In Memoriam 2017
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.
In Memoriam - Gerald Fridman (posted Jan. 24/18)
Professor Emeritus, Gerald Fridman had 19 years of service when he retired in 1994 from the Faculty of Law. Gerald died on November 24, 2017 at the age of 89.
For Dr. Fridman's complete obituary please visit: https://law.uwo.ca/news/2017/gerald_fridman_was_influential_scholar.html
In Memoriam - James McAuley (posted Jan. 8/18)
James McAuley was a faculty member with the Surgery department at the time of his death on December 28, 2017. He was 61 and had 11 years of service at Western.
Passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 28th, 2017, after a heroic and dignified battle against a brain tumour. Adoring husband to his wife Diane of 36 years. Son of Frances, brother of Michael (Dianne). Loving father to Erin (Mark) and Alexander (Lauren). Proud grandfather of Patrick and Sebastian. Cherished friend of his patients and colleagues throughout the world. Jim was a singularly talented and dedicated Orthopaedic surgeon who approached the care of his patients with the same love and kindness with which he treated all those he came across. Beyond being a world class surgeon, his family was everything to him and he never let them forget it. A true gentleman in the purest sense of the word, and a devout Catholic, he embodied the virtues of compassion and gentleness. May he rest in the peace he so richly deserves. The family would like to express their sincerest thanks to all of their friends who gave their help so generously, and in particular to MarieCris Macatiguib – their angel whose tender care of Jim in his final days is a debt they can never repay.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at ST. GEORGE PARISH , 1164 Commissioners Road West, London on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Cremation and Interment will follow at a later date. For information and online condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
The UC flag was lowered on January 3, 2018 in memory of James.
In Memoriam - Helena Plecien (posted Jan. 8/18)
When she retired from Facilities Management in 1996, Helena had 28 years of service at Western. She died on December 19, 2017 at the age of 84.
Loving mother of Mark (Katherine) and Stefan (Gaynor). Dear grandmother of Sarah, Michael, Melissa, Cheri, Michael, Matthew, Natasha and Jennifer and great-grandmother of Tristan, Skyler, Carter, Kyla, Emma, Avery and Madison. A private family funeral was held at HARRIS FUNERAL HOME , 220 St. James St. at Richmond on Wednesday, December 27. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer Society.
In Memoriam - Sharunas "Rooney" Gverzdys (posted Dec. 20)Department of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine faculty member, Rooney Gverzdys had 25 years of service at Western prior to his death on December 18, 2017 at the age of 59.
It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Rooney into the realm of our Lord. He weathered the storm of leukemia but not that of kidney cancer. He will be missed every day by his wife of 31 years, Ingrid Thie, and his 4 wonderful kids: Tomas (Leesa), Michael (Andree), Ariana and Marcus. Predeceased by parents, Antanas (2003) and Maria (2008). Survived by brother, Algimantas (Marlene - 2013) of Kitchener and sister, Nijole (Algis) of Toronto, mother-in-law, Irmgard (Walter - 2008) of Ottawa and brother-in-law, Norman of Edmonton. He was fortunate to be born and raised in St. Catharines to Lithuanian immigrant parents who instilled in him a love of Canada and an appreciation of their homeland. A visitation will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Friday, December 22, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL , 709 Wonderland Road North, London followed by the funeral service at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers or donations, he wished for you to do something meaningful for a loved one, for life is short. For information and online condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
The UC flag will be lowered on December 22, 2017 in memory of Rooney Gverzdys.
In Memoriam - Michael Fleet (posted Dec. 18)
Professor Emeritus, Michael Fleet retired from the Department of Earth Sciences in 2003 after 39 years of service at Western. Michael died on December 6, 2017 at the age of 79.
Best friend and dearly loved husband of Joan. Cherished father of Paul (Lisa), Michele (Doug), and John (Mandeep). Dear grandfather of Devin, Colin, Brendan, Meghan, Ali, Aida, Sofia, and great grandfather of Emma. Mike will be dearly missed by his family in England: brother Brian, sister Jenny, and brothers-in-law Roger and David, as well as cousins, nephews, and nieces. Pre-deceased by sisters Erica and Suzanne and sisters-in-law Pauline and Ann. After a very happy childhood of benign and loving neglect and child labour, which fed his fierce independence, strong work ethic, and immense curiosity in the world around him, Mike attended Manchester University, graduating with a Ph.D. in Geology in 1963. In 1964 he emigrated from England with Joan and Paul to work at Western in the Earth Sciences (formerly Geology) Department, teaching mineralogy, crystallography and geochemistry. Over 39 years at Western as a professor and 14 as an emeritus, he published two books and hundreds of articles on a wide variety of the earth’s minerals. He had a wonderful and rich academic life, working with many talented students and other academics in Canada and across the globe; he liked nothing better than fierce academic debate. He was honoured to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Honorary Professor at Jilin University in Changchun, China. Mike had three great passions in his life: his research, his family and Manchester United. The family would like to thank the many health professionals who cared so wonderfully for Mike this year, especially at Parkwood Institute and in his own home. At Mike’s request, there will be no funeral, just a family farewell. Arrangements are by the HARRIS FUNERAL HOME
In Memoriam - Michael "Mickey" Brennan (posted Dec. 11)
Professor Emeritus, Michael Brennan retired from the Department of Family Medicine in 1993 after 23 years of service at Western. Michael died on November 17, 2017 at the age of 87.
He was the last living of eleven children born to Louis and Miriam (Minta) Brennan (née Zotnick), in Dublin, Ireland. Mickey led a generous, courageous, and unapologetic life. He fought poverty, homelessness, anti-Semitism, decades of heart disease and four bouts of cancer. An elementary school drop-out he literally fought for an education – a championship boxer, he put himself through medical school on boxing purses, tiny loans from whomever had money, and many and varied sofas. At the forefront of contemporary family medicine, he became Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at Western University, and a recipient of Iceland’s Order of the Falcon.
Mickey is predeceased by his parents, Louis and Minta, his Auntie Gertie, his second wife, Linda Spano, his adopted granddaughter, Mary Bee, and all ten of his siblings: Esther, Bea, Rose, Hilda, Joe, Mattie, David, Aubrey, Stanley, and Annella. He is survived by his children, Dawn, Nonie, and Keith, their mother, Teresa Brennan, his son-in-law, Michael Peirce, his granddaughters, Jocelyn and Andie Peirce and Sasha-Lee Prince, and his devoted caregiver, Monette Lopez. And dozens of nieces and nephews, scattered across the globe. In the end he lost the fight against dementia, but not his love of life, a good laugh, a great meal, shopping, singing, and the companionship of friends and family. He has embarked on one last trip home to Dublin, where his nephew, Rabbi Lipa Brennan, will return him to the earth.
