In Memoriam 2018

In Memoriam

In Memoriam 2018

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 - Bruce Turner (posted March 19)

Bruce Turner, a retired staff member from Dental Clinics, died on March 13, 2018 at the age of 79. When he retired in 2003, Bruce had 18 years of service at Western.

The UC flag was lowered on March 16 in honour of Bruce's contributions to the Western community.

In Memoriam - Robert Sharpe (posted March 13)

Robert Sharpe, a retired staff member from Facilities Management, died on January 15, 2018 at the age of 90. When he retired from Western in 1993, Robert had 28 years of service at Western.

Father of Terry, (Grace) of Duncan B.C.. Survived by sister Julia McIntyre and predeceased by brothers Bill, Jack, Jim and Dan. Also survived by Maureen Sharpe and nieces and nephews.

In Memoriam - Bruce Coutu (posted March 13)

Bruce Coutu retired in 1996 after nine years of service as a staff member from the Department of Housing - Residence Services. Bruce died on January 24, 2018 at the age of 87.

In Memoriam - Meilin Huang (posted March 7)

Meilin Huang, a staff member in Western Technology Services, died on March 1, 2018 at the age of 55. At the time of her passing Meilin had 16 years of service at Western.

In Memoriam - John Trevithick (posted March 1)

Professor Emeritus, John Trevithick, a retired Faculty member from the Department of Biochemistry, died on February 20, 2018 at the age of 80. When he retired in 2004, John had 37 years of service at Western.

Cherished husband of 50 years of the late Donna (nee Copeland; 2018) and the late Katherine (nee Allan; 1967). Beloved father and grandfather of Caroline and her husband Louis Gagnon and their children Christopher, Katherine, Stephanie, Michael and Luke. Loving father of Scott and his wife Dianne and adoring grandfather of Elise and Benjamin. Precious father and scientific mentor of Colleen and her husband Chris Sutton and treasured grandfather of Cassandra and Arianna. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Anne and Derek Smeeton and Joan and John Sheffield, Ombra and the late Murray May, and the late Murray Copeland. John will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, family and friends. John graduated from Queen’s University in Chemistry in 1961 and completed his PhD in Physiological Chemistry in 1965 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. With an NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, he studied for two years at the University of British Columbia with Dr Gordon Dixon and Dr Michael Smith (who later won a Nobel Prize). In 1967 he joined the Biochemistry Department at Western University and later became Professor. During his years at Western, he chaired the United Way campaign for the university, was active in the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association, serving as Chairman/ President and several terms as Treasurer. John was also a Chair of the University Parking and Traffic Committee and represented the Graduate Faculty as a member of the University Senate, and alternate to the Council of Ontario Universities. John was active in Science Fair judging, serving several times as deputy Chief Judge for the Canada-wide Science Fair when it was held at Western. John published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and presented many posters at international meetings for eye and vision research. John trained and mentored many high school, undergraduate, and graduate students with his long-time research associate and friend, Thomasz Dzialoszynski. John retired from the Biochemistry Department in 2003, and later became Professor in the Kinesiology Department to embark on a multi-year project funded by the Canadian Space Agency to develop dietary agents to decrease the risk of cataracts for astronauts on space voyages to Mars. John was active as an elder in New St. James Presbyterian Church and Metropolitan United Church where he and his wife Donna taught church school classes. John’s hobbies included woodworking, photography, and swimming. John enjoyed many years of jogging with his good friend Eddie Ebanks. John travelled all over the world: for research collaborations, scientific conferences, and for fun. Friends will be received at Metropolitan United Church 476 Wellington St. on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 1-2 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Metropolitan United Church on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 2 p.m. Spring internment will take place at Kirkton Union Cemetery. Kirkton, Ontario. Arrangements entrusted to LOGAN FUNERAL HOME 371 Dundas St. (between Waterloo and Colborne St.), (519) 433-6181. Friends who wish to make a memorial donation are asked to consider the London Regional Cancer Center or the Metropolitan United Church Foundation (519 432 7189). Online condolences can be expressed at A tree will be planted, by the Logan Funeral Home, as a living memorial to John Trevithick.

The UC flag will be lowered on Sunday, March 4 until 2:00 p.m. in memory of Professor Trevithick.

In Memoriam - Ronald Wonnacott (posted Feb. 6)

Professor Emeritus, Ronald Wonnacott, a retired Faculty member from the Department of Economics, died on January 29, 2018 at the age of 87. When he retired in 1996, Ron had 38 years of service at Western.

Beloved husband of Eloise Wonnacott for 63 years. Loving father of Doug (Debi) of Houston TX, Rob (Nathalie) of Calgary AB and Cathy Long (Greg) of Seattle WA. Also loved by his grandchildren Brandon, Jason, Victoria, Ben, Devin, Tanner and Adam. Great grandfather to Ryan, Carter and Allie. Dear brother of Paul (Donna), Tom (Elizabeth), Joy Becker (Lorne), and Alma Scovil (Peter). Thank you for the care and support from Gemma Romasanta, Deb Wienkowski and all the staff at Windermere On The Mount and University Hospital.

