Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 28, No. 1

September 11, 2003


In memoriam

Kenneth Dunbar Adams, 1923 - 2003

We were sorry to hear of the death on July 30 of former registrar Kenneth Adams, who had a connection with Concordia that spanned more than half a century.

As a student, he worked at the bookstore at Sir George Williams University, and graduated with BSc in 1947. He was also a pianist, with a licentiate from McGill, and taught music appreciation at Sir George from the early 1950s until the 1990s at Concordia.

In 1965 he was hired as acting director of exams; he became assistant registrar in 1966, associate registrar in 1968, and registrar in 1969. In 1974, when Sir George merged with Loyola College, Mr. Adams became registrar of Concordia, a position he held until 1988, when he retired.

Our sympathies are extended to his widow, Elizabeth Anne, and to the rest of his family, particularly his daughters, Kathy Adams, counsellor for admissions and student affairs in Fine Arts, and Heather Adams-Robinette, co-ordinator of policies and special projects in the University Secretariat.

Donations may be made in Ken's name to the Concordia University Retired Faculty and Staff Scholarship and Awards Endowment. Cheques should be payable to Concordia University.

David R. Hargreaves

David R. Hargreaves, a longtime staff member in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, died suddenly on July 8 at the age of 62.

Dave hailed from Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, and was an alumnus of Concordia (MEng 73). He was employed at Concordia from 1967 to 1995, first as the manager of the Analog & Hybrid Computer Lab and later as Engineer/Manager of the VLSI Lab. He took early retirement in 1995, and was an active member of the Glenmore Curling Club. Dave was a gentle person and will no doubt be missed by his friends.

- N. Suresh, Basic Circuits & Systems Lab, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Stanley H. Erlwanger

Professor Emeritus Stanley H. Erlwanger, who taught mathematics at Concordia from 1980 to 1991, died of cancer on June 18 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

He was known internationally for his insightful work on children's conceptions and misconceptions of mathematics. Before joining the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 1980, he had a rich career as a high school math teacher and Senior Inspector of Schools (Zimbabwe), Head of the Department of Science Education and Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Botswana and Swaziland, and a director of major projects on the mathematical development of children at Florida State University and at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.

While at Concordia he was also actively involved with mathematics teachers at all levels and in initiating curricular changes.

He is survived by his wife, three children and eight grandchildren. Condolences can be e-mailed to or mailed to Gladys R.E. Erlwanger, 102 Norfolk Road, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe.