Queen's University

Flags lowered for emeritus professor and long-serving staff member


Flags on campus are lowered for Stuart Vandewater and Jerry Dering.

Dr. Vandewater came to Kingston in 1960 as head of the Department of Anesthesiology at Queen’s and anaesthetist-in-chief at Kingston General Hospital. He led the department until 1971 when he was appointed as associate dean in the Faculty of Medicine and medical coordinator for the Health Sciences Complex.

From 1973 until 1990, Dr. Vandewater served as associate dean of postgraduate affairs and as secretary to the faculty council and faculty board. From 1990 until his official retirement, he assumed the responsibility of coordinating the Queen’s sesquicentennial celebrations which took place in 1991/92. He was granted the title of Professor Emeritus in 1991.

The family will receive friends at the Robert J. Reid and Sons Funeral Home (309 Johnson Street, Kingston) on Friday, May 6 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral service will be held at Chalmers United Church, (212 Barrie Street, Kingston) on Saturday May 7, at 1 pm. Reception to follow at the University Club (168 Stuart Street). As expressions of sympathy and in honour of Dr. Vandewater’s passion of medicine, memorial donations would be appreciated to Queen’s University Department of Anesthesiology for the “Stuart Vandewater Studentship in Anesthesiology Research” or to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation.

Mr. Dering joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in 1954 and worked as the glassware washer for 34 years until his retirement in 1988. Mr. Dering was responsible for washing many complicated glassware items and sterilizing various equipment. Members of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology remember Mr. Dering as a steady, hard-working person who ensured the researchers had a reliable supply of clean and sterilized glassware.

The family will receive friends and family at the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home (435 Davis Drive, Kingston) Thursday, May 5, 7-9 pm, and Friday, May 6, noon-1 pm. A funeral service will be celebrated in the chapel immediately following at 1 pm. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Kingston General Hospital renal (dialysis) unit or to the charity of their choice in memory of Mr. Dering.

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