Gillis Oslund

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Gillis Oslund passed away suddenly at his home in Red Deer on April 8, 1997 at the age of 72 years.

Gill was born in Slave Lake, Alberta and received his primary education there. He completed grades nine and ten in Idaho. Shortly thereafter (1943) he joined the RCAF and received training as a navigator in various flying schools from Vancouver to Summerside. He was about to be shipped overseas when the war ended. Gill received the remainder of his high school and university entrance in ten months at Red Deer via the Armed Forces, and entered the Faculty of Forestry Engineering at the University of British Columbia from which he graduated and subsequently earned his P.Eng.

Gill received his commission as an Alberta Land Surveyor in 1956 and began his legal surveying career as a branch manager for Canadian Engineering Surveys Ltd. in Drayton Valley. He ran the office there until 1958 when he began work with Mr. C.H. Snell in Red Deer and eventually became owner of the firm Snell & Oslund Surveys Ltd. Gill's two sons, Stuart and Geoffrey, were employed by the firm.

Gill was always active in Association affairs, serving on Council and as president in 1964. Many present-day surveyors, including yours truly, have benefited from Gill's wisdom, experience, and above all, his full adherence to the Code of Ethics. If we all were to pattern our professional lives after the example set by Gill Oslund, our Association would have few problems in that regard.

He was a good friend and a good surveyor. What more can be said of a man.

J. Keith Smith, ALS