Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 30, No.11

March 03, 2005


In memoriam Daniel Feist, 1954-2005


Concordia alumnus, part-time faculty member and much-loved man about music Daniel Feist died on Feb. 11 in Montreal. His death came after a struggle with cancer that he shared with characteristic frankness with readers of The Gazette.

Feist graduated with a BA in Communication Studies in 1978, and led an eventful career as a musician, broadcaster, journalist, band manager, record producer and part-time teacher in the Department of Music and the Department of Communication Studies. He was a great traveller, and an expert in the music of Africa and the Caribbean. For 15 years, he hosted the weekly world beat program Rhythms International on local radio station Mix 96.

A memorial service was held Feb. 19 at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, which was filled to capacity for readings, reminiscences and performances. Concordia was grateful for Daniel’s inspirational teaching and the example he set of a richly lived life.

His memory will live on at the university through the Daniel Feist Memorial Scholarship. Contributions to the fund may be made to University Advancement, FB-520, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Montreal QC, H3G 1M8.

Our condolences are extended to Daniel’s wife, Susan, his children, Emily and Max, and the rest of the family.