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In Memoriam

In Memoriam 2016

Recognizing the passing of members of the campus community who during their careers shared their talents in helping Western students, faculty, staff and alumni to be their best.

In memoriam - Frederick Armstrong (posted on April 18)

Fred Armstrong, a retired Faculty member from History, died on April 15, 2016 at the age of 90. Prior to his retirement in 1991, Professor Armstong had 28 years of service at Western.

Born in Toronto, Ontario on March 27, 1926 to Dorothy Lillian (nee Goode) and Silas Henry Armstrong, long time Superintendent of Playgrounds for the City of Toronto.

Attended Queen Victoria Public School, Parkdale Collegiate Institute, and received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Fred was a history professor at The University of Western Ontario from 1963 to 1991, where he specialized in 19th century Canadian political history, and urbanization.

Fred published many scholarly and popular works and was the recipient of numerous awards, including: Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; the American Society for State and Local History’s Certificate of Commendation, and The Award of Merit; Western’s President’s Medal; and the Ontario Historical Society’s Cruikshank Gold Medal.

Survived by his wife Joan (nee Biberovich) who, in his own words, gave him “a wonderful life.” Also survived by his children Dale, and Irene (Gintaras Uleckas), and granddaughter Simone.

We would like to thank everyone who helped care for Fred these past months, particularly the staff at Highview Residences, and Dr. Chris Brymer. At his request there will be no service.

Fred will be interred at Prospect Cemetery, Toronto.

If you desire, a donation to The Ontario Historical Society, 34 Parkview Avenue, Willowdale ON, M2N 3Y2 (www.ontariohistoricalsociety.ca) in his honour would be appreciated. O’Neil Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Online condolences & Guest Book at www.oneilfuneralhome.ca 

In memoriam - Vinod Dave (posted on April 8)

When he retired in 1989, Vinod Dave had 21 years of service as a staff member in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. Vinod died in India on February 11, 2016 at the age of 82.

In memoriam - Beverly Johnston (posted on March 30)

Beverly Johnston, a retired Western Libraries staff member, died on August 7, 2015 at the age of 89. When she retired in 1987, Beverly had 20 years of service at Western.

Loving wife of the late Bruce H. Johnston. Dear mother of K. Dale Johnston of Napean, Deanne Westgarth & her husband Gary and Paul & his wife Jessieall of London. Loving grandmother of Laura Sewell, Michael Sewell & his wife Adele, Michelle Westgarth, Geoffrey Westgarth, Matthew Johnston and Jennifer Gardner & her husband David and 3 great-grandchildren Corbin, Rachel, Amandamaya. Predeceased by her sister Ann Purcell and brother Donald Navin. Sadly missed by special niece Judy Sholdice and special friend Norm Seabrook. Friends who wish may make memorial donations to London Regional Cancer Centre. Online condolences www.loganfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Beverly Johnston.

In memoriam - Bill Deisley (posted on March 30)

When he retired from the Parking Services Office in 1996, Bill Deisley had 22 years of service at Western. Bill died on March 23, 2016 at the age of 84.

Predeceased by his best friend and wife Eleanor of 54 1/2 years. Much loved dad of Ellen (Troy), Terry, Cindy (Tim), David (Heather), all of London, Bill (Janet) of Ingersoll, and Jim (Denise) of Mount Brydges. Cherished grandfather of Darryl (Caren), Christina, Jason, Carson, Timothy, Melissa, Matthew, Tyler and Emily, and great-grandfather of Noah, Layla, Liam, Haley and Aaliyah. Beloved brother of Carol Rogers and the late Joyce Stricker. Brother-in-law to Mary Martin (Ted) of Oakville and Beatrice Banks (Jack) of Norwich. Bill will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his grandson James Deisley, granddaughter Penny, and by his sister-in-law Jean McConnel. The funeral service was conducted at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016. Cremation and interment of ashes, Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bill are asked to consider the St. Stephen's Memorial Anglican Church Building Fund. For information and online condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com

In honour of Bill's memory the flag on UC tower was lowered on March 29, 2016.

In memoriam - Nancy Kendall (posted on March 24)

Nancy Kendall, a retired staff member from Student Development, died on February 23, 2016 at the age of 81. When she retired in 1998, Nancy had 30 years of service at Western.

Beloved wife of the late Prof. Stephen Blue Kendall (2015). Loving mother of Suzanne Kendall of Calgary and Matthew (Martha) of Stockholm. Dear Nana of Emma, Claire, and Adam. Sister of Samuel Jr. of Georgia and Frank of Washington State. Predeceased by her parents Samuel and Emma Pickering. Nancy enjoyed working as a career counsellor at Western University and actively served with numerous women's organizations. Nancy was a founding member of the Professional & Managerial Association at Western. The organization gives a reward in her name which recognizes members with exceptional and unwavering service. Special thanks to the staff at McCormick Home, particularly Eileen, for their compassion and care. A memorial service will be held in the summer time. Memorial contributions to Women's Community House would be appreciated. www.HarrisFuneralHome.ca

In memoriam - Charles M. Carmichael (posted on March 24)

When he retired in 1989, Earth Sciences Professor Emeritus, Charles Carmichael had 37 years of service at Western. He died on April 19, 2015 at the age of 91.

