-six years and has been a retired member for the last sixteen.

Dave Holmberg articled to fellow honorary life member Wally Youngs. His survey experience was with the provincial government and included the Alberta/Northwest Territories Boundary Commission and the Department of Highways on Road and Township Surveys. He was the Director of Property Services and also served as the Assistant Director of Surveys.

Dave Holmberg served on many committees for many years including the Legislation Committee, the Restoration and Preservation of Survey Monuments Committee, and the Examining Committee from 1973 to 1984. During that time, one hundred and eighty-one land surveyors received their commission. Mr. Holmberg served on Council from 1964 to 1969 and served as President in 1968. He was also the prime initiator of our annual golf tournament around 1965.

Mr. Holmberg addressed the audience as follows:

It is indeed an honour for me to be here today to accept this award. I will cherish it for many years to come.

When I retired some years ago, people would ask what I was doing to keep myself busy. I said, "absolutely nothing and I'm getting behind as well."

I took a walkthrough the exhibits and what is there today is mind boggling in comparison to the equipment I used when I was in the field. I was introduced to land surveying well over fifty years ago on a winter survey on a north boundary of Alberta. In those days, we used plumb bobs and steel tapes adjusted for temperature and sag and we observed the stars for direction and time. Nowadays you fellows have the EDMs, GPSs, total stations, CPUs, CAD and the ATVs to get you there and back. My question is, "what do you do with all your spare time?"

My term on Council started some thirty-five years ago. I have seen many changes and all for the good. I think the members who have served on Council over the years are to be commended for that.

Time spent on the Examining Committee was very rewarding. I don't remember the names of the people who came through but I do remember some of the faces from that era (twenty-five to thirty years ago) and it is good to see you here today.

Mr. Holmberg passed away April 20, 2002.