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In memoriam: February 2022

In memoriam: February 2022

Mary Ellen Beamish
Mary Ellen Beamish

Mary Ellen Beamish, BPHE’56, MEd’77

Mary Ellen (Barr) Beamish, 87, passed away March 17, 2021, at Innisfree House, Kitchener. Mary Ellen, survived by her children: Sandra (Greg Hanmer), Susan (Kevin Goheen), Charles, and Stephen (Karen Temple-Beamish). Proud grandmother of Kaitlin, Sarah, Maryn (Matt Shanahan) and Paige Hanmer; Ben, Casey and Josh Goheen; and Megan (Kasper Podgorski) and Nic Beamish. Mary Ellen, loved by her brother George (deceased) (Peggy) Barr, sisters Margaret Ann (Ross) McFarlane and Alberta Jane (Bob, deceased) McNutt and their families. Mary Ellen is preceded in death by her husband Charles (Chuck) Brouse Beamish. Mary Ellen was a true educator, spending more than 35 years as a teacher, principal, and superintendent within the Northumberland Newcastle/Kawartha Pine Ridge District school board. In addition, she enjoyed golfing, curling, and admiring sunsets at her homes on Moore Lake and in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Arthur Cockfield
Arthur Cockfield

Arthur Cockfield, Law’93, Professor

The Queen’s community is remembering Professor Arthur (Art) Cockfield, a highly esteemed and cherished teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. Art died unexpectedly on Jan. 9, 2022, from an unsuspected heart condition. He was 54.

Art was one of the world’s leading tax law scholars, a policy consultant, and an innovative instructor, serving most recently as Professor and Associate Dean (Academic Policy) in the Faculty of Law.

“Art Cockfield has left an indelible imprint on laws and policies in Canada and around the world, as well as on the Queen’s Law community members near and far who’ve known him from student to professor,” says Dean Mark Walters (Law’89). “He was a main--stay of our law school, a loyal and dedicated teacher who cared deeply for his students, and a cherished mentor and friend to so many of us.”

After completing his undergraduate studies at Western University, Art attended Queen’s Law, earning his LLB in 1993, and becoming involved in the Kingston community with Queen’s Legal Aid (QLA) as a student. He would later earn a Master of the Science of Law (JSM) and Doctor of the Science of Law (JSD) from Stanford University.

Art returned to Queen’s as a faculty member in 2001 as a Queen’s National Scholar. With Queen’s Surveillance Studies Centre, he served on the Executive Board and was a co-investigator in several large-scale research projects. Among other appointments, he had been a Fulbright Visiting Chair in Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and taught at the University of West Indies in Barbados.

Art also served as a legal and policy consultant to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations, the Department of Justice, the Department of Finance, the Advisory Panel on Canada’s System of Inter-national Taxation, the National Judicial Institute, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

Art was featured prominently in the media and legal sector as a pre-eminent authority on tax law, financial crime, e-commerce, privacy, and legal ethics. He shared his expertise and commitment to legal excellence with law students for over two decades. Former student Mark Cavdar (Law’13), says, “Professor Cockfield was a natural communicator, injecting everything he taught with his distinctive voice and humour. What made him unique for me was his candor, his utmost respect for and deference to the foundations of our common law, and his ability to dialogue with a room of aspiring lawyers in a language that they inherently understood.”

Among Art’s surviving family members are his mother, Gale Clost Costen, and sons Arthur (Com’18), Jack, and William.

Frederick George FitzPatrick
Frederick George PitzPatrick

Frederick George FitzPatrick, BFA’78

Frederick George FitzPatrick passed away at his home in Toronto on March 3, 2021. Frederick was a graduate of Frontenac Secondary School, Queen’s University, and the University of British Columbia (MFA). Fred had a passion for art in all forms, from sculpture to architecture, sketching pen and ink drawings to painting. Fred keenly studied art and architecture wherever he travelled, in Italy, Ireland, Morocco, Vietnam, Vancouver, and especially in his beloved city of Toronto. Although Fred began his career as a sculptor, he spent the last 33 years of his life working as a scenic painter with the American film industry (IATSE) in Toronto. He was predeceased by his parents, James Alexander and Margaret Layton FitzPatrick, and is survived by his cherished son Wesley James FitzPatrick, dear friend Heidi McLeod, brother Terrence James (Nancy), sister Gay Frances Keithly, nephews Adam and Ryan FitzPatrick, Sean Keithly and niece, Margo Keithly.

Robert Alan Fulford
Robert Alan Fulford

Robert Alan Fulford, MD’61

Robert Alan Fulford died on Aug. 28, 2021. Robert was born in Windsor, Ont., on Sept. 10, 1936. He is survived by his wife Sharon Trent-Fulford, stepson Ian Trent, four children Dr. Susan Pacinda, Sean Fulford, Scott Fulford, Shelia Stein, and their spouses and children. Robert was a medical graduate from Queen’s University in 1961. He did post-graduate training at Kingston General Hospital and Montreal General Hospital, becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Canada in 1966. He practised in Montreal and Oshawa before moving to Houston in 1974 and starting practice at Kelsey-Seybold. He entered private practice in 1978, then joined Hopestar Orthopedic Group, later taken over by Baylor College of Medicine Orthopedic Group. His final years of practice were spent as a consultant.

Brian Hennen, MD’62

Brian had a highly distinguished career as an academic family physician. Among other positions, he served as head of the Departments of Family Medicine at Dalhousie University and Western University, Dean of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, and President of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Brian was a leader and mentor in family medicine in Canada and around the world. He saw the family as a key influence on the health of the individual and worked diligently to have the importance of family medicine recognized in medical schools and in Canada’s health-care system. Compassionate care for the developmentally disabled was of great importance to Brian, who spent much of his retirement contributing to policy and medical education in support of this community. Queen’s recognized Brian’s work by establishing the Brian Hennen Chair in Family Medicine to foster and enable interdisciplinary research in primary care.