Devoted husband of the late Carman Marjorie Carmichael and dear friend of the late Mary McInroy. Loving father to Cydna, Calum (Theo de Bruyn), and Crista (Grant Hauer); beloved grandfather to Ryan, Imogen, Catriona and Rosalind; predeceased by his brother Leslie and parents Blanche McBane Carmichael and Charles McTaggart Carmichael. Charles was first a student and then a professor at Western University. He received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physics and a PhD in Geophysics, completing his doctoral research at Imperial College in London, England. He proudly served Western as a professor in Earth Sciences, and as a member of the Senate and of the Board of Governors. In addition to his teaching career and his scientific research on the earth’s magnetism, Charles’ passion was history – local history of Lobo Township where his Scottish ancestors settled in the early 1820s and where he was born and lived his life – and personal history of the Carmichaels in Scotland prior to their immigrating to Canada. For nearly 40 years, Charles and Carman enjoyed a rich social life and a broad circle of friends through the London, Ontario chapter of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the University Hospital staff and medical teams who attended to Charles with exemplary care and compassion. The funeral service was conducted at MELVILLE UNITED CHURCH, on Monday, April 27, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations to the London Health Sciences Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

In memoriam - Quentin Rae-Grant (posted on March 24)

Dr. Quentin Rae-Grant had seven years of service at Western when he retired in 1994 as Chair of the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry – Department of Psychiatry. He passed away peacefully in the comfort of his own home on March 16, 2016.
Dr. Quentin Alexander Frain Rae-Grant will now be rejoined with his predeceased wife Dr. Naomi Rae-Grant. He will be sorely missed by his loving sons John and Alex and his wonderful daughters-in-law Mary Bruce and Laura. He will be cherished by his grandchildren Michael, Tucker, George, Sasha, Naomi and Keegan. He will also be greatly missed by his friends Carol, Richard, Rosemary and Alan, Decima and Emmanuel and the staff at the Capacity and Consent Board. Dr. Rae-Grant was integral to the development of child psychiatry in Canada. He served leadership positions at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Rae-Grant was also the Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospital for Sick Children or Western University. A funeral service was held at the Trull Funeral Chapel on Thursday, March 24, 2016. Online condolences may be made at www.trullfuneralsyonge.com
In honour of Dr. Quentin Rae-Grant the flag on UC tower was lowered on March 24, 2016.

In memoriam - Robert "Bob" Wright (posted on March 14)

When he retired in 1991, Bob Wright had eight years of service at Western as a staff member in Faculty of Engineering's Machine Shop. He died on March 9, 2016 at the age of 86.

Beloved husband of the late Sylvia Wright (1987). Cherished father of David (Debbie) Wright, Kathie (Brian) Hooey, Robert (Susan) Wright, Laurie (Jeff) Edwards, Jamie Wright, John (Debbie) Wright and Christopher Wright. Proud grandfather of Trisha, Jenna, Bill, Mark, Brandon, Crystal, Samantha, Kayla, Kyle, Katie, Michael, Jessica, Kerri and Shaun and 10 great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his friends Stan Taylor and Hazel Elmslie. Predeceased by his brother Norman and his wife Monique. The funeral service was conducted at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 280 St. James Street, London, ON N6A 1X3 on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

The flag on UC tower was lowered in honour of the memory of Bob on March 12, 2016.

In memoriam - David Spencer (posted on March 9)

David Spencer, a faculty member from Information and Media Studies, died on February 29, 2016 in London, Ontario. David had 28 years of service at Western.

He is survived by his wife Judi, daughters Shara and Kyra Lynn, grandsons Sam and Nicholas, and his family, Douglas (Bud) Boughner, Larry Spencer, and Mike Spencer. He will be greatly missed by his friends, extended family, colleagues, students, and cats. After graduating from the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, he started his career as a radio journalist. David worked as an announcer, producer, and production manager in Montreal and Toronto before becoming a faculty member in the Radio Broadcasting Program at Humber College. A dedicated learner, David earned a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy from the University of Toronto, accepting an appointment on the faculty in the Graduate School of Journalism at The University of Western Ontario. While at Western, David served as Associate Dean, Acting Dean, and a founding member of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS). He was promoted to Full Professor in 2002. In the course of his career, David published three books, served as the Head of the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, and as the President of the American Journalism Historians Association. He was twice nominated for the prestigious Bank of Nova Scotia Teaching Award, served as a Director on the Board of the Gordon Sinclair Foundation, and as an editor of J-Source: The Canadian Journalism Project. A loss keenly felt, a colleague wrote: "he always spoke of his family with deep caring and pride, of his work with enthusiasm and excitement, and of the other rich corners of his life with an infectious pleasure and gratitude." Friends and colleagues have shared fond memories of his mentorship, kindness, humorous stories, and love of history. In addition to his academic career, David loved to share his passion for antique radios, gramophones, and vintage British sports cars. Thoughtful, encouraging, and kind, David was someone who not only saw injustice in the world, but actively did something to fix it, quietly, (and sometimes loudly), working to make the world a more peaceful, inclusive, and better place. To honour his legacy at Western and his love of nature, a tree will be planted on campus. Donations can be made to Animal Alert or the Children's Health Foundation - London in his memory in lieu of a service.

