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As of November 6, 2017

Doris Astbury ’94, October 12, 2016

Dr. Denis Brearley ’63, January 11, 2017

Eric Caulfield ’54, August 3, 2017

Charles Dymond ’61 and ’62, June 1, 2016

The Rev. Arnold Hancock ’59, February 2, 2017

David Hancock ’63, August 15, 2017

Jean Titus, long-time Huron staff member and Honorary Fellow of the Huron University College Corporation, September 18, 2017

In memory of and in tribute to:

  • J. Catharine Ridley

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  • The members of the Huron Community - alumni, friends, faculty and staff - are saddened by the passing of Miss Catharine Ridley, Huron's distinguished Registrar from 1961 - 1991, who passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.  Huron will always be grateful to Miss Ridley for everything she did for the College and its students and alumni.  She believed strongly in the opportunities which Huron offered and the possibilities in life for each of the students whom it was her pleasure and privilege to know.

    Miss Ridley served the College and its students with great distinction.  One of the enduring joys of Catharine's life was the immense pride she took in Huron students both while they studied at the College and later as alumni.  All students admitted to Huron were special to her and she remembered every student's name.  Catharine has said, on many occasions of Huron alumni, "I am so proud of them - they have all done so well."

    In 1991, Catharine was made an Honorary Fellow of Huron.  She was also honoured in 2003 with a portrait unveiled in Huron's Great Hall in appreciation of her many years of dedicated service.

    We invite you to share any memories and stories of Catharine and what she meant in your life and that of the College community.  Please email Ken Andrews at kandrews@huron.uwo.ca with your memories and stories, or mail them to Ken at the address indicated below. 



  • The Ven. Dr. John Morden

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  • The Huron community is saddened by news of the death of Dr. John Morden who died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday night with family members surrounding him.
    In notifying the community, Principal Lumpkin stated, "We all mourn the death of this good man who, in his more than twenty years as Principal, gave so faithfully and generously to the life of Huron College."
    John served as Principal of Huron College from 1962 to 1984. He came to Huron in 1957 as Registrar and Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology.

    John was born in England of Canadian parents, and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War. After the war, he graduated from the University of Toronto in Arts, and from Wycliffe College in Theology. He completed his doctorate at the General Theological Seminary in New York City.
    On March 29th,1962 John was installed as the 11th Principal of Huron College and also assumed the duties as Dean of Theology.
    From 1984, until retirement in 1990, John was a full professor in both the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Arts and Social Science. His published memoirs "Huron College Memoirs 1957 to 1992" recount his time as Principal, then as faculty member at Huron. He closes his Epilogue with the following:

    "Huron College, blessed of God and led by talented and inspired persons, your future is even brighter than your past. Go and live up to your calling. Set before your students a knowledge of the past, an understanding of the present, and a vision of the future, thus fulfilling the mandate of your motto, "True Religion and Sound Learning."
    A memorial service was conducted on Saturday, January 24th at 11:00 am at The Church of St. Jude, 1537 Adelaide St. N. at Fanshawe Pk. Rd., London.

    OBITUARY

    Morden, John Grant - Archdeacon Emeritus in the Diocese of Huron and Principal Emeritus of Huron University College, at University Hospital, London on Wednesday, January 14, 2009. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Grace Morden, nee Tannahill (December 18, 2008). Loving parents of Ann and her husband Dr. John Walker, Dr. Margaret and her husband Rev. William Foote, Mary and her husband Steven Vickers, Peter and his wife Elisa, and James (deceased). Survived by their 8 grandchildren: Sharon and her husband Peter Zeman, Lynn and David Walker, Catherine and her husband Nate Glickman, Mary Foote and her daughter Ruby, Jennifer and Thomas Vickers, and Chloe Morden.

    A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, January 24th at 11:00 am at The Church of St. Jude, 1537 Adelaide St. N. at Fanshawe Pk. Rd., London. Memorial contributions to The Church of St. Jude, 1537 Adelaide St. N., London, ON N5X 1K6 or the Huron University College Foundation, 1349 Western Rd., London, ON N6G 1H3 or a charity of your choice would be gratefully acknowledged.

    Tributes to Dr. John G. Morden

    Dr. Charles Jago
    Class of 1965

    Principal of Huron College, 1987-1995

    The passing of John Morden truly brings to a close an era in the history of Huron University College. Succeeding Bill Coleman as Principal in 1961, John oversaw the transition of Huron College fr om a strictly Anglican Theological College to a theological and arts College with a strong Faculty of Arts and Social Science. To build up the arts side of the College into the academically credible and highly prestigious academic enterprise it has become over the years, John worked with a team of strong and independently-minded colleagues: people like John Rowe, Catharine Ridley, William Blissett, to name but a few. These were not easy years, particularly when university funding shifted fr om federal to provincial responsibility in the mid-1960s and denominational colleges and universities had to fight for their very survival. Through all of these trials and tribulations, John Morden provided steady leadership secure in his commitment to build a denominational college that embodied his profound faith in the goodness of the Creator and his openness to the world around him.

