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  • 1940s

    Bernard Fisher Trotter  

    – MA'48

    Fall 2021

    Bernard Fisher Trotter, MA'48, died on Nov. 5. He is survived by his wife, Jean, his children, Rex, Arts '73 and daughter-in-law Eliza, Victoria Vaghy, B. Mus '75, B. Ed '77 and son-in-law Tibor (retired assistant professor Queen's Music Department), his brother Hale, Arts '52, MA'53 (Mathematics), seven grandchildren including Marie, MA '19 (English), and four great-grandchildren. Bernard's father, Reginald George Trotter, was head of the Queen's History Department until he died in 1951.  

     Born in 1924 in Palo Alto, California, Bernard grew up in Kingston. He graduated from McMaster University in 1945. In 1946-47, he attended Lorne Greene's Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto before receiving his MA from Queen's in 1948. He joined the CBC as Assistant Talks Producer in Winnipeg in 1948 and then served in New York as CBC representative at the UN in 1950-51. After attending the National Defense College in 1951-52, and subsequently heading the English Language Section of the CBC International Service, in 1954 he moved to London,  England, asCBC European representative. In 1957 he returned to Canada as supervisor of CBC Television Public Affairs in Toronto, becoming General Supervisor of the Public Affairs Television and Radio from 1960 to 1963.  

    In 1963 he left the CBC to join Queen's University as Executive Assistant to the Principal. While at Queen's, he worked with the Committee of Presidents of Ontario Universities to develop a funding system for Ontario universities. He was Head of Academic Planning from 1968 to 1981, authoring several papers on education. While at Queens he also served on the CBC Board of Directors from 1975 to 1980.  He was special assistant to the Principal from 1981 and was awarded a Queen's Distinguished Service Award by the University Council upon retirement in 1988.

    Bernard was a longtime supporter of Queen’s, a gentleman of kindness and generosity, carrying to the last thanks and smiles for anyone attending to his needs and always expressing concern that others take care of themselves first.

    Bernard’s complete obituary can be found at https://www.arbormemorial.ca/glendale/obituaries/bernard-trotter/57455.

  • 1980s

    Keith Kiell

    Spring 2022

    Coach of the Queen’s women’s Archery Team from 1969 to 1983, passed away on Feb. 4, at 94 years of age. He was a natural teacher who brought his skill, patience, and wonderful sense of humour to the many women who, under his wing, learned to work together as a team, and to individually try their best to hit the target when the challenge arose. He was a kind, generous, and gentle man, a gifted teacher, and a good friend.

  • Black and white graduation photo of James Wright.

    1970s

    James "Jim" Laurence Wright

    – BA’70, B.Ed’73

    Spring 2022

    Jim Wright passed away on Aug. 17, 2021. He was 71. He is predeceased by his father, T.E. (Ed) Wright and Margaret (Marg) Wright of Kingston. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Penny; son, Jeff; daughter, Katie (Tom); and grandsons, Oliver, George, and Jack Rouse. He will be dearly missed by his brother Tom (Kathleen) of Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and niece Jennifer (Daniel) of Brooklyn, N.Y.

    Jim was born in Kingston and grew up surrounded by love and mentoring in Grenville Park. Many of his personal values and life's lessons were developed by being part of this historic co-operative community. He treasured his time spent with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins in Toronto, Hamilton, and Halliburton.

    Jim cherished his years spent at Loyalist Collegiate Institute and Queen's University, where he earned both a BA (Economics and History) and his B.Ed. (Physical Education and History). He later went on to earn an MBA at McMaster in Computer Systems Analysis. Jim embraced higher education.

    Jim had many interests in life including: travel, skiing, chess, bridge, puzzles, eating good food and wine. Jim was a dedicated trombone player, enjoying his time in high-school bands, various bands in Kingston, and especially the years in the Queen's marching band. Later in life, he was an enthusiastic and dedicated member of the Becket Players in Montreal, where he was instrumental in forming the Cabaret Brass section.

    Jim was a long-time employee of Nortel in Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa, going on to proudly found JL Wright Consulting.

    Jim's life-long delight and challenge was golf. Whether it was learning in Halliburton, family games at Glen Lawrence Golf and Country Club, and across Canada, Jim loved them all. The highlight of his golf experience were trips to both Ireland and the Rockies with his brother Tom to take on world-famous courses. He cherished his years of “Queen's Bud's” games followed by hours of bridge.

  • Black and white photo of woman with shoulder-length hair and small hoop earrings.

    1980s

    Anne Elizabeth Waterman(nee Moreland)

    – BA’80, BSc’83

    Spring 2022

    Anne Waterman passed away on April 16, 2021. She was 63. She is survived by her beloved husband, Paul (Sc’79); sons, Matthew (Sc’12), Sean, and Adam (Sc’17); and brothers, John (Sc’76) and David (Sc’83).

    After graduating from Queen’s, Anne worked for Statistics Canada in Ottawa before she and Paul married and moved to Kenora. After a move to Timmins, her growing family settled in Bancroft, where Anne raised their three sons, volunteered in the community, and coached (and played) softball and soccer.

