President's Report 2007


Dr. Thomas Boyde Grandy

Dr. Tom Grandy of Ottawa, Ontario, aged 67 years, died suddenly on Aug. 12, 2006, while on vacation in Newfoundland. Dr. Grandy was a graduate of Memorial and the University of Alberta, where he received a PhD in nuclear physics. Dr. Grandy was a firm believer in continuing education and knowledge gathering; and many years ago he and his family established a scholarship fund at Memorial University. Donations in his memory may be directed to: The Samuel and Millicent Grandy and Thomas Grandy Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o The Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johnís, NL A1C 5S7.

Chu-In Charles Lee

Dr. Charles Lee, a faculty member from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, passed away suddenly on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, aged 59 years.

Craig Laurence Dobbin

Craig Dobbin, the Newfoundland entrepreneur who founded CHC Helicopters Corp. nearly two decades ago, died Oct. 7 at his home in Beachy Cove, aged 71. Dr. Dobbin founded CHC in 1987. The company now flies in more than 30 countries and considers itself the worldís largest provider of helicopter services to the global offshore oil and gas industry. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Memorial University in 2000.

Thomas King

Tom King, retired from the Marine Institute, passed peacefully at the Health Sciences Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, after a courageous nine-year battle with thyroid cancer, age 75 years. Donations in his memory may be made to the Childrenís Wish Foundation or the Candlelighters Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dr. Erich Peter

Dr. Erich Peter, former head of the Department of Commerce, now the Faculty of Business Administration, died in Vancouver on Nov. 10, 2006, aged 89. He studied in industrial psychology and chartered accountancy. Dr. Peter was a faculty member from 1970-1982, and during his tenure he began the conversion of the Commerce program to Co-operative Education. He was an active member in the Faculty Association and the Faculty Club, and will be remembered as a guitar player with Dr. Jazz. He is survived by his son, Toby, and former wife, Monica. A memorial service was held in Vancouver, Nov. 18.

John Joseph (Jack) Power

Jack Power, a retired employee from DELT (Distance Education and Learning Technologies), passed away on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, aged 64. Donations may be made to the SPCA or the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre or to a charity of ones choice. Jack was also the owner/operator of the former Tea Room/Museum at the Fort Amherst Lighthouse and will be remembered for his great sense of humour, endless jokes, intelligence, determination and his love of hiking the South Side Hills with his dog, Amherst

Dorothy Jean Marion Brown

Dorothy Brown, 54, an Arts student at Memorial University, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Nov, 22, 2006.

Dr. Heinz Lotar Krein

Dr. Lotar Krein, retired professor from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, passed away Nov. 28, 2006. Donations in his memory may be made to the Cancer Society.

Dr. Maureen Laryea

Dr. Maureen Laryea, retired professor in the School of Nursing, passed away at the Leonard A. Miller Centre on Jan. 6, 2007. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation or a charity of oneís choice.

May Roberts

May Roberts, 83, a former employee of the University Planning Department, died Feb.15 in Cornwall, England. Trained as an architect, she was married to Dr. Ken Roberts. They immigrated with their family to Newfoundland in 1968, when Ken was appointed as first associate dean of medicine. During her time at Memorial, May played a role in designing the Health Sciences Centre. She is predeceased by a son, Dr. Peter Roberts, and survived by partner Chris, sons Daniel and Ben, daughter Alason and her extended family.

Grace Theresa Gould

Grace Gould, a retired faculty member from the School of Nursing, passed peacefully away at St. Patrickís Mercy Home on Wednesday, March 28, 2007, age 84 years. Donations in Ms. Gouldís memory may be made to Amnesty International or a Community Food Bank of your choice.

Gordon Gladstone Mercer

Gordon Gladstone Mercer, a founding staff member of Memorialís Faculty of Medicine, died Feb. 23. Ordained a priest in the Anglican Church in 1941, he joined the Canadian Army in 1951 and served with the United Nations in Korea, afterward serving in the Canadian armed Forces in Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Germany. After retirement in 1972, he worked at Memorialís medical school where he championed the cause of rural outport students. Always active in sports as a young man, he helped to organize the Canada Summer Games in 1977 in St. Johnís, Newfoundland. He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth Maude (Gould) and his five proud children, Ian, Sheila (McBride), Christine, Kathleen and Kevin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Alumni Affairs, Memorial University (1-877-700-4081). Please specify the Gordon Mercer Fund for Rural Medicine.

