John Bailie (Jake) Stothers, FCIC, passed away in London, Ontario on October 20, 2012, at age 81.
Born and raised in London, Jake received his B.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario in 1953, his MSc from Western in 1954 and his Ph.D. in 1957 from McMaster University. After a brief period at Imperial Oil Ltd in Sarnia, he was appointed as lecturer at Western in 1959 and as Assistant Professor in 1961.
Jake established himself as a world-renowned expert in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and through a multitude of seminal publications helped place Western's Chemistry Department firmly on the world's stage. His development of H-1 and C-13 NMR spectroscopy lead to C-13 NMR spectroscopy becoming a vital tool in organic structural analysis. Over his career, Jake Stothers published more than 200 papers and reviews. In 1972, Jake published the definitive text on C-13 NMR Spectroscopy. He was renowned for his research, writing, editing, and leadership in chemistry, and was honoured with Fellowships of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Chemical Institute of Canada.
Jake Stothers was the longest-serving Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Western. From 1976-1986, through outstanding appointments and leadership, he reinforced the commitments of excellence in research and teaching in the department. Jake retired in 1996.
Jake is survived by his wife, Cae, and two daughters, Margot and Marta.
Thanks to Kim Baines of Western University for providing the basis of this obituary. Photo credit: Western University