Western's flag will be lowered all day on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in memory of Dr. Spencer

In memoriam - Gary Burt (posted on Feb. 1)

Gary Burt a staff member with Ivey Business School, died on January 30, 2016 at the age of 63. Gary had 45 years of service at Western.

Devoted husband to Cindy (nee Nichols) for 33 years. Much loved dad to Naomi (Dave) Moore, Leanne and predeceased by Andrew. Proud grandpa to Madigan, Callie and Maxwell. Loving brother to Brian (Anna). Beloved son of Joan and predeceased by Ken, son-in-law to Stan Nephin; predeceased by Mona and Ken. Gary will be sadly missed by his extended family, nieces, nephews and many friends. Gary was a devoted employee at Western for 45 years. Visitation will be held at FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 1997 Dundas St. E. (at Wavell) on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 1 p.m. (visitation 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.). Interment at Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery. In lieu flowers, donations may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation, JDRF or Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences accepted at www.forestlawnmemorial.ca

In memoriam - John Knight (posted on Feb. 1)

Professor Emeritus, John Knight had 26 years of service as a faculty member in the Department of Economics at Western. John died on January 21, 2016 at the age of 67, following a nine month battle with cancer.

He was born September 12, 1948 in Earlwood, NSW, Australia. Predeceased by his loving wife, Mary Therese (McGrane) (2008), and his parents, John Knight (1972) and Patricia Gloria (Haigh) Knight (1995). Loving brother to Patricia Dawn Gibb and Lynette Anne Rocca of NSW. Professor of Economics at the University of Western Ontario since 1987. Mentor and good friend to many, particularly, his students. John will be missed by his extended family, colleagues and friends world-wide. Memorial Mass will be held in the Chapel at Windermere on the Mount, 1486 Richmond Street, London, Ontario on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Memorial donations to http://convio.cancer.ca/goto/JohnKnight. Interment NSW, Australia.

In memoriam - Belvena "Belle" Potts (posted on Jan. 28)

When she retired in 1999, Belvena Potts had 42 years of service as a staff member in the Department of Medicine at Western. Belvena died on January 26, 2016 at the age of 75 at St. Joseph's Hospice, Sarnia, ON.

Belle was the loving mother of Carolyn Potts, and is remembered as "Gramma Belle" by her grandchildren Taylor and Justine Moore whom she absolutely adored. She is also fondly remembered by her sister Gwenith VanAcker (Rule) of Alymer, ON, and her sisters-in-law Shirley Kirkwood of Burlington ON and Marilyn MacRae of Burlington ON. Belle was predeceased by her former husband James "Jim" Brian Potts (2011), and her parents Cecil Fredrick Rayfield (1971) and Ethel Rayfield (Mars) (1984). Belle is also survived by her brother Ralph Rayfield of Chatham, ON. Belle enjoyed a long and fulfilling career at the University of Western Ontario, London, ON (Western University), which began in the Department of Continuing Education in 1957 and lasted until her retirement in 1999 from the Department of Medicine. During her more than 42 years at UWO, it was not uncommon to hear across the campus "Check with Belle Potts, she will know,"as she was renowned as a tremendous source of information. Belle was highly respected by both faculty and staff for her sense of professionalism and yet her kind heart always shone through when her advice was sought; she always made time for those who were in need. Belle constantly led by example and carried herself with poise whilst acting in the best interest of the University. Upon her retirement, Belle treasured her time in Bright's Grove. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, watching with pride as they grew into the young adults they are now. She enjoyed countless hours in her gardens and the quiet solitude of the lake shore. Belle will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Cremation has taken place. A private wake will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016 for friends and family; by invitation only. Arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE , 519-344-3131. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to St. Joseph's Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3 or Bluewater Health Palliative Care, 89 Norman St., Sarnia, N7T 6S3. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com. A tree will be planted in memory of Belvena Potts in the McKenzie & Blundy Memorial Forest. Dedication service Sunday, September 18th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wawanosh Wetlands Conservation Area.