June Rose Callwood

June Callwood, a Canadian journalist, author and social activist, died April 14 in Toronto, aged 82. She received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Memorial at spring convocation 1988.

Dr. Alastair A. Macdonald

Dr. Alastair Macdonald died peacefully at home in the company of friends on Sunday, April 29, 2007, at the age of 86. Originally from Ballindalloch in the Scottish Highlands, he was educated at Aberdeen University, Oxford University and Victoria University of Manchester. Dr. Macdonald came to Newfoundland in 1955 to teach English literature at Memorial University where he remained until his retirement in 1987 when he was made professor emeritus. He was a respected academic and a gifted visual artist, cartoonist, satirist and poet. His eigth book of poetry The Cyclic Variations and More New Poems has recently been published by Breakwater Books.

Heward (Pete) Roy Peters

Passed peacefully away on June 4, 2007, Heward (Pete) Roy Peters, formerly of Springdale (1919-2007), RAF Second World War veteran, and retired professor of Earth Sciences at Memorial University

William (Bill) Gordon Wegenast

Dr. Bill Wegenast, retired from the Faculty of Engineering, died in St. Johnís, on June 12, 2007, aged 82.

Iain Anthony Fyvie Bruce

Dr. Iain Bruce, retired from the Faculty of Arts, passed peacefully away on July 10, 2007, at the Health Sciences Centre, age 70 years. Leaving to mourn Pam, his loving wife of 47 years; daughter Helen (Brian Reddick); son Peter (Patricia Donnelly); grandchildren: Stuart, Laura and Harry; sister Sheila (James Lukabyo); sister-in-law Kathy Ferguson; brother-in-law David (Cecilia) Pilling, other relatives in England, Scotland and Australia and friends. As an expression of sympathy, donations in his memory may be made to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation.

Dr. Ian Edwin Rusted

Dean emeritus Dr. Ian Edwin Rusted died July 14 in his 86th year. Until his severe stroke in January 2007, he enjoyed a healthy life with his beloved wife of 58 years, Ellen Marie (Hansen). He is also survived by his two sons, Christopher of Topsail and Brian (Christine Sowiak) of Nanton Alberta, and three grandsons, Jonathan, Peter and Timothy.

Born in Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland, on July 12, 1921, he attended high school in Carbonear and St. Johnís.

After two years at Memorial University College (í38 to í40) he attended Trinity College, University of Toronto, receiving a BA in 1943. He completed his medical degree and rotating internship at Dalhousie University in 1948, followed by a M.Sc. from McGill University in 1949.

The award of a Fellowship in Medicine from the Mayo Foundation led to additional postgraduate experience at the Mayo Clinic, with several research publications emphasizing chest and cardiovascular diseases. He declined invitations for positions at the Mayo Clinic and McGill University, choosing to return to what had now become the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As medical consultant to the Department of Health and director of medical education at the General Hospital, Dr. Rustedís top priority was visiting cottage hospitals and other provincial institutions, working closely with rural doctors. During this period he collected information regarding the possibility of a new medical school in Atlantic Canada. This led to his appointment by Memorial University in 1967 as the first dean of medicine, a position he held until 1974.

From 1974-79 he was vice-president (health sciences) and from 1979-88 served as vice-president (health sciences and professional schools). Recognition of his many activities included four honorary degrees and being made an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Master of the American College of Physicians. Donations in his memory may be made to the Dr. Ian Rusted Founderís Chair in Medical Education.

Dr. Winnifred Anne Downer

Dr. Wynanne Downer, a member of the Board of Regents, died at the palliative care unit of Western Memorial Regional Hospital on July 29, 2007, aged 60. Born Winnifred Anne Shea in St. Johnís in 1947, and raised in Stephenville Crossing, she completed her undergraduate studies in English, French and history at Littledale College and Memorial University before earning her masters degree in education from St. Francis Xavier University in 1992 and a PhD in educational administration and policy studies from the University of Toronto in 1997. She had also completed programs in undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Ottawa; Universitť de Nouveau Brunswick, New Brunswick; Universitť de Quebec; University of Calgary; and Homerton College at Cambridge University in England. Dr. Downer had a long and award-winning career as a teacher and educational administrator, having taught French immersion for years and having also taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the university level. As a community volunteer, she worked with Junior Achievement, the Humber Literacy Advisory Council, Family Resource Centres, Swimming Newfoundland and Labrador, Canadian Parents for French, Boy Scouts of Canada, the Lioness Club and community nursery schools. Dr. Downer is survived by her husband Don, sons Philip and Russell, daughter Adrienne and their families. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Dr. Winnifred Anne Downer Memorial Fund For Literacy (any Bank of Montreal Branch).

