Recognizing the passing of members of the campus community who during their careers shared their talents in helping Western students, faculty, staff and alumni to be their best.
(Postings for 2012)
Robarts Research Institute staff member Anna Pniak died on May 5, 2013 at the age of 59. Anna left this world peacefully at home with her family by her side. She showed incredible strength and tenacity during her three-year battle against a relentless disease. Always stylish, she was an avid gardener and loved being outdoors. She was full of positive energy and had an incredible zest for travel and adventure. Anna is lovingly remembered by her husband Michal, daughter Karolina, son-in-law Dariusz, and sister Alina and family. She will be missed by her extended family and friends, as well as her colleagues at Robarts Institute, where she flourished for 15 years. Visitors will be received at JOHN T. DONOHUE FUNERAL HOME , 362 Waterloo St. on Thursday, May 9th from 6-9 pm. Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Czestochowa, 419 Hill St. on Friday, May 10th at 11 am, following which Anna will be laid to rest at St. Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Thursday at 8:15 p.m.
Retired Department of Chemistry faculty member, Patrick Jacobs died on March 31, 2013 at the age of 88. Prior to his retirement in 1989 he had 24 years of service at Western.
Dusan Surlan worked at Western, as a staff member in the Microbology Department, for 16 years prior to his retirement in 1988. He died of February 12, 2013 at the age of 80.
Retired Physics and Astronomy faculty member, Yen Fu Bow died on April 1, 2013 at the age of 92. Prior to his retirement in 1986 Yen had 20 years of service at Western. Beloved husband of Linda Bow. Loving father of Steven Bow and his wife Patricia and grandfather of Andrew and Jamie Bow. Dearest brother-in-law of Jan Jin Jap and Wun Kho Wong and uncle of William and Victoria Wong. Online condolences may be made at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
On March 27, 2013 Marion Murray died at the age of 93. Marian was a staff member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology who retired in 1981 after working at Western for 22 years. She attended London South Collegiate and Western University in preparation for her working life as a medical technologist. Marion enjoyed life with many good friends, a life-long bridge club, and vacations that included wide travels with her parents, sister, and special friends. In 1985 she married Dr. Robert Murray, a widower and departmental colleague for many years, and they lived on happily in London until age overtook her. In the last part of her life there was more traveling with the addition of her husband's professional international involvements, and consequent widening of the range of friends and acquaintances. In those years she was a quiet and mostly anonymous philanthropist giving generous major support to St Joseph's and Parkwood Hospitals, Western University including her old department, the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, and the London Community Foundation as well as a number of other charities. Throughout her adult life Marion was a lively-minded participant in the lives of family and friends, enjoying nature, reading, the arts and music but without being an adventurer or involved in physical sports. It was a life well lived. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St Joseph's Healthcare Foundation, 801 Commissioners Road East, London, ON N6C 5J1 or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences, memories, and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com
Prof. Emeritus Dave Ankney died on Feb. 28, 2013 at the age of 66. When he retired from the Department of Biology in 2004 Dave had 34 years of service at Western. Loving husband of Sandra Johnson with whom he shared 37 years. Survived by his brother Paul of Arizona. Predeceased by his sister Dianna.
Dave is a past president of the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters and was the Chair of the Long Point Waterfowl Scientific Advisory Committee. Dave was an avid outdoorsman, loved to hunt and fish, and had a great love for Long Point! Those wishing may consider donations to Long Point Waterfowl or the Long Point Waterfowlers Association.
A Celebration of Dave’s life will be held at the Long Point Waterfowl Research and Education Center on May 19. Details will be posted at:http://longpointwaterfowl.org/tribute-to-Dave-Ankney/
Retired Department of Psychology faculty member Doreen Kimura died on February 27, 2013 at the age of 80. When she retired in 1998 she had 31 years of service at Western. Born Doreen Goebel in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1933, she lived in Neudorf, Saskatchewan for most of her early years. She won a scholarship to McGill University, where she completed Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees. She also received honourary Doctor of Laws degrees from Simon Fraser University and Queen's University. She was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a recipient of the Kistler Prize from the Foundation for the Future, as well as of numerous other awards. She was also founding president of the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship (SAFS). Doreen is lovingly remembered by her daughter Charlotte Thistle Archer, her granddaughter Ella Archer, and her sisters Shelagh Derouin and Amber Harvey, and nieces and nephews.
Ron Faulds worked for 29 years as a member of the Facilities Management Department prior to his retirement from Western in 1995. He died on March 9, 2013 at the age of 76. Beloved son of Ella Faulds (Elliott) and predeceased by his father Ernest (1992). Loving husband of Molly Cuthbert (Maylor) and predeceased by his first wife Verna-2009 (Johnson). Dearly missed by Molly's children Heather Cuthbert (Derek Puddicombe), Paul Cuthbert (Mary Anne Ledesma) and 4 grandchildren. Dearly loved brother of Bruce Faulds (Diana), Marilyn Stephens (late Ed-2010), and Carol Clay (late Neil-2007). Loved brother-in-law of the Johnson family. Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. In memory of Ron, donations may be made to the SMGH Foundation or Robarts Research Centre.
