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Born: May 24, 1935

Date of Passing: Sep 02, 2023

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Dr. Ronald Marquardt (Ron), 88 of Winnipeg, Manitoba passed away peacefully at home on September 2, 2023. Ron was born May 24, 1935 to Ralph and Caroline Marquardt in Bassano, Alberta, and was the eldest boy of six children.

Ron married Marie in 1959 and they have four children: Bunny (Larry Mitchell), Michele (Rob Brenning), Rod (Oralea Dunbar) and Alex (Tatiana Cane). He had eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Ron was especially proud of his scientific contributions. His research impact in 2023 continued to be significant. He was prolific in his academia writing, having authored 469 publications. Ron was named Professor Emeritus upon his retirement and continued to do research right to his last days. He founded several companies that developed breakthrough technology in biochemistry and biology.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the end of October.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 09, 2023

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I had the pleasure of knowing Ron as a friend and colleague for many years. He was an outstanding scientist and established a company that he successfully guided after retiring from the University of Manitoba after a stellar career of over 33 years. He had a wonderful sense of humor and I would often enjoy bantering with him when visiting the Richardson Centre. He was certainly blessed with a long life, a wonderful wife and family, and a genuine love of science in which he focused on producing products beneficial to human health. He definitely made his mark during his long and productive life with products still being produced. I offer my sincere condolences to his wife and family for their loss. - Posted by: MICHAEL ESKIN (Collague) on: Oct 25, 2023

  • I was deeply saddened to hear about Ron's passing on September 2, 2023. The news came as a profound shock, and it's been difficult to come to terms with the loss. In 1993, I had the privilege of joining the China-Canada enzyme preparation cooperation project, led by Dr. Ronald Marquardt and Dr. ZhengKang Han. During that period, I had the honor of working as a visiting scholar in Ron's laboratory for a year. Later, from 1997 to 2021, I had the privilege of returning to the University of Manitoba as one of Ron's PhD students. Ron was a remarkable individual, brimming with energy, an easy-going nature, and a penchant for thought-provoking discussions. His remarkable insights into scientific research left an indelible mark on me. Last November, I had a video call with him, seeking his guidance on tackling a new research problem... Sadly, I can no longer hear his humorous and wise words. Ron, your absence will be deeply felt, and your wisdom sorely missed. Dr. Zhiqun (Mark) Zhang, from Minneapolis, USA - Posted by: Zhiqun (Mark) Zhang (A visiting scholar in Ron's Lab in 1993 and one of his Ph.D. students from 1997 to 2001) on: Sep 12, 2023

  • Ron‘s passing makes me very sad and I will always treasure our time together at the University of Manitoba many years ago… - Posted by: Dr. Dirk Hoehler, Germany (Post-Doc from 1994 to 1996) on: Sep 11, 2023

  • Dear Marie and family - we offer our sincere sympathy to you on Ron's passing. Memories are a wonderful keepsake. God Bless. With sympathy, Doreen & Ed Connors - Posted by: Doreen & Ed Connors (Neighbours from Purdue Bay) on: Sep 10, 2023

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