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In Memoriam

Linda Trujillo 1940-1999

Faculty and staff at the Centre for Continuing Education are deeply saddened by the loss of a dear friend and colleague, Linda Trujillo, who passed away peacefully at home on May 1 in her 59th year after a brave and tenacious battle against cancer.

Devoted and beloved mother, cherished guide and teacher, social activist, mentor to many, Linda holds a special place in the hearts of Continuing Education faculty. Her deep sense of justice, caring and social responsibility led her to serve in the Peace Corps as a young woman and she remained active in issues of social justice throughout her life.

Nearly 20 years ago, she joined the English Department as a faculty member, and later founded and served as first president of the Continuing Education Part-time Faculty Union. Her years of hard work, courage and dedication as a labour leader have made it possible for others to live better and to work in greater dignity. Her colleagues at Continuing Education remember her with great respect, admiration and gratitude and will honour her memory by creating a memorial award in her name.

To bid farewell to Linda, a gathering of family and friends will be held at the Urgel Bourgie Funeral Home, 3860 Décarie Blvd., between 6 and 9 p.m. on May 17. Donations can be made in the name of the Linda Trujillo Memorial Fund for Pulmonary Oncology to the Jewish General Hospital at 840-8251, or to the Association d'Entraide Ville-Marie Inc., at 272-7200, or to the SPCA, at 735-2711.

– Brenda Grant, president, CUCEPTFU, Local 8639

Jean-Paul Vinay, 1910-1999

Jean-Paul Vinay, who received an honorary doctorate from Concordia in 1985, has died at his home in Victoria, B.C.

Vinay was a distinguished linguist who greatly influenced the development of translation, second-language instruction and linguistics, particularly in Canada.

Born and raised in France, he was educated at the Sorbonne and the University of London, and served in the Second World War. He came to Canada in 1946, where he headed the linguistics department of the Université de Montréal and, for a time, taught French on CBC television.

Among the many honours he received were the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (France), Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Queen's Jubilee Medal, and Member of the Order of Canada.

– With thanks to Professor Gwen Newsham


Donna White 1940 – 1999

obitFriends and colleagues were shocked and saddened by the death last Saturday of Psychology Professor Donna White at the age of 58, following complications from a lengthy illness.

Professor White was born in Steubenville, Ohio, and received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh just before moving to Montreal in 1970 to lecture at Sir George Williams University. The same year, she became a psychologist at the Montreal Children's Hospital, doing research and teaching there until two years ago.

Her research on studies on obesity in adolescents and how it affected their self-image had put her in the forefront of the field. Her research also focused on the development of eating disorders in children, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia, and most recently, on the effects of such programs as after-school care. She had also been guest editor of a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education that was devoted to quality in child care.

Two years after she was hired as a lecturer at Sir George Williams University, she was appointed to a full-time position as an assistant professor, becoming an associate professor in the Departments of Education and Psychology in 1975. By the mid-1980s, she was appointed full time to the Psychology Department and was granted the rank of full professor in 1984.

William Bukowski, Chair of the Psychology Department, told TheGazette's Doug Sweet this week that she was an extraordinary teacher, loved by her students.

"She was someone other people felt comfortable confiding in," Bukowski said. "She was very funny, and had a sharp eye for irony. She was unpretentious, and wasn't tolerant of those who tried to impress."

She was also involved in the life of the University, most recently as a volunteer in the Capital Campaign. Professor White was on a year's sabbatical when she died.

Our deepest sympathies go out to her husband, Norman White, a professor of psychology at McGill University, and to her son, Michael.

The funeral will be private. Details of a memorial service will be announced later.


Aylmer A. Ryan, 1913-1999

Aylmer Ryan, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by Sir George Williams University in 1972 for his contributions to student life, services and government, has died in Alberta.

Ryan was a native of Calgary, and became an English professor at the University of Alberta.

He was active in the Canadian Student Affairs Association, and was its president in 1966. When he retired in 1977, he was provost of the University of Alberta.


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