In 1998 Michael Murphy retired from Western's Facilities Management Department after 8 years of service. Michael died at the age of 79 on March 13, 2013. Devoted husband of Violet (2005). Loving dad of Michelle (and Rob Barghout). Very proud Bubba to Colleen. Dear brother of Maureen and Angela. Forever remembered by many nieces and nephews. Michael was a proud member of the British Car Club. Expressions of sympathy and donations (London Regional Cancer Program) would be appreciated and may be expressed at www.loganfh.ca
Kenneth Baird, a faculty member in the Dentistry Clinic of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, died on February 27, 2013 at the age of 101. When he retired in 1976 Baird had ten years of service at Western. Predeceased by his wife Ida Fern (nee Trowbridge) in 1985. Kenneth is survived by his children, Linda Grant (Ed Feick) of Waterloo and Flesherton, Tanya Fitzpatrick (Garry) of Montreal and Boston, and David Baird (Betty Ann) of Victoria and Delhi. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Christopher Baird (Elaine), Stephen Baird (Melanie), Jennifer Fitzpatrick (Jacques), Andrea Fitzpatrick, Jamie Fitzpatrick (Jenifer), Marcia Fitzpatrick (Rick), Alison Phillips (Andrew) and Trevor Grant, as well as 14 great-grandchildren. Kenneth is also survived by his brother, Norman Baird (Margaret) of Ottawa and sister, Helen Couchand (Emile) of Bradenton, Florida. Predeceased by his parents, David and Mary (Lewis) Baird and eight brothers and sisters. Kenneth was a dentist, serving as Director General with the Royal Canadian Dental Corps, with the Canadian Armed Forces from 1939 – 1967. He served overseas during World War II from 1941 – 1945. He was also the Queen's Honorary Dental Surgeon during that time. After retiring, he went on to become the Director of Clinics at Western University in London from 1968 – 1976. Following this, he continued to work at the university well into his 80s. He was also a volunteer with the London Family and Children's Services for many years. Ken kept himself very active over the years. He enjoyed many hobbies such as wine making, gardening, golf, curling as well as making furniture and creating models of tall ships. He was an accomplished artist. He enjoyed spending time with his family and took great joy in his grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Condolences for the family and memorial donations to the Grand River Hospital Foundation may be arranged by contacting the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.
Prof. Emeritus George Wearring, died on March 3, 2013 at the age of 84. Geroge retired from the Faculty of Health Sciences in 1990 after 28 years of service. Beloved husband of Marilyn (Krueger) Wearring and loving father of Matthew (Kate), Colin (Diane), Andrew (Denise) and Joel (Elaine). Special grandpa to Bronwyn, Bevan and Scott. After a successful school career, including football and basketball, at both Central Secondary School and The University of Western Ontario, George was a member of the 1952 Canadian Olympic Basketball Team. George enriched many lives through his teaching and coaching at Leaside High School in Toronto and the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, completing the last 27 years of his career as a professor of health at the University of Western Ontario. A gentle giant, George was a regular volunteer at Parkwood Palliative Care and The Sisters of St. Joseph's Hospitality Centre. He will be missed by family and friends. Friends will be received at JAMES A. HARRIS FUNERAL HOME , 220 St. James St. at Richmond London, on Wednesday, March 6 from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. A memorial service will be conducted at New St. James Presbyterian Church, London on Thursday, March 7 at 11 am. In memoriam donations can be made to New St. James Presbyterian Church or The Sisters of St. Joseph's Hospitality Centre, London.
Retired Facilities Management staff member Bob Niamath died on March 2, 2013 at the age of 76. When he retired from Western in 2003 he had 22 years of service. Loving husband of Molly Niamath. Dear father of Roger Niamath and Antony
Niamath. Will be missed by siblings Sylvia Ramharak and Shariff
Niamath, cousin Lenore and nephews Mark and Michael. Predeceased by
sister Doris and by brothers Fyzool and Manzool. The funeral service
will be conducted at ELMWOOD AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 111
Elmwood Avenue East, London, on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.,
with visitation one hour prior. Interment to follow. Those wishing to
make a donation in memory of Robert are asked to consider Elmwood Avenue
Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be made at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
Prof. Emeritus Ivor Arnold, died on Feb. 5, 2013 at the age of 84. When he retired from the Faculty of Arts - French Department in 1992 Ivor had 25 years of service. Beloved husband of the late Isabel Arnold. Dear father of Paul (Rosemary) Arnold of London; Gillian Arnold (Jeremy Elbourne) of Toronto; Catherine Menard of London. Dear brother of Leon (Pamela) Arnold and Carole (Nicholas) Hayes all of England. Also loved by his grandchildren Sebastian, Morgan, Gwendolyn and Hannah. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Ivor are asked to consider the London Health Sciences Centre – University Hospital. Online condolences may be made at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
Retired Facilities Management staff, Stanislas Kosmala died on Feb. 14, 2013 at the age of 81. Stanislas retired in 1992 after 23 years of service at Western. Husband of the late Helen Kosmala. Dear father of Bernie Kosmala (Lynn)
of London, Joel Kosmala of London. Loving grandfather of Nathan, Jeremy
(Nicole), Travis, Lindsay, Shayne, Cody, Leanne. Great grandfather of
Rylan and Mason. Father-in-law of Debbie Kosmala of Windsor. Predeceased
by his son Felix Kosmala. Expressions of sympathy and
donations (Charity of your choice) would be appreciated and may be made
through LONDON CREMATION SERVICES (519) 672-0459 or online at www.londoncremation.com
Prof. Emeritus, Morris Zaslow of the Faculty of Social Science, Department of History died on January 17, 2013 at the age of 95. When he retired in 1984 Morris had 19 years of service at Western. Loving father of Jonathan and his wife Nicolette (Kramer), and loving Zeyda of Zoe (Pat Mlcoch) and Joshua (Joanna Paddock). Pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Betty Winnifred Zaslow (Stone), his parents, Isaac and Bessie Zaslow, and sister Becky Hardin of Calgary, Alberta. After serving with the R.C.A.F. he received his B.A. and B.Ed. from the University of Alberta, his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Toronto. A pioneer in the study of the history of the Canadian North, his historical focus was shaped by his childhood experiences on the Prairies during the late 1920s and early 1930s. He was the author of The Opening of the Canadian North, 1870-1914, Reading the Rocks: The Story of the Geological Survey of Canada, 1942-1972, and The Northward Expansion of Canada, 1914-1967 and was editor of several more volumes. He served as editor of Ontario History and the General Series of the Champlain Society. His contributions to the study of Canadian history and his distinguished career made him a world-class scholar. He was a gentle, kind, generous, wonderful man, who will be dearly missed and forever remembered.
