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.

  • 1980s

    Ron Goldstein

    – Artsci’86

    Fall 2022

    Dr. Ron Goldstein is now an inquest presiding officer for the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario. He continues as an investigating coroner for the Kingston region, as well as a family physician within the Loyalist Family Health Team in Amherstview. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has also begun beekeeping as a hobby.

  • Group of eight women tucked in together close to take a selfie.


    Irene Jakubassa-Frezell

    – Artsci’87

    Fall 2022

    When Irene Jakubassa-Frezell realized that she and her former Queen’s classmates were not all going to be in Kingston for their 35th Homecoming reunion this fall, they gathered from across the country in Bayfield, Ont., and held their own! Class of ’87 reunion: (top, left to right) Gwen Callaghan-Simonds (PHE’87, BEd’88), Celia Dawson (Artsci’87) and Cathy Berka (Artsci’87); (middle row, left to right) Karen Goodwin (Com’87); Irene Jakubassa-Frezell (Artsci’87, B.Ed’88); Margot Gibbons-MacKay (OT’88); (bottom) MJ Hassard (Artsci’87).

  • Formal portrait of a man from the shoulders up, wearing a suit.


    Robert Quartermain

    – MSc’81

    Fall 2022

    Robert Quartermain’s career path encompasses several distinct phases of success, starting with a pivotal role in the discovery of Ontario’s Hemlo gold camp in the early 1980s. He began his career as a geologist for Teck Corporation and gained rare and valuable experience at Hemlo and other mines. He ventured on his own to form Pretivm Resources, based on an unshakeable belief that its high-grade Brucejack prospect in northern B.C. had the makings of a mine. His faith was validated when Brucejack became Canada’s fourth-largest gold mine, with annual production of 350,000 ounces. Quartermain is a longstanding advocate for Indigenous involvement in the resource industry and a generous philanthropist with a focus on education, social justice, and wildlife habitat preservation. Quartermain has received many awards over the years, and he was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in August 2022.

  • Group photo of 18 men sitting on a sculpture.


    John Lynch

    – Artsci’79, Ed’81, MEd’86

    Fall 2022

    Members of the undefeated 1978 Vanier Cup champion Queen’s Golden Gaels football team gathered at their 44th reunion in June 2022. They met at the Crowbush Cove Golf Resort in P.E.I. and, while there, also celebrated the 85th birthday of friend and defensive co-ordinator Dr. John Thomson (former professor of physical education), seated front and centre.

  • 1970s

    Rose Spencer Gibbs

    – Ed’73, MA’73

    Fall 2022

    Rose Gibbs recently published a book about Jamaica titled Island of Plantations: A Jamaican Reflection, about the history of Jamaican villages and towns that are a part of her family’s past. It is available on Amazon.

  • 1970s

    Janet Nikoline Calcaterra

    – Arts’71

    Fall 2022

    The Burden of Memories was published by Latitude 46 in May 2022. In it, two sisters unravel a secret long kept by their mother about their father, who was a doctor in Canada’s Italian campaign during the Second World War. Find more information about the book.