The family held an Open House to celebrate Mickey’s life on Sunday December 10th at the of Idelwyld Inn. Memorial donations are welcome to the Brennan Spano Family Foundation; please contact the Victoria Foundation, victoriafoundation.bc.ca
The UCC flag was lowered on Sunday, December 10 in memory of Dr. Brennan.
In Memoriam - Doreen Sanders (posted Dec. 7)
When she retired in 1986 as a staff member from Ivey Business School, Doreen Sanders had 20 years of service at Western. Doreen died on November 11, 2017 at the age of 96.
An interesting look at Doreen's life and contributions can be found at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/doreen-mckenzie-sanders-96-business-journalist-who-mentored-other-women/article37169095/
In Memoriam - Mary Barrow (posted Dec. 5)
Mary Barrow, a retired staff member from the Registrar's Office, died on November 28, 2017 at the age of 86. When she retired from Western, Mary had 18 years of service.
Beloved wife of Fred. Dear mother to her sons: David (Renee), Michael, Steve (Mona) and to her daughters: Kelly (Steve) and Sue (Mike), son-in-law, Larry and daughter-in-law, Tatjana. Loving grandmother to Amber, Tyler, Marisa, Serena, Chris, Ben, Alex and Evan. She will be missed by nieces: Nancy, Cheryl, Beth Anne, Mary Ellen, Jennifer, Jessica and nephew, Gary; as well as family members in the UK. Predeceased by her sister, Edna and survived by her sister-in-law, Dorothy. Special thanks to the staff at University Hospital (4th, 6th and 10th floors) and the entire team at St. Joseph’s Hospice. The care and compassion that Mary received was extraordinary. Mary retired from The University of Western Ontario - Office of the Registrar, in 1993. She enjoyed her retirement with music, travelling, drawing, computer games, and cards. Mary cherished the time she spent with her family as well as her much loved dogs and cats. A memorial service was held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL , 709 Wonderland Road North, London on Saturday, December 2, 2017. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Mary are asked to consider St. Joseph’s Hospice, London. For information and online condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
In Memoriam - David Campbell (posted Nov. 22)
Retired Faculty member, from the Faculty of Education, David Campbell died on November 14, 2017 at the age of 101. David retired from Western with 14 years of full-time service.
David, born May 16, 1916 in Dunwich Tsp., Elgin County. David was the second son of Robert and Jessie Campbell. He received his elementary education at SS #9, Dunwich and secondary at Dutton High School. He went on to the University of Western Ontario, graduating in Mathematics and Physics. In 1938-39 he attended the Ontario College of Education, Toronto for teacher training and taught mathematics at Dutton High School for the 1939-40 school year. In Sept. 1940, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force where he served as an Officer and Navigation Instructor until 1944 when he was posted overseas to RAF Squadron 356 as a navigator for the Schmoyer Liberator Crew. The crew performed long range bombing missions from Salbani (near Calcutta) and then from the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean. After the war, David went back to teaching High School Math and Physics at Glencoe (1946-50), Tillsonberg (1950-53), Beal Secondary School (1953-65). In 1965, he became a charter member of the new Althouse College, London, as professor in Mathematics Education until he retired in 1985. Predeceased by his wife, Charlotte, in 1998, after a long struggle with Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis, and daughter, Jessica in 2000, in an automobile accident, he is survived by sons Robert (Robbie) and Mackenzie (Mac), 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. A Remembrance Service will be held at Needham Funeral Home, 520 Dundas St., London on Wednesday, November 22 at 1:00 pm followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or to the David and Charlotte Campbell Bursary, Western University, 519-661-4200 or www.westernconnect.ca/tribute
The UC flag will be lowered on Wednesday, Nov. 22 until 1:00 p.m. in memory of David R. Campbell.
In Memoriam - John Marsh (posted Nov. 22)
John Marsh retired from Facilities Management in 1996 after 46 years of service at Western. John died on October 15, 2017 at the age of 85.
Joined his beloved wife Eleanor (2010). He will be missed with love by his children Jackie (Larry) Hoshal and Kathy Marsh, Roy (Betty) Marsh and J. Bryan Marsh, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and those who knew him as "Pa". Also by siblings Marlyn Hayes, Rees (Jeannette) Marsh, George Marsh, Rob (Helen) Marsh, nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by parents Walter and Margaret Marsh, brother Wally Marsh, brother-in-law George Hayes and our angel Zander. John was employed at the University of Western Ontario until retirement, was a Life Member of the Victory Branch Legion and a congregant of the Church of the Ascension. A memorial will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension, 2060 Dundas Street East, London, ON, officiated by The Reverend Canon June Hough. Interment to follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 2001 Dundas Street East, London, ON. Donations to Church of the Ascension (community breakfast) or The Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.
The UC flag will be lowered until 1:00 pm on Friday, November 24, in memory of retiree John Marsh.
In Memoriam - J. Stanley Hill (posted Nov. 16)
Professor Emeritus, Stan Hill, a retired Faculty member from the School of Kinesiology died on November 6, 2017 at the age of 88. When he retired from Western he had 28 years of service.
Beloved husband and best friend of Muriel for 62 years. Father of Lesley (David) Mounteer and Alastair (Nicole) Hill. Loving grandfather to Megan Mounteer and Jenna and Griffin Hill.
Stan was a Professor Emeritus at Western University after a distinguished career as a health educator from 1968 to 1994. He was honoured in 2007 by his Alma Mater with the Dr. Ivan Smith Award for his significant contributions.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Stan and Muriel emigrated to Montreal in 1959 where he worked at the YMYW/HA as Recreation Director. In 1966, they came to London so Stan could pursue a Masters in Physical Education at Western. Stan also held a PhD from The Ohio State University.
Always active in the community, he was a proud member of Forest City Kiwanis and delivered Meals on Wheels. He spent many years with the London and Middlesex Lung Association and the Canadian Lung Association and was President of the Ontario Lung Association.
He was a long time member of Sunningdale Golf and Country Club. Stan enjoyed summers on the Bruce at 'Scotch on the Rocks', the family cottage on Jackson Cove, where he enjoyed boating and sailing.
A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday November 19 at 2:00 pm at First-St Andrew's United Church, 350 Queens Ave. Visitation will be held at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, on Saturday November 18 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Special thanks to Dr. Stack for his care, attention and many visits, to Dr. Hamilton and the CCAC Palliative Care team and to St. Joseph's Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the J Stanley and Muriel C Hill Scholarship in Kinesiology at Western University or donations to the London and Middlesex Lung Association, would be appreciated.
As an advocate and promoter of research, Stan gave the ultimate gift by donating his body to the School of Anatomy at Western.