Prof. Emeritus, John Bancroft of the Department of Biology, served at Western for 22 years prior to his retirement in 1995. He died on January 22, 2013 at the age of 84. He won a fellowship to the University of Wisconsin, graduating with a Ph.D. in 1955 before joining the faculty of Purdue University. He married Mary Ross in 1954. John and Mary moved from Madison, Wisconsin to Lafayette, Indiana in 1955 where they lived for 16 years and had 4 children, Leslie, Ian, Graham and Jane. While at Purdue, John received a National Science Foundation senior postdoctoral fellowship to work at the Virus Research Laboratory in Cambridge, England. It was an enjoyable year for the family and professionally rewarding for John, culminating in the first reconstruction of a spherical virus. During this time, John received various awards including the Ruth Allen Award and McCoy Award. In 1970, Dr. Bancroft was asked to establish a Virus Research Department at the John Innes Institute, which had recently moved to Norwich, Norfolk. Three years after the department was established, John and Mary decided to return to North America to launch their family and John, first as a professor then as the Dean of Science finished his professional career at the University of Western Ontario. John received an honorary doctorate from Purdue as well as becoming a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He published and edited widely. On retirement his friends and colleagues from the University created the J.B. Bancroft Science Prize and Medal. John and Mary were always actively engaged with their children and grandchildren (Sarah, Daniel, Christine, Mark and Kate), along with their daughters-in-law Melanie and Mimi. John will be also missed by sisters-in-law Aileen Walker, Sheila Ross; brother-in-law Robert Ross, and nephew Ted Bancroft - all from Vancouver. A Remembrances may be made to Alzheimer Outreach Services of McCormick Home Foundation or Parkwood Hospital, care of St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation.
Prof. Emeritus, John Kaufmann of the Department of Pathology - Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry died on Feb. 2, 2012 at the age of 88. He had 17 years of service at Western when he retired in 1989. John was much admired and deeply loved by his children Michele, Carol, and Pierre, his grandchildren Claudia, Martin, Thandi, Jenna, Kaila, and Justine, his five great grandchildren, his sister Marguerite, and niece and nephews Jean, Julienne, and Marcus. Predeceased in 2010 by his beloved wife Suzanne, John will be deeply missed by all who shared his humour, self-discipline, inquiring mind, and attentiveness. John was born in Umtata, South Africa in 1924 and graduated from the University of Cape Town where he studied medicine and specialized in Neuropathology. John immigrated to Canada in the early 1970's when he joined the neuroscience medical team at the Western. John's celebration of life ceremony will take place in early March; details to follow. Memorial contributions to the London Health Sciences Foundation (University Hospital) would be gratefully appreciated.
Prof. Emeritus, Paul Bishop formerly of the Richard Ivey School of Business died on Jan. 25, 2013 at the age of 75. Paul retired as faculty member in 2008 after 44 years of service at Western.
Funeral services have been set for Dr. James Roth, chair/chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, who died Friday, Feb. 1.
Visitation will be held 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London. A private family interment will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 in Alumni Hall at Western. Arrival and greeting will begin at 5:15 p.m.
Roth is survived by his wife, Barb; four daughters, Jodie (Yves), Sandie (Jon), Kristie (John) and Kelly (Mike); granddaughters, Kloe and Reese; and his mother, Jean.
Roth, MD’75, completed medical school and residency training in orthopaedic surgery at Western. During his orthopaedic surgery residency, he spent one year as Dr. J.C. Kennedy’s research resident. He completed his post-residency fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at Duke University Medical School prior to starting practice at Victoria Hospital in London, Ont., on Jan. 1, 1982. He quickly rose to the rank of professor in 1989.
He co-founded the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) with Dr. Robert McFarlane at St. Joseph’s Health Care London in 1992 and served as its medical director since its inception. This centre has grown to be the largest of its kind in Canada and has an international reputation for its research and teaching excellence.
Under Roth’s leadership, HULC scientists developed several new techniques for computer-assisted surgery and surgical innovation; leading to advances in surgical mechatronics, joint design, wound-healing and limb re-implantation in its world-class bioengineering lab. Numerous residents and fellows from across the globe were fortunate to learn from Roth’s clinical and academic expertise that inspired a generation of surgeons, scientists and leaders.
While maintaining a full surgical practice, Roth was also an outstanding researcher who authored more than 150 scientific publications or book chapters during his career.
In 2011, Roth spearheaded a group of 25 orthopaedic surgeons to commit $1.5 million to create the Dr. J.C. Kennedy Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, dedicated in honour of Kennedy, Western’s first professor and chair of orthopaedic surgery.
As a former member of the Western rugby and football teams, Roth was passionate about Western. His commitment to university made an impact in many areas and programs thanks to his tireless fundraising efforts.
Professor Emeritus, Alan Groom died on January 9, 2013 at the age of 86. Alan retired in 1991 as Chair of the Department of Medical Biophysics, after 25 years of service at Western. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Kathleen Groom, nee Irwin (Dec. 16, 2012). Loving father of Jennifer Ramsey (Alan) of Regina, Hilary Dearing (Andrew) of London, Peter Groom (Stephen McClatchie) of London, and Richard Groom (Patti) of Cambridge. Visitation on Friday, January 18 from 7-9 pm at the JAMES A. HARRIS FUNERAL HOME, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. A memorial service will be conducted at New St. James Presbyterian Church, 280 Oxford St. at Wellington, on Saturday, January 19 at 1:30 pm. Reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dr. Alan C. Groom Memorial Fund at Western, or to World Vision Canada. To contribute to the Alan C. Groom Memorial Fund at Western, please contact Donna Swanson at Foundation Western 519-661-3140 or donate online at www.givingtowestern.uwo.ca. Cheques can also be mailed to Foundation Western, Western University, Suite 110 Westminster Hall, London, ON N6A 3K7.
Greta Jones retired as a staff member from the School of Kinesology in 1983 after 15 years of service. Greta died on January 1, 2013 at the age of 88. Wife of the late William H. Jones (1946). Beloved mother and mother-in-law of Mary (Paul) Garbes, Linda (Jim) White, Bonnie Jones, Catharine (Larry) Porter and the late Nancy (Harold Ford). Greta served in WWII in the Canadian Women's Army Corps for which she was decorated. Her military career continued until 1968 at which time she joined Western University. Donations to Westminster Park Salvation Army or the London Boys and Girls Club would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to send condolences to cooperfuneralhome.ca
Retired Economics professor Ed Saraydar died on December 4, 2012 at the age of 88. When he retired from Western in 1991 Ed had 24 years of service in the Economics Department, which he often characterized as being like family to him. His career included serving in the Air Corps of the United States Army, and with the Merchant Marine during the Korean War. He was a communications specialist, or “sparks“ when at sea, being an expert in Morse Code. Under the GI Bill he attended the University of California at Berkeley where he fell in love with and married his French language instructor, Alma. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, and his PhD from the University of Rochester. Ed and Alma came to London in 1967 and had faculty positions at the University until their retirement. Alma died in 1998. Ed was noted for his lively conversation, easy laughter, and loyal support of others. A celebration of life service will be held on February 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the library of the Sir Adam Beck Condos located at 240 Sydenham St. London, ON.
