Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 28, No.5

November 6, 2003


In memoriam: Dr. Robert H. Pallen (1930 - 2003)

Dr. Pallen, a retired faculty member of the Department of Chemistry, passed away Nov. 3.

He will be deeply missed by his colleagues, students and friends. He will always be remembered for his dedication, generosity, and love of teaching and transmission of knowledge. His desire to foster interest in science and technology in young people led him to institute the annual Expo-Science, a collaboration between Concordia University and the Pointe Claire Cultural Centre, Stewart Hall. This year’s event, dedicated to Dr. Pallen, was held Nov. 1 and 2 and marked the 20th anniversary. He also was instrumental in the success of Saturday morning “Fun with Science” classes for children at Stewart Hall, and regularly volunteered as a judge for school science fairs.

Dr. Pallen was well respected by both faculty and staff within the Department. Colleagues appreciated his helpfulness, co-operation, and especially his good humour. His association with the University spanned more than fifty years. He graduated in Chemistry from Sir George Williams in 1952 and pursued graduate studies at the University of Western Ontario, where he earned his PhD.

In 1969 he joined Loyola of Montreal as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry and taught in the Department up until his retirement in 1996. Following retirement, he pursued his interests in music registering as a student in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and was active in the Concordia University Pensioner’s Association.

In the course of his academic career with the University, Dr. Pallen held many administrative positions. From 1973-1977, he was Assistant Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science (Loyola), and from 1977-85 Associate Dean of Division III, Faculty of Arts and Science, and from 1985-96 Associate Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Our sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, Anne, and to his family.