Editor's Note & Letters

Yvonne Palkowski
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Editor's Note

In the spring of 2014, UC Magazine ceased publishing the long-standing section “In Memoriam,” a list of alumni who had recently passed away. The decision was made after we erroneously listed an alumna as deceased, owing to a mistake in our records. Since then, a number of alumni have expressed their disappointment with the removal of the section. See below for Will Steeves Mancini’s (BA 1991 UC) eloquent argument in defence of “In Memoriam,” for example.

In light of your feedback and the larger message of the late Francesco Galassi’s (BA 1981 UC) beautiful piece, “Why Bother with History?”, we concede that we perhaps acted too hastily in discontinuing “In Memoriam.” Therefore we have reinstated the section starting with this issue. Please flip to page 49 of the PDF or ISSUU edition for a list of classmates who have passed away since we last published such notices.

Yvonne Palkowski (BA 2004 UC)



If you'll permit, I'd like to suggest that the discontinuation of the "In Memoriam" section, over the occasional regrettable error, is tantamount to, if you'll forgive the clichéd aphorism, throwing the baby out with the bath water. Mistakes of this sort are embarrassing to publishers as well as those who find themselves needing to pen a "Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated" letter, but are, in my humble opinion, generally rare enough that dispensing with the entire section seems a tad, well, extreme.   

During my years on the UC Lit, I was known (or more often, pilloried) as a crusader for unpopular causes, so let me once again boldly be the fool who dares to go where angels fear to tread, and explain why I support this column.

When I first started receiving UC Magazine, I skimmed through it and didn't pay particular attention to "In Memoriam”—until I saw the first entry under "1990s" and did a double-take.  I remembered many of my fellow students, including the first departed from my own class of 1991, and I was shocked to see her name. 

Since those days, I have read UC Magazine more attentively, including "In Memoriam." Should I happen to see the name of someone with whom I have lost touch, I may decide to contact the departed's family to include my condolences and/or make a donation (anonymