As a member of the University of Waterloo’s Department of Chemistry and initial editor of Chem 13 News, Reg Friesen touched many lives. In 1987, The Reg Friesen Honorary Lecture series was introduced and remains an inspirational focal point of the conference. Before his passing in 1998, Reg personally helped select Steven Spangler as the lecturer for the ChemEd 1999 conference.

Speakers are chosen who exemplify Reg Friesen’s belief that a teacher inspires their students and influence the chemical community.  Now 40 years later after the augural ChemEd in 1973, we look back at the previous Reg Friesen Lecturers and commend them for their work in chemical education.