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Herstmonceux Castle mourns the passing of beloved benefactor Dr. Alfred Bader


It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr. Alfred Bader CBE, chemist, proud Queen’s alumnus, art-collector, and philanthropist passed away on December 23, 2018 at the age of 94.

In 2019 the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) celebrates 25 years of teaching and learning at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex. For a quarter of a century, students from Canada and all over the world have been able to enjoy a truly transformative educational experience at Herstmonceux Castle, thanks to the vision and generosity of one man, Dr. Alfred Bader.

It is with great sadness that the BISC, on behalf of all staff, students, faculty and friends of Herstmonceux Castle announce the passing of Dr Bader on December 23, 2018 at the age of 94. He is survived by his wife Isabel and their two sons, David and Daniel. Our thoughts are with them and their families at this difficult time.

The BISC will be commemorating Dr. Bader’s life and extraordinary gift of the Herstmonceux Castle Estate to Queen’s University in the coming months. In addition, Castle alumni will gather on Saturday June 29 to mark the BISC’s silver anniversary and the BISC’s Executive Director and Vice-Principal Dr. Hugh Horton would like to extend a special invitation to all friends of Herstmonceux Castle and the local community to celebrate Canada Day at the Castle on Sunday June 30. A special Book of Memories will be made available for those who wish to share their own memories of Alfred with his family.

“Alfred’s incredible legacy includes awards, bursaries, and fellowships at Queen’s, giving numerous students access to an educational experience that can transform their lives,” said Dr Horton “And among his many gifts is Herstmonceux Castle – a remarkable symbol of the Baders’ commitment to offering students a challenging global education infused with social justice, a thirst for knowledge, and civic responsibility.”

A full obituary for Dr. Bader can be found on the Queen’s University website at: www.queensu.ca/gazette/stories/alfred-bader-celebration-extraordinary-life

The Bader International Study Centre (Queen’s University, Canada) is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment that is fair, positive, and supportive for all members of our community.
We strive to ensure all members’ views are valued and shared in a secure environment through a commitment to upholding equity*, diversity**, inclusion***, and advancing indigenous initiatives.
The BISC supports the fair treatment and opportunity for all by asserting the importance of non-discriminatory treatment either directly or indirectly on the ground of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.   

*Equity: Substantive fairness for everyone thereby ensuring that members of equity-seeking groups are able to achieve full participation in the university (BISC). 

**Diversity: The representation of the population with respect to designated groups. 

***Inclusion: The climate and acceptance of differences that comes with diversity i.e. different ways of living and working. 

Land acknowledgement: Queen’s University, Canada is situated on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.

Bader International Study Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN27 1RN
Phone: +44 1323 834444
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