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.

  • Book cover, 'So Hard to Do' by Sally Basmajian


    Sally Basmajian

    – Mus’75

    Winter 2022

    Sally Basmajian’s book, So Hard to Do, will be published in January 2023. Her contemporary rom-com is a fast-paced book in which family ties are tested. The mom, Suze Foster, has always been devoted to her daughter, Jannie. As a child, Jannie required extra support in school, but now she’s a rising executive. Suze, thrilled with Jannie’s success, is finally free to follow her own dreams. 

    Too bad they unknowingly fall for the same man. It’s a twisted triangle indeed – one that, if this weren’t a comedy, could lead to heartbreak and forever sever the mother-daughter bond. The book is being published by Creative James Media, Maryland.

  • 1960s

    Anthony (Tony) Partington

    – Sc’69

    Winter 2022

    A civil engineering honours graduate from Queen’s, Anthony (Tony) Partington obtained an MBA from York University and became a construction manager, supervising major projects in Calgary, Toronto, New York, and, lastly, Canary Wharf in London, England. Early in his career, Tony served in the Toronto Scottish Regiment. This, along with the 20 years he spent in London, piqued his interest in British and European history. After retirement, he became president of its regimental association and was often asked: “Why is solid-colour hodden grey classed as a tartan?” and “Why is brown called grey?” He realized that the modern, multicultural regiment should learn about the cloth’s ancient, multicultural origins. Nine years later, he authored Hodden Grey: From Scottish Homespun to Modern Battledress, a 312-page book. 

  • Female sits at a table with flowers in a vase.


    Winnifred Hunter

    – Arts’44

    Winter 2022

    Winnifred Hunter attended Queen’s during the 1940s and celebrated her 100th birthday on Nov. 19, 2022. Winnifred was involved in the war effort after her graduation from Queen’s. After graduation, she was employed at Quaker Oats in the test kitchen. In the late 1950s, Winnifred moved to Texas, where she worked as a chemist in a small industrial lab for many years, analyzing cotton and oil samples. Some of her interests over the years have been bird watching, bridge, gardening, and travel. In her early retirement, she volunteered at a hospital greeting visitors. Winnifred returned to Canada six years ago and continues to enjoy time with family. She faithfully works at the Globe and Mail puzzle each day, enjoys a good card game, participates in an exercise class, and is a joy to be around.

  • A man is on his knee holding a ring, and looking up at a woman in front of him. There is a white dog sitting in the foreground.


    Tanya Iakobson

    – Artsci’20

    Fall 2022

    Tanya Iakobson announces her engagement to Ryan Evans. They are expected to be wed in September 2023.

  • 2010s

    Monika Rosen

    – BFA’13

    Fall 2022

    A solo exhibition of Monika Rosen’s work, titled ‘Fish Out of Water,’ was held this summer at the Cline House Gallery in Cornwall. View more of Monika's work.

  • Formal photograph of a wedding party in from of a bar.


    Madison Fugard and Matthieu Leonard

    – Artsci’16 and Sc’14

    Fall 2022

    Madison Fugard and Matthieu Leonard celebrated their marriage on June 11, 2022. Along with family, the many Queen’s alumni in attendance in Stirling, Ont. made for a wonderful evening, as they danced the night away.