Obituaries

In its more than 30 years of activity, Science for Peace has had the honour of being served by many eminent peace activists. Here we remember those who are no longer with us, but who have left their mark on our movement.

in memoriam (published February 13, 2017)

Calvin C. (“Kelly”) Gotlieb (March 27, 1921 — October 16, 2016)
Ursula Franklin (September 19, 1921 — July 22, 2016)
David V.J. Bell (April 9, 1944 — January 10, 2017)

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Peter Nicholls (1935–2014) (published May 7, 2016)
Almost exactly twenty years ago Peter Nicholls became president of Science for Peace. Unlike most of his predecessors, he was not based at the University of Toronto, but was a...

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A Tribute to Lee Lorch (1915-2014) (published June 6, 2014)
Lee Lorch, a Science for Peace Board Member from the 1990s until last year, died on February 28th at the age of 98. A wonderful obituary by David Margolick can...

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A Tribute to Major General (Ret'd) Leonard V Johnson (published December 2, 2013)
Major-General (ret’d) Len Johnson was a great inspiration to us in the Pugwash movement, both in Canada and internationally. He had a unique combination of military expertise and peace...

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A Tribute to Shirley Farlinger (published May 14, 2013)
by Janis Alton & Vicki Obedkoff Shirley’s death on December 18, 2012 was somewhat a surprise, because time and again she had successfully rebounded from cancer’s grip. Her sparkle, humour ...

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Remembering Rosalie Bertell (1929-2012) (published September 21, 2012)
On Saturday, September 29, at 7 p.m., friends of Rosalie Bertell will gather at Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, to remember one of the most...

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In Memoriam: Hanna Newcombe 1922-2011 (published June 3, 2011)
Hanna Newcombe was one cool babe. Yes, to be sure, it was possible to spend days with her in a group without noticing how remarkable she was. You might suppose...

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In Memoriam: Michael Wallace (published April 26, 2011)
Our organization, our movement and, indeed, our world has lost a great champion of peace. Professor Michael Wallace, “Mike” as we knew him, provided us with intellectual insight and leadership...

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In Memoriam: Terry Gardner, A Man to Remember (published April 5, 2011)
Science for Peace will long be grateful for all the ways Dr. Terrell Gardner contributed to its birth and life. Terry was the founder and first secretary/vice-president of Science for Peace...

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In Memoriam: Robert McCallum Baxter (published April 15, 2010)
Bob Baxter died on February 25 in Burlington at age 84. Long a member of Science for Peace, he was also for several years a member of the Peace Magazine...

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In Memoriam: Admiral Robert Falls 1924-2009 (published January 8, 2010)
Admiral Robert Hilborn Falls, CMM, CD, the Chief of Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces from 1977 to 1980, died peacefully in Ottawa 6 November 2009. He will be remembered...

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In Memoriam: Eric Tollefson 1921-2009 (published January 8, 2010)
Eric Lars Tollefson passed away in Calgary, Alberta on September 20, 2009. He was born October 15, 1921, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and was raised on the family farm near...

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In Memoriam: John McRuer (published April 14, 2009)
John Dow McRuer passed away on February 25, 2009 in Kitchener in his 83rd year. John was a graduate of the Royal Canadian Naval College (Royal Roads) and rose to the...

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In Memoriam: Ross Wilcock (published December 20, 2008)
Ross was a long time active member of Science for Peace; he had a talent to find those spots on Earth where injustice was done. He was deeply involved in...

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In Memory of Alan F. Phillips MD (published September 20, 2008)
Alan F. Phillips MD died peacefully surrounded by his family on 11 August 2008 from complications of a chronic illness. He remained the picture of grace and courage to his...

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Remembering John Buttrick (published June 20, 2008)
The last Bulletin had a brief mention of the death of John Buttrick in a car accident on Gabriola Is., B.C. He was 88 and a long-time member of Science...

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In Memory of Lynn Trainor (published June 20, 2008)
The following has been adapted from some of the remarks prepared by John Valleau for Lynn Trainor’s memorial. It is a rare privilege if one gets to know, two or three...

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Walter Josephy 1920-2007 (published June 20, 2007)
Walter Josephy, a long-time member of Science for Peace and many other progressive organizations, died in Guelph, Ontario, on Jan. 18, from liver failure, aged 86. Walter was born in the...

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Norman Alcock, 1918-2007: Grieving, Remembering and Celebrating (published June 20, 2007)
On 31 March this year, 150 people from places near and far in Ontario converged at Port Sydney to pay their final respects to Norman Zinkan Alcock, founder of peace...

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Anatol Rapoport: a tribute (published February 14, 2007)

Anatol Rapoport 1911-2007

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Eric Fawcett 1927-2000 (published December 21, 2000)

Eric Fawcett 1927-2000

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Gerhard Herzberg 1904-1999 (published June 1, 1999)
On March 4, 1999 the following message was issued by Dr. Willem Siebrand, Acting Director General of the Steacie Institute at the National Research Council: It is my sad duty to...

