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Vol 40  No 1
August 9, 2007



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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. John’s 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; Université de Nouveau Brunswick, New Brunswick; Université 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 Memorial’s 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. Pynn’s 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 Memorial’s business program in England. Prof. Pynn’s 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 Pynn’s 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.


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