Allan Kennedy Colter passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Health Centre on July
20, 2019. He lived a full and happy life, passing away in his 91st year.
He was born in Edmonton, Alberta on March 14, 1929, and from an early age, Allan’s
passion for knowledge, music and family, were clear to all who knew him. He obtained
his B.Sc at the University of Alberta, PhD in Chemistry at University of California,
Los Angeles, and completed Post Doctoral work at Harvard.
He taught at Carnegie Tech (later to become Carnegie Mellon University) for 11
years. While on sabbatical at Brandeis University, the growing University of Guelph
sought Dr. Colter to lead the Chemistry department as chairman. He remained at the
University of Guelph until his retirement in 1994.
Allan was an accomplished Jazz musician, and enjoyed playing the trumpet and coronet
in numerous traditional Jazz bands throughout his life. His music history knowledge
of this genre was unmatched.
Allan will be remembered for his curiosity, his desire to continuously learn and
develop himself, and the support he provided to people he loved. He had a positive
influence on those fortunate enough to be blessed by his friendship, including his
students, his family and friends.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Barbara Colter (Benson) and children
Dave (Jan), Mary (Geoff) and Lonnie (Roxanne). He was a loving grandfather to
Rebecca, Sarah, Dillon, Emma and Aaron, and great grandfather to Hannah and Alyssa.
Forever in our hearts, we will remember Allan offering song lyrics to illustrate any
point, warm bearhugs and exceptionally detailed stories of road trips, fishing,
camping and his beloved vegetable garden
A celebration of life will be held at the Arboretum in Guelph (390 College Avenue East) on Friday, September 6th from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to share memories and stories.