President's Report 2006 | People

Obituaries
2005-2005 (in chronological order)

Renata Withers, a student in the Faculty of Education, passed away in St. Johnís on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2005, aged 27.

Dr. Joe Brown of the Ocean Sciences Centre passed away suddenly at his home in Shoe Cove on Sunday, Sept. 4, aged 58 years.

Dr. Gerald Thomas, retired from the Department of Folklore, passed peacefully away on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, at his home in Torbay after a short illness. Dr. Thomas was also a member of the Department of French and Spanish. He served for a number of years in what was then the Department of Romance Languages before the Department of Folklore was established.

Rosemarie Murphy, a library assistant with the Health Sciences Library, passed away suddenly on Sept. 14, 2005, in St. Johnís, aged 45.

Munden Bray, a retiree from the Department of Biochemistry, died at St. Clareís Hospital at the age of 90.

Elbert Ernest Coldwell, aged 80, retired from the Marine Institute, passed away Oct. 22 in Halifax.

Debbie Rideout, a staff member at the Marine Institute, passed peacefully away at her home in Upper Gullies after a courageous battle with cancer in the presence of her family on Oct. 31, 2005.

Javier Vera, a graduate student in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering), passed away in October.

William Henry Matthew Selby passed away in Tauranga, New Zealand, Oct. 27, 2005, aged 82. Mr. Selby was the first vice-president of administration and finance at Memorial University and worked with Lord Taylor and Dr. Mose Morgan.

Dr. Deepa Khosla, a faculty member in the Political Science Department, died suddenly Nov. 21, 2005.

Elizabeth Stone, a staff member at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, passed away suddenly on Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, at the age of 54 years.

Stephanie Bavis, a student in the Faculty of Arts, died suddenly Jan. 6.

John William Fairley, a retired staff member from the Department of Technical Services, passed away Jan. 20, 2006, aged 80 years.

Dr. Anna Leslie, a faculty member of the Division of Social Science, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, passed away Feb. 7, 2006.

Dr. Joseph ďPeterĒ Dawson, retired from the Department of Philosophy, died peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, aged 93.

Robert John Frederick (Bob) Benson, retired from the Department of Marketing and Communications where he served for 17 years as an information officer and alumni affairs officer, passed away at home March 5, 2006.

Alec Cheyne, professor of ecclesiastical history in the University of Edinburgh from 1964 to 1986, passed away in Peebles, Scotland, on March 31, 2006. He was 82. Prof. Cheyne was an outstanding church historian who lectured widely in his field not only in the United Kingdom but also in Canada and the U.S.A. Memorial University awarded him an honorary doctor of letters degree at fall convocation 1983.

Dr. William (Bill) J. Milne, retired from the Faculty of Engineering, died March 3, 2006, aged 77. Dr. Milne was the founding chairman of the naval architectural program. Wilfred George, retired from the Department of Facilities Management, passed away at the L.A. Miller Centre in St. Johnís, on April 18, 2006, two days before his 67th birthday, after a courageous battle with cancer.

John Kenneth Galbraith, the internationally-renowned economist who was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters at Memorialís 1999 fall convocation, died April 29, 2006, at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., of natural causes, aged 97. He is known for his development of Keynesian and post-Keynesian economics, the economics of the modern large firm, as well as for his writing and his active involvement in American politics. In his honour, the John Kenneth Galbraith Lectureship in Public Policy brings to Memorial University outstanding figures whose work reflects their commitment to excellence in scholarship and public affairs.

Dr. Lessey Sooklal, a faculty member in the Faculty of Business Administration, passed away peacefully from cancer, April 29, 2006, aged 65.

Dr. Donald Barton, retired from the Department of Chemistry, died May 4, 2006, in Lindsay, Ont., after a long and courageous battle with cancer. During his 32 years at Memorial, Dr. Barton made many important contributions to the development of the undergraduate physical chemistry program. In recognition of his efforts, the Department of Chemistry annually awards the Donald and Evelyn Barton Prize in Physical Chemistry to an outstanding undergraduate student.

Dr. Edgar House, an honorary graduate of Memorial University, passed peacefully away surrounded by his family on May 16, 2006, aged 94. He was a former headmaster of Bishop Feild College, the first president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teacherís Association, executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Tuberculosis Association, a proud Rotarian of 56 years, and author of several books about Newfoundland and Labrador. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree during spring convocation 1993.

