The Department of History is sad to announce that their friend and colleague Sonia Riddoch passed away on January 10, 2012 following a lengthy illness.
In Professor Riddoch's early career she taught high school for five years. Teaching at the secondary level provided experience for the next stage of her career, which was writing history textbooks in Canadian and European History for secondary school history programs in Newfoundland, Manitoba and Ontario. After her children reached school age Professor Riddoch returned to graduate work and received her Ph.D. from Queen's in 1997 with her dissertation "The Ernst Troeltsch-Karl Holl Controversy and the Writing of Reformation History" written under the supervision of Dr. James M. Stayer. Professor Riddoch's fields of interest were nineteenth and twentieth-century German intellectual and political history. She was the author of "Stepchildren of the Reformation or Heralds of Modernity: Ernst Troeltsch on Sixteenth-Century Anabaptists, Sectarians and Spiritualists," in Werner O. Packull and Geoffrey L. Dipple, eds., Radical Reformation Studies: Essays Presented to James M. Stayer. (Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing Co., 1999), 143-156 and "Karl Holl and the Fatherland Party 1917- 1918," in Bruce L. Guenther, ed., Historical Papers. (Canadian Society of Church History), 2000, 43-52.
In 1998-1999 Professor Riddoch was the University Representative and History Curriculum Writer for Social Program Evaluation Group at the Faculty of Education, Queen's University, and in this capacity participated in the revision of the Ontario Secondary School History and Social Sciences Curriculum. Professor Riddoch retired from the Department of History in 2010 as an Adjunct Associate Professor
A family memorial service was held in Waterford, Ontario on January 16, 2012.