Queen's University

Flags lowered for Professor Emeritus Willett


Campus flags are lowered and will remain lowered until Monday, March 28 for Terry Willett, professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology.

Dr. Willett, a veteran of the Second World War, became a professor at Queen’s in 1970 after completing his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His academic interests included criminology, deviance, and the role of the militia in the Canadian Forces.

After a period as head of the department of sociology in the 1970s, Dr. Willett turned his interest to developing correspondence courses, teaching courses on Criminology and Deviance both on campus and at external locations.

Dr. Willett formally retired in 1983, but continued to teach as an emeritus professor until 1994. Later academic interests included the social role of discipline, the changing state of the militia, and the question of what constituted a just war.

In 1998, Dr. Willett underwent gender reassignment, embracing life as a woman. She was highly regarded by colleagues and friends in the academic and broader communities.

“She was a very caring and thoughtful person in many ways,” says Bert Horwood, professor emeritus in the Faculty of Education and a friend of Dr. Willett. “There was no question or challenge of a religious or philosophical kind that she was not prepared to discuss in depth. At the same time, Terry could be maddeningly impractical and determined to follow through on a course of action she had chosen. Being in her car while she was parallel parking was an experience I'd rather not repeat. Later she wheeled her motor scooter about town with the kind of verve that reflected the cavalry experience of her youth.”

A memorial service will be held March 26 under the care of the Thousand Islands Quaker Meeting at the University Club, 168 Stuart St., at 2:30 pm. All are welcome to attend.


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