Dr. Duncan Ferguson, a member of the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College faculty since September 1976, passed away on May 20, 2006. Dr. Ferguson was known for his sense of humour and dedication to students, and was instrumental in the establishment of the psychology degree programs at Grenfell College. He was program chair of psychology for a number of years.

Doris Saunders, the founding editor of Them Days magazine, died in St. Johnís on May 28 at the age of 64. She is responsible for compiling whatís been called the best heritage archive on Labrador in the world. She founded the Labrador-based publication in March 1975 and stayed as editor until 2003. She received the Order of Canada in 1986 and a honorary doctor of letters degree from Memorial during spring convocation 1994.

Dr. Thomas Mongar died in Coeur DíAlene, Idaho, on June 6 of a prolonged illness, aged 70. He completed a BA at the University of Montana and continued his studies at the University of Oregon where he obtained a PhD in Political Science. He taught at the University of Washington, Queens College in New York City, McMaster University in Burlington, Ont., and Memorial University in where he became known as a student rights advocate, a radical thinker and controversial critic of government policy.

Robert G. (Bob) Ducey, a staff member at The Works, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2006, at the Health Sciences Centre, aged 44 years.

Dr. Felix Park, retired from the Department of French and Spanish, passed away suddenly at the Health Sciences Centre on Saturday, June 10, 2006, aged 70 years. Born in Hamilton, Scotland, Dr. Park was Honorary Consul of Canada in St-Pierre-Miquelon. His loss will be keenly felt by countless friends across the world, among which a great number of former students from Dr. Parkís time as professor of French at Memorial and founder and director of the Frecker Institute in St-Pierre-Miquelon.

Dr. William Stewart Hoar, the recipient of an honorary doctor of science degree in 1967, passed away June 13, 2006, at Vancouver General Hospital. Born Aug. 31, 1913, in Moncton, New Brunswick, Bill Hoar was a founding member of the Canadian Society of Zoologists. He taught and mentored many students, first at the University of New Brunswick and then at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. David Freeman, professor emeritus at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, passed away June 23. Dr. Freeman was born in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, in 1936. He received his BA from Wadham College, Oxford, in 1958 and completed a graduate certificate in Education at the University of Leicester in 1959. He began his career at Memorial in 1962, and started PhD studies at the University of London during his first sabbatical, in 1969. The degree was awarded in 1979. In 1975, at the time of his promotion to associate professor, he moved to Corner Brook as the first co-ordinator of English. He spent the rest of his career at the college, being promoted to professor in 1982 and retiring in 1996. In 1998 he was designated professor emeritus.

Dr. Donald Arthur Hillman died in Ottawa, July 4, of complications from asthma and a rare type of pneumonia. Known and loved around the world as medical educator and mentor, Doctor Don had just celebrated his 81st birthday with his wife Doctor Liz and his family and friends. Born in Montreal and educated at McGill, Dr. Hillman served overseas in the Second World War, taking part in the liberation of Holland. With Liz, fellow paediatrician and fellow devotee to the cause of furthering child health worldwide, he worked for years in Kenya, Uganda, Malaysia, Laos, the Philippines, etc. interlacing overseas service with educational leadership in McGill, Memorial University of Newfoundland, McMaster University and University of Ottawa. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Memorial in 2004.

Dr. Richard Edward (Dick) Buehler passed peacefully away at home in Portugal Cove on Tuesday, July 11, aged 72 years. Dr. Buehler was a professor with the Memorial University Department of English Language and Literature since September 1967. He has written, produced and directed local theatre productions and played a key role in the founding and operation of the Open Group theatre company. In recent years a group of his theatre students performed under the name Dickís Kids, a title they gave themselves in his honour.

Dr. James L. Butrica
Dr. James Butrica, a faculty member from the Department of Classics, passed away July 20, 2006, at the Miller Centre, in St. Johnís, at the age of 55, after a year-long battle with cancer. Born in Camden, N.J., Dr. Butrica came to Newfoundland to join the Department of Classics. For more than 20 years he was a devoted teacher and renowned scholar of Latin literature.

John (Jack) Joseph Doody
Jack Doody passed away on July 31, 2006, after celebrating his 83rd birthday on July 7 with his family. He retired after 28 years from MUN at a youthful 65, and took up downhill skiing and bought a new motorcycle, which he drove until last year. Donations may be made in Jackís memory to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre.