Henry Kloppenburg (BA’65, LLB’68) pictured with his wife Cheryl (BA’70, Arts’71, LLB’75, MA’75)
Henry Kloppenburg (BA’65, LLB’68) pictured with his wife Cheryl (BA’70, Arts’71, LLB’75, MA’75)

Henry Kloppenburg remembered

The University of Saskatchewan has lost a close friend in the recent passing of prominent Saskatoon lawyer and philanthropist Henry Kloppenburg (BA’65, LLB’68).

Kloppenburg, who went on to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, died Oct. 12 at the age of 77 in Saskatoon. 

“Henry was a significant figure in the legal community,” said Martin Phillipson, dean of the USask law school.  “He was known for many things including his skills as a lawyer, his photographic memory, his outstanding academic record as a Rhodes Scholar and as clerk to Justice Emmett Hall at the Supreme Court of Canada.  

“Outside the legal realm he was renowned for his excellent taste in art, his appreciation for literature and for his generosity and his remarkable record of philanthropy. Henry made significant contributions many communities (both legal and otherwise) and his passing will be mourned by many. He was held in such high regard for his legal acumen.” 

Kloppenburg always held USask close to his heart and his desire to enhance the lives of students and the campus was always important to him, and his wife Cheryl (BA’70, MA’75, JD’75). 

A significant 55-piece donation of his collected Inuit art was donated to the university in 2011 by the Kloppenburgs and is located in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources. 

The Kloppenburgs were generous supporters across campus, with research awards in the College of Medicine in addition to their gifts to University Archives and the University Art Collection. 

After returning from England, Kloppenburg was the law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice Emmett Hall, another USask law grad. 

In 2007, the Kloppenburgs were both named as one of 100 Alumni of Influence in USask’s first 100 years. In 2004, Henry was presented with STM’s Distinguished Alumni Award and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2011. 

Read more: Obituary for Henry Kloppenburg 

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