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Born: Oct 16, 1948

Date of Passing: Jan 11, 2021

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October 16, 1948 - January 11, 2021

It is with heartbreak that we announce the passing of Dr. Douglas Warren Ruth - husband of over 50 years to Beverly Ruth, father to Chelsea Ruth, Kirstin Giroux (Stephan) and Whitney Siemens (Mark) and grandfather to James Douglas Ruth and Knox and Eddy Giroux. Doug was predeceased by his father Warren Ruth and mother Betty Ruth.
Doug was kind, accepting, encouraging, patient, funny and deeply committed in every one of the many roles he played in life. He was a true philosopher. He cherished his time with family, especially at the cabin where hospitality was extended to all. He considered all friends family. He saw the best in everyone and shaped the course of many lives. He was an inspiration. He loved rock and roll, building intricate decks, Egyptian history, and hieroglyphics. He loved to acquire knowledge. Many treasured photos show him reading with his grandsons through the years; Knox and Eddy have an impressive knowledge of Ancient Egypt due to him sharing his passions.
He travelled the world to grow and expand the engineering profession. He was known and respected worldwide for both his expertise and his work with students and colleagues at all levels of training, first with the University of Calgary and then at the University of Manitoba. He believed that Engineers were the Enablers of Civilization.
Dr. Douglas Ruth [B.Sc. (1970), M.Sc. (1972), Ph.D. (1977), P.Eng.] served as the Dean of the Price Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba from 1999 to 2010, overseeing the construction of the Engineering and Information Technology Complex and further expansion of the Faculty's programs and services. In addition to serving as Dean, Doug Ruth was a core faculty member for more than 30 years. He was Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean of Engineering for Design Education. Doug was the second of the University of Manitoba's three NSERC Chairs in Design Engineering and championed new concepts such as Engineers-in-Residence and industry-based design courses, both of which have seen tremendous success with students. He was honoured as Dean Emeritus and he officially retired at the end of December 2018. Dr. Ruth's legacy was honoured many times within the Price Faculty of Engineering. In 2018, the laneway entering into EITC was officially renamed the "Doug Ruth Laneway" in recognition of his years of service to the Faculty and to celebrate his retirement.

He will be deeply missed and
fondly remembered every day.
Shine on you crazy diamond.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the 'Doug and Beverly Ruth Centenary Award in Engineering', via the University of Manitoba website at fundsearch.
There is no service planned at this time.
We are collecting memories and stories as photos, video or email. If you would like to share or receive the final compilation, please email:

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • I met and spoke with Doug for the first and only time at the 40th reunion of 1972 graduating class. What an exceptionally interesting, kind and humble gentleman to visit with. And he always wore a sincere and genuine smile. Would have loved to have him for a prof! Please accept my condolences. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Joseph Hladky (UofM 1972 BScCE) on: Feb 18, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to the Bev and the family. I was honored to consider Doug a friend. - Posted by: Brian Lane (Friend) on: Jan 20, 2021

  • I had the good fortune of working for Doug as his assistant in the faculty of engineering and without a shred of doubt I can say he was the BEST leader I have ever worked for. He holds a genuine respect for all, a unique understanding of people, he was kind-hearted and so funny - such qualities that shone forth so effortlessly. He has touched my heart and will forever be treasured there. He will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Ekta Badesha (Former Assistant to Doug) on: Jan 20, 2021

  • Douglas and his siblings Raymond and Bonny were childhood friends, while they lived in East Braintree and Stony Mountain. - Posted by: Margaret Feilberg (childhood friend to Lorna, Lawrence, Margaret and Paul Feilberg) on: Jan 19, 2021

  • They say if you want to get to know someone, work or travel with them. I was blessed to both work with Doug, and travel the globe with him in that work. I can honestly say I never worked harder, nor laughed harder, than the years I worked with Doug. His passion for his students and his profession were matched only by his passion for life, and his ability to make people laugh. He was also an awesome "power shopper" as we would routinely turn our brief "down times" in other cities and countries as opportunities to find just the right gifts for our loved ones back home. His one failing was that he was never able to get me to like Guiness! :) I have shed many tears this past week, as I cannot reconcile such a larger than life person being gone, but I know he would want us to keep smiling and keep loving. He will be so greatly missed. (I sent a Dropbox link to the account with several images and videos) - Posted by: Amber Skrabek (friend, former colleague) on: Jan 18, 2021

  • My deepest sympathy Bev and family in the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. My heart goes out to you and your family . He certainly was an amazing man and taken far too soon. Bev hoping the comfort of family and friends helps you thru this difficult time. Sincerely Colleen (Brechin) a friend from Carman - Posted by: Colleen Boutang (Friend) on: Jan 18, 2021

  • I remember Doug and his family from Stony Mountain days. Both he and his sister were in my Confirmation group at Christ Church Stony Mountain. His family was very involved for years in the community. He is remembered by the Linklater family. Our condolences to his family. - Posted by: Larry Linklater (Neighbour from Stony Mountain days.) on: Jan 18, 2021

  • Such very sad news to hear of the passing of Doug Ruth. I was privileged to work with Doug for many years on student services and student appeals. Doug was an amazing colleague- a true champion of fair treatment for all. My heartfelt sympathy! - Posted by: Lynn Smith (University Of Manitoba Colleague) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • My Condolences to everyone. Many fond memories of being with all of you at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. - Posted by: Leanne McIvor (Friend of the family) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • I was truly shocked and saddened to learn of Doug's passing. I will remember Doug as a giant of a man whose humility and sense of humour characterized him well. It was my pleasure to experience his honesty and straightforward traits. Whenever we bumped into each other we would always have a great laugh. I would always tell Doug that he was fortunate to have four women in his life which would give him a chuckle. This world could do with a lot more Dough Ruths! ! Bev and family, on behalf of my wife, Evelyn please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of Doug. Roy Fondse - Posted by: Roy Fondse (Friend) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • Thinking of you at this terrible time. Condolences to Ruth & your whole family. - Posted by: Ron & CLem Nero (Friend) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to you all. We remember Doug fondly and our time as young families in Ranchlands. - Posted by: Trudy & Steve Pierpoint (Friends) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • Dr. Ruth was an excellent Professor and kind person with a good sense of humour. I remember his starting in my second year of engineering. He was teaching a fluids course and on his first day. I thought that I would get a giggle from the class by writing “Dr Ruth will be teaching sex Ed today” on one of the sliding chalk boards before he walked in. As I was well on my way to this, he walked in and caught me, he laughed and said “Well it is a fluids course, lol”. He took it in stride and we developed a great relationship over the next few years. Great guy and definitely a loss to not only his family but the community. I extend my sympathy to his family but take solace in his contributions to his engineering students and faculty, making us better people. - Posted by: Tony Bugeja (Student ) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • I wrote this poem for Doug in memory of that dry as dust wit, that rusty chuckle and that twinkle in his eye. He now walks in beauty With all the learned men But our hearts are heavy For earths old friend He will live forever in our hearts Always missed but ne’er forgotten He was the best of men. I offer my heartfelt condolences to all of the family. It was an honour to know him and call him friend. - Posted by: Lillianne Cahoon (Family friend) on: Jan 16, 2021

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