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  • 1950s

    Rev. Dr. Douglas Harry Ross

    – Arts’56, BDiv’57, DDiv'82

    Summer 2022

    Rev. Dr. Douglas Harry Ross passed away on Nov. 6, 2021, in London, Ont. He was 93. He is survived by his wife, Helen Ross (nee Ferguson) (Arts’54); daughters, Jennifer Burnside, Mary-Janet Ross, and Elizabeth Phoenix; and six grandchildren. He lived his early years on the Ross family farm north of Belleville, Ont. At 15, he quit school and became an electrician and farmer. Doug returned to school and, in 1952, enrolled at Queen’s to become a minister. In 1953, Doug began student ministry outside of Perth, Ont. That spring, Helen and Doug met on the bus heading to Kingston, since Helen was also at Queen’s. Helen and Doug were married for 66 years. Doug was a United Church minister in Schefferville, Que., Ottawa, and London, Ont. He was an ordained minister for 65 years and was active in the national church. Doug was president of London Conference and was appointed executive secretary of the conference until his retirement in 1992. Education was important to Doug, and his formal education continued throughout his life. Doug completed his Master of Theology in 1972 and a PhD in theology in 1982 — both from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa. He was also honoured in 1982 with an honorary doctorate (DDiv’82) from Queen’s Theological College for his efforts with the faculty and as a major fundraiser. Doug has left a legacy, and the importance of education has carried on with his grandchildren and their university degrees.

  • 1960s

    Marion Agnes Price-Jones (née Boyd)

    – Arts’64

    Summer 2022

    Marion Agnes Price-Jones passed away peacefully on Sept. 2, 2020. She was 84. She was predeceased by her brother, Dr. Carl E. Boyd (Meds'59), and is survived by her sister-in-law, Jean (James) Boyd (Artsci'78); her children and their spouses, Sharon Miller (Artsci'94) (George); Shelley Price-Jones (Artsci'91, MA'94, B.Ed'96); Dr. Greg Price-Jones (Artsci'87, Meds’87), an ENT surgeon (Laurel), and Ron Price-Jones (Artsci’01) (Steve, Artsci’92); her nephews, Mike and Carl Boyd; as well as her nephews and nieces on her former husband's side. Marion will also be fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Jacquie and Ben (Rath) Miller, and Chris, Alex (Kate), Heather, and Ryan (Dana) Price-Jones. She loved seeing her great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Lily, Benny, and Maddy; and her two great-great-grandchildren, which she sadly did not meet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Marion was the proud daughter of the late Dr. Eldon Boyd (Arts’28, MA'29, MDCM'32) and her mother, Eleanore (Rowland) Boyd (BA'32), who was an accomplished pianist. Eldon was a prominent Queen's professor, researcher, and head of the department of Pharmacology from 1938-69. The Eldon Boyd Fellowship was established in his honour after his death in 1973. Marion moved to Saskatchewan after getting married to Ron Price-Jones (Arts’59) in 1956. In 1957, she earned her teaching certificate in Saskatoon and taught for one year. From 1958 to 1959, she lived in Kingston and worked full-time as a lab tech at the Queen's Pharmacology lab while studying at the university. She moved back to Saskatchewan in 1960, where her other three children were born. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's in 1964 by taking summer school and extramural correspondence courses; Queen’s awarded her the H.L. Tracy Prize. She accomplished this while raising her four children, volunteering for her church, and working part-time as a medical artist for her father. Marion taught elementary grades in Melfort, Sask., until 1972, then returned to Belleville, Ont. She continued teaching until 1997, then retired to her hobby farm near Ameliasburgh, Ont. In 2011, she moved back to the Boyd family home in Kingston. Marion is at rest now, near her parents in Cataraqui Cemetery.

  • 1950s

    Charles (Charlie) Edmund Olmsted

    – Sc’51

    Summer 2022

    Peacefully on Dec. 16, 2021, in his 94th year. Predeceased by his loving wife of 57 years, Joan Sanders Olmsted (2011). Survived by his children, Peter (Sc’80) (Laura), Barbara (BA/BPHE‘83, B.Ed’87) (Heather), Paul (Sc’84) (Sandra, Com’85), and Nancy (BA/BPHE’91, B.Ed’94); and his four grandchildren, James, Charlie, Adam (Sc’19, MASc’21), and William (Sc’21). Charlie grew up in Hamilton, Ont., attended Westdale Collegiate, and after a year at McMaster, decided Queen’s was where he belonged. He played drums in the pipe band as well as centre for the football team. Charlie and his new bride moved to North Bay to establish a construction business in the late 1950s, and that is where they stayed. Charlie was an active member of the Rotary Club for over 60 years, and sat on the boards of many organizations (YMCA, Nipissing University, and North Bay Hospital). Charlie’s skill as a leader was particularly notable as he merged two hospital boards into one as the North Bay Regional Health Centre became a reality. In 2003, Charlie was recognized by the Professional Engineers of Ontario with the prestigious Ontario Citizenship Award. Charlie was also well known in the sporting world. He contributed to the formation of the North Bay Canoe Club, serving as commodore from 1970-76 to ensure the club (which he designed and built) had a permanent home on Trout Lake. Charlie was also involved at the provincial level, serving on the board of the Ontario Canoe Kayak Sprint Racing Affiliation for five years. Charlie also served as an executive member, three as president, of the North Bay Nordic Ski Club. Again, Charlie’s skill in the construction business was helpful as the club established a clubhouse on a piece of purchased land adjacent to miles of Crown land. The club now boasts one of the best networks of trails in the province. Charlie was honoured by the North Bay Sports Hall of Fame in 2018, which presented him with the Peter Handley Friend of Sport Award. The award is given to an individual who contributes tirelessly behind the scenes without the desire for recognition; one who supports, organizes, and builds sport for the benefit of others. This was a fitting tribute to the type of man he was. In addition to his volunteer and professional work, Charlie always had time for family, and he enjoyed travelling, sailing, cross country and downhill skiing, kayaking, and listening to classical music. Queen’s remained dear to his heart, and he witnessed with tremendous pride the iron ring ceremonies and graduations of his grandsons Adam and William Olmsted.