The UC flag will be lowered on Sunday, November 19 until 2:00 p.m. in memory of Prof. Emeritus, J. Stanley Hill.
In Memoriam - Hugh McLean (posted Oct. 31)
Professor Emeritus, Hugh McLean a retired Faculty member and former Dean of Music, died on July 30, 2017, at the age of 87. When he retired in 1995 Hugh had 22 years of service at Western.
The musical world has lost a great organist, choirmaster and musicologist. Hugh John McLean passed away peacefully Sunday evening, July 30, in Naples, FL. He was born in Winnipeg, on Sunday January 5, 1930. As a young teenager and fine pianist, Hugh studied organ with Hugh Bancroft in Vancouver; at 15, held his first organist position at St. Luke's Anglican Church, Winnipeg, had his first CBC broadcast recital as organist, age 17. Attending the Royal College of Music, England on an organ scholarship in 1949, studying with Arthur Benjamin (piano), Sir William Harris (organ) and W.S. Lloyd Webber (composition), Hugh was the first Canadian to be Mann Organ Scholar at King's College Chapel, Cambridge, with Boris Ord, 1951-56. He made his London debut in 1955 at the Royal Festival Hall with Sir Adrian Boult and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the premiere of Malcolm Arnold's Organ Concerto, a command performance in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II. Returning to Vancouver, Hugh served as organist & choirmaster at Ryerson United Church, 1957-73. He founded and conducted the Vancouver Cantata Singers, the Hugh McLean Consort and the CBC Vancouver Singers. He taught at the universities of Victoria (1967-69), British Columbia (1969-73) before joining the Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario, London, 1973. While at Western (1973-1995) he served as Dean (1973-1980) and taught organ, harpsichord and music history. During his tenure as organist at St. John the Evangelist, he collaborated with organ builder Gabriel Kney on the installation of the parish there, and again for the Roy Thompson Hall organ, Toronto, performing at the RTH inaugural Gala Concert, 1985. After a long and illustrious career in Canada, Hugh retired from Western to assume the post of Choirmaster/Organist at All Saints Episcopal Church, Winter Park, Florida, 1995-2010. While directing four choirs, his Senior Choir undertook four summer sojourns as "Guest Choirs in Residence" in Anglican Cathedrals of the U.K and Ireland. Regularly heard on the CBC, McLean appeared in every major Canadian center. He also broadcast with the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Swiss Radio, and NHK Japan. The first Canadian organist to tour the USSR, he also performed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and two of Bach's churches (Muhlhausen and Leipzig's Thomaskirche). He gave many Canadian premieres including Hindemith's Organ Concertos No. 1 and No. 2, Vancouver (1970-72) and appeared as organ soloist with the Toronto Symphony in 1979, 1982 and 1985. Specializing in 17th and 18th century musicology studies, and awarded Canada Council grants to research archives in Japan, Poland, and the DDR, he served on the editorial board of the new C.P.E. Bach edition, and wrote 19 articles for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
A generous and loving husband, brother, uncle and grandpa, Hugh is survived by his wife Florence Anne and their children, Ross Alan and Olivia Anne; his sons Robert Andreas, John Stuart, and Hugh Dundas (by his late wife Gunlaug Julie Gaberg); his grandchildren Alexander, Ian and Julie (Robert); Simon, Rhys, Finlay, Iain and Henry (Hugh Dundas); Shion Ross (Ross Alan); his sisters Janet May (Bernard Smith), Kathleen Mary (Gerald Hill), and nieces and nephews Nancy, Donald, Douglas, and Marnie.
Hugh's kindness and keen perceptions enriched the lives of many musicians and educators. One colleague at Western aptly summarized Hugh's personal gifts: "Hugh changed the entire direction of our lives. His encouragement and support has influenced our very existence at a most fundamental level. The quick precision of Hugh's mind and his brilliance as both performer and scholar lifted those of us with whom he made contact to levels beyond our own expectations with his clearly communicated assumption that we could do it. Hugh will remain with us as a vital and positive spirit that inspired our forward direction, and in our vivid recollections of the experiences we shared."
In Memoriam - Richard "Dick" Philp (posted Oct. 30)
Professor Emeritus, Dick Philp died on October 26, 2017 at the age of 83. Dick had 43 years of service, as a faculty member in Physiology and Pharmacology, when he retired in July 1996.
His accomplishments as a researcher and educator were inestimable, and endure in both his contributions to medical and environmental science and to the generations of students who were influenced by his work. Born in Guelph, Ontario, to Norman Philp and Minnie Humphries Carter Philp, Dick inherited a family musical tradition that would lead to a lifelong passion for jazz drumming. With equal enthusiasm, he sailed and rode motorcycles until he was nearly 80, when discretion finally overcame valor. He continued to pour his energy thereafter into a vocation for writing, publishing both as a scientist and an author of historical fiction, and into a love of art. Dick taught painting until the end of his life, and found great peace in creating his own works of bucolic and nautical scenes. Dick is predeceased by his wife, Joan Patrick Philp, his daughter, Anne Philp, and his stepson, Robert Patrick. He will be greatly missed by his daughter Erica (Jon Gatten), son Bruce (Linda Courtemanche), son Michael, and stepson David Patrick; grandchildren Elizabeth (Tony Short), Brendan, Nathan and Anders; great-grandson Theoren; and step-grandchildren Douglas and Daniel. At Dick's request, there will be a cremation and no public service. In lieu of flowers, donations of remembrance may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Boys & Girls Club of London. Fair winds and following seas, skipper. You'll be with us always.
The flag on UC Tower will be lowered on November 1, 2017 in memory of Professor Philp.
In Memoriam - Magdalena van Hal (posted Oct. 20)Magdalena van Hal was a staff member in Biology for 21 years. Magdalena died on September 12, 2017 at the age of 44. The flag will be lowered on Monday, October 23, 2017, in memory of Magdalena.
In Memoriam - J. Peter Guthrie (posted Oct. 17)
Professor Emeritus Peter Guthrie had 42 years of service at Western when he retired in 2010 from the Chemistry Department.
After a valiant battle with Gillian-Barre Syndrome, Peter Guthrie, in his 76th year, died at University Hospital, on September 19, 2017, surrounded by his beloved family: Muriel his wife of 52 years, his daughter Heather Phillips and husband Matthew of London, son James and wife Joke of Burlington.
After graduating from Saugeen District High School, Peter did his post secondary education on full scholarships: BSc from UWO, PhD from Harvard, post doctoral year at Princeton. He commenced teaching and research at the Chemistry Department, UWO, in 1969 and continued research when he became Emeritus Professor in 2010. Some of his many awards include E.W.R. Staecie Memorial Fellowship, Killam Research Fellowship, The Florence Bucke Science Prize, UWO Distinguished Research Professor, Canadian Institute of Chemistry Medal, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Peter and Muriel combined travel with his presentations at International Chemistry Conferences. Peter’s second passion was History and he was never happier then when he spent entire days at Museums around the world.
