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.
Steve Kocsis a retired staff member from Facilities Management died on April 9, 2017 at the age of 86. When he retired in 1989, Steve had 29 years of service at Western.
Loving husband of Heide. Steve is survived by his two children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents and his four brothers. Cremation has taken place and there will be no service.
The flag on UC tower will be lowered on April 13, 2017 in memory of Steve's service at Western.
When she retired from Food Services in 1979, Geri Thomas had 12 years of service at Western. Geri died on March 9, 2017 at the age of 102.
She was born in Aldborough Township on August 4, 1914 to Jacob & Ellen (Main) Anthes. She was predeceased by her husband James B. Thomas, her stepsons Reginald (Agnes) and Lowel Thomas, her sister Aleda Riley (James) and by her brothers George (Margaret) and Clarence (Thelma) Anthes.
Geri is survived by her son Clarence “Yogi” Shaw (Marilyn) of Blenheim, her step daughter Marlene Thomas of Shakespeare, her niece Marie Kish of Chappaqua N.Y., several nieces and nephews in California, her grandsons in London and Kitchener, granddaughters in Kitchener and by several step grandchildren in Canada. Geri was also predeceased by her longtime family friend and travel companion Reta Swartz.
After graduating from school, Geri laboured in Rodney and lived briefly in Plymouth, Michigan before returning to London where she laboured at Victoria Hospital and for the Belvedere Hotel Catering at the Robert Simpson Company. She was the supervisor of Foods for Sommerville House at the University of Western Ontario. After retirement she enjoyed travelling and gardening, she was a member of the London Crochet Club and the Hamilton Road Seniors, organizing entertainment at 30 Baseline Apartments. After a fall and breaking her arm, Geri moved to the Blenheim Community Village Retirement Home in October 2008. In December 2013 after a hospital stay she returned to the Blenheim Community Village Long Term Care. Many thanks go to the nurses, care workers and staff of the Blenheim Community Village, to Dr. Perkin for Mom’s care and to the visitors.
A private family interment has taken place in the Rodney Cemetery. Friends wishing to remember Geri with a memorial donation are asked to consider a charity of their choice.
Earth Sciences Professor Emeritus, Bob Hodder died on March 26, 2017 at the age of 84. When he retired in 1993, Bob had 23 years of service at Western.
Lovingly remembered by wife Genet, sons Ian of New York and Kevin and wife Meredith of Whistler, and granddaughters Ella and Marion. Predeceased by brother John and wife Evelyn, and dear uncle of Donna Quail and Joanne Hodder. Bob graduated from Queens University and received his PhD from University of California, Berkeley. A field geologist in both the private and academic worlds, he was appointed professor at UWO in 1970 and was department chair from 1982 - 1990. He served as professor emeritus since 1993 and inspired a generation of students who are now leaders in the field. Bob was an outdoor enthusiast and global traveler who remained active and curious until his final days. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. A memorial gathering will be held later. Contributions to the Trans Canada Trail (thegreattrail.ca) would be an appropriate way to remember him.
When he retired from Facilities Management in 1999, Vince Masciotra had 25 years of service at Western. Vince died on February 15, 2017 at the age of 84.
Predeceased by his loving wife Gemma Masciotra (2004). Loving father of Michael and Maria, Maria Micoli (late Tony) and Elvia Masciotra of London. Cherished by his grandchildren Michaeldavid (Stephanie), Tania, Sophia (Victor), Carlo and Laura. Great grandfather of Vienna, Vincent, Victoria and Roman. Loved brother of Gemma (Italy). Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins in Canada and Italy. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society www.cancer.ca
Rena Dieroff, a retired staff member from Graphics, died on February 11, 2017 at the age of 87. When she retired in 1989, Rena had 20 years of service at Western.
