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08 June 2022
Robert always provided a deeply appreciated voice of reason, historical perspective, and continuity during his many years of service to the Canadian Association for the Club of Rome (CACOR).
He was perpetually calm, rational, and caring in his observations and arguments: a wonderful human being. His whatif? perspective was a natural sequel to the pioneering work of the Club of Rome on the limits to growth. It enabled CACOR to conduct a soundly informed Pathways study on how to overcome the issues and challenges of effectively reducing Canadian emissions from the consumption and production of energy. As a consultant, Robert also contributed directly to many practical projects in Canadian municipalities.
His never-failing rigour for statistical discipline was an inspiration for one member who had studied algebra and statistics. Robert was part of the continuing evolution of the application of mathematics to the analysis of complex systems, initially military operations, then “operational research”, the forerunner of computational analysis, which led to the work of the pioneering report of the Club of Rome on limits to growth, and subsequently to Robert’s insightful work on energy systems.
Robert played a vital role along with Ed Napke in holding CACOR together for many years. Robert was a leader who served as secretary, president, and membership secretary. He was dedicated to the association and its members. Robert was also well known and appreciated by members of the Club of Rome. He was missed at the recent 50th anniversary celebration of Limits to Growth held in Boston.
There is no bigger decision made in life than its termination. Robert took this decision with strength and courage. The members of CACOR were not surprised.
A friend wrote, “Life is an adventure. We are blessed to live in a country in which people like Robert leave a legacy of which we are all proud.”
Dr. John Hollins, Prior Chair CACOR, June 2022
When I met Robert in Canada he inspired me to take on modelling and I have done so over the years. At his stage in the life of SL, modelling would be so useful to understand the indirect effects on the overall directional effect of the system. As we are not watching the indirect relationship we find ourselves caught unaware and so unprepared. This was the substance of Robert’s modelling message to me as I remember it.
Robert is a brave man to abandon the traditional model of allopathic medicine, indeed any medicine at this juncture of his life. I have long felt there is a preparation for death, or what is better described as passing away, Seems like Robert in his wisdom is taking on that journey. “What if” was a very descriptive name for his company and his thinking.
Dr Leonie Solomons
09 June 2022
James Rennie Whitehead.