  • 1970s

    Andrew (Andy) Patriquin

    – HBSc'75

    Summer 2022

    On Feb. 8, 2022, Andy Patriquin passed away at his home in Victoria, B.C. He was 73. Andy is survived by his son, Brad; his love, Stephanie; and her children, Chad and Jade. Although higher education had not been his original aim, after working in the mines around Timmins, Ont., Andy enrolled in the engineering and technology program at Northern College in Kirkland Lake. This led to a Bachelor of Applied Science degree with honours from Queen's University in 1975, setting up a long career as a civil engineer and culminating in the creation of his own successful company, Teclon Engineering. During this period, Andy developed a love of martial arts, achieving his 1st dan black belt in Taekwondo with Master Sung-in Hong and participating in full-contact competitions. One of his last and most fulfilling jobs was consulting in the field on the replacement of the Todd Creek Trestle along the Galloping Goose Trail north of Sooke, B.C.

  • 1980s

    Brenda Marianne Large

    Summer 2022

    Brenda Marianne Large passed away on March 25, 2022. She was 79. Brenda is survived by her sisters, Kathy Large and Daphne Large (Ian Scott); nephews, Neil Shaw (Anna Haley) and Andrew Scott (Maria Profit); nieces, Elizabeth Shaw (Chris O’Toole) and Suzanne Scott (Bradley Gallant); as well as six great nieces and nephews. Beginning at age 13 with a summer job in the family-owned stations CFCY and CFCY-TV, Brenda continued to a full career in Canadian journalism. She studied at King’s College, Halifax. Her work included positions at the Ottawa Citizen, the Canadian Press, the Globe and Mail, and the Kingston Whig-Standard. In 1963, Canadian Press assigned her as a 21-year-old to the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa. In the 1970s, she was co-publisher and editor of the Fourth Estate, one of the early alternative weekly newspapers in Canada. She also worked for both Yale and Queen’s universities. Most of her work involved local and national stories, but highlights of her career include major reporting assignments in Brazil and South Africa. Brenda already had a wide-ranging journalism career when she became a recipient of the St. Laurent Fellowship in Legal Journalism at Queen's Faculty of Law during 1978-79, which ignited a great attachment to Queen's and Kingston. In 1979, she became a writer for the public relations office at Queen's, then manager of the Queen's News Department in 1981, and served as editor of the Queen's Gazette until 1985, when she joined the staff of the Kingston Whig-Standard as an editorial writer. After a 30-year career, she retired to Charlottetown, P.E.I., in 1990, and maintained her interest in long-form journalism as an avid reader as well as becoming actively involved with the life of St. Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, before health issues limited her activities.

  • 1950s

    Barbara Rowand Lamb

    – Arts’50

    Summer 2022

    Barbara Rowand Lamb passed away on March 23, 2022. She was 95. She was predeceased by her husband, Tom Gillespie, and is survived by her niece and nephews, Tom, Barbara, and Marie. She was a great aunt to many, and a great great aunt to many more. She was born to Garrett John Lamb and Emma Luella Lamb in 1927 and married Tom in 1981. She became an instant Grandma Barb in 1982 with the Gillespie clan (Mary Lou, Janice, Helen, Ruth Anne, Chris, and David). Barbara has a special place in the hearts of the Melville family (Sally, Nancy and Jamie), especially Sally, who shared her passion for knitting. Barbara was a proud graduate (and long-time supporter) of Queen’s University. Starting out in public relations working for Clint Melville, she became a teacher in 1960 and later led the business department at Sir James Dunn Collegiate and Vocational School in Sault Ste. Marie (of nine teachers, six were men). She was the first female in the Sault school board to be appointed as vice-principal at Collegiate Heights. A committed volunteer in the community, Barbara was president of Maycourt in 1976-77, often campaigned for the Salvation Army, and received an honorary lifetime member award from the Sault Theatre Workshop. For many years, her “beanbag” friends sustained her, especially Elta McLeod, as they moved through life to end their days at Collegiate Heights. She travelled extensively all her life and frequently went on adventures with family.