    My personal history at Huron intersected with John at two points: during my years as an undergraduate fr om 1961-65 and subsequently as the Thirteenth Principal, fr om 1987-95. Hence I saw John as a relatively young (although as students at the time we considered him old) and energetic, freshly-minted senior university administrator in the early 1960s - the man affectionately known to us as Bubbles - and years later, I saw him as a senior colleague and respected mentor when I came into Huron as a relatively young (although older than he had been in 1961), energetic, and freshly-minted senior university administrator.

    As Bubbles in the early 1960s, John was a pervasive presence within the College, a friend and mentor to students, and a positive personality who exuded optimism and hope. How he must have suffered through those high-table formal dinners, Huron balls, graduation banquets, and residence capers when we, his students, had a tendency to get entirely out-of-hand. Those were tumultuous years that undoubtedly challenged him and his colleagues, but John was always there to support Huron students, to play nurse in the residence when the occasional epidemic of flu broke out, and to be willing to discuss the existence of God at any time, in any place, for as long as it took, with those willing to engage his formidable intellect.

    In his later years after he retired as Principal, John continued to teach his course in World Religions - always popular with students - and continued his involvement in the Faculty of Theology and in the life of the Huron College Chapel. To my mind, the chapel was his preferred place at the College. It was a place wh ere theological and arts students could come together; a place of beauty both architecturally and liturgically; a place wh ere ideas could be expressed in the acknowledged company of God; and a place of peace. The chapel always seemed complete to me when John was there, although he was scrupulous never to sit in the Principal's chair when he no longer occupied that post. My most poignant memory of John in those years was when he came to tell me he had decided fully to retire and would no longer be teaching his World Religions course. He was in tears. It brought to an end, but not entirely to a conclusion, his association with the College he loved so much and had committed a lifetime to nurturing and developing.

    As I see it, John Morden's chief contribution to Huron College was in the shaping of its culture of tolerance, openness to ideas, and healthy blending of the secular with the divine. Under his guidance, Huron was never a narrowly religious, doctrinally-driven, denominational university college, but a college open to exploring the world around it, giving consideration to all ideas, tolerating different life-styles, cultures and religious practices, and convinced that God was in the world and that God is manifest always in many different ways, as we would fully appreciate and understand if we would only open our hearts and minds and believe. John was a penetrating and inspiring preacher and a true and obedient ordained servant of the Anglican Church of Canada. I could always sense that John was at home with God when he was in the Huron College Chapel participating zestfully in the Anglican order of service. But I also know that as a man of God his God was with him everywhere, in everything he did and said.

    I will miss receiving John's Christmas cards every year and the very generous comments he always made about my service to the College as Principal. He was always very supportive of my endeavours and encouraging, although I daresay I did things that were not always to his liking. As Principals we were very different people with very different styles, but I never had any doubt that the founder of the new Huron College, the college with both a strong theological and arts presence, was John Morden; that it was his spirit and personality that had shaped the culture of the college; and that my job was to carry on with his work, hopefully to his credit. I dearly loved the man and will miss him.

    R. Mark TarBush
    Class of 1975


    In tribute, Bubbles, as indeed he was known, oversaw a very important era of growth in our school. The beauty of it all is that throughout that tremendous growth and development, it maintained, as indeed it still does, its unique "small town" atmosphere of collegiality of students, staff, faculty and administration.

    Coming from a small town myself, the atmosphere at Huron was a good fit. Indeed by the end of my undergrad time there, I knew personally the staff and many of the faculty. Also, more so than at high school, I knew the Principal and was very comfortable in approaching him both in his role as such, and more fundamentally as a person with whom you exchange pleasantries in the hallway.
    When I returned in 1981-82 as Subwarden, it was due to the blessings and encouragement of both Dr. Morden and Don Cox. I remain truly thankful for that experience. I had the added pleasure for that one year (as well as the many to follow) to get to know John, Don, Catharine Ridley and many others who are key players in Huron College on a much more personal level.

    Ngaire Lowndes
    Class of 1976


    I remember him vividly from my time at Huron. As an English overseas student, I found his rich, 'plummy' voice and impeccable speech a delightful reminder of home, and his very genuine devotion to the Church and college was an inspiring example to us all. I particularly enjoyed attending Chapel services at Christmastime, when he would read the great initial passage from John's Gospel. His voice flowed mellifluously in that echoing chamber, bringing poetry and sense to that very difficult reading.
    I was at Huron when the tragic news came of his son Jamie's death. Dr. Morden was calm, gracious in accepting our sometimes clumsy condolences, and although obviously mourning his son, he continued his life as Principal of Huron. It was shocking to us students that someone our own age could die. Dr. Morden's huge loss impacted on us considerably, but he showed us that death is something that can be approached with courage and dignity.

    I had immense respect for Dr. Morden, and yet felt he was approachable should I have any problems that couldn't be solved by the community structure. He was essentially a happy, kind person of immense energy and moral stature, and the world is the poorer for his passing.

