Thursday, July 10, 2008

Goodbye to Robin Penker

A really good friend of mine died last week in a mountain climbing accident. I am really saddened by the loss of Robin Penker. He was one of the first people that I met in law school. He was an outstanding law student and lawyer. He was on the editorial board of the Alberta Law Review when I was Editor in Chief, and he always did excellent work.

I hiked with Robin and did some scrambles with him. He died doing a scramble by himself in Kananaskis. We will probably never know what happened. He was on Mt. Kidd. They had a hard time finding him because he didn't tell anyone where he was going.

Robin was a lawyer at FMC, and then in a firm in the Maritimes. He then went to work in-house, and was recently on a sabbatical. He traveled to South America and Europe.

He was just an outstanding person, and I am going to miss him very, very much.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Friends of Kananaskis Country (

I have information about memorial services if you know Robin and would like to attend.


James Manicom said...

I only learned about Robin when I received the Mount Allison Alumni magazine yesterday. Can you confirm this is the same Robin Penker, who attended MTA between 1998 and 2002. I live with him in Carriage house in 1998, and we both studied International Relations together. If it is, I'm not surprised he was a good lawyer; he was good at everything, uni, soccer, you name it...

Adam Letourneau, author of So, You Want to be a Lawyer, Eh? said...

I confirm it is the same person. Thanks for your comment.