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Kenneth Warren Geiger

Calgary, Alberta
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge
January 15, 2003
Vol. IV, p. 270

Arms of Kenneth Warren Geiger

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Gules a cross couped Or, in dexter chief the letter S Azure fimbriated Or;


A demi cougar guardant Or incensed and wearing a coronet of maple leaves and wild roses Gules, holding in the dexter paw a banner of the Arms;





Red and gold are two of Dr. Geiger's colour preferences, with gold being a reference to gold exploration and mining, and red to uranium. In addition, red is a colour often associated with Canada. The S, in gold and blue, and the cross in gold together honour the family heritage, since the S cross (S+) horse brand, registered by his grandfather, John Conrad Geiger, appears in the 1907-1913 Alberta and Saskatchewan Brand Book. Blue is another of Dr. Geiger's colour choices, and is often associated with Alberta.


The cougar, as a creature of the mountains of the west, emphasizes Dr. Geiger's western roots. The animal is also swift and powerful in its purpose. The flames can represent both enlightenment and the heat generated from refining of metals. This is the first time a cougar incensed has been used in Canadian heraldry. The maple leaves and wild roses refer to service to Alberta and Canada.


As requested by Dr. Geiger, this phrase is a play on the idea of radioactivity, for which the Geiger counter is used in detection. The motto was originally written by William S. Burroughs, the American writer.