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Dietrich Hans Roeder

June 24, 1930 — October 4, 2023

Dietrich Hans Roeder, 93, passed away on October 4, 2023. He was born on June 24, 1930 in Oppenheim am Rhein to Alexander Roeder, Stadt-Bibliotheks-Director and Art Historian in Trier, and Elisabeth (Lidda) Schaefer Roeder. He grew up in Trier, where he was introduced to the Roman architecture of that city as well as architecture in general.  At the same time, he learned about classical music of Johann Sebastian Bach and contemporaries to which he added his love for classic and modern Jazz.

 In 1944, the family was evacuated from Trier to Neustadt im Odenwald and moved to Michelstadt im Odenwald in 1950, where Dietrich acquired his Abitur, the equivalent of high school graduation. He received his Dr. phil. degree in Geology and Palaeontology at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, in 1955. After short employment in Hannover at Preussag and marriage with Milly Breyer, he accepted work with Imperial Oil Ltd. Esso in Edmonton, Alberta, where his interest in worldwide geology began with three months of fieldwork on Kakwa Lake, Alberta in the remote Canadian Rocky Mountains.  His geological research worldwide and excellent drawings can be admired in his latest books of American and Roelofs Tethyan Fold Thrust Belts, 2009 and American and Tethyan Inventories, 2021.

He is survived by his wife Milly (Emilie) Breyer Roeder, his children Konrad Roeder, Michael Roeder, Anne Roeder Johnson and Christophe Roeder, grandchildren Jonathan, Jennifer Roelofs Wentz and James Wentz, Elyssa Roeder and Chase Roeder, and Great Grandchildren Rayna and Tahlia Wentz.

There will be a celebration of life on December 2, 2023 at the family home.

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