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(February 10, 2000, Gazette)

Dr. John M. C. (Jack) Facey

Jack Facey, long-time marshal and honorary marshal of convocation, and a retired faculty member from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, died on Thursday, Feb. 3. Dr. Facey was such a recognizable part of Memorial University’s graduation ceremony that some called him “Mr. Convocation.” Dr. Facey was Memorial’s marshal of convocation since the university first started awarding degrees in 1950, with a brief break in service in the early 1970s when he ran the Harlow campus in England.

At convocation in the fall of 1996, Dr. Facey was named honorary marshal of convocation. As President Arthur May noted at that ceremony, of the tens of thousands of students to graduate from Memorial University, only a handful did not have Dr. Facey’s steady hand guiding their convocation. “This is a remarkable accomplishment,” Dr. May observed.

Over the years, Dr. Facey played an integral role in shaping convocation into a ceremony that has come to exemplify the best traditions of Memorial University. He has served Memorial, and the graduates of the university, for a lifetime.

An electrical engineer and graduate of the University of London, Dr. Facey has been part of engineering at Memorial since he returned to his native Newfoundland in 1946 after service during the Second World War. Though he formally retired in 1979, for many years he continued to teach first-year graphics in engineering.

Dr. Facey has received an Award of Merit from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and an honorary degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. He was named professor emeritus of engineering at Memorial in 1981, and in 1994 was awarded an honorary degree from Memorial University.

Dr. Ian Raymond Ball

Dr. Ian Ball passed away on Jan. 26 in Kingston, Jamaica, at the age of 59. Dr. Ball was an internationally-known taxonomist with special interests in the evolution and biogeography of flatworms. He held positions with the National Museum, Royal Ontario Museum and in the Netherlands before coming to Memorial where he served as professor and head of the Department of Biology between 1986 and 1991. He subsequently accepted a position as professor of zoology and head of the department at the University of the West Indies in Kingston. among his many interests, friends recall his love of music and his two children, Freddy and Marie-Claire.