Class Notes

Catch up on classmates, housemates, faculty, and friends.

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Marking career and personal achievements, special milestones and the birth of future Queen's alumni - Class Notes helps you stay in touch with former classmates, housemates, and faculty.

  • Ciara Strom, daughter of Eric and Joanna Strom, class notes


    Eric Strom 

    – BSc’95

    Eric and Joanne Strom are celebrating their daughter Ciara’s graduation this June 19 from the Department of Chemistry at Queen’s. Her family and friends will be in Kingston to help celebrate and to wish her well. She has been accepted into the graduate program in Chemistry at Queen’s in September, where she will be performing research in the Chemistry department with Dr. Lee.

  • 2000s

    Matthew Cain

    – Artsci’07, MA’10

    Matthew Cain and his partner, Poppy, welcomed their first child, a beautiful boy named Ulysses, into the world in April. The new parents are elated and in love with their little guy.

  • 1990s

    Chloe Whitehorn

    – Artsci’98

    In October 2023, Theatre Kingston produced Blood River, a new play by Chloe about the crisis of women’s health rights. Coming up, Bottletree Productions will produce her play Dressing Amelia, as part of their studio series in Kingston, which runs from May 30 to June 15, 2024. 

  • 1970s

    Hugh Agnew

    – Artsci’75

    Hugh spent the 2023 fall semester teaching at Palacky University in Olomouc in the Czech Republic as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar. He is on sabbatical from his regular position as professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, D.C., and was accompanied by his wife, Nancy MacLachlan (Mus’75). During the 2024 spring semester, Hugh and Nancy spent time in Singapore, where Hugh was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, and they also visited colleagues in New Zealand. Hugh will return to his full-time position at GWU in the 2024 fall semester. 

  • 1980s

    David W. Barber

    – Mus’80

    After more than 40 years working in newspaper and magazine journalism, David has retired from full-time work (though not from freelance writing, editing or music). He began freelancing while still studying music, first for the Queen’s Performing Arts Office and then for the Kingston Whig-Standard. The Whig hired him full-time in 1982, where he had various roles, including night news editor, region editor, acting city editor, and entertainment editor – all while continuing to write news and arts stories and reviews, which earned him a special citation for critical writing from the National Newspaper Awards in 1986. 

    In 1994 he left the Whig and co-owned a bookstore/café in Westport. In 1996, he began working for Toronto’s The Globe and Mail as editor of Broadcast Week magazine, then for the National Post, and finally for the Postmedia newspaper chain as national assistant editor of arts and life. 

    He remains active in music as a singer and composer, and as the author of 16 books about classical music history, literature, and short fiction; his most recent is the mystery novel Hedshot.

  • 1990s

    Kathryn A. Gregory

    – MA’91

    Following her graduation from Queen’s, Kathryn Gregory graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School with a law degree and was called to the Bar in Ontario and in New Brunswick in 1996. After practising law for six years in a general practice law office in Fredericton, N.B., she went on to become a Crown prosecutor working in Specialized Prosecutions for New Brunswick Public Prosecution Services from 2003 until 2020. During that time, she was appointed as Queen's Counsel (now King's Counsel) in 2017. In November 2020, Kathryn was appointed a judge of the Court of King's Bench, Trial Division, sitting in Saint John, NB. She has her diploma from Queen's proudly hanging on her office wall.