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In memoriam: Fall 2021

In memoriam: Fall 2021

Dr. Robert (Bob) Climie, BA’66, Meds’70

Robert died on Apr. 16, after a lifetime of supporting the Queen’s football program for the next generation of Gaels. A member of the 1966 and 1968 championship teams, Bob was co-captain of the 1968 Vanier Cup national championship team. As an offensive lineman, he was selected as a league all-star three straight years from 1967-69. Bob was also drafted in the 8th round (69th overall) in the 1970 Canadian Football League draft by the Ottawa Rough Riders. He was inducted into the Queen's Football Hall of Fame in 1991. After football, Bob went on to a career as a physician for the Canadian Armed Forces for 30 years, retiring as a Colonel. He obtained his fellowship in community medicine in 1989. Bob will be remembered as a true Golden Gael missed dearly by all who knew, loved and respected him.

David Allan Dodd, BSc’60

David died on Aug. 9, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Diane Hodgston Arts'62; his children Mary Com'84, Michael Com'86, Brian, and Theresa; and his six granddaughters, including Claire Dederer Sc'19 and Leigh Dederer Sc'21. David held roles with CP Railway, Industrial Development Bank of Canada, the City of Lethbridge and the Canadian Government. He retired as Director, Crown Corporations for the Department of Industry, Trade & Commerce at age 50. He was respected throughout his career and personal life for always speaking truth to power and remaining true to his values. He was a keen sports enthusiast. He founded the Kanata Baseball Association in the ’70s and coached many youth teams both then and after retirement. Queen's remained dear to his heart, and he was immensely proud to see the third generation of Dodd graduates. Read the full obituary for David.

Ellen (van der Feltz) Frie, Artsci’55

Ellen passed away on Mar. 1, aged 87. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jaroslav (John) Frei, Meds’56; five children Andrew (Marianne), Sibyl (Louise), Alex (Melony), Caroline (Mike) and Rosemary (Canty); five grandchildren; extended family in Canada and the Netherlands; and the many dear friends who have enriched her life beyond measure. Ellen was known for being intellectually curious and a keen conversationalist. A lover of books, music and community, she enjoyed making friends of all ages. Having lived on three continents through challenging times, Ellen will be remembered as an advocate for giving to those in need. Read the full obituary for Ellen.

George Robert Gray, Meds’57

George died on Jan. 17. He was predeceased by his devoted and loving wife of 56 years, Sylvia, and brother Rod. Born in Montreal, his family moved to Kingston, Ontario, in 1943. At the age of 18, he won the Kingston Scholarship for Queen’s University where he revelled in his university life. George had a successful career in medicine, where he made a lasting impact on Hematology and Hematopathology in Canada. His interests were vast, including dancing, astronomy, art, birdwatching, hiking, walking, cooking, the VSO and BC Lions. His smile, laughter, kindness, professionalism, wit, and presence will be dearly missed. Many lives have been inspired, touched, and helped by George, and the memories of his life will be cherished. His legacy will live on through the doctors he trained and the careers he inspired. He is survived by his children Ian (Cindy) and Katherine (Rob); brothers Anton (Li Ping), Randy (Debbie), Chris; sister-in-law Millie; and his nieces and nephews. Read the full obituary for George

Bruce Hamilton, BSc’43

Bruce died on Apr. 2, aged 101. He was predeceased by his first wife Victoria (nee Scott), second wife June (nee Moulton), and grandson Timothy Robert Hamilton. Bruce is survived by his six children; Harold "Scott", Sc’69, Robert (Julie), Elizabeth, Arts’71 (Larry), John (Patricia), Christine (Bill) and Michael (Susan); his 18 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. Born and raised in Hamilton, Bruce worked during the summers at The Steel Company of Canada (Stelco) in Hamilton, while enrolled in the Pre-Engineering program at McMaster University and the Engineering program at Queen's University. Graduating as an Engineer in Metallurgy from Queen's in 1943, Bruce embarked on a successful career in the steel industry. He was known for his zest for life and enjoyed watching the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, going to the cottage, and listening to music. Bruce maintained strong connections to the city of Hamilton through his involvement in Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, McMaster University and the Hamilton Golf and Country Club. He touched many lives throughout his life and he will be missed. Read the full obituary for Bruce.