    Gail Fox
    Class of 1987
    Secretary to Dr. John Morden


    He had such love for the Chapel. The memory of him reading "In the beginning was the Word" each Christmas Carol Service will be forever in my memory.
    My heart is sad at the lost of this great man; but I cannot be sad without being grateful that he was a man I knew. I am a much better person because of knowing him, and I believe so many people can say the same thing. What better legacy can there be than that!

    Robert Williams
    Class of 1968


    I will never forget his rubicund face and wonderful smile. "Bubbles" had many admirers among the students of the 60's and 70's. His R.K. class was one of the best of the many courses of my academic career. Not only did he teach us the basic tenants of world religions but he taught us to analyze them with an objective eye. Our "field" trips to a mosque, a synagogue and a basilica was an on-site, first-hand experience. Our study of Marshall McCluhan's The Medium is the Message required us to reflect on the global village that is our world. Thank you, Dr. Morden; you gave us so much.

    Ross Hendin
    Class of 2001


    I am very sorry to hear about the loss of The Ven. Dr. Morden. There is no question that his personal efforts bettered the lives and experience of thousands of students like me - people who came to school and found so much more than an education.

    Jim Barr
    Class of 1967


    Bubbles was and is one of my favourite people in this world along with, as you will understand, J. Catharine.

    In regards to the pranks he witnessed or heard about: I was brought before him by the Dons' Committee on two occasions for such pranks and remember well his advice to me which, alas, I failed to heed for long. I was also called to his office early in the spring term of 1967 to discuss my (abysmal) scholastic record. He kept me in his office for an extended period of uncomfortable conversation ending with the inevitable personal advice. I resented his interference for most of a week but came around and started to heed the advice. That advice, alone, gave me the courage to work through my problems and make the positive effort required for me to graduate. I have always recognized, after the first few days of resentment, the impact Dr. Morden had on my life and career.
    He shall be missed.

    Best wishes to my Huron family.

    Lawrence S. Cumming
    Class of 1963


    I was saddened to hear of Dr. Morden's passing, but I rejoice in the memory of the good and productive life of this worthy Christian man and scholar.
    My first memory of Dr. Morden was of walking into the College office in August of 1960 to see about the possibility of registering as a student. This jolly man greeted me warmly, had a quick look at my secondary school transcript and immediately signed me up. None of this central Provincial registration palaver in those days! Though the transcript I presented was not particularly distinguished, I had achieved the required entry standard (a lower grade point average then than now, of course). Every subsequent conversation we ever had during my Huron years was characterized by this same informality, spontaneity and generosity of spirit. Many others will, no doubt, cherish similar memories.

    I fondly remember Dr. Morden's very engaging and well attended Religious Studies course and the Thursday evening formal dinner when the college community broke bread together before adjourning to the Chapel for Evensong. During his Principalship, he presided at both the dinner and the service. At the dinner, his favoured grace was, "For good food and fellowship, we give you humble and hearty thanks, O Lord". Indeed, "humble and hearty" is a phrase which admirably summarizes and reflects the man, his approach to life and the manner in which he presided over the life of the College community.

    George Pappas
    Class of 1971


    I would like to share a story that demonstrated how generous and thoughtful Dr. Morden was. In my 2nd year I was taking a course on campus and thought I had it pretty well set when I went to write the final. Upon arriving I found the gym closed as the exam had started a full half hour prior. I immediately returned to Huron to see Dr. Morden and explain the situation. Without hesitation he took on my case and told me not to leave the office. He returned with a copy of the exam and turned over his office to me to write it. "Smoke if you like" he said, "and I'll be back when you're done." Without stress and the fine surrounding of the Principal's office to write my exam I could not help but do well. I am not sure that I ever thanked him well enough for that moment, but I never forgot his generosity and trouble. The world is a finer, richer place because of people like John Morden. I dare suggest that because of his caring, generous spirit his memory will last.

    Jim Drummond
    Class of 1971


    Dr. Morden will always live in the memories of all who knew him. Dr. Morden played a major role in my life while at Huron and he had a huge impact on my university education and the direction of my life has taken. For this I will always be grateful.

    Jim Cavanagh
    Class of 1963


    Dr. Morden's class in 'religions of the world' was an eye opening and mind expanding experience for this 17-year-old WASP and newly initiated freshman in 1960. He treated all of us as gentlemen and treated the subject matter with reverence and objectivity. It was my first experience with learning in broader horizons and his ability to deliver information in a manner that inspired insight irretrievably altered my view of the world. It was a remarkable experience. Not the only great learning experience I had at Huron and not the only one I associate with Dr. Morden, but it was this memory and a feeling of gratitude that came to mind on hearing of his passing.