Donna Foote retired from the Occupational Therapy Department in 1998 after 14 years of service at Western. Donna died on December 13, 2012 at the age of 70. Beloved wife of Jack Foote and loving mother to Jim and Michelle Foote and Kelly and Dean Corrin. “Nanny“ will be greatly missed by her 6 grandchildren, Ben, Will, and Jack Foote and Abby, Jenna, and Alex Corrin. Daughter of the late Frank and Phyllis Wright and lovingly missed by brother Jerry (and Sharon) Wright of Corunna and sister Sandy (and Peter) Sherman of London. Donna will be remembered for her kindness and warmth by many fond relatives, neighbors and friends. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Donna are asked to consider the Ovarian Cancer Clinic at Victoria Hospital or join our family team “Donna's' Foote Steps“ in the annual Ovarian Run for Cancer on Mother's Day. The entire Foote family appreciates all of your support in her three year battle with Ovarian Cancer. Condolences are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org
Melvin Woods work in the Department of Facilities Management, previously Physical Plant Department, for 21 years prior to his retirment in 1987. Melvin died on December 4, 2012 at the age of 86. His funeral will be held at St. Michaels Church, 511 Cheapside St. London, ON on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 12:00 noon. The flag will be lowered on December 8 until 12 noon in honour of Mr. Woods.
Prior to his retirement as a staff member in Geology in 1987, Laszio Gyorok had 15 years of service at Western. Laszio died on November 18, 2012 at the age of 90. Dear husband of the late Lilly Gyorok. Laszlo will be fondly remembered by his family and friends in Canada, United States and Hungary.
Brenda MacEachern, Academic Librarian with the Department of Visual Arts died on Oct. 11, 2012. At the time of her passing Brenda had provided 42 years of service at Western. Beloved wife of Ian MacEachern. Loving mother of Heather (Eric Tarasick), London, and Sarah (Ray Nichols), California. Doting grandmother of Iris Ruth Tarasick. Sister of Judy Ambrose (Messer) and aunt of John Ambrose and Katherine Stasyna of Toronto. Brenda graduated from the University of Toronto in 1970 with a Bachelors of Arts and went on to complete her Masters in Library Science at UWO (1987). In more than four decades as the curator of the Visual Resources Library in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Western Ontario, Brenda received recognition for her work within the department and with the staff association. In 2007 she was the recipient of the Western Award of Excellence. She was also acknowledged internationally as a leader in her field through the Visual Resources Association. Brenda was a family historian, a photographer, a flea market enthusiast, and a teapot collector. With her husband Ian, she enjoyed cycling trips in the UK and car trips across North America. Summers in Port Elgin and Southhampton with her family were also a special part of her life. One of her proudest achievements was the publication of her book “Nicholas Vivian Kent - An Ontario Family Saga“ in 2004. A lifelong supporter of the arts, Brenda was a mentor to many students and she always encouraged them to follow their dreams. She will be fondly remembered as an incredibly loving person who was forever putting others first. Her gentle spirit and thoughtful advice will be greatly missed by her family, friends and colleagues. The family asks that donations in Brenda's memory be made to Operation Eyesight. A memorial service will be held at Museum London on Thursday, November 29th from 5 - 9:00 p.m.
Jacobus deLange retired from Facilities Management in 1985 after 18 years of service at Western. He died on November 7, 2012 at the age of 92. He is survived by his daughter Irene Flory (Joseph Boudreau), sister Will Sackers and sisters-in-law Grada deLange and Elfia Hooftman. Grandchildren Angeleen Hart, Michelle Makra (Carlos) and William Makra (Julie). Great grandchildren Christian, Jacob and Payton Hart; Desmond and Calvin Makra Avalos. Many nieces and nephews in The Netherlands, Canada and Chile. Jacob will be dearly missed by all who loved him, especially his daughter Irene. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jacob's memory may be made to Vision Nursing Home (229 Wellington, Sarnia ON).
Prof. Emeritus and former Chair of Chemistry, Jake Stothers died on October 12, 2012 at the age of 81. Prior to his retirement in 1996 he had 37 years of service at Western. He and his wife Catherine Ruth, 'Cae' (Smith) were in their 60th year of marriage at the time of his death. 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 will be missed by his daughters his daughters Marta and Margot and grandchildren Stephen and Elora, by his nephew Andrew Carruthers (and the horses), by his dear cousin Mary Bere, and many others in the extended Stothers and Smith families. Thank you to Cae's brother and Jake's lifelong friend Dave Smith for his love and support, and to Jerry Hodgins for his loyalty. Family, friends, and colleagues will miss Jake's wit, his intolerance of hypocrisy, and his love of jazz and a drink with friends. At his own request, there will be no funeral. Cremation has taken place. Expressions of sympathy, and donations to the charity of your choice in Jake's memory.