Garfield Allan Pynn

Gar Pynn, former director of the School of Business Administration and Commerce, passed away on July 18 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Prof. Pynn was a graduate of Memorialís Bachelor of Commerce program and soon after completing his MBA at the University of Western Ontario he returned to Memorial in the position of assistant professor of business. He was instrumental in the establishment of the business co-op program, the first of its kind in Canada. He served as director of the School of Business Administration from 1974 to 1979. While in the position, he established the first centre for small business support at a Canadian university, the P. J. Gardiner Institute for Small Business Studies. The P. J. Gardiner Institute stands as a legacy of Prof. Pynnís contribution. In 2004, the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship recognized his accomplishments with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership, advocacy and contribution to the field of entrepreneurship education and small business development. Prof. Pynn remained actively involved with the P. J. Gardiner Institute until his death.

Prof. Pynn retired in 1996 at the rank of full professor after 27 years of service to the university; however he never really retired from his love of teaching and his passion for entrepreneurship and small business. He continued to teach with the Faculty of Business Administration as a part-time instructor until three weeks before his death and in 2006 he spent a semester at the Harlow campus, running Memorialís business program in England. Prof. Pynnís contribution to the Faculty of Business was recognized by an anonymous donation in 1997 that created the Gar Pynn Scholarship in Business, in recognition of Professor Pynnís contribution to the Faculty of Business Administration over his 27 years of service. Left with everlasting love and precious memories, his wife Margaret; sons: Stephen (Sarah) and Robert Downey (Kristine) and grandson Owen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gar Pynn Memorial Scholarship (Business), c/o Alumni Affairs and Development.

Dr. Tony Simmonds

Dr. Tony Simmonds, retired from the Department of Psychology, passed away July 15, 2007, aged 63, after a courageous fight with cancer. Born and raised in Conche, Newfoundland, Dr. Simmonds taught at Memorial University of Newfoundland for more than 30 years and worked in Yellowknife for the past six years. His lifelong volunteering with sport and recreation touched the lives of thousands. Tony leaves to mourn his loving wife Mae, precious daughter Roberta, sons Sean (Amanda) and Dion (Melissa) and wonderful grandson Jack; his brothers John (Mary), Bill (Sandra), Mike (Hilda), Conche, Kevin (Marilyn), brothers-in-law Don Kearney (Laura), Frank Kearney (Mariella), Jerome Kearney (Margaret), sisters-in-law Angela Dillon (George), Gertrude Bromley (Gerry) and a large circle of family and friends in Newfoundland and Yellowknife.

Marie Fillier

Marie Fillier, retired from the QE II Library, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness at the Pinecrest Nursing Home, Bobcaygeon, Ont., on Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, in her 67th year. In lieu of flowers, In Memoriam donations to the Parkinson Society would be appreciated by the family.

Alan Dennison Hall

Alan Hall passed away July 15, 2007, at Cumberland Regional Hospital, Amherst, Nova Scotia. Survived by wife Phyllis Artiss; son Nicholas Hall (Anne Kiley); daughter Jane Hall (Robert Banks); grandchildren: Emma, Jonty and Penny Hall; first wife Hope ĎBarryí Hall; sisters: Evelyn Johnson and Patricia Hall; sister-in-law Dorothy Hall; nephews: Anthony (Claudette) Hall; David Hall (Brigitte Cathala) and Stephen Johnson; nieces Patricia and Susan Hall; niece-in-law Joyce Johnson. In 1969 he joined the English Department at Memorial University where he contributed to the cultural life of the community: as chair of RCA board, adjudicator of Arts and Letters awards, member of the Library Association of NL, creator of school broadcasts, part-time actor for CBC and as engaged and discriminating audience for countless concerts, films, and plays. He retired in 1986 and married Phyllis Artiss in 1989. A celebration of his life will take place at the D. F. Cook Recital Hall, Memorial University, on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alan Hall Memorial Scholarship in Theatre and Music at Memorial University.