In memoriam - Joseph Cummins (posted on Jan. 12)

Professor Emeritus, Joseph Cummins a retired Faculty member from the Department of Plant Sciences died on January 8, 2016 at the age of 82. Prior to his retirement in 1996, Professor Cummins had 23 years of service at Western.

Joe passed away peacefully with family and friends present after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Whitefish, Montana to Harold and Catherine Cummins, Joe earned his Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with the help of scholarship awards. He was awarded his PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Wisconsin in 1962, and his postdoctoral research was completed at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research in Wisconsin, and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Prior to moving to London in 1972 to accept a faculty position at the University of Western Ontario, he taught genetics at Rutgers University and the University of Washington (Seattle). His research was in the area of cellular RNA and DNA in the cell cycle, in the 1970s and 80s his focus turned to the environment and the effects of pollution on genes. During his career he has been involved in a wide range of environmental issues related to mercury, asbestos, PCBs, pesticides, toxic waste, and genetic engineering. Professor Cummins is the author of more than 200 scientific and popular articles. At the University of Western Ontario, Joe was instrumental in starting and teaching a course on Environmental Toxicology, and he taught Advanced Genetics, Microbial Genetics, Human Genetics, Regulation of Gene Activity, and Cell Biology. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Cummins dedicated much of his life and energy to environmental issues including the cleanup of Pottersburg Creek in Ontario as well as serving as an advisor to numerous environmental groups, including sitting on the board of Greenpeace. Dr. Cummins was well known and highly respected as a passionate advocate for mother earth. As a fearless and determined teacher, researcher and man of science Joe worked tirelessly to improve the quality of our water, air and crops and protect our planet from abuse. Many of his friends and colleagues knew him as "Mighty Joe Cummins" because of the passion and determination that he brought to his work and projects. Dr. Cummins' work is now done and our planet is a cleaner and better place to live thanks to his efforts and persistence. In the words of his nephew from Seattle he was a man of science with a heart for justice and equally brilliant, kind, courageous and empathetic. Joe's hobbies included tinkering with computers and enjoying nature's treasures through hiking and travel and he was an avid history buff. While in high school he distinguished himself as a championship wrestler and his opponents then and throughout his lifetime were no doubt overwhelmed by his competitive spirit. Joseph was a loving and proud father of his daughter Lili and is survived by Sisters Sonia, Polly, Dodi and Nora as well as many loving nieces and nephews living mostly in the Seattle-Tacoma area. Joe was predeceased by his brother Harold Jr. and by his beloved wife Katya. A memorial will be held at JOHN T. DONOHUE FUNERAL HOME , 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Sunday, January 17th. Visitation from 12:00 noon until the time of the memorial service at 1 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your favourite environmental group.

The flag on the UC tower will be lowered on January 17, 2016 until 11:00 a.m. in memory of Professor Cummins.

In memoriam - Sampo Paunonen (posted on Jan. 7)

Sampo Paunonen, a Professor from the Department of Psychology died on December 29, 2015 at the age of 63. At the time of his death Sampo had 30 years of service at Western.

Beloved husband of Raija and loving father of Ari. Dear brother of Anja of Finland, Keijo of Mexico, and the late Rita. He will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews, and by his many friends and colleagues. Sam was a long-time member of the Psychology Department at Western University. Special thanks to the Nephrology team and the Dialysis Unit at University Hospital. Private cremation arrangements.

In memoriam - Geoffrey Pendrill (posted on Jan. 6)

Professor Emeritus, Geoffrey Pendrill, a retired faculty member from the former School of Library and Information Science died on Dec. 19, 2015 at the age of 92. Prior to his retirement in 1988, Geoffrey had 20 years of service at Western.

Sadly missed by his beloved wife Margaret and his sons Richard (Linda), Robert (Susan) and his four grandchildren Elaine, Ian, Katherine and Matthew, of whom he was always very proud. Geoffrey and Margaret celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in September 2015. Geoffrey was born in London, England in 1923, volunteered for the RAF in 1941 and then attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge and University College, London where he developed his life-long passion for languages. He later joined the staff of the Wellcome Historical Medical Library in London and was later appointed as Librarian of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh. After a decade in Edinburgh, Geoffrey moved to the University of Sheffield where he lectured for several years in Medical History and Library Science. Geoffrey, Margaret and their two young sons emigrated to Canada in 1968 where he finished his career as Professor Emeritus at the School of Library and Information Science at Western in 1988. He could make any conversation interesting, yet always in a kind and caring way. A private cremation has taken place and an English oak tree will be planted in his memory. Geoffrey lived a long and fulfilling life thanks in part to the wonderful care received over the years at London Health Sciences, Byron Family Medical Centre and most recently, PeopleCare nursing home. Condolences may be left at www.londoncremation.com. Those wishing to make a donation in his memory are asked to consider London Health Sciences.