Peter was a devoted husband and father and he considered himself incredibly fortunate to have a career he loved. A Celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Donations to Doctors Without Borders (msf.ca) would be greatly appreciated.
In Memoriam - Keith Topping (posted Oct. 3)
When he retired in 2001, Keith Topping had 15 years of service as staff member in Facilities Management. Keith died on October 1, 2017 at the age of 76.
Loving husband of Sandra for 50 years. Beloved father of Lisa Shaw (Steven) and Andrea Worden (Kevin). Proud Papa of Blair Shaw, Stephanie Shaw and Andrew Worden. Dearest brother of Eileen Mason (Tom) and Verla Luxton (Bill). Cherished uncle of David, Nancy, John and Jeffrey. Keith will also be truly missed by extended family and many friends. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London where the memorial service will be conducted on Friday, October 6th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Those wishing to make a donation in Keith’s memory are asked to consider the London Regional Cancer Program or Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario.
In Memoriam - Samuel Dales (posted Sept. 15)
Professor Samuel Dales, retired from Microbiology and Immunology in 1993 after 17 years of service as a faculty member at Western. Samuel died on April 29, 2017 at the age of 89.
In Memoriam - Richard Parks (posted Sept. 6)
Retired Don Wright Faculty of Music faculty member, Richard Parks died on July 5, 2017 at the age of 74. When he retired from Western in 2011, Richard had 25 years of service at Western.
Richard received a BM from Baldwin-Wallace College in trumpet performance (1964) and a MM in trumpet performance from Northwestern University (1965). He held several positions as an instructor of trumpet and music theory before turning to the scholarly study of music theory, a decision that has benefited all of us. After receiving his PhD in music theory from The Catholic University of America (1973), he held academic positions in music theory at the University of Denver, Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan), Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas), and, finally, the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario), where he taught from 1986 until his retirement in 2011. At Western he will be fondly remembered as an outstanding scholar of music theory, an exceptional teacher and mentor, and an inspirational model of collegiality and leadership. Those who knew him will always remember his ability to listen carefully, his sharp wit, his humanity, and his grace.
Richard’s scholarly work focused on the music of Debussy, in particular his book The Music of Claude Debussy (Yale University Press, 1989), and articles in Music Theory Spectrum, Music and Letters, Debussy in Performance (James Briscoe, ed., Yale University Press, 1999), and A Debussy Companion (Simon Trezise, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2003). Richard’s theory of pitch-class set genera, which first appeared in his Debussy book, was the subject of a symposium devoted to the genera theories of Allen Forte and Richard Parks at the 1997 Cambridge University Music Analysis Conference. Papers from this symposium were published in Music Analysis 17/2 (1998). Richard was also the author of 18th-Century Counterpoint and Tonal Structure (Prentice-Hall, 1983).
Richard was a charter member of the Society for Music Theory, and served as SMT Newsletter Editor from 1982 – 85. He also served as a member of the SMT Nominating Committee (1989 – 90), a member of the SMT Committee on the Status of Women (1988 – 90), and member-at-large on the SMT Executive Board (1986 – 89).
He made enormous contributions to the Don Wright Faculty of Music, and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
In Memoriam - John Walsh (posted Sept. 6)
John Walsh retired as a faculty member from the Faculty of Education in 1993 after 26 years of service at Western. John died on August 1, 2017 at the age of 86.
Beloved husband for 61 years of Helen Walsh, nee Wilson. Loving father of Mary Helen, John (Mary), David and the late Matthew. Dear grandfather of Jennifer (Bill Hewerdine), Stephanie (Daniel Potter), Austin Partridge, Brian Partridge (Shannon), Rhonda, Justine, John, Michael and proud great-grandfather of Matthew, Danielle and Bradley Hewerdine. Brother of the late David (Beth). A pioneer in computer studies at Western, John established the first computer in a classroom in Canada at H.B. Beal Secondary School and authored the first automated report card system for educators. He was actively interested in farming and an avid gardener. He also served two terms as a Councillor in Grand Bend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Lupus Ontario or Faculty of Education at Western would be appreciated.
In Memoriam - Janet Hughes (posted Sept. 5)
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry staff member, Janet Hughes retired in 2000 after 18 years of service at Western. Janet died on August 19, 2017 at the age of 82.
Beloved mother of Jayne Graham (Todd) and Jill Hubbell (Dave). Predeceased by her son, Jim (2010) and husband, Cam (1980). Special grandmother of Emily and Amanda Graham, and Hillary and Spencer Hubbell. Loving sister of Gary Klue (Carolyn). Treasured aunt of Tracy McCrea (Simon) and Heather Verkoczy (Francis). Dear great-aunt of Daniel and Lauren Caley and Maelle Verkoczy. Survived by many cousins with whom she shared special memories. Janet was born and raised in London, Ontario. She developed lifelong relationships with many friends in the City especially from her days working at SuperTest. Janet met her husband, Cam, on a blind date in Hamilton in 1960 and, after they were married, moved to Ottawa and then Carleton Place, Ontario. Janet always supported Cam in his entrepreneurial ventures including a grocery store and music business while raising three children. When Cam died, Janet moved back to London working as a secretary at Western University to support her family. Although caring for her son, Jim, whose long struggle with epilepsy, along with her own health issues, created many challenges, her love and dedication to him always endured. A liver transplant in 1990 gave Janet a new lease on life for which she was forever grateful. When Jim passed away suddenly, Janet's positive outlook helped her move forward with her own life. She travelled, volunteered, played shuffleboard, was a proud 'Red Hat' and enjoyed more time with family and friends. Janet will always be remembered for her positivity and kind and gentle heart.
In lieu of flowers, please consider giving a dog a home or donating to an animal shelter/organization in her name as Janet loved dogs. Also, remember to sign your organ donor card and 'Give the Gift of Life'. For information and on-line condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
Professor Emeritus Bob Young, a retired Faculty member from Political Science, died at the London Health Sciences Victoria Hospital on August 15th, 2017 of complications from lymphoma. When he retired in 2016 Bob had 35 years of service at Western.
Professor Young studied at McGill University, Institut d’Études Politiques (Paris) and Oxford University. He was privileged to engage with some of the finest social scientists in the world. In 1991, Bob joined the Political Science Department at the University of Western Ontario. He became Professor in 1993 and was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Multilevel Governance in 2003. At Western, he learned from colleagues in politics, history and economics, and published many papers and articles about politics in the Maritimes, free trade, and secession in the world and in Quebec. He engaged in public debates related to his research and wrote, among other books, The Secession of Quebec and the Future of Canada. More recently, he headed a large research project on public policy in municipalities.