    For more than a dozen years, she coordinated the Bancroft Curling Club’s youth program. In recognition, their annual bonspiel and trophy have been named in her honour. Anne loved to sew, garden, coach, teach, travel, host family gatherings, and spend time with her lifelong best friends Cheryl and Judy. She adored her three granddaughters, Leighton, Kate, and Isla. She was a tireless community-minded volunteer who loved her family dearly and always maintained a determined and positive outlook on life.

  • 1950s

    Hale Freeman Trotter

    – BA’52, MA’53

    Spring 2022

    Hale Freeman Trotter, Arts ’52, MA’53 (Mathematics), born May 30, 1931 in Kingston, Ontario, died in his ninety-first year on Jan. 17, 2022 at his home in Princeton, New Jersey.  Predeceased by his beloved wife Kay, his dear brother Bernard, MA’48 (History) and parents Reginald George Trotter, (head of the Queen’s History Department until his death in 1951) and Prudence Hale (née Fisher). He will be remembered and greatly missed by his devoted stepson Stephen Pallrand (Rachel), stepdaughter Nannette, grandson Eli and granddaughter Cora, his sister-in-law Jean, and his brother-in-law John (Helen). Hale was also the much-loved uncle of Rex, Arts’73,(Eliza) and niece Victoria Vaghy, B. Mus ’75, B. Ed’77, nephew-in-law Tibor Vaghy (retired assistant professor Queen’s Music Department), grand uncle of John, Thomas (Stephanie), Andrew (Annemarie), Marie, MA ‘ 19 (English), Philip, Claire, Martin, and great-grand uncle of James, Damien, Felix and Lily.

    Hale grew up in Kingston and became fascinated with mathematics, graduating with degrees in his chosen field from Queen’s (BA '52, MA’53) and Princeton (PhD ’56) where he studied under William Feller.  Feller was part of a wave of European intellectuals who had fled the Nazis and settled in the United States. Princeton attracted a number of these refugees, including Albert Einstein, who had an office in the mathematics building.  It was in this rich and exciting atmosphere that Hale matured as a mathematician

    Joe Kohn, a fellow graduate student with Hale at Princeton and colleague in the math department for almost 40 years, recalled the first day of their graduate program at Princeton in 1953. Head of the mathematics department, Solomon Lefschetz, told the group of thirteen mathematics PhD students that they should congratulate themselves for the hard work it took to gain acceptance but that it was likely that only one of them, maybe two, would become actual mathematicians.  Hale not only became a world class mathematician but made vital original contributions to the field.

    Hale began his career as the Fine Instructor for Mathematics at Princeton from 1956-58.  After teaching at Queen’s University as an assistant professor from 1958-60, he returned to Princeton as a visiting associate professor. Hale was appointed lecturer at Princeton in 1962, associate professor in 1963 and full professor in 1969. He was a highly respected administrator fulfilling duties as Chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1979-82 and associate director of Princeton University’s Data Center from 1962-86. He was a much-beloved teacher, instructing both graduate and undergraduate students in a wide range of mathematical concepts.  Hale was always willing to take on a higher teaching load when a gap needed to be filled, such as teaching game theory for many years until a replacement could be hired. Additionally, Hale supervised graduate students and wrote several textbooks on calculus in higher dimensions.

    As a mathematician Hale had a broad range of interests and impacts, starting with his thesis and work in probability and including significant contributions to group theory, knot theory, and number theory.  One of his outstanding accomplishments, the Trotter Product Formula, has had a major impact on mathematical physics and on functional analysis. The Johnson-Trotter Algorithm is another powerful and useful tool he developed, a technique for generating complete lists of permutations that had considerable significance. He developed an interest in knot theory and was the first to show that there are non-invertible pretzel knots, thereby solving a long-standing topological problem.  Hale had a later interest in some of the calculational aspects of number theory, developing the Lang-Trotter conjecture through his joint work with Yale mathematician Serge Lang.

    Hale’s bright, serene, humorous and cheerful spirit will be remembered with great affection by his extended family, with whom he and Kay enjoyed many memorable visits during his summer holidays in Canada at their cottage on Lake Cecebe. Hale and Kay had a deep love of the arts and opera that they cheerfully shared with all.  We are so grateful to his caregivers Joyce and her husband Joe, Antoinette, as well as his neighbour Bob, and to all who enabled Hale to stay in his Princeton home since Kay’s passing in 2021.  

  • Black and white photo of a smiling Colin Sutherland from the neck up.

    1970s

    Colin McGill Sutherland

    – BCom’77

    Spring 2022

    Colin McGill Sutherland died skiing on Feb. 12, 2022. He was 67. He was predeceased by Hector and Nancy Sutherland and is survived by his children, Devon and Keith, their mother Vanessa, and his siblings Linda (Artsci’76), Anne, Brian, and Jane.

    A graduate of Lower Canada College, Colin pursued a commerce degree at Queen’s University and an MBA at the Wharton School of Business. A successful career in the building materials business took Colin and the family to Atlanta, Paris, Boston, and eventually Collingwood. An accomplished cook and wine aficionado, Colin loved nothing more than bringing people together. Acquaintances soon became friends, and there was always room for another seat at the table. Colin will be fondly remembered as a skilled raconteur, who could make even the most mundane story entertaining.

    Although he suffered for decades from ankylosing spondylitis (spinal arthritis), Colin continued to play golf and do what he loved most – ski – right to the end; he died tragically while skiing in Utah.