Harry Giannakopoulos retired from Food Services in 1998 after 13 years of service. He died on October 9. 2012 at the age of 78. Beloved husband of Vasiliki (Bessie) Giannakopoulos. Loving father of Athena (Kosta) Economopoulos. Dear grandfather of Angela and Vasiliki. Dear brother-in-law to Toula (George) Koumoutsidis and dear cousin to Peter (Jenny) Chimbos. Brother of Eugenia Douvlis of Afisiou, Laconia, Greece. Predeceased by sisters Georgia and Stavroula and brothers Nikolaos and Panagiotis. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations made to the Parkinson Society of Canada or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences can be expressed at www.loganfh.ca
Retired staff member from Medicine, Kate Solly died on September 29, 2012 at the age of 74. Kate had 19 years of service prior to her retirement in 2003. Beloved wife of Clifford J. Solly. Dear mother of John (Alison), Brian (Diane), and Ken (Margaret). Cherished grandmother of Amanda, Jack, Robert, Audrey, Meredith, Charlotte, Scott, Sean, and Dana. Also survived by her loving brother Norman (Anne) Wing, their son David (Shawna), and sister-in-law Margaret (Jim) Splawski. She will be missed by her furry friend, Lucy. Kate was predeceased by her parents Jack and Grace Wing (1979) as well as her parents-in-law Fred and Connie Solly (2009). She has graciously gifted her eyes to the Trillium Gift of Life. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. If desired, contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.brockandvisser.com
Professor Emeritus from Family Medicine, Ian McWhinney died on September 28, 2012 at the age of 85. When he retired in 1992 he had 24 years of service at Western. Cherished husband of the late Betty and adored father of Heather and Julie. Dear father-in-law of Michael and Paul. Loving grandfather of Leah, Max and Claire. Dear brother of Pat and her husband Richard, and uncle of Gillian, Louise and Emma. Ian was born in 1926 in Burnley, England. Following his medical training at Cambridge, he entered general practice in Stratford-upon-Avon with his father. In 1968, he emmigrated to London, Ontario where he became the first chair of family medicine in Canada at the University of Western Ontario. His visionary work transformed family medicine worldwide from an unacknowledged subject into an academic discipline with undergraduate courses and post-graduate training. His tireless efforts on behalf of family medicine and improved patient care resulted in many honours and awards, including induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and the Order of Canada. Blessed with a fine mind, Ian had a philosophical disposition, a strong thirst for knowledge, and a deep desire to make a difference in the world. He touched many people–patients, colleagues, friends, and caregivers alike—with his unfailing kindness and compassion, his gentle nature, and his interest in everyone he met, qualities that remained with him until the end of his life. The family wishes to thank all those who brought comfort and pleasure to Ian's last years and days. Donations to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada and to the McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, University of Western Ontario, are gratefully accepted. A memorial service will be held in London, Ontario at a later date. E-mail condolences may be sent to email@example.com. Arrangements entrusted to SASKATOON FUNERAL HOME, 1 (306) 244-5577
Lisa Zeitz an Associate Professor in the Department of English died on October 6, 2012 at the age of 56. She had 23 years of service at Western. Beloved wife of Peter Thoms. Cherished daughter of Pamela and the late Walter Zeitz. Dear sister of Allyson (David), Jennifer, and Rosemary (Glenn). Devoted Aunt to Gigi, Natasha, Daisy, Dawson, Kyla, and Aaron. Dear daughter-in-law of the late Gordon and Maxine Thoms, and dear sister- in-law of Rosemary (Nancy), David (Diane), and Michael. Growing up on a farm in Carp, Ontario, Lisa discovered the love of nature that abided throughout her life and underpinned her research in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of Virginia (M.A.), Queen's University (Ph.D.), and Western University, where she was an Associate Professor of English. Lisa was a gifted teacher, a curious traveller, an inveterate walker, and a student of art, literature, music, and baseball whose passionate engagement with life was not dimmed by the onset of ovarian cancer. A warm, generous, and courageous spirit, she will be sorely missed by her family and many friends. During the final years of her life, Lisa and Peter were bolstered by the incredible support offered by family and friends. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Lisa might consider The Bounce Award. This award, which was established by Lisa in 2008 and named after Alexander Pope's dog Bounce, supports undergraduate students studying Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature at Western University. To contribute to the award please contact Donna Swanson at Foundation Western at 519-661-3140 or firstname.lastname@example.org. At Lisa's request, there will be no funeral service.www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
Retired faculty member Bob Macmillan died on Sept. 14 at the age of 59. He retired in September of 2012 with nine years of service in the Faculty of Education. Beloved husband of Kathryn Noel. Son of the late Donald Macmillan and Roberta Bown of Cookshire, Quebec. Much loved brother of Arnold (Gail), Neil (Lise), and the late Brenda (Denis). Cremation has taken place. Sincere thanks to his many dear friends and colleagues. To honour Bob's work as a former teacher, principal, professor, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research (the University of Western Ontario), and Dean of Education (the University of Manitoba), an award for graduate study in Educational Leadership is being organized. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bob are asked to consider contributing to this award by either contacting Foundation Western at 519-661- 3140 or by contacting Patricia McLaughlin, Western Education at email@example.com. Cheques may be made payable to Western University and sent to the Faculty of Education, Room 1000, 1137 Western Road, London, ON N6G 1G7. Online condolences available at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
Joan Macrow retired staff member from Kinesiology died on June 29, 2012 at the age of 71. When she retired in 2005 she had 26 years of service at Western. Beloved Mother of David (Anne Marie), Susan (Rick), Jeffrey (Rebecca) and predeceased by son Darrell. Loved Grandma to Eric, Jason, Trevor, Courtney and Great Grandma to Ryan. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Joan are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society.
Prof. Emeritus Geoffrey Milburn retired faculty member from Education died on August 28, 2012 at the age of 80. Prior to his retirement in 1996 he had 31 years of service at Western. Beloved husband of the late Joan Milburn. Son of the late Charles Milburn and Jessie Carr of Rothbury, England. Brother of the late Charlie Milburn. Much loved father of Karen and Ann (Rob). Dearly missed grandfather of Fiona, Eric, Katie, Alison and Peter. Many thanks to his wonderful friends and colleagues. Cremation has taken place. A gathering of friends will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Geoffrey are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society.
Former Facilities Management staff member Bob Ostrom died on Aug. 23, 2012 at the age of 85. When he retired in 1993 Bob had 20 years of service at Western. He is survived by his wife Shirley; sons Brad (Becky), Dave (Janet) and Brian (Jacqui) and daughter Pam (Rick). Also by his grandkids, Sean, Andrew, Trevor, Amanda, Kalyn, Laurel, Erin and Allison and great-grandsons Wyatt and Landon. Visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Saturday from 2:00-4:30 p.m. where the memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bob are asked to consider Men's Mission.