Predeceased by his parents, Gordon Alexander Young and Marion Katharine Young (Stevenson), Bob leaves his loving wife, Louise Gadbois, and his two brothers, Bill Young and Don Young (Maureen Marrin), his nephews, Troy Oakoak and Duncan Young (Kate) and his niece Alicia Young and their families. He is also mourned by his remarkable aunts, Dorothy Antrobus and Ruth Lodge, and their families. Bob loved all his Gadbois family relations, who will miss him very much, as will his many close friends and colleagues. Throughout his professional career, Dr Young has had a profound influence on his undergraduate and graduate students. He was very generous in the time and attention spent with them. He will be remembered by his colleagues as a gifted and hard-working scholar. He received many awards and distinctions and has left an indelible mark on the Canadian public policy field.
At Bob’s request, there will be no funeral. Special appreciation is extended to Dr. Susan McNair, who was Bob’s champion; to the Lung Transplant Team at Toronto General Hospital, especially Dr. Matthew Binnie and Dr. Marcelo Cypel; and to the professional and caring staffs at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and London Health Sciences Centre. Donations in Bob’s name will be gratefully received and may be made to the Toronto General Hospital Transplant Unit, or to a charity of choice.
On November 10, 2017, there will be a Celebration of Life in honour of Bob Young from 4-7 pm. at Bellamere Winery and Event Centre, 1260 Gainsborough Road, London, Ontario. Please make sure to RSVP to Sara Alfred at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 23rd, 2017.
When she retired as a staff member from the Faculty of Education in 2000, Frances McSephney had 20 years of service at Western. Frances died on August 15, 2017 at the age of 81.
Predeceased by her adoring husband of 54 years, Richard McSephney (2016). Loving mother of Judy Rugole (Todd Brandwood), Sandra McSephney and Cindy (Stephen) Archibald. Proud Grandma of Erin (Luke Jakobowski), Michelle (Josh Weaver) and Emily Rugole, Taylor McSephney, Justin, Christian and Sophie Archibald; Great-Grandma of Stella and Scarlett Jakobowski. Dear sister-in-law of Thomas "Sandy" McSephney and his wife, Gerry. Survived by many nieces and nephews; Jean, Julie, John, Tom, Coquett, Jasey, Melissa, and their families. Also survived by her sister, Marilyn, and her children; William, Nancy and Mary. The family wish to express their gratitude to the many PSWs and Nurses, Dr. Chawla, and the support staff at Extendicare who cared for Frances since September 2016.
Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Frances are asked to consider the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex. For information and online condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
Mark Landis, a faculty member in the Department of Medical Imaging, died in a tragic car accident on August 11, 2017 at the age of 39. At the time of his death Mark had five years of service at Western.
Mark was the dear and beloved husband to Elizabeth Teasell and loving and devoted father to the sweet Matthew, Rhys and Remy. Mark was the only son to Dr. Stephan and Micheline Grenier Landis, Dundas; incredible brother to Anne-Marie Landis-Groom (Patrick), Toronto; caring uncle to James and Paul Groom, Toronto; thoughtful grandson to Sheila and the late Stanley Landis, Hamilton; and nephew and cousin to many in the Grenier family. Mark was also a wonderful supportive member to the Teasell family: son-in-law to Barbara and the late John Teasell, Sarnia; teasing and jovial brother-in-law to: Dr. Robert (Stella), London; Jim (Sandy), Kelowna; Steve (Sandi) and Tom, Sarnia, and Brenda (Ian), Sarnia; and uncle to Derek, Tyler, Kristen and Jennifer, and great-uncle to Ethan. Mark will be missed by his many friends and colleagues. Mark was assistant professor of Medicine/Radiology, Western University, and key interventional chest radiologist at Victoria Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre. He worked to save many other people's lives. By far, Mark was the rock and anchor to his family, beloved by friends and professional colleagues. Elizabeth and his boys were his main passion. He was skilled in photography, appreciated good wine, an avid runner, a great cook, and he especially enjoyed family gatherings. Mark showed humility and supported his fellow man. His wishes were respected through the Gift of Life Program, so that others might benefit. The family would like to thank the staff of the intensive care unit (WRH), particularly, Drs. Avi Wasserman and Eli Malus, and all of Mark's remarkable nurses. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will be announced at a later date for family, friends and colleagues.
When he retired in 1985, Tom Batten had 16 years of service at Western as a staff member in Dentistry. He died on July 3, 2017 at the age of 92.
Beloved husband of the late Alphonsine “Al” Batten. Much loved father of Carolyn (Patrick) McIntyre, Eileen (Douglas) Henderson both of Smiths Falls, Diane (John) McLeod, Thomas (Cathie) Batten both of Peterborough, Pauline (Shane) De Wald and Barbara Parry both of Whitehorse. Sadly missed by 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Naish Batten of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Kay York of Toronto, Phillip Batten and Ann Marie McDonald both of Alberta. Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. In memory of Tom, contributions to the Alzheimer Society of Lanark County would be appreciated.
The flag will be lowered until 2 pm on September 23, 2017, in memory of Sara Galsworthy
Professor Emeritus Sally Galsworthy, a retired Faculty member from Microbiology & Immunology, died on August 9, 2017 at the age of 79. When she retired in 2003, Sally had 33 years of service at Western.
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital, after a short battle with lymphoma. Sally was deeply cherished and is profoundly mourned by her husband, Peter Galsworthy; daughter Alice Galsworthy; grandsons Isaac and James Timmins; by their father Michael Timmins and his wife Michelle Lundy; by Michael’s mother Arlene Timmins and her partner Roberta Stemp; by Sally’s cousin Becky Toole and her husband Edward Toole in North Carolina, and by many other relatives, friends and neighbours. Sally was predeceased by her beloved daughter Karen Galsworthy, who died at age 17 in 1981, and by her beloved granddaughter Sadie Galsworthy, who died at age 23 in 2015. Sally will be remembered by many of her colleagues in the faculty of Medicine and in her former Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Western Ontario. Sally retired from research on Listeria monocytogenes and from her teaching duties in 2003. Since then, she has volunteered her time on the board of several organizations, including the Memorial Society of London and Life*Spin. Sally loved life dearly and was an avid grower of vegetables and flowers. Dr. Sara Galsworthy, as she was called professionally, was an outstanding teacher; in addition she was a very good and compassionate listener, which made her a confidant for many of her students with personal problems. Cremation has taken place. There will be a private burial of her ashes. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL , 709 Wonderland Road North, London on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the London Health Sciences Foundation, Mission Services of London, Life*Spin or to a charity of your choosing. The family is profoundly grateful to the excellent and compassionate care provided by the doctors, nurses and staff of University Hospital and Victoria Hospital. Sally would also want at this time to thank the surgeons at University Hospital and at St. Joseph’s Hospital for the joint replacements that made her retirement years so much more enjoyable. For information and on-line condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
Joesph Kucharski, a retired staff member from Facilities Management died on July 11, 2017 at the age of 78. When he retired in 2001 Joesph had 31 years of service at Western.
