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Vol 40  No 10
February 21, 2008


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Obituaries

Frank T. Butler

Frank Butler, a familiar face on Memorial’s St. John’s campus for more than 30 years, passed away Friday, Feb. 1, at age 65. He had suffered a stroke five days earlier. His connection to sport extends far beyond his 28 years as athletic director at Memorial. Prior to taking on his teaching and administrative role in the School of Physical Education and Athletics in 1975, Mr. Butler worked with the provincial government as a sport and recreation consultant. At the university level he was an athlete, coach and administrator. He competed with the men’s basketball team from 1964-66. His athletic prowess earned him an induction into Memorial’s Athletic Honour Society in 1966, the highest award that can be conferred on a student-athlete at Memorial University. From 1975-1988, he coached the men’s basketball team at the varsity level. Mr. Butler’s devotion to the development of university sport in Canada and to the growth of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) as a governing body helped interuniversity sport experience significant growth and popularity across the country. His involvement on numerous committees within the AUS and the CIS over his 28-year career, while simultaneously maintaining his duties as a full-time faculty member within the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial, is indicative of his dedication to the development of amateur sport. He retired from the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation in August 2006.

Dr. Moishe Kantorowitz

Dr. Moishe Kantorowitz, a survivor of the death camps in Auschwitz, Mathausen and Gussin during the Second World War and a honorary graduate of Memorial University, died suddenly on Jan. 29, 2008, one week short of his 85th birthday. Born in Eastern Poland in 1923, he spent more than two years in the death camps before being liberated by American troops in 1945. He is the sole survivor of his family, having lost 51 relatives, as well as numerous friends and neighbours during the Holocaust. Mr. Kantorowitz spent the years 1945-48 in Italy at various camps for displaced persons. He moved to Canada in 1948 and worked on a farm until he married Ruth Pleet of Brockville, Ont., in 1950. The two moved to Montreal, where he worked as a carpenter and a clothing cutter. The family came to Newfoundland in 1956, where Mr. Kantorowitz ran a wholesale drygoods business, spending much time in eastern Newfoundland outports. During his 33 years in the province, Mr. Kantorowitz was an active member of the Jewish community in St. John's. It was here that he began working to educate society about the consequences of racial and religious discrimination, work that he continued to carry out until his death. He was presented an honorary doctor of laws degree at the fall convocation 1995.

Dr. Lloyd Kendell Spencer

Dr. Lloyd Spencer, retired from the Department of English, passed away at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s on Feb. 10, 2008, aged 70. Dr. Spencer was born in Bay D’Espoir and spent the majority of his career as a professor of English at Memorial University.

Dr. Arthur Michael Sullivan

Dr. Arthur Sullivan, the first principal of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and a faculty member in the Department of Psychology, died Feb. 15, 2008, aged 75. Dr. Sullivan was principal when the Western Regional College of Memorial first opened its door in September 1975. He continued in the position until 1977, and then returned to the St. John’s campus. Born in Trinity, Trinity Bay, Dr. Sullivan earned his first degree at Memorial University, graduating with a BA (Ed.) in 1954. In 1957, he received an MA in clinical psychology from Dalhousie University. Dr. Sullivan was named Rhodes Scholar for Newfoundland in 1957 and he continued his studies at Oxford, where he received BA and MA degrees. Dr. Sullivan joined the faculty of Memorial University in 1960 as assistant professor of psychology. From 1962 to 1964 he studied at McGill University where he received a PhD in psychology in 1964. He then returned to Memorial as associate professor and head of the Department of Psychology. He was promoted to the rank of professor in 1967 and was appointed dean of Junior Studies in 1969.

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