    Maureen Vandenberghe
    Class of 1980


    I took Mr. Morden's Religious Studies courses - it was such a joy to listen to those lectures. I was so intrigued by his knowledge that I asked, and was allowed, to participate in one of his systematic theology courses, even though the bulk of students were theology/Mas. Div. and I was a history major (with a focus on European). He was encouraging, as always, of me writing/researching for papers that blended the two.

    Norman McMullen
    Class of 1968


    I have many fond memories of his outgoing and friendly manner and of his very popular undergraduate course in Comparative Religion. I found it most enjoyable - somehow quite unlike anything that one expected from Anglican clergy of the day. I remember being amazed by the depth of his knowledge about other faith groups.
    Perhaps my best memory is my graduation day. Huron graduates were "hooded" by Dr. Morden on that day. I remember feeling a bit intimidated by so many graduates from so many different faculties and Colleges assembled en masse. When I knelt before him he took my hands and said "Well, hello Norman. How are you doing these days? I was so touched by this simple and incredibly warm gesture.

    Lillian Newbery
    Class of 1967


    What wonderful pictures! I didn't know Dr. Morden well but basked in his warmth, hospitable spirit and good humour as did all students.

    Don Cox
    Class of 1962 and former Warden of Huron College


    It hardly seems possible that we won't soon share greetings with John again. John Morden was a leader, one worked with, not for. It made all the difference for me during my Huron journey. Interestingly, just recently I came upon a poem written by Lao-tse in 565 B.C. which John had included in his job description and philosophy of the eleventh principal. It makes the point:
    A leader is best
    When people barely know he exists
    Not so good
    When people obey and acclaim him.
    Worse when they despise him.
    But of a good leader
    Who talks little
    When his work is done
    His aim fulfilled
    They will say:
    We did it ourselves.
    John's consistent attitude was one of being fully alive in the moment. He was a true friend and enabler. A dear soul now departed.

    The Rev. Canon J. Donald Beatty
    Class of 1963


    It is with much sadness that I read about the death of my long-time friend, colleague and former mentor, The Ven. Dr. John Grant Morden. I first met John in the waiting area of the office of the Bishop of Toronto. As we chatted we discovered we were both heading to Huron College. John was leaving his parish of St. Matthew's Islington, to become the Registrar and a member of the faculty, and I having finished my term as Diocesan AYPA President, was enrolled at Huron as a first year pre-theological student. This was the Spring of 1957. That Fall we both arrived at Huron to begin in our new careers.

    I had John for various Religious Knowledge courses in my undergraduate years. And of course, as Registrar, he had much contact with the students. His classes were always fresh, enlightening and often fun.

    As I entered my first year of Theology, 1960, our Principal, the Rev. Dr. Bill Coleman, was elected Bishop of Kootenay. That was a rather sad time at the College as many of us were at Huron because of Bill Coleman (myself included). Dr. Morden became the interim Principal, a position he held for several months. Finally, in March of 1962 he was installed as Principal, a position he filled for more than twenty years with distinction and grace. I may have come to Huron because of Bill Coleman, but John Morden was the reason I stayed!

    We were his second graduating class, the class of 1963, the centennial year of the College, which was celebrated with much joy and fanfare. Dr. Morden was very much involved in that celebration and led the College into its second one hundred years with enthusiasm and strength.

    One of the stories I love to tell about John Morden actually happened to a good friend and classmate, the late Rev. Canon Morris Murchison. I am sure he would not mind me sharing this story. It had become part of the folk-lore of Huron on those days. Morris and his lovely bride, Nancy, were married in the College Chapel during our last year at Huron. Dr. Morden was the celebrant for their wedding. Towards the end of the service, one of the groomsmen started to faint. Fortunately, as I was on the end of the pew by the Altar Rail, we were able to get him into a pew with us wh ere he recovered very nicely. Meanwhile as the service ended, Morris rather overwrought by this event, announced, "I can't see!" Wh ereupon, John Morden very calmly took him by the arm and with Nancy on the other side of Morris, Dr. Morden led them out of the Chapel. We joked later about this being a new wedding rite, the priest leading the newly-wed couple out into the world. Fortunately, in my forty-five years of ministry, I have never again seen this rite practiced!

    This episode very clearly demonstrated the kind of person John Morden was. He was rather unflappable, able to respond to any situation with calmness, grace and gentleness. He had a pastor's heart and the mind of a theologian. My wife described him as the ultimate Renaissance man, always a gentleman. He regularly called her Mrs. Beatty even as a young bride!

    Some years after graduation, I was elected the Theological Alumni Representative to the Corporation. This meant returning to Huron each year to talk to the graduating class about getting involved in Alumni affairs, and attending the annual Corporation meeting. During these talks I was able to relate to the graduating class my connection with their Principal. We started at Huron together, and one of us made good! Dr. Morden was always gracious and welcoming when we returned for these meetings.
    I last saw John about five years ago when our class returned to Huron for our 40th anniversary. This was a good time to return. Most of us were retired and still able to get around! Dean John Chapman and Principal Ramona Lumpkin were most gracious and welcoming to our class, but one of the highlights for all of us was the attendance of our beloved Principal, John Grant Morden. He was with us for most of the reunion, including celebrating the Eucharist in the College Chapel at the closing banquet. He wasn't with us for the first night which was a "Beer and pizza in Beatty's room." As one of my classmates was heard to say, "Some things never change, even after 40 years."