Beloved wife of the late Arthur Dieroff and loving partner of the late Harvey Thompson. Cherished mother of Kathy (Gary), Rob (Cheryl), Gord (Jen) and Dave (Ana). Much loved Grandma of Jen (Jon), Kevin (Dana), Trevor (Jessica), Saffron (Eric), Andrew (Brittney), Grace (Peter), Joshua and Great-Grandma of Gavin, Keaton, Lukas, Zachary and Juniper. Mom is survived by her dear sisters Valerie, Doreen and Marion, cousins and many nieces and nephews. Mom was predeceased by her parents, sister Gwen and brother Hugh.
A memorial service will take place at a later date. Special thanks to all the nurses, personal support workers and staff of Chartwell Parkhill Long Term Care for their kindness and loving care of mom. Donations to the Royal Canadian Legion, Victory Branch 317 or charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Memorial funeral home in care of the arrangements 519-452-3770.
Retired Computer Science staff member, Patricia MacDonald died on January 27, 2017 at the age of 81. Prior to her retirement in 1996, Patricia had 19 years of service at Western.
Lovingly remembered by her husband Ian. Pat was a longtime breeder of Irish Terriers. If desired, memorial contributions to the charity of your choice would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Share a memory at www.denning.ca
Professor Emeritus, Robert Goyer died on February 21, 2017 at the age of 89. When he retired in 1992 as Chair of Pathology, Dr. Goyer had six years of service at Western.
Bozena Swat, a staff member from Facilities Management, died on February 7, 2017 at the age of 62. Bozena had 17 years of service at Western.
Peacefully, with her family by her side, at Victoria Hospital, London. Beloved wife of Kazimierz Swat. Dearest mother of Tomasz Swat. Loving daughter of Stanislaw & Jadwiga Duda of Poland. Cherished sister of Malgorzata Wesolowska (Stanislaw), Stanislaw Duda (Malgorzata) of Poland and Katarzyna Greda of London. Beloved aunt of Patrick, Victoria, Karolina, Mateusz, Kasia, Magda and Michal. Visitors will be received in the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William Street, London on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 419 Hill Street on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., followed by interment in St. Peter's Cemetery, London. Online condolences & Guest Book at www.oneilfuneralhome.ca
The flag will be lowered until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 11 in memory of Bozena Swat.
Professor Emeritus, Bob Lowe died on January 8, 2017 at the age of 81. When he retired from the Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2001, Dr. Lowe had 33 years of service at Western.
Bob was predeceased by his wife Sally. He will be missed by many: sister Margaret Marr (Max - 1980), brother John; children Vicki Hood (David), Peter Lowe and Anne Harland (John Milne); grandson Alex Hood (Ashley); nieces and nephews Sandra Dunbar (Paul - 2013), Shirley Myles, Steven and Julia Lowe; great-nieces Becky Myles (Justin), Jennifer Davies (Todd); and great-great-niece Taryn Davies. Bob had an all consuming passion for his work. His international research in Astronomy and Physics enabled him to travel worldwide indulging in another of his passions, international cuisine. He loved to debate a point and was an avid reader on a wide variety of topics. Our family would like to express appreciation for the compassion and friendship of Gail and Avril. Their efforts enabled Bob to die at home which was his wish. Thank you to all the dear friends who have visited, called and sent emails to Bob during the last two weeks. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bob are asked to consider FSHD Canada Foundation or the Elgin Middlesex Cancer Society.
Born in England, Bob came to Canada as a small child with his family on a troop ship after the start of the Second World War. Disembarking in Halifax, they went by train to St. Thomas, eventually settling in Port Stanley, where Bob grew up. He came to UWO as a first-year undergraduate. Following graduation he was employed by the Defence Research Board (DRB) in Quebec. Here he started his life-long study of the physics of the middle atmosphere and gained his mastery of the French language. While employed by DRB, he enrolled in graduate study at UWO under the supervision of Ralph Nichols. Shortly after completion of his graduate work, he left DRB to join the faculty of the Physics Department at UWO, eventually becoming an international-known authority on the earth’s hydroxyl (OH) night airglow that illuminates the night sky in near-infrared light. This rather bright night light is not visible to human eyesight but is very helpful to some animals. His research in the topic involved many collaborators world-wide and several graduate students at UWO. Later in his career he was a leading investigator on measuring the hydroxyl airglow from a satellite instrument in space.