Chabbi Lal, BSc'63

Chabbi Lal (Bhusal) died suddenly on the night of Dec. 23, 2020, aged 83. In 1958, Chabbi and his best friend Kyaw Maung Win arrived in Canada from Taunggyi, Burma, now Myanmar, to pursue an education in Mining Engineering at Queen's University. After graduation, he travelled home to Myanmar and worked as an engineer for the government. Upon completing his contract, he emigrated to Canada in 1968. Chabbi was hired at Inco in Sudbury upon his arrival and worked there continuously for nearly 30 years before he retired as a Divisional Planning Supervisor. A true gentleman in every sense of the word, he was well-liked by his friends at Inco and abroad. He took up golf at Lively Golf and Country Club and as a member, he invited his friends and their wives to the much-anticipated annual Mixed Golf Tournament. Chabbi is survived by his wife Tej, daughter Gita, son Amrit, and extended family.

Robert "Bob" William Rabjohn, BSc’57

Bob died at home in Mississauga on Jun. 10, aged 88. He was the beloved husband of the Reverend Mary, Artsci’56 (nee Young); devoted father of Gordon Rabjohn (Kelley), Janice Jang (Steve), and Jill Heinerth (Robert McClellan); proud grandfather of Cori (Jean-Luc), Robin, and Holly. Bob was predeceased by his brother Gordon. Born in Toronto, he graduated from Forest Hill Collegiate in 1952 and Queen's University in 1957. After retiring from Trane Company of Canada where he worked from 1954-95, he focused on photography, computers, cycling, canoeing, and local history. He was recognized for his lengthy service as a volunteer by the Province of Ontario. Bob acted as the permanent secretary for his engineering class, arranging reunions and charitable giving, served Applewood United Church on various committees for over 50 years, and helped the White Oaks Girl Guides on a multi-year building restoration project. Bob's fondest memories included travel with Mary and gathering with his oldest friends, who met annually for canoe excursions. Joy and laughter always filled family gatherings, and as he wished, he was held by his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren at his death. Read the full obituary for Robert.

Albert J Scholes, BSc’51

Albert died on Mar. 2 at the St. Catharines General Hospital after a life well-lived. Predeceased by his parents, John Scholes and Ellen Scholes, wife Madeline, brother John, son Brian, grandson Christopher Scholes and his faithful dog Lucky. Albert is survived by his sister-in-law Rachel Tennant, daughter-in-law Sandra Scholes, granddaughters Victoria and Alexandria, nieces Jackie and Judy, and nephew John. He was a long-time friend and companion of Cathryne Horne of St Catharines along with her extended family who often referred to him as Grampa Al. Albert emigrated from England with his family in 1924 at the age of three. At 17, Albert began working with the Misener ship lines and by the age of 20, he was a quartermaster with Misener. He was responsible for locking down radios on Portuguese fishing boats to prevent messages from being relayed or sent to enemy forces. After the war ended, he returned to Canada and married his sweetheart, Madeline Gaw and went on to study at Queen’s University. Albert had a long career with Ontario Hydro where he worked in power generation until his retirement. Albert loved learning and continued to do so by taking many challenging courses and various training throughout his lifetime. He was a black belt in Judo and among many other activities, he loved to square-dance. He will be missed by all who knew him and our thoughts and memories of him will live on. Read the full obituary for Albert

William “Bill” Joseph Edmund Spence, Meds’49

Bill died peacefully on Feb. 22, surrounded by family members. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret (Peg) Spence and his seven children Paul, Meds’80 (Cathy), Frank, Meds’82 (Nanette Alvarez), Sandra, Artsci’82, Bill, Sc’84 (Sheila), Julie, Meds’87 (Jeff Engel), John (Susan), and Jane. He leaves fourteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Rose (Jordan), and by his brother Most Reverend Francis Seventh Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston. Bill attended Queen's University and graduated from the School of Medicine in 1949 as the gold medalist in Surgery. Bill was accepted to the University of Toronto's surgical training program and subsequently joined the staff of the Department of Surgery at the Toronto General Hospital in 1957. Bill continued to see patients in his office practice until the age of 88 and attend bi-weekly surgical meetings and video conferences at the University Health Network until he was 96. His dedication to his calling as a healer was exceeded only by his dedication and generosity as a father and grandfather. Home for dinner at the family table most evenings, he kept on top of his children's events and academic challenges. He was ready to drive children to games in cold arenas and warmer ballparks at any hour, pausing only occasionally to indulge in his love of ice cream, professional baseball and big band music. He will be remembered lovingly by them all. Read the full obituary for William

Bernard Fisher Trotter, MA’48

Bernard Fisher Trotter 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, as CBC 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. Read the full obituary for Bernard

graphic of cover of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 3, 2021