    John was in great form at that time. He was his usual bubbly, gregarious self. He richly deserved his nickname Bubbles. He constantly exuded enthusiasm and confidence. He was always very positive and an excellent role model for future clergy. It was a privilege and a pleasure to have known him and to have considered him a friend and mentor.

    The Rev. Dr. Donald F. Irvine, Class of 1962 and Dean of Theology, 1977-1989.


    Don delivered the eulogy at Dr. Morden's funeral service.
    There is one event with Betty and John Morden that remains in my memory after all these many years. I call it the "evening constitutional."
    It usually took place just after supper hour in the spring time of the year. The couple would emerge from the Principal's residence on Western Road and walk holding hands across the front of Benson House, the North Parking lot then across the front of the College. This often began with a friendly 'hello' for Tom Harris, who taught psychology and was director of Field Education, and also resident in the North Apartment.

    Following this, there was a visit to the office of the Registrar, Catharine Ridley, who was always working to a late hour. There was a time of affectionate greeting and enthused conversation -- John typically found enough time to check the mail on his desk while Betty and Catharine talked.
    Hand in hand John and Betty continued their walk across the front past the apartments of the Dean of Residence, a position once held by Hugh Rooney, and proceeded down the back road to the residence of the Warden and his wife, Don and Sandra Cox. Then onto the the Faculty residences next to Brough Hall. Here, long conversations took place as Betty spoke to Joyce (Irvine) and Mary (Henderson), mostly about dealing with the issues and concerns of small children, ". . . .better than reading Dr. Spock," one woman reported. John spoke at length with Dr. Henderson, Professor of History and College Librarian. Before returning home, Betty and John dropped in to say 'hello' to the manager of maintenance, Mr. Rive.

    I used to look back on this event of the evening constitutional with wonder. It was so antiquated given the way higher education was going. Evening walks in the springtime, evening chats with the professorial staff, tea on the common. The scenario was more like some ancient Benedictine house of studies planted quaintly in some English countryside buried in the 18th century. When I told John my impressions of these days he used to smile at me. "You are right," he said. "That world is gone forever but without that past we likely wouldn't have this present -- and that's good!"

    Those were words that always remind me that John was ever the optimist -- an optimist about people and institutions. Indeed, I think that hope was a character trait with this man and it generated a generous affirmation of persons whatever their origins, beliefs or world views; he could and would find a place to stand with them and make for them a place to grow.

    Thank you to the many alumni and friends who have made gifts in honour of Dr. Morden and the two scholarships established in his name.

    In appreciation of Dr. Morden's life and service to the Huron community, you may wish to make a gift in his memory in support of Huron students in either or both the Faculty of Arts and Social Science or the Faculty of Theology.

    To make an online gift to The Principal John Morden National Scholarship in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science.

    To make an online gift to The Principal John Morden Scholarship in the Faculty of Theology.

    In the case of online donations you will also receive an email confirmation of your gift.


  • Dr. John S. Winder

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  • Dr. John S. Winder served the Huron community with such distinction over many years. He was a great friend of Huron and an Honorary Fellow of the College. The Huron community mourns his loss. In his lifetime Dr. Winder established The Maude and John Winder Bursary Fund which provides financial assistance for Huron students who otherwise might not be able to attend university on the basis of family income.

    The following is the obituary as it appeared in The Globe & Mail and The London Free Press:

    Winder, John S. - After a good run and longevity that exceeded his expectations, Dr. John S. Winder died peacefully in London on September 22, 2009 in his 91st year. Beloved husband of the late Maude Winder. Loving father and father-in-law of Susan and Ian ( Montreal), Jennifer (London), Christy and Tim (Oakville), Barb and Norm (Burlington), and Michelle and Mike (London). Predeceased by his only son Steven Winder (1991). His keen intellect and sharp wit will be greatly missed by his 12 grandchildren, his extended family and friends. He cared for London families as a physician for over 60 years and was the long time Medical Director of London Life Ins. Co. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Huron College Foundation (The Maude and John Winder Bursary) would be gratefully acknowledged.
  • Professor Fred Burd

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  • Professor Frederick Walter Burd, long-time Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science at Huron University College, passed away on August 16, 2008. The Huron community - faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends - mourns the loss of Professor Burd.

    In 1960 Professor Burd joined the newly established Faculty of Arts at Huron College where he was successively Head of the Psychology Department, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science from 1970-1982, and Acting Principal from 1985-1987. Most recently Professor Burd served as an Honorary Fellow of the College.

