W. David Feist 1909-1998
David Feist, who during a varied artistic career was a professor in Concordia's Faculty of Fine Arts, has died in his 89th year.
He was born in Augsburg, Germany, and studied at the Bauhaus, where he developed a lifelong passion for art and design. He immigrated to Montreal in 1951 with his family, and worked in commercial art and as a teacher. A fine painter and a gracious raconteur, he was a member of the Humanist Fellowship of Montreal.
Our sympathies are extended to his family. Donations in his memory can be made to the Royal Victoria Hospital Oncology Clinic or Amnesty International.
Robin Burns, 1944-1998
A memorial service was held on February 13 in
St. Mark's Chapel, Lennoxville, for Robin Burns, who died on February 11.
Over 30 years, Professor Burns taught history at Sir George Williams, Concordia and Bishop's Universities.
The Sherbrooke Record, in a full-length article, noted his "infectious appreciation" for his students' work, and his commitment to the world beyond the ivory tower. The St. Patrick's Society of Montreal also paid him grateful tribute.
"He was a tireless supporter of many local historical organizations throughout Quebec, and was always ready to share his intimate knowledge of local events and history through public speeches," The Record said. "He was an active promoter of links among teachers, and throughout his long career was involved in the development of the secondary school history curriculum in this province."
Burns received his PhD at McGill under the tutelage of Laurier Lapierre, and his dissertation was on the life of the Irish-Canadian statesman Thomas D'Arcy McGee.