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    Queen’s remembers Marjorie Peart, former director of the commerce program

    Marjorie PeartThe Queen’s community is remembering Marjorie Peart (MPA’93), former director of the commerce program, who died on Jan. 6 in Kingston at the age of 80.

    Born and raised in Pittsbugh, PA, moved to Canada to study at the University of Toronto, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts. After graduating she started her career as an English teacher and potter.

    She first arrived at Queen’s to work in the Faculty of Education and earned a Master’s of Public Administration in 1993. She would then join the business school in 1995 as associate chair of the commerce program and became director in 2000, serving in the role until her retirement in 2004. Marjorie then travelled the world with her husband, Peter, but always came back to her beloved island on Fourteen Island Lake in Verona, ON. Marjorie was also an avid quilter, chorister, piano player, scrabble, bridge and pickleball player.

    She was a dedicated volunteer with Hospice Kingston for more than 15 years, leading bereavement support groups and providing respite support for those in palliative care and their families. In 2014 she was inducted into the June Caldwell Circle of Outstanding Volunteers and received an Award of Distinction for her service to Hospice Palliative Care Ontario.

    With files from Smith Magazine and the family obituary.