Beloved husband of the late Clara Kucharski (1997). Loving father of Stephen Kucharski, Christina Galecki (Marek) and the late Joseph Kucharski (1974). Predeceased by his brother Wladyslaw Kucharski. He will be dearly missed by his loving companion Ewa. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association (https://www.diabetes.ca/). Online condolences & Guest Book at www.oneilfuneralhome.ca
When he retired from the Faculty of Education in 1989, faculty member J. Grant Mc Murray had 24 years of service at Western. Grant died on July 10, 2017 at the age of 92.
Grant was the beloved husband of Madeline Hardy McMurray and the only child of the late Thelma and Newton McMurray of St. Marys. Surviving are his children David and his wife Nancy of Barrie, Mark and his wife Sherry of Calgary, and Carol and her husband David Lever of Aurora. Grant is also survived by and was devoted to his six grandchildren, Andrew and Thomas McMurray, Meghan (Corey Hopkins) and Alison (Brad Savelson) McMurray, and Ellen (Parker Cotton) and Michael Lever, and great-granddaughter Hannah Hopkins. Grant had a long and distinguished career in Educational Psychology, as the first head of Psychological Services and Research for the North York Board of Education, and later as the founding Chairman of the Department of Educational Psychology at the Faculty of Education, Western University in London Ontario.
Memorial donations to the Western University Library System would be appreciated. Special thanks to the staff at Marion Villa, Medical Priorities, and Anne Brown for their loving care.1
Facilities Management staff member, Bob Turczynski died on July 1, 2017 at the age of 60.
Bob had 18 years of service at Western. A funeral service was held on July 6, 2017 at Our Lady of Czestochowa. Condolences can be made at: http://www.logan-evans.ca/obituaries/117528
In honour of Bob's passing the flag on UC tower was lowered on July 6, 2017.
Retired staff member Nancy Smith died on June 4, 2017 at the age of 90. When she retired from Paediatrics in 1991, Nancy had 32 years of service.
In accordance with Nancy’s wishes, there will be no visitation nor service. Cremation has taken place. Interment will be held at a later date.
Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Nancy are asked to consider the New Chatham-Kent Animal Shelter (newanimalshelterck.com) or the Chatham-Kent Hospice, 34 Wellington St. E in Chatham, Ontario N7M 3N7 or www.chatham-kenthospice.com.
When he retired from Facilities Management in 2003, Daniel Carrigan had 28 years of service at Western. Daniel died on April 19, 2017 at the age of 68.
Predeceased by his parents, June and Bill. Devoted husband of the late Gail Carrigan. Loving father of Kim and papa of Michelle and Matthew. He will be greatly missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Cremation will take place at a later time with burial at Vining Cemetery, in Thorndale where he will be laid to rest with his wife. Thank you to the staff at University Hospital for their care and support. He will be fondly remembered by his great sense of humour, outgoing personality and independence. Despite Daniel's stubborn personality he was a very caring and loving man with a heart of gold. In memory of Daniel, donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Friends and relatives are invited to sign Daniel's online book of condolences at www.needhamfuneralhome.com
Steve Kocsis a retired staff member from Facilities Management died on April 9, 2017 at the age of 86. When he retired in 1989, Steve had 29 years of service at Western.
Loving husband of Heide. Steve is survived by his two children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents and his four brothers. Cremation has taken place and there will be no service.
The flag on UC tower will be lowered on April 13, 2017 in memory of Steve's service at Western.
When she retired from Food Services in 1979, Geri Thomas had 12 years of service at Western. Geri died on March 9, 2017 at the age of 102.
She was born in Aldborough Township on August 4, 1914 to Jacob & Ellen (Main) Anthes. She was predeceased by her husband James B. Thomas, her stepsons Reginald (Agnes) and Lowel Thomas, her sister Aleda Riley (James) and by her brothers George (Margaret) and Clarence (Thelma) Anthes.
Geri is survived by her son Clarence “Yogi” Shaw (Marilyn) of Blenheim, her step daughter Marlene Thomas of Shakespeare, her niece Marie Kish of Chappaqua N.Y., several nieces and nephews in California, her grandsons in London and Kitchener, granddaughters in Kitchener and by several step grandchildren in Canada. Geri was also predeceased by her longtime family friend and travel companion Reta Swartz.
After graduating from school, Geri laboured in Rodney and lived briefly in Plymouth, Michigan before returning to London where she laboured at Victoria Hospital and for the Belvedere Hotel Catering at the Robert Simpson Company. She was the supervisor of Foods for Sommerville House at the University of Western Ontario. After retirement she enjoyed travelling and gardening, she was a member of the London Crochet Club and the Hamilton Road Seniors, organizing entertainment at 30 Baseline Apartments. After a fall and breaking her arm, Geri moved to the Blenheim Community Village Retirement Home in October 2008. In December 2013 after a hospital stay she returned to the Blenheim Community Village Long Term Care. Many thanks go to the nurses, care workers and staff of the Blenheim Community Village, to Dr. Perkin for Mom’s care and to the visitors.
A private family interment has taken place in the Rodney Cemetery. Friends wishing to remember Geri with a memorial donation are asked to consider a charity of their choice.
Earth Sciences Professor Emeritus, Bob Hodder died on March 26, 2017 at the age of 84. When he retired in 1993, Bob had 23 years of service at Western.
Lovingly remembered by wife Genet, sons Ian of New York and Kevin and wife Meredith of Whistler, and granddaughters Ella and Marion. Predeceased by brother John and wife Evelyn, and dear uncle of Donna Quail and Joanne Hodder. Bob graduated from Queens University and received his PhD from University of California, Berkeley. A field geologist in both the private and academic worlds, he was appointed professor at UWO in 1970 and was department chair from 1982 - 1990. He served as professor emeritus since 1993 and inspired a generation of students who are now leaders in the field. Bob was an outdoor enthusiast and global traveler who remained active and curious until his final days. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. A memorial gathering will be held later. Contributions to the Trans Canada Trail (https://thegreattrail.ca/) would be an appropriate way to remember him.
When he retired from Facilities Management in 1999, Vince Masciotra had 25 years of service at Western. Vince died on February 15, 2017 at the age of 84.