Professor Emeritus, Douglas Westgate died on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the age of 74. Prior to his retirement in 1994 Douglas had 27 years of service in the Faculty of Education. He is survived by his wife Kathryn, his sister Shirley (Peter) Campbell, his children Kim (Craig), Rick (Stacey), Johnny (Missy) and Angie, and his grandchildren Brendan, Caeli, Dylan, Connor, Hayden, Ramsay, Michael, Laura and Carter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to charities of your choice or to the Diocese of Huron (Huron Church Camp) or St. Michael & All Angels Anglican Church.
Megan Davey, associate professor in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, passed away suddenly on Aug. 10.
Davey came to Western in 2004, establishing a research program focused on elucidation of mechanisms that control DNA replication.
Her success never went unnoticed as she was the recipient of a number of awards from national funding agencies and was named the Harold Johns Research Scientist Award for being the top ranked candidate in the National Cancer Institute of Canada competition.
Davey was also the coordinator for the Maud L. Menten Memorial Lecture Series that has attracted international leaders to the London community.
“We have lost a greatly valued colleague, friend and mentor. At this time, our thoughts are with Megan's family and friends,” said David Litchfield, Professor & Chair of the Department of Biochemistry.
For 10 years John Tamblyn served the Western community as official photographer for the Ceremonies Office. He died on August 7, 2012 at the age of 64. Beloved husband of Mary Sue Brennan and dear father of Emma and Zoe. Greatly missed by brother David (Susan), sister Louise, brother James (Kiri), and sister-in-law Marjy Marulanda (Carlos). Predeceased by brother-in-law Tim Brennan (Yoko). Also mourned by nieces and nephews Bob, Diana (David), Jennifer, Keenan, Andrea, Alex, Mariko, Joji, Lisa and grand niece Rosie. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Middlesex-Elgin Chapter, 150-633 Colborne Street, London, ON N6B 2V3. Online donations and tributes may be placed through www.HarrisFuneralHome.ca.
Prior to his retirement in 2002 Fred Kilgour had 16 years of service in Western's Housing department. He died on July, 14, 2012 at the age of 74. Survived by children Bonny Kilgour (Ken Roy) of London, Keith Kilgour (Sandra) of Ottawa, Penny Wilson (Richard) of London; grandchildren Carrie, Jessica, Jaime, Marisa, Carter; sister Pat Jones (Alan). Predeceased by parents Jack and Toots Kilgour and wife Annie Kilgour. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Cancer Society.
Andrew Biemans retired as a staff member from Kinesiology in 1993. Prior to his retirement Andrew had 30 years of service at Western. He died at the age of 81 on July 28, 2012. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Garden, 2001 Dundas St. E., London, ON. The flag on Middlesex Tower be lowered on Thursday, August 2, 2012 until 11a.m. in memory of Andrew.
Retired Hospitality Services staff member Moe Collin died on June 17, 2012 at the age of 74. When he retired in 1998 Moe had 18 years of service at Western. Loving father of Randy Collin (Gloria), Wayne Collin (Sophie), Nancy Collin, Judy Leslie (Larry), Jennifer Collin (Keith) and Joshua Collin (predeceased). Dear brother of Irene Francis, Evelynn McColeman (Gus), Jocelyn Rathwell, Jacques Rathwell, Evette Stanton and Lil Deschene. Proud Papa of 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Facilities Management staff member, Pawel Kukawka died on July 15, 2012 at the age of 43. Prior to his death he worked at Western for 12 years. Beloved husband of Wieslawa Kukawka and loving father of Jacob and Agata. Dear son of Maria and the late Henryk Kukawka (2009) of London. Also loved by his sister Grazyna Rodak and his brother Piotr Kukawka.
Western Bookstore staff member Carol Di Pietro died on July 9, 2012 at the age of 58. Carol had 19 years of service at the time of her death. Beloved wife of Tony Di Pietro. Cherished mother of Colleen Di Pietro. Loving sister of Lynn (Chris) Anstead and Peter (Gail) McMahon. Much loved aunt of Kristin, Alexis, Nicole, Becky, Sarah, Ben, Connor and Colin. Donations in memory of Carol may be made to AnimalAlert.
On June 27, 2012 Antonia Kobal, retired Facilities Management staff, died at the age of 90. Prior to her retirement in 1986 Antonia had 15 years of service at Western. Beloved mother of Steph (Al) Janisse, John (Mary) Kobal, Angie (Josh) Lesmeister and Margi (Victor) Cherneski. In lieu of flowers donations to Glendale Crossing Nursing Home would be appreciated.
Professor Emeritus Ben Singer died on July 8, 2012 at the age of 81. For 30 years he was a faculty member in Sociology. He retired from Western in 1996. He is survived by his wife, the former Eleanore Gartner; daughters Lisa Purchard and her husband Paul; Heidi Singer and her husband Timothy Maguire; and grandchildren Jane and Simon. “Ben was an original,“ said Eleanore, his wife of almost 60 years. “He was passionately committed to life. He saw it clearly through a skewed lens and skewered it with relish. (He hated relish.) His 'Benisms' flowed and became mini-legends. He loved and was loved deeply.“ A celebration of Ben's life will be held at his home, 5 Lindbrook Court, July 11, 2012. Friends are welcome to drop in from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please bring your best Ben memories!
When he retired in 1991 Alfred Bets had provided 29 years of service to the Western community as a member of Facilities Management. He died on April 17, 2012 at the age of 85.
Former Student Awards staff member Patricia Johnston died on May 27, 2012 at the age of 89. Patricia retired from Western in 1998 after 25 years of service. Beloved wife of the late Gordon F. Johnston (1983). Loving mother of Mairead P. Johnston-Spooner and Lucinda S. Johnston. Fond mother-in-law of Barry Johnston- Spooner. Devoted sister of Stanley Rogers. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex, 435 Windemere Road. London, ON N5X 2T1 would be appreciated.
Aileen Densham retired from the Department of Anatomy in 1995 after 26 years of service as a staff member at Western. She died on May 2, 2012 at the age of 82. Beloved wife of Jack Densham. Dear mother of Michelle Gellatly (Jody Armstrong) of Stoney Point, Jon Densham and his wife Sheila and Mark Densham and his wife Debbie of London. Predeceased by her daughter Melanie Dee Densham. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex, 435 Windermere Road, London, ON N5X or to the charity of your choice.
