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Honour Roll | Professor Emeritus
Several professors were honoured with the designation professor emeritus at the fall 2003 graduation ceremonies. They include: Drs. Maxwell House and George Fodor, Medicine, Dr. Gordon Handcock , Geography, Dr. Gerhard Bassler, History, and Dr. Rasul Khan, Biology. To be eligible for the title professor emeritus, a person must have served at least 10 years as a regular full-time faculty member at Memorial and must have held the rank of professor upon retirement. The prime criterion for nomination is sustained, outstanding scholarly work and/or service to the university.
Dr. Gerhard Paul Bassler
Dr. Gerhard Bassler earned his PhD in history from the University of Kansas in 1961, where he studied on Fulbright and exchange scholarships. In 1965 he came to Memorial, first as a lecturer in history, then as assistant professor in 1966, associate professor in 1971, and professor in 1979 until his retirement in 2002. Most of Dr. Bassler’s numerous publications and conference papers deal with the migrations of Germans to Canada and Newfoundland from the 17th century to the present, and he is the author of five books. Dr. Bassler has been appointed to the editorial board of various scholarly journals, and acted as consultant for the Government of Canada, departments of Secretary of State, Canadian Heritage, and Justice, as well as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. A member of the National Council of German Canadian Congress since 1986, he is a recipient of the German-Canadian Friendship Award for 2000-2001 of the Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany.
Dr. Rasul A. Khan
Dr. Rasul Khan received his M.Sc. in 1966 and his PhD in 1969 from the University of Toronto and joined Memorial in 1969 as assistant professor of biology, cross-appointed to the Ocean Sciences Centre. He was promoted to associate professor in 1975 and professor in 1982. Dr. Khan’s fields of specialization are parasites causing disease in commercial marine fish and the influence of pollutants on fish health. His current research is on parasites as biological indicators of Atlantic cod stocks in areas adjacent to Newfoundland.
In 1996 Dr. Khan was awarded by Wardle Medal from the Canadian Society of Zoologists. In 2002 he was elected president of the World Federation of Parasitologists, having served two years as vice-president. The federation works with the World Health Organization in controlling parasitic diseases affecting human health in the tropic regions. From 1999 until the present Dr. Khan has been visiting lecturer at the University of Concepcion Santisima, Chile.
Dr. Maxwell House
Dr. Maxwell House graduated from Dalhousie University's medical school in 1952 and pursued postgraduate training in neurology at the Montreal Neurological Institute and the National Hospital in London, England. Dr. House was actively involved in establishing the medical school at Memorial University and held many senior appointments in the Faculty of Medicine. Among his responsibilities he served as director of continuing medical education, associate dean for professional affairs and professor of neurology. In 1997 he was appointed lieutenant-governor of Newfoundland and Labrador and served in that position until 2002. Dr. House has played a significant role in the development of information technology in Newfoundland and Labrador and providing health and education services to isolated communities in Canada and abroad. He founded the Telemedicine Centre at Memorial University in 1976 and is widely recognized as a world leader in the field. He was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 1989.
Dr. George Jiri Fodor
Dr. George Fodor served full-time at Memorial from 1971 to 1994, first as associate professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine, then as professor of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology from 1975 to 94 and as associate dean of the Division of Community Medicine and Behavioural Sciences from 1981-91. From 1994 until his retirement he was a professor adjunct in the Division of Community Health at Memorial, while serving as head of research in preventive cardiology at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Dr. Fodor received his MD and PhD from Charles’ University, Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is a leading Canadian expert in the area of preventive cardiology and he was the principal investigator of the World Bank-funded study, Heart Healthy Nutrition in Hungary; the Canadian International Development Agency-funded study, Cardiovascular Health Care Telelink Project in Hungary; and the Women's Heart Health project and the Work Site and Cardiovascular Prevention at a Canadian Work Site.
Dr. W. Gordon Handcock
Dr. Gordon Handcock was awarded a PhD in Geography from the University of Birmingham in England in 1979. His doctoral thesis was on a study of the migration process of English settlement in Newfoundland. Dr. Handcock was a professor in cultural and historical geography at Memorial from 1970-96. He has been involved in research on cultural heritage related projects from 1978 until the present. He has an extensive publication of research on Newfoundland cultural and historical themes, including significant contributions to the Historical Atlas of Canada, the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, the Atlas of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador. His publication Soe Long as There Comes no Women: English Migration and Settlement in Newfoundland was awarded a Regional History Certificate of Merit by the Canadian Historical Society in 1991. He also received the Newfoundland Historical Society Heritage Award for 1995-96 for significant contributions to the dissemination of the history and heritage of the province.
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