    Following retirement, Professor Burd lived on Denman Island off the B.C. coast with his wife Penny. He was active in the Denman Island community, especially St. Saviour's Anglican Church. He enjoyed good music, single malt scotch, cryptic crosswords, books, and bridge. In a life shaped by love and service, he was intensely proud of his family, his association with Canloan and the Grenadier Guards, and his contribution to Huron College. Professor Burd died peacefully at the age of 86, with his family at his side.

    Professor Burd's colleagues and friends have paid tribute and appreciation as follows:

    Dr. Ramona Lumpkin,
    Principal, Huron University College


    "Fred started a warm and generous correspondence with me shortly after I became Principal of Huron in 2001. His letters to me shared many stories about Huron's evolution during his time here - including some very funny anecdotes about himself and his Huron colleagues. I was delighted when he and Penny turned out for our Vancouver alumni reception in 2004 and I could meet them in person at last. Sadly, they weren't able to join us at our June 2008 Vancouver reception, but Fred sent me a lovely note shortly afterward, including a recent photo of Penny and himself. That photo was sitting on my office mantelpiece the day I learned of his death. I feel privileged to have known him, if only briefly, and I'm confident that his many contributions to Huron will endure."

    The Ven. Dr. John Morden,
    Principal of Huron College, 1962-1984


    "My personal relationship with Fred Burd started in 1946 at Wycliffe College. We were both residents at Wycliffe College, having served in the armed forces of Canada in World War II. This war followed by our long association at Huron College, which left me in debt to Fred for all he had done for the College.
    "I can testify to Fred Burd's contribution to the building of the Huron University College that we are all so proud of today."


    Dr. Charles Jago, Class of '65
    Principal of Huron College, 1987-1995


    "Fred Burd was the consummate Huron College faculty member: he did everything. He was absolutely dedicated to the well-being of the College. It was my honour to succeed him as Principal and to stay in touch over the years as he and Penny enjoyed a wonderful retirement on Denman Island close to the sea, in view of the mountains, a beautiful and tranquil retreat. He will be remembered as one of the giants who shaped Huron as a high-quality, student-oriented, liberal arts college. Our thanks to him for many years of devoted service."


    Sandra Datars Bere Class of '87,
    Huron Alumni Board of Directors


    "Professor Burd was truly a wonderful man and ambassador for the College... and the instructor who helped me develop a love of stats! (I know .. how could anyone love stats!) Professor Burd in fact had a continuing impact on my life long after I graduated. In my second year he developed a stats book for us, which in fact I used some 20 years later in my Master's program. I have remained indebted to Professor Burd over the years, and was sad to hear that he had passed away."


    Dr. Eddy Smet,
    Professor Emeritus


    "I first met Fred in the early 1970s when I worked part-time for Huron College. I have always thought of him as a kind, gentleman scholar who was such an integral part of the College. I was quickly exposed to his love of photography when he would, at that time, provide small photos of my first-year students so that I would be able to identify them more easily as individuals. He developed the photos himself in the room which eventually became the College mail room. This love of photography continued to show itself in all those wonderful Christmas cards that he would send from Denman Island - cards illustrated with his own photos.

    "Fred was very much interested in the new computer technology that was slowly being developed. He was so enthusiastic about the "Wang" computer and then the "Osborne" computer (an early version of a "portable" computer in those early stone-age days of computers).

    "I had both the pleasure and the privilege to sit in on his statistics class for a while. After his retirement, he put his course contents together into a book "Experimental Inference". He gave me a preliminary copy of this book and it is one of the books that I will always treasure having.
    "It has given me great pleasure to know that he enjoyed his retirement years so thoroughly."
  • Alex Veresezan

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  • The Alex Veresezan Memorial Bursary Fund has been established in honour and memory of Alex, a proud Huron student who very sadly passed away on February 11, 2010 in his first year of studies at the College after a courageous battle with cancer.

    Alex believed strongly in the value of education and how it can help people make meaningful choices in life. He loved the study of English, History and Philosophy in particular and had the opportunity to enjoy orientation week and thrive in the first month of classes in September before he could no longer continue due to his illness. He remained full of strength and courage, however, with the love and support of his parents Alexa and Marius and his many friends. 

    In thanksgiving for and to honour Alex's life, The Alex Veresezan Memorial Bursary Fund has been established at Huron. Alex's memory will always be part of the Huron community, and the Bursary in his name will be awarded each year to a deserving Huron student who may not otherwise be able to attend Huron without this financial assistance. Just as Alex appreciated the opportunities given to him by a Huron education, so this bursary in his name will help others. It will be awarded to a student graduating from Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School in London, Ontario or, if no student otherwise qualifies, to another full-time registered Huron student.

  • Kevin Andrew Ross

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  • Kevin Ross was a third-year student at Huron University College, where he thrived and was much valued as a student, friend and active member of the community. Kevin passed away on December 29, 2006.

    In thanksgiving for and to honour Kevin's life, The Kevin Ross Memorial Bursary Fund has been established at Huron. Kevin's memory will always be part of the Huron community, and the Bursary in his name will be awarded each year to a deserving Huron student who may not otherwise be able to attend Huron without this financial assistance, and who exemplifies the qualities which so distinguished Kevin at Huron and for which he will be so fondly remembered and celebrated: his active involvement in the Huron community, his all-round abilities, and his loyal and caring approach to those around him.