On June 12, 2012 former Faciltities Management staff Ennio Lalama died at the age of 71. When he retired in 2006 Ennio had 36 years of service at Western. Ennio will be missed by his wife Annaof 48 years Anna who loved him with the intensity of a thousand suns for 48 years. He will be greatly missed forever by his children, Rocco (Sherry), Sandra, and Rita (Fred). The ever so funny “Pop“ to Mikael, Brittany, Alex, Benjamin, Jake, Marissa and Kamron. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to The Terry Fox Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
David Boyd was a facullty member in the Department of Medicine for 33 years prior to his retirement in October 2011. He died on April 16, 2012 at the age of 63.
Howard Colhoun joined Wester's Schulich School of Medicine in 1965 where he retired in 2002. He received his Professor Emeritus status in Pharmacology at the age of 65. He always had a curiosity of how things worked and therefore he became a career research scientist in the Cholinergic Nervous System. He died on June 20, 2012 at the age of 90.
Professor Emeritus Ron Wirick died on June 10, 2012 at the age of 67. Ron was a professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business for 30 years prior to his retirement in June 2010. Devoted husband of 22 years to his beloved wife, Gerda Wirick. He will be missed dearly by his four daughters Lara Bernstein (Lawrence), Emily Wetherell (Michael), Heather Gunn (Andrew), and Esther Farr (Brandon) and step-children Andrea Schmidt (Greg Karam), Matthew Schmidt (Sarah), and Jonathan Schmidt (Seanna). Proud Opa to his grandchildren Jacob, Benjamin, Abby, Clara, Anna, Esther, Esme, Charlie, Velvet, Eric, and Sarah. Elder brother to Maxine Grimmer, Barbara Poore, and Jamie Schaeffer, and much admired by his many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Friday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where the memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, June 16th at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be held at Oakland Cemetery, 390 Oxford Street West, London, on Saturday, June 16th at 11:00 a.m. Please consider donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation in lieu of flowers. Online condolences available at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com.
Art Tait was a member of the Dental Clinics team until his retirement in 1985. He had 17 years of service at Western. Art died on March 15, 2012 at the age of 91. Loving husband for 52 years of Betty and father of David (Shiela), Glenn (Elaine), Gordon (Karen) and Donald (Vada). Cherished grandfather of Gordon (Bev), Christopher (Tammy), Brenda (Rob), Heather, Tanya (Steve), Megan and Tara. Proud great-grandfather of Kayla, Shayne, Caitlin, Hayden, Jonathan, Caelum, Nikolai, Katie, Abeigail, James and Troy. Predeceased by brothers Bill (Kay), Doug (Helen), sister Ann (Fred) and great- grandson Michael.
Sonja Behrens was a staff member for 26 years in Music prior to her retirement in 2003. She died on Feb. 24, 2012 at the age of 73. A private family service was held in Lancaster, PA.
Food Service employee Bob Schnare died on June 3, 2012 at the age of 66. He had 17 years of service at Western. Loving husband of Susan for 43 years; and father of Stephanie & her husband Tony Mangialardi and Geoff Schnare & his wife Robyn. Cherished grandfather of Jacob, Brady, Nicholas & Caleigh. At Bob's request there will be no funeral home visitation or service. Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be expressed at www.loganfh.ca . LOGAN FUNERAL HOME, 371 Dundas Street, (519) 433-6181, entrusted with arrangements. A tree will be planted, by the Logan Funeral Home, as a living memorial to Bob.
Czekierda was employee of Faciltities Management for 14 years prior to
his death on June 3, 2012 at the age of 57. He will be sadly missed by
his sister Alicja of Woodstock as well as his brother Stan and
sister-in-law Angie of Brampton. Walt was a loving brother and the proud
uncle of Jessica and Jason. Family was very important to him. Walt will
forever be in the heart of his soul mate, life partner and best friend,
Friends will be received at the SMITH- LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Wednesday, June 6 at 2- 4 and 7-9 pm. Rosary prayers at the funeral home on Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm. Funeral Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 169 Ingersoll Road, Woodstock on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 11:00 am. Interment at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Woodstock. A celebration of Walt's life will take place at the Civic Gardens, corner of Springbank Drive & Wonderland Road in London. Date and time to follow. Smith- LeRoy, (519) 537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com
Jack Willows retired from Western's Facilties Management area in 1990 after 26 years of service. He died on May 2, 2012 at the age of 84. Survived by wife Irene Willows; brother Dan and wife Marg Willows; son Randy and wife Barbara Anne; grandchildren Shawn and Jannette. Predeceased by son John. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Jack are asked to consider the Parkinson Society Canada.
Former Housing staff member Margaret Vauthier died on April 7, 2012 in her 91st year. Prior to her retirement in 1986 she had 19 years of service at Western. Treasured mother of Sheila Haas, Tim and his wife Deb, and Janice and her husband Seppo. Cherished Noni to her grandchildren Matt (Jen), Jim (Melissa), Kate (Jay), Sue (Alex), Nick, Aliisa, Mark, Laura and Kristen. Great grandmother of Ethan, Greta and Sebastian. Predeceased by husband, Grellan, son, Daniel, daughter, Loretta, parents, Frank and Nell Long and brother, George. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Margaret may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.
Joan Marie Tangen was a staff member in the Faculty of Engineering for 18 years prior to her retirement in 2006. She died on April 21, 2012 at the age of 65. Dear sister of Janet Scott (Jim). Aunt of Kellie (Scott) Rutkauskas and grand nephews Ewan and Aidan. Also survived by mother-in-law Jean Tangen. Predeceased by husband Peter Tangen and brothers Arnold Reid and Garnet Reid. Those wishing to make a donation are asked to consider the Arthritis Society.
Former Education staff member Don Galpin died on March 2 at the age of 87. Don retired from Western in 1985 after 17 years of service. Loving husband of Phyllis for 55 years. Dear father of Scott (Nancy), Leslie Billingsley (Jeff) and Jeff Galpin. Proud Grandpa of Brian (Sarah), Allison, Mark, Katie and Bryce, and great Grandad of Carter and Cadence. Fondly remembered by his sister Lois Percy, his extended family and many friends. Don lead a full and active life and enjoyed curling, golf, music and travel. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Don are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Alzheimer Outreach Services - McCormick Home.
