Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 29, No.10

February 10, 2005


In memoriam Kirby Lee McGown


His many friends at Concordia, and especially his colleagues in the John Molson School of Business, were saddened to learn of the death of retired marketing professor Lee McGown of cancer at his home in the Blueridge Mountains of Virginia, on Jan. 31.

He taught in the JMSB from 1974 to 2001, when he took early retirement, but he held adjunct status until last spring.

He was chair of Marketing from 1979 to 1982, and director of the Concordia Transportation Management Program and the Concordia Pharmaceutical Management Program from 1983 to 2001. He also served as acting director of the MBA program in 1997-98.

Lea Katsanis said, “Lee's professional accomplishments were many, but the most significant was his establishment of the Pharmaceutical Management Centre.

“He established strong links to the pharmaceutical community, and as a result, Concordia became known by both students and executives as a place where they could learn about this important driver of the Montreal economy. No one has yet taken his place in this regard.

“Lee was a kind man, a true Southern gentleman. His self-deprecating wit and irreverent sense of humour were legendary, and I was proud to have him as a friend.”

Michel Bergier said that “McGoo,” as his close friends called him, was a significant builder of the present-day Marketing Department. Betty Lai Tzotzis, the department secretary, called him “a great boss and very, very kind to me.”

In memoriam Jacquie Bayreuther-Gaiptman


With sadness, we announce the death of DIA student Jacquie Bayreuther-Gaiptman, 51, on Feb. 1, after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Jacquie was an outstanding student in the health care administration option and highly respected by her classmates and teachers.

She held degrees from McGill and Université de Montréal, and had been involved in research in both institutions. She was also a member of the Conseil québécois de la recherche sociale (CQRS), and did research on multi-ethnicity and frontline services.

She was the director of Health and Social Service programs at the CLSC Côte des Neiges, and a former director of professional services at the Jewish Family Services of Montreal.

Our condolences are extended to her husband, Barry, and her children, Alexis, Helena and Michael.

Clarence Bayne, Director, DIA/DSA