Predeceased by his loving wife Gemma Masciotra (2004). Loving father of Michael and Maria, Maria Micoli (late Tony) and Elvia Masciotra of London. Cherished by his grandchildren Michaeldavid (Stephanie), Tania, Sophia (Victor), Carlo and Laura. Great grandfather of Vienna, Vincent, Victoria and Roman. Loved brother of Gemma (Italy). Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins in Canada and Italy. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society www.cancer.ca
Rena Dieroff, a retired staff member from Graphics, died on February 11, 2017 at the age of 87. When she retired in 1989, Rena had 20 years of service at Western.
Beloved wife of the late Arthur Dieroff and loving partner of the late Harvey Thompson. Cherished mother of Kathy (Gary), Rob (Cheryl), Gord (Jen) and Dave (Ana). Much loved Grandma of Jen (Jon), Kevin (Dana), Trevor (Jessica), Saffron (Eric), Andrew (Brittney), Grace (Peter), Joshua and Great-Grandma of Gavin, Keaton, Lukas, Zachary and Juniper. Mom is survived by her dear sisters Valerie, Doreen and Marion, cousins and many nieces and nephews. Mom was predeceased by her parents, sister Gwen and brother Hugh.
A memorial service will take place at a later date. Special thanks to all the nurses, personal support workers and staff of Chartwell Parkhill Long Term Care for their kindness and loving care of mom. Donations to the Royal Canadian Legion, Victory Branch 317 or charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Memorial funeral home in care of the arrangements 519-452-3770.
Retired Computer Science staff member, Patricia MacDonald died on January 27, 2017 at the age of 81. Prior to her retirement in 1996, Patricia had 19 years of service at Western.
Lovingly remembered by her husband Ian. Pat was a longtime breeder of Irish Terriers. If desired, memorial contributions to the charity of your choice would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Share a memory at www.denning.ca
Professor Emeritus, Robert Goyer died on February 21, 2017 at the age of 89. When he retired in 1992 as Chair of Pathology, Dr. Goyer had six years of service at Western.
Robert was born on June 2, 1927, in Hartford, Connecticut to the late Andrew Goyer and Cecilia Castonguay Goyer. Robert was married to Mary Ellen Wilke. He went to Canton High School in Canton, Connecticut where in October, 2003, his name was installed on the Canton High Wall of Fame in recognition of his lifetime of achievement. After serving in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, Robert graduated from the College of the Holy Cross (B.S., 1950) and the St. Louis University School of Medicine (1955). He interned at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, and completed a residency in Pathology at the St. Louis University Hospitals.
Dr. Goyer was a Clinical Pathologist with special interest in pediatric pathology, toxicology and research in health effects of toxic metals. He held a National Foundation Research Fellowship and was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Medical Unit of University College Hospital Medical School, London, England. Professional appointments included Director of Laboratories at the Cardinal Glennon Hospital for Children in St. Louis; Professor of Pathology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Deputy Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) at Research Triangle Park NC. He also served two terms as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the University of Western Ontario, London Canada. Dr. Goyer published over 170 research papers, reviews and book chapters on toxicity of metals and interactions of toxic metals with nutritionally essential metals. He co-edited 3 books on Toxicology of Metals. He was an internationally recognized expert in health effects of toxic and nutritionally essential metals and served on committees for US and International Health Agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences and The World Health Organization International Programme for Chemical Safety. In 2001, he was recognized by the National Academy of Sciences for his extraordinary service to the nation as an advisor in matters of science, engineering and health. Dr. Goyer was also awarded the 2003 merit award from the Society of Toxicology "in recognition of a distinguished career in toxicology." Dr. Goyer retired as Professor Emeritus of Pathology, University of Western Ontario, Canada. In retirement, Dr. Goyer with his wife, Mary Ellen, resided in Chapel Hill, NC.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Mary Ellen Wilke; four children, Barbara Rose (Eugene) of Fairfax Station, VA, John H. Goyer (Tonina) of Austin, TX, Peter A. Goyer (Patricia) of Whitehouse Station, NJ, and Ellen Vlcek (Tomas) of Ashburn, VA; his grandchildren, Jean Marie (Jasper), Robert, Patricia, Elizabeth, Alison, Andrew, Michael, Peter, and Jacob; his two brothers David Goyer (Jean) of Cazenovia, NY, and John Goyer (Theresa (d.)) of Cincinnati, OH, and a great-granddaughter, Cecilia Vassie Cooke. A Funeral mass was held on Friday, February 24, 2017 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Hock House at Duke Hospice, www.dhch.duhs.duke.edu or to a "Rescue Gift for A Safe Space for Children" with the IRC at https://gifts.rescue.org/ The family would also like to thank Aegis Home Care for their constant loving care in recent years.
Online condolences may be sent to the Goyer family by visiting https://walkersfuneralservice.com/
In memoriam - Bozena Swat (posted Feb. 9, 2017)
Bozena Swat, a staff member from Facilities Management, died on February 7, 2017 at the age of 62. Bozena had 17 years of service at Western.
Peacefully, with her family by her side, at Victoria Hospital, London. Beloved wife of Kazimierz Swat. Dearest mother of Tomasz Swat. Loving daughter of Stanislaw & Jadwiga Duda of Poland. Cherished sister of Malgorzata Wesolowska (Stanislaw), Stanislaw Duda (Malgorzata) of Poland and Katarzyna Greda of London. Beloved aunt of Patrick, Victoria, Karolina, Mateusz, Kasia, Magda and Michal. Visitors will be received in the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William Street, London on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 419 Hill Street on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., followed by interment in St. Peter's Cemetery, London. Online condolences & Guest Book at www.oneilfuneralhome.ca
The flag will be lowered until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 11 in memory of Bozena Swat.
Professor Emeritus, Bob Lowe died on January 8, 2017 at the age of 81. When he retired from the Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2001, Dr. Lowe had 33 years of service at Western.
Bob was predeceased by his wife Sally. He will be missed by many: sister Margaret Marr (Max - 1980), brother John; children Vicki Hood (David), Peter Lowe and Anne Harland (John Milne); grandson Alex Hood (Ashley); nieces and nephews Sandra Dunbar (Paul - 2013), Shirley Myles, Steven and Julia Lowe; great-nieces Becky Myles (Justin), Jennifer Davies (Todd); and great-great-niece Taryn Davies. Bob had an all consuming passion for his work. His international research in Astronomy and Physics enabled him to travel worldwide indulging in another of his passions, international cuisine. He loved to debate a point and was an avid reader on a wide variety of topics. Our family would like to express appreciation for the compassion and friendship of Gail and Avril. Their efforts enabled Bob to die at home which was his wish. Thank you to all the dear friends who have visited, called and sent emails to Bob during the last two weeks. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bob are asked to consider FSHD Canada Foundation or the Elgin Middlesex Cancer Society.
Born in England, Bob came to Canada as a small child with his family on a troop ship after the start of the Second World War. Disembarking in Halifax, they went by train to St. Thomas, eventually settling in Port Stanley, where Bob grew up. He came to UWO as a first-year undergraduate. Following graduation he was employed by the Defence Research Board (DRB) in Quebec. Here he started his life-long study of the physics of the middle atmosphere and gained his mastery of the French language. While employed by DRB, he enrolled in graduate study at UWO under the supervision of Ralph Nichols. Shortly after completion of his graduate work, he left DRB to join the faculty of the Physics Department at UWO, eventually becoming an international-known authority on the earth’s hydroxyl (OH) night airglow that illuminates the night sky in near-infrared light. This rather bright night light is not visible to human eyesight but is very helpful to some animals. His research in the topic involved many collaborators world-wide and several graduate students at UWO. Later in his career he was a leading investigator on measuring the hydroxyl airglow from a satellite instrument in space.
Bob’s research in Astronomy started with a balloon-capable infrared interferometer borrowed from DRB that he converted to an instrument operable at the UWO Astronomical Observatory. The initial object was a highly publicized new comet, one that typically turned out to disappoint. More success came from the study of bright cooler stars and especially the Orion Nebula. Eventually these successes led to observing time on the Canadian-France-Hawaii Telescope to measure the level of the improbable-sounding ion molecule Helium Hydride (HeH+) in a bright planetary nebula.
-Friend and Colleague, Jim Moorhead
When she retired from the Board of Governors office in 1990, Mabel Ste. Marie had 16 years of service. Mabel died on December 18, 2016 at the age of 91.
Mabel was born in Ottawa, one of 12 children of Florence and Thomas Atkins. Married to Albert Ste. Marie for 24 years, she was the beloved mother to Greg, Les (Louise) Penny (Mac) and Jeff (Patsy) Loving grandmother to Megan, Amy, Paul, Graham, Justin, Chris, Mattheiu, Breanna, Camille and great- grandmother of Finnley, Samuel, Nina and Matilda. Mabel raised her family in London and modelled a life of giving to her community through faithfully serving her church, teaching ESL, volunteering for the Food Bank and the Cancer Society. When the children were in school, she worked in office administration and spent 16 years at Western University working in the Board of Governor's office, usually walking to and from work. A lifelong learner, Mabel earned her BA in 1988. A lover of choral music, Mabel was a lifelong church choir member. Upon retirement, Mabel undertook numerous mission trips serving far and wide, travelled with her friends and siblings, and stayed fit as an active member of the Huff and Puff crowd, winning a silver medal in tennis and being a proud flag bearer for the Master's Games. Family was paramount in Mabel's life, as she regularly wrote letters to her sisters throughout their lifetimes. Sunday dinners were a family tradition for over 35 years at her home on Sevilla Park Place. Mabel is survived by siblings Diane, Carol, Gord and Bev and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by Earl, Ken, Florence, Joy, Stan, Barry and Dorthy. The family extends their gratitude to the caring staff at In Spirit Residences and the Dearness Home. Cremation has taken place. Memorial donations may be made to St. Albans Anglican Church, 1350 Huron Street, London, ON N5V 2E2 or the London Food Bank, 926 Leathorne St. London, ON N5Z 3M5. Arrangements entrusted to Cremation London & Middlesex 519-858-2467. Online condolences sent to www.cremationlondon.com Celebration of life services will be held in London and Ottawa early in 2017.
'Absent from the body, present with the Lord'
Western Libraries mourned the passing of one of our valued colleagues, Cheryl Martin who passed away suddenly on July 15th, 2016. Cheryl began working in WL in 2009 as a Metadata Services Librarian. Cheryl assumed the role of Acting Head, Metadata Services in 2010 and served in that role until 2014 and then returned to a Metadata Services librarian role. Cheryl was active in WL serving on a number of committees and working groups.
Lisa Philpott, a colleague and friend, shared this information about Cheryl:
Cheryl held BMus., MA (Musicology), and MLIS (Librarianship) degrees from The University of Western Ontario. Her library career encompassed cataloguing, teaching, management, and metadata, taking her from London Public Library to the University of Western Ontario, Memorial University, the Metro Toronto Reference Library, the Archives and website of St. Mary Magdalene Church (Toronto, as a volunteer), McMaster University Libraries, the Library of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), with a return to Western Libraries in 2009. A brief foray into banking with the Royal Bank (RBC) persuaded her that libraries were indeed her calling. Cheryl had just completed her term as President/Past-President of the Canadian Association of Music Libraries in June 2016, and was also active in both the Music Library Association (US), and the International Association of Music Libraries (IAML). At the time of her death, she represented Canada on IAML’s International Inventory of Musical Sources project, and was the Deputy Chief Negotiator for UWOFA-LA, Western’s Librarians and Archivists union.
Despite significant health challenges, Cheryl maintained an active life and a positive outlook. She enjoyed travel and loved to explore her Mennonite roots in Ontario’s Vineland area. An avid reader, researcher, and knitter, she was a much-valued contributor to Ravelry.com’s “Ivory Tower Fiber Freaks” group where she mentored colleagues and friends, and took great delight in attending “meet-ups” with other ITFF members in her travels (Dublin, Toronto, New York, and Calgary, to name but a few). She had high expectations of her friends and colleagues, demanding everyone’s best work. Classical music, Anglo-Catholic liturgy, friends, dark chocolate, single malt Scotch, coffee, Murchie’s tea, accessibility of public spaces, genealogy, and cats were numbered among her passions. Mourned by a host of friends and colleagues, Cheryl sang soprano in the Lyra German Choir in London ON, from January 2015, and is greatly missed both musically and personally by Lyra Choir members
Wendy Waldie a retired staff member from Institutional Planning and Budgeting, died on January 26, 2017 at the age of 65. When she retired in 2008, Wendy had 37 years of service at Western.
Beloved wife of Don Waldie. Cherished mother of Rebecca Waldie (Timothy Chrest). Dear sister of Bonnie Boland (Jim), Susan van Aarsen (John), Randy Little (Fatima), Debra Pfeiffer (Dave) and Scott Little. Also survived by her sisters-in-law Betty Farris (Rob), Louise Porteus Waldie (Andrew), her brothers-in-law John Waldie (Karen), Keith Waldie (Laurie) and her mother-in-law Gertrude Waldie. Predeceased by her parents Duncan and Bertha Little and her siblings Gary, Terry, Dennis and Sharon. Funeral Service was conducted in the Chapel of the O'Neil Funeral Home on Friday, January 27, 2017, followed by interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation www.heartandstroke.com Online condolences & Guest Book at www.oneilfuneralhome.ca