Giovanni Paolo a retired staff member from Facilities Management died on April 21 at the age of 78. When he retired in 1998 he had worked at Western for 37 years. Beloved husband of Maria for more than 51 years. Devoted and deeply proud father to his children Angela, Felicia, Anna, Maria Ferraro and her husband Jim, Joanne Netterfield and her husband Steve and Tony and his wife Jessica. Visitors will be received at the JOHN T. DONOHUE FUNERAL HOME, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street on April 24 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael's Church, 511 Cheapside Street on Wednesday morning April 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Prayers Tuesday evening at 8:30 p.m.
Sebastian Bos retired from Facilities Management in 1990 after 24 years of service. He died at the age of 82 on March 30, 2012. Beloved husband for 34 years of Maria (Ria) Bos. Loving father of Bill (Suzanne) Bos, Anita Burgess, Rudy Bos and Erich (Mimi) Collar. Dear grandfather of Thera and Adam; Jennifer (Ryan), Jeremy and Jessica; Erich.
arrangements have now been announced for Dr. Dana Winterburn, an
associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, who was
tragically killed in a car accident on Tuesday, April 10th. A
celebratory memorial will be held Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Westview
Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, in London.
In lieu of flowers, her family has asked that donations be made to the Dr. Dana S. Winterburn Memorial Scholarship Fund at Western or the Breast Cancer Society.
Dr. Winterburn was a beloved doctor at the Byron Family Medical Centre. She graduated with her MD from the University of Alberta in 1994, and received her Certification in Family Medicine in 1996, after completing her residency at The University of Western Ontario. She was granted fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2007.
Dr. Winterburn had been with the Department of Family Medicine at Western since 2004. Prior to joining the Department, she served as a family physician at the Middlesex London Health Unit, at the North Lambton Community Health Centre serving the Kettle Point First Nation, at the London Psychiatric Hospital, and at Student Health Services at Western.
Prof. Emeritus Fred Dreyer retired from the History Department in 1998 after 34 years of service. He died on January 20, 2012 at the age of 80. Loving husband of the late Elizabeth Dreyer (2008). Dear father of Anne Dreyer and her husband Michael Weatherill of Horsham, England and Ted Dreyer and his wife Johanna of Waterloo. Beloved grandfather of Amelia, Evan and Maeve.
Retired staff member Marilyn Noddle died on January 18, 2012 at the age of 73. Prior to her retirement in 1998 Marilyn had 24 years of service in the Occupational Health & Safety Res Centre. Dear mother of Kim Pityn and her husband Peter, Ken Noddle and his wife Heather all of London. Dear sister of Mel Gilbert and his wife Mary of Windsor. Loved Grandma of Elliot, Sam, Amy, Walker and Elaine. Dear friend of Don McKay.
Tony Artuso retired from Facilities Management in 1993 after 12 years of service. He died on February 18, 2012 at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife Anna. Devoted and much loved father of Art (Sue Noél-Artuso), Patti and Giovanna (Paul Bates). Dearest grandfather and Nonno of Mathew, Jaclyn and Sienna.
Former staff member Barry Forbes died on February 25, 2012 at the age of 88. Prior to his retirement in 1981, from the Department of Cancer Research, Forbes had 18 years of service. He is survived by his wife Isla and their three children, Dennis (Gail), Sally Hull (Jim) and Dana (Dianne), six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Professor Robert Lee retired from Western Libraries in 1989 after 13 years of service. He died on February 2, 2012 at the age of 88. Beloved husband of Iris (Winstanley) Lee. Proud father of Dr. Hari S.S. Khalsa of Oakland, California. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 150 - 633 Colborne Street, London, ON N6B 2V3 would be appreciated.
Yu a full professor at the Department of Computer Science, died on
January 23, 2012 at the age of 61. Sheng had 22 years of service at
Western. He obtained both his Masters and PhD degrees in Computer
Science from the University of Waterloo, in 1983 and 1986, respectively.
His main research areas were in automata and formal language theory and
their implementations. He also worked in parallel and object-oriented
programming languages. He has served as program committee chair and
member for a number of conferences, as well as editorial board member
for several other journals. He has published more than a hundred and
thirty research articles and was an established researcher in his
Beloved husband of Lizhen Zhang, dear son of Runqing Liu and the late Youlong Yu, loving brother of He Yu, Zhe Yu, Rui Yu, Lei Yu and the late Li Yu.
Elsie Brown died on January 20, 2012 at the age of 87. She worked for 28 years in Western Libraries before her retirement in 1989. Beloved wife of the late Arthur Brown (2005). Dear mother of Lindsey Howlett and her husband Reverend David Howlett of St. Thomas, and Alex Brown and his wife Denise of London. Dear sister of Kathleen and her husband Ronald Lingard of London. Loving grandmother of Michelle, Jennifer, Laurie, Misty and Alexander and her 8 great-grandchildren. Also survived by family and friends in Scotland. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the London Regional Cancer Centre, 747 Baseline Road East, London, ON N6C 2R6 would be appreciated.
Angela Ryder retired in 1996 after 26 years of service in Western Libaries. She died on January 5, 2012 at the age of 79. Beloved wife of Dale. Loving Mother of Jim and Teresa Montag and Mary and Scott Brown. Adored Yia Yia of Jeremy, Jason, William and Kayla. Cherished sister of Georgina Manos, Nick Loupos and Harry Loupos (Irene) and sister-in-law of Patricia Colesbury (Brett), Frank Ryder (Ruby), Joe Ryder (Sandy) and William Ryder (Carol). Deeply missed by her mother-in-law Eulene Ryder, her aunt Angela Vafiadis and several nieces and nephews.
Audrey Russell retired as a staff member from the Sociology Department in 1997 after 26 years of service. She died on January 4, 2012 in her 81st year. Loving mom and true friend of devoted son Glenn Alexander Russell of London and daughter Carol Ann and husband Robby Cummings of Fresno, California. Dear Nanny of Ryan Frances Gray. Her love of the students and co-workers was enduring and lovingly sustained her for many years after retiring in 1997. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Audrey are asked to consider the Trans-Canada Trail (1-800-465-3636).