  • Barry Grant

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  • The Huron community mourns the loss of Barry Grant, a College graduate and long-time and distinguished volunteer who passed away on September 29, 2009.

    Barry graduated fr om the Faculty of Arts and Social Science in 1966. He was a member of the Executive Board, trustee of the Huron University College Foundation and co-chair of The Campaign for Huron. Barry and his wife Gayle have three children who themselves are Huron graduates: Tucker ('00), Britt ('02), and Morgan ('05).

    Barry's outstanding leadership and dedication to the College's well-being meant so much to the Huron community, and he will be greatly missed by its alumni and friends.

    The following is the obituary as it appeared in The Globe & Mail on October 2, 2009:

    BARRY T. GRANT With his family by his side, Barry passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, after a long battle with esophagus cancer. Survived by his loving wife Gayle (Nurse Betty), adoring sons Britt, Tucker, daughter Morgan and his faithful pet Bacardi. Barry attended Upper Canada College, then Huron University College and got his law degree at Osgood Hall.

    He first practiced with White Bristol Beck, then Stapells and Sewell and finally, Blaney, McMurty LLP with his devoted secretary Olga Chortyk of 19 years, wh ere he became Managing Partner. Barry loved squash and was a member of the Canadian Jester's Club since 1985 and the Chairman for a number of years. Barry was a member of the Kappa Alfa Literary Society, Rosedale Golf Club, The Granite Club, Lake of Bays Sailing Club, Pine Ridge Ski Club and the Cambridge Club. He was an active member of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church wh ere he sat on the Stewardship Committee. Barry was on the Huron College University executive board, as well as the foundation and the co-chair of the capital campaign.

    He was always full of life and together with Gayle, travelled the world and never let life pass him by. A memorial service will be held at TIMOTHY EATON MEMORIAL CHURCH, 230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. If desired, donations may be made to Huron University College Foundation, 1349 Western Road, London N6G 1H3 or Timothy Eaton Memorial Church (M4V 1R5). Condolences and memories may be for warded through www.humphreymiles.com

  • The Rev'd Arthur G. Brewer

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  • The Huron community mourns the loss of The Rev'd Arthur G. Brewer, a College graduate and long-time supporter who passed away on July 16, 2011. Arthur graduated from the Faculty of Arts and Social Science in 1959 and from the Faculty of Theology in 1961.

    The following is the obituary as it appeared on www.corbettfuneralhome.ca on July 16, 2011:

    BREWER, Rev. Arthur G., B.A. L. Th -

    Passed away peacefully at Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Saturday July 16, 2011 in his 79th year. Arthur was born in Guelph Ontario on August 29, 1932 to George and Mabel Brewer (nee Walton). When he was 10 years old the family moved to Galt. He attended Manchester Public School and Galt Collegiate Institute. After graduation and working for several years he attended Huron College at the University of Western Ontario. He graduated from Western with a B.A. in 1959 and from Huron College with an L. Th in 1962.

    He was ordained Deacon on May 23, 1962 after attending a course in Boston. That summer he began his parish ministry as Assistant Curate at St. John the Evangelist church in Ottawa. The rest of his active ministry was in the Diocese of Ottawa. Moving to Cambridge to be closer to his sister, he did interim ministry in several parishes in the Diocese of Huron. In 2002 he became Honorary Assistant Priest at Trinity Anglican Church in Cambridge.

    Arthur is survived by his sister Helen Jackson and her husband Richard, his nephews David and Steven Jackson, his niece Katherine Jackson and his two great nephews Cassady and Connor.

    Resting at Trinity Anglican Church, 12 Blair Rd., Cambridge wh ere the family will receive friends on Tuesday July 19, 2011 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. Followed by a Celebration of Father Arthur’s life and ministry at the church on Wednesday July 20 at 3 pm. Cremation to follow. An interment of cremated remains will take place at Trinity Anglican Cemetery at a later date.


     

    The Rev’d Arthur G. Brewer established The Rev’d Arthur G. Brewer Bursary in 2005. The bursary provides financial assistance for theological students who have demonstrated financial need, and who are from Ontario. In appreciation of The Rev’d Arthur G. Brewer’s life, you may wish, at the family’s invitation, to make a gift in his memory. Your gift will help ensure Mr. Brewer’s bursary continues to provide opportunities for Huron theology students now and in the future.

  • Shawn Prendergast

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  • The Shawn Prendergast Memorial Bursary Fund has been established by the family and friends of Shawn, who passed away on November 20, 2009. Shawn was diagnosed with depression and an anxiety disorder and died by suicide at the age of 18. 


    He loved hockey and was known to be respectful to coaches, teammates, competitors and officials. Prior to attending Huron, Shawn graduated from Ridley College in St. Catharines where he played varsity squash, earned top honours in Pilot Ground School, and obtained outstanding effort grades.