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In Memoriam: Kenneth McNaught (published July 1, 1997)
On June 2, 1997, Kenneth McNaught, professor of history at the University of Toronto, died of cancer. Just six weeks prior to his death he received one of Canada’s highest...

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In Memoriam: Reverend Dr. Ian MacLeod (published July 1, 1997)
Dr. Ian MacLoed died December 18, 1996. With his wife Virginia, Dr. MacLeod spent thirty-two years in Japan with the United Church Mission. Setsuko and Jim Thurlow of Toronto remember...

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In Memoriam: Linus Pauling 1901-1994 (published September 1, 1994)
With the death of Linus Pauling the scientific community has lost one of its greatest members, a man who has been compared with such scientists as Isaac Newton, Marie Curie,...

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In Memoriam: James Gareth Endicott, 1898 - 1993 (published January 1, 1994)
James Endicott was an important figure in the peace movement in Canada for almost half a century. He was a leader during the 1940s and 1950s, when the cause of...

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In Fond Memory: Wilson Head (published November 1, 1993)
We deeply regret to announce the death of Wilson Head, emeritus professor of Sociology at York University, and throughout his long life a fighter for racial equality and justice. Wilson...

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Raymond Boyer, 1906-1993 (published June 21, 1993)
Raymond Boyer was born in Montreal and received his Ph.D. in chemistry from McGill. He lived and travelled in Europe for several years in the 1930s, studying at the Sorbonne...

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In Memoriam: Kenneth E. Boulding, 1910-1993 (published June 21, 1993)

Kenneth Boulding was one of the greatest exponents of the principles which Science for Peace represents. For many years he was an associate and close friend of Dr. Anatol Rapoport. The following passages have been taken, with Dr. Rapoport’ s permission, from a memorial tribute which he has written for publication elsewhere.

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In memoriam: Giff Gifford (published March 21, 1993)

Professor Gerhard Stroink of Dalhousie University has sent us the following sad message:

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In Memoriam: Petra K. Kelly (1948-92) (published December 1, 1992)
When we attempt to get rld of such things as racism or sexism or poverty, we must also look at their structural underpinning — a system of deeply rooted patriarchy...

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In Memoriam: George Ignatieff (published November 1, 1989)
Throughout my life I have had discomfort in getting to first-name terms with people considerably older than myself. It is a cultural, generational, and personal matter. But with George Ignatieff,...

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In Memoriam: George Ignatieff (published November 1, 1989)

William Epstein; Chairman of Canadian Pugwash Group; Senior UN Official; diplomat; distinguished scholar; author, consultant and activist in disarmament, was a long-time friend and colleague of George Ignatieff. Science for Peace Bulletin is honoured and grateful to be able to publish this splendid and unique account of George Ignatieff’s life’s work.

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In Memoriam: John and Lois Dove (published June 1, 1989)
As former President of Science for Peace, I came to know John and Lois Dove as among the most devoted supporters of the cause of peace. John’s idea of devoted...

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In Memoriam: John and Lois Dove (published June 1, 1989)
Professor John Dove and his wife Lois Hersum Dove have both been killed in a motor accident in Botswana. They were there partly on vacation and partly to visit their...

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In Memoriam: David Horwood (published October 1, 1988)
Coming so quickly after the loss of Hans Zimmermann, the fledgling Quebec chapter suffered last July a further grievous blow with the sudden and dreadfully pre-mature death of David Horwood....

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In Memoriam: Hans Blumenfeld (published March 1, 1988)
Many of Hans’ friends, relatives, colleagues, students, and admirers gathered to pay tribute to him in Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, on the afternoon of February 26th, 1988. The thoughts...

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In Memoriam: Hans Blumenfeld (published February 1, 1988)
1 February, 1987 “In 1908 my high school teacher in Hamburg, Germany, tried to indoctrinate us with the principle of the Ancient Romans: ‘si vis pacem, pare bellum’. He presented a...

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In Memoriam: Duncan Lockhart Gordon (published December 1, 1987)
The death of Duncan Gordon on November 6, so soon after that of his brother, the Hon. Walter Gordon, has meant the loss of two valued friends and benefactors of...

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In Memoriam: James Morrison (published November 1, 1987)
Since 1969, Professor and Director of the Institute for Materials Research at McMaster University. Prior to his tenure at McMaster, Prof. Morrison spent twenty – two years at the National...

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In Memoriam: C.B. Macpherson (published September 1, 1987)
C.B. Macpherson, known as “Brough” to his many friends, died peacefully on July 31 in the Toronto General Hospital. He was 75. He had been in frail health the last...

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Walter Gordon 1906-1987 (published April 1, 1987)
The death of the Hon. Walter Gordon has evoked deserved tributes to him as a gentle patriot, an influential reformer in Canadian politics and an example of unswerving integrity in...

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In memoriam: Alva Myrdal, 1902-1986 (published March 1, 1986)
Dear, admired friend of peacemakers the world over. “..(The) Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) (was) set up to commemorate the 150 years of peace for Sweden from 1814. I was...

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