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Queen’s community remembers Professor Emeritus Melvin (Mel) Wiebe

Melvin WiebeThe Queen’s community is remembering Professor Emeritus Melvin Wiebe who died Aug. 15 at the age of 83.

Dr. Wiebe arrived at Queen’s in 1965, joining the Department of English and was among the world’s foremost Benjamin Disraeli scholars. In 1979, he joined the Disraeli Project at Queen’s, which endeavoured to locate and publish previously undiscovered letters written by the former British Prime Minister. He would then become the director of the project in 1982 and hold the position until 2007, three years after his retirement as a professor.

During his directorship, 10 volumes of the Benjamin Disraeli Letters series were published, with the last volume garnering the 2016 Robert Lowry Patten Award for the best recent study in 19th-century British literary studies.

Born and raised in Manitoba, Dr. Wiebe would complete his studies at the University of Manitoba and the University of Toronto.

A family obituary is available online.