    He volunteered as an admissions assistant and enjoyed taking prospective students and their families on tours of the campus. As a member of the Royal Canadian Cadet Corp, he participated in a proud Ridley tradition for the 100th and 101st annual inspection of the Cadets. Upon graduating from Ridley Shawn was accepted at six universities and chose to attend Huron University College. He was in his second year at Huron when he passed away.


    To honour Shawn’s life, The Shawn Prendergast Memorial Bursary Fund has been established at Huron. The Bursary will be awarded each year to a student from Ontario in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science based on financial need.  The Shawn Prendergast Memorial Bursary will be a continuing, permanent bursary at Huron.  It is the hope of Shawn’s family that this award might help reduce the social stigma attached to people with a mental health condition. Consideration may be given to any candidate touched by mental illness.

  • The Rev. Canon Lewis Dixon

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  • The Huron University College and Anglican communities mourn the loss of The Rev. Canon Lewis Dixon, a College graduate and long-time supporter of theology students, who passed away on March 27, 2012. Canon Dixon graduated from the Huron College Faculty of Theology in 1964.

    Canon Dixon is survived by his wife Norma, son The Very Rev. Kevin Dixon, Class of 1987 (Diane), daughter Marylou Anderson, Class of 1972 (The Ven. Ken Anderson, Class of 1973) and their families.

    Canon Dixon was ordained in the Diocese of Huron in 1964 after which he was appointed Assistant Curate, New St. Paul's, Woodstock.  In 1966, he was named Rector of Church of the Advent, Ridgetown and Church of the Redeemer, Highgate (Kent).  Canon Dixon held that position until his appointment to St. James, Windsor in 1970.  In 1985, he was named to the Cathedral Chapter of Canons.  He retired in 1987.  The 1990s saw him as Honorary Assistant, Christ Church, Chatham.  Commencing in 2001 until 2007, Canon Dixon served as Honorary Assistant at St. James Westminster, London.

    In appreciation of Canon Dixon’s life and to honour his ministry, the family has established The Canon Lewis Dixon Memorial Bursary at Huron University College. The bursary will provide financial assistance for theological students who have demonstrated financial need.

  • John Duthie

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  • John Davidson Duthie of Thunder Bay was born in October 9, 1965 - beloved son of the late Sr. Provincial Court Judge of Northwestern Ontario.  (1975-1980). John is survived by his mother Elizabeth Anne Duthie (BA Bed), brother Peter Alexander Duthie (also of Huron' 89), LLB, MBA and sister Catherine Elizabeth Anne Duthie (BA Bed, Lakehead University).  John was a graduate from Huron University College, Western Ontario, with a bachelor of Arts degree (Honours,history),where he was socially and politically active.  He was elected by the student body as ‘residence representative’ where he affected numerous changes and improvements; in particular, changes to the then-dining room with regard to the variety and delivery of the menu. His action was received with great enthusiasm. John was an avid participant in the organization of homecoming weekends as well.

    John was a highly gregarious individual and an eloquent writer and orator. He made many and lasting friends from all over the world and garnered many lasting memories that he collected up to the time of his death. John was a familiar sight about campus, driving his red MGB convertible (as seen in picture), packed full of reveling Huron students. He was a well-known figure at the "Ceeps", a location he shared with visiting family. He fondly mentioned on many occasions his good friend and mentor, Miss Ridley, and his nightly sessions with a special friend, Lori Jackson, (now Dr. Lori Jackson, PHD, Calpoly Technical Institute, California.) These evenings at the Weldon Library were spent ensconced in study and laughter, as they reflected on both their respective educational pursuits, but also, the joys of university life and comradery.  

    Upon leaving Huron, John graduated from the University of Windsor Law School with high honours in criminal law. John settled in residence at his cherished ancestral home, on Lake Superior, "Conmee Point".

    John enjoyed a career in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and went on to obtain his Bachelor of Education degree with First Class standing. This afforded him an enjoyable teaching career in Thunder Bay and the surrounding areas for 20 years.

    John balanced daily life, with his teaching career, tending to the needs of family, particularly his nieces and nephews: Hannah and Ross, (Calgary, Alberta) and being a favourite uncle  to the Thunder Bay niece  and  nephew, Kalvin (14) and Alicia (13) who dearly miss the adoration and constant  affection of their beloved uncle.  John will be deeply missed by his mother, sister, family and his two dogs.

    On the anniversary of his death, (August 16, 2017), a memorial to John will be erected in his name, on "Conmee Point", Mackenzie Beach, Shuniah, Ontario. The family of John Davidson Duthie, welcomes any correspondence from former friends and associates past, to commemorate and celebrate his life. (1817 Mackenzie Beach Avenue, Shuniah, ON. P7A 0T5).

    ..."Goodnight sweet prince, and flights of  angels sing thee to thy rest...."
     
    -William Shakespeare.