Bob’s research in Astronomy started with a balloon-capable infrared interferometer borrowed from DRB that he converted to an instrument operable at the UWO Astronomical Observatory. The initial object was a highly publicized new comet, one that typically turned out to disappoint. More success came from the study of bright cooler stars and especially the Orion Nebula. Eventually these successes led to observing time on the Canadian-France-Hawaii Telescope to measure the level of the improbable-sounding ion molecule Helium Hydride (HeH+) in a bright planetary nebula.
-Friend and Colleague, Jim Moorhead
When she retired from the Board of Govenors office in 1990, Mabel Ste. Marie had 16 years of service. Mabel died on December 18, 2016 at the age of 91.
Western Libraries mourned the passing of one of our valued colleagues, Cheryl Martin who passed away suddenly on July 15th, 2016. Cheryl began working in WL in 2009 as a Metadata Services Librarian. Cheryl assumed the role of Acting Head, Metadata Services in 2010 and served in that role until 2014 and then returned to a Metadata Services librarian role. Cheryl was active in WL serving on a number of committees and working groups.
Lisa Philpott, a colleague and friend, shared this information about Cheryl:
Cheryl held BMus., MA (Musicology), and MLIS (Librarianship) degrees from The University of Western Ontario. Her library career encompassed cataloguing, teaching, management, and metadata, taking her from London Public Library to the University of Western Ontario, Memorial University, the Metro Toronto Reference Library, the Archives and website of St. Mary Magdalene Church (Toronto, as a volunteer), McMaster University Libraries, the Library of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), with a return to Western Libraries in 2009. A brief foray into banking with the Royal Bank (RBC) persuaded her that libraries were indeed her calling. Cheryl had just completed her term as President/Past-President of the Canadian Association of Music Libraries in June 2016, and was also active in both the Music Library Association (US), and the International Association of Music Libraries (IAML). At the time of her death, she represented Canada on IAML’s International Inventory of Musical Sources project, and was the Deputy Chief Negotiator for UWOFA-LA, Western’s Librarians and Archivists union.
Despite significant health challenges, Cheryl maintained an active life and a positive outlook. She enjoyed travel and loved to explore her Mennonite roots in Ontario’s Vineland area. An avid reader, researcher, and knitter, she was a much-valued contributor to Ravelry.com’s “Ivory Tower Fiber Freaks” group where she mentored colleagues and friends, and took great delight in attending “meet-ups” with other ITFF members in her travels (Dublin, Toronto, New York, and Calgary, to name but a few). She had high expectations of her friends and colleagues, demanding everyone’s best work. Classical music, Anglo-Catholic liturgy, friends, dark chocolate, single malt Scotch, coffee, Murchie’s tea, accessibility of public spaces, genealogy, and cats were numbered among her passions. Mourned by a host of friends and colleagues, Cheryl sang soprano in the Lyra German Choir in London ON, from January 2015, and is greatly missed both musically and personally by Lyra Choir members
Wendy Waldie a retired staff member from Institutional Planning and Budgeting, died on January 26, 2017 at the age of 65. When she retired in 2008, Wendy had 37 years of service at Western.
Beloved wife of Don Waldie. Cherished mother of Rebecca Waldie (Timothy Chrest). Dear sister of Bonnie Boland (Jim), Susan van Aarsen (John), Randy Little (Fatima), Debra Pfeiffer (Dave) and Scott Little. Also survived by her sisters-in-law Betty Farris (Rob), Louise Porteus Waldie (Andrew), her brothers-in-law John Waldie (Karen), Keith Waldie (Laurie) and her mother-in-law Gertrude Waldie. Predeceased by her parents Duncan and Bertha Little and her siblings Gary, Terry, Dennis and Sharon. Funeral Service was conducted in the Chapel of the O'Neil Funeral Home on Friday, January 27, 2017, followed by interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation www.heartandstroke.com Online condolences & Guest Book at www.oneilfuneralhome.ca