Helen Anne Johnson
Helen Anne Johnson

Helen Anne Johnson (nee Herron), BNSc’55

We are sad to announce the passing of Helen, who will be greatly missed by her husband of 61 years, Bill, daughters Jennifer (Peter Hyland) and Andrea (Peter Brown), and adored granddaughters Kiley and Rebecca. Helen was born in Kingston in 1933 and is survived by her sister Eleanor Allison and brother Howard Herron (Pauline). A proud alumna of Queen’s University, she graduated in nursing science in 1955 and worked as a nurse in Belleville before settling in Ottawa in 1959. Never one to stand still, Helen was often seen tending her beautiful garden in the suburb of Crystal Beach, where she was an active member of the community, taught piano to local children, and made many dear lifelong friends. She enjoyed a career as a public health nurse for the City of Ottawa and, after retiring, volunteered for the Canadian Cancer Society for more than 15 years.

John D. Law
John D. Law

John D. Law, BSc’62

John passed away on June 30, 2021. He graduated with honours in mechanical engineering in 1962. He leaves behind his wife Joyce (Clarke), Arts’62; three loving sons, John C. (Andrea), William Alexander (Mia), and James H.R. (Marlene); six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

John spent half of his career with Ford Motor Company and the other half with the Alberta government. While doing so, he received many awards for technical innovations and economic improvements – his vacation time and summertime after retirement were spent at his Muskoka cottage.

Jay W.L. Lockerbie, BA’52, BPHE’53

Peacefully at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, on Friday, April 16, 2021, Jay Lockerbie in his 91st year, loving husband to his dear wife Marjorie, father of daughter Jo-Ann (Jack), who predeceased him in 2015, and of son Brett (Laurie). Jay graduated from Queen’s University in Arts’52 and PHE’53 and played for the Gaels Football Team in 1949. He became a renowned educator for 33 years whose career included being the founding principal of LaSalle Secondary School in 1968. His teaching and administrative experience included Smiths Falls Collegiate, KCVI, TISS, Frontenac Secondary School, Ministry of Education (Kingston and London), and the Frontenac County Board of Education, retiring as a superintendent in 1988. He provided valued leadership and counsel at many teaching workshops and conferences for VPs and principals. He also golfed and curled at the Cataraqui Golf Club and is a recent honorary member there.

Robert McAuley
Robert Daniel James McAuley

Robert Daniel James McAuley, BA’50, Meds’54

Dr. Robert McAuley died at home on March 11, 2021, at the age of 92, predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Marion (Boyce), KGH Nursing’54. He is dearly missed by his children, Robert, BASc’84, William, BSc(Hon)’79, and Jane, Meds’87 (David Stieb, Meds’87), and grandson, Joseph (Stieb), MA’22. Born in Ottawa and raised by his widowed, school teacher mother, Margaret (McIlraith), Arts’16, and brother John (deceased), Meds’50, Bob had many adventures as a Queen’s student, waiting tables on Georgian Bay steamships while taking correspondence courses to complete his BA, working as an ordinary seaman (HMCS Nootka, University Naval Training Division), and providing medical care by float plane and boat in Northern B.C. After he completed his psychiatry residency (UofT’60), the family returned to Kingston, where he practised psychiatry until retiring in 1994. Bob embraced life and big ideas, and was well loved as a husband, father and Grampa.

Hugh Knyvet Parker, BA’16

Hugh passed away in Toronto on May 15 from a tragic accident. We are devastated but comforted by the memories of his many accomplishments, infectious personality and wit, love of music, sports, travel, exotic food and drink, and his instinctive curiosity and cheekiness. At Queen’s, Hugh studied economics. He had an uncanny ability to bring people together and was always eager to plan and host gatherings around the campus. Hugh is survived by the love of his life, Jessica, Artsci’16; his mum, Sheilagh; dad, Greg; brother, Jake; Nanna, June; and the Boys.

Kevin Pollard

Kevin Pollard, loving partner and husband of of almost 34 years to Lorraine Pollard, Nursing Science 1986, died suddenly Feb. 8, 2021. He was a wonderful father to Brent (Vyktorya) and Emma (Luc) as well as a beloved grandfather to Jackson.

Bruce Robson
Bruce Robson

Bruce Robson, BaSc’60

Bruce died April 1, 2021; he was 84. Bruce went to work in the technical department at Alcan Aluminum Kingston Works immediately after graduation. He was with the company until retirement in 1997. While with Alcan, he worked in Kingston twice, in Fairmont, W.Va.; Oswego, N.Y.; Cleveland, Ohio; Russellville, Ky.; and Detroit, Mich. He worked on foil products during his career, helping develop stock for aluminum cans (most notably for Coors); recycling, and retired as director, automotive development. One of his career highlights was working with an all-aluminum vehicle for Ford. He was a skier, golfer, and curler and played touch football; he volunteered in several community endeavours. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann, and their daughter Beth.

Roger Stotts
Roger Burton Stotts

Roger Burton Stotts, BSc’53

Roger Burton Stotts was a proud graduate of Queen’s University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in metallurgical engineering in 1953. In spite of the fact that he went on to earn a Master’s of engineering science from the University of Western Ontario (as it was then known) in 1970, his love for and loyalty to Queen’s was unwavering. He died at his home in Stratford, Ont., in the company of as many members of his family as could be there in these COVID times, including his wife of 68 years, Mary Eleanor (MacDowell) Stotts. A lifelong baseball player, coach, and fan, his final words were “Batter up!”

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