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We sadly announce the unexpectedly sudden end of the life of a very distinguished federal public servant and a UNTD Cadet ( first summer 1953, I believe, maybe even the Coronation Cruise that year ) who made an effort to attend as many UNTD Reunions as possible in Halifax, Victoria and Ottawa.

Arthur Kroeger died Friday 9 May. He had been ill with cancer. Until a short time ago, we were all hoping he would be able to regain enough strength to begin chemotherapy at the National Institutes of Health in the United States, where he had been accepted into a clinical trial. However, his condition deteriorated rapidly over the past 10 days, and on Thursday we moved him to the palliative-care unit at the Centre Elisabeth-Bruyere in Ottawa.

Arthur was a Rhodes Scholar (1958), a Companion of the Order of Canada, a federal Deputy Minister of five major government departments, including Transport (" the Dean of Deputy Ministers" in Ottawa) and a former Chancellor of Carleton University. Carleton University's Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs is named in his honour.

He is survived by his partner, Huguette Labelle, also a Companion of the Order of Canada, also a former federal deputy Minister of Transport, also a university Chancellor -- in her case, Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, his two daughters, Kate and Alix, and his stepdaughter, Chantal Labelle.

To me and to many Arthur was simply a fine and gracious friend, sadly to be missed as one of the platoon markers of life. Bob Duncombe

The funeral will take place on Thursday, May 15 in Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa. Please watch the papers for an announcement of the arrangements. Arthur had expressed a wish in his will that a scholarship should be set up in his name at Carleton University. In lieu of flowers, we are asking people if they would be willing to make a donation. Cheques should be made payable to Carleton University, in envelopes marked for the attention of Denise Mayer, 510 Robertson Hall, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K15 5B6. People can also give online at, under "Giving to Carleton", and earmark their donation for the scholarship fund.