Ron received a BA in 1955 from the University of Western Ontario, where he was Student Council President. He received an AM (1957) and PhD (1959) in economics from Harvard. Except for brief appointments at the Harvard Law School, University of Minnesota and London School of Economics, his teaching career was at the University of Western Ontario from 1958 until his retirement in 1996. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a former president of the Canadian Economics Association and William G. Davis Professor of International Trade at the University of Western Ontario. He received an honorary LLD from Western in 2001. His publications were extensive and often in cooperation with his brothers. He wrote about international trade including Canadian-American Dependence. With his brother Paul, he published a study on Free Trade between Canada and the United States: The Potential Economic Effects (Harvard University Press, 1967). This helped to revive the debate over reciprocity in Canada and culminated in the 1989 Canada-US free trade agreement. Ron and Paul also collaborated on numerous micro and macroeconomics books. He wrote journal articles on a broad range of topics, in particular, on customs union theory, the Canada-US Auto Pact, and recent Free Trade Agreement proposals, industrial strategy, foreign investment, and non-tariff, as well as tariff barriers. In the early 1990s he was a strong supporter of the free-trade negotiations between Canada, the US and Mexico that subsequently led to the trilateral NAFTA. With his other brother Tom he published numerous books in statistics and econometrics. These books have gone through many editions and have been translated into nine languages. He consulted for a wide variety of agencies and testified before a number of Canadian and US government committees.

He enjoyed skiing, Mozart and especially golf, where he once played off 5. He was a member of the London Hunt Club, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield, and the Sunningdale England Golf Club. Cremation has taken place and a funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington Street, London. Donations in memory of Ron to, Breathe - The Lung Association, would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to A. MILLARD GEORGE FUNERAL HOME , 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at

The UC Flag will be lowered on Saturday, Feb. 10 until 1:00 p.m. in memory of Ron's service to Western.

In Memoriam - Allan Olson (posted Jan. 25)

Allan Olson, retired as a faculty member, from the department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering in 1996 after 38 years of service at Western. Allan died on January 13, 2018 at the age of 87.

Son of Emil and Margaret Olson.  Beloved husband of the late W. Bernice Olson (Dilling). Devoted brother of sisters Leila Walter (Jack), Irene Gillespie (Bob), and Connie Laycock (Ross Hill) and families. Loving father of Elizabeth Filan (Brian) and David Olson (Wendy). Proud grandpa of Nathan and Paul Filan, and Connor Olson. Retired professor, P.Eng. U.W.O., Allan will be sadly missed by all.

A memorial reception will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London on Monday, January 29, 2018 from 2:00-5:00 p.m., with words of remembrance at 3:30 p.m. The family would prefer, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in his name.  Please consider Plan Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

The flag will be lowered on Monday, January 29, 2018 until 2 pm in memory of Professor Olson.

In Memoriam - Gerald Fridman (posted Jan. 24/18)

Professor Emeritus, Gerald Fridman had 19 years of service when he retired in 1994 from the Faculty of Law. Gerald died on November 24, 2017 at the age of 89.

For Dr. Fridman's complete obituary please visit:

In Memoriam - James McAuley (posted Jan. 8/18)

James McAuley was a faculty member with the Surgery department at the time of his death on December 28, 2017. He was 61 and had 11 years of service at Western.

Passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 28th, 2017, after a heroic and dignified battle against a brain tumour. Adoring husband to his wife Diane of 36 years. Son of Frances, brother of Michael (Dianne). Loving father to Erin (Mark) and Alexander (Lauren). Proud grandfather of Patrick and Sebastian. Cherished friend of his patients and colleagues throughout the world. Jim was a singularly talented and dedicated Orthopaedic surgeon who approached the care of his patients with the same love and kindness with which he treated all those he came across. Beyond being a world class surgeon, his family was everything to him and he never let them forget it. A true gentleman in the purest sense of the word, and a devout Catholic, he embodied the virtues of compassion and gentleness. May he rest in the peace he so richly deserves. The family would like to express their sincerest thanks to all of their friends who gave their help so generously, and in particular to MarieCris Macatiguib – their angel whose tender care of Jim in his final days is a debt they can never repay.

The Funeral Mass was celebrated at ST. GEORGE PARISH , 1164 Commissioners Road West, London on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Cremation and Interment will follow at a later date. For information and online condolences, please visit

The UC flag was lowered on January 3, 2018 in memory of James.

In Memoriam - Helena Plecien (posted Jan. 8/18)

When she retired from Facilities Management in 1996, Helena had 28 years of service at Western. She died on December 19, 2017 at the age of 84.

Loving mother of Mark (Katherine) and Stefan (Gaynor). Dear grandmother of Sarah, Michael, Melissa, Cheri, Michael, Matthew, Natasha and Jennifer and great-grandmother of Tristan, Skyler, Carter, Kyla, Emma, Avery and Madison. A private family funeral was held at HARRIS FUNERAL HOME , 220 St. James St. at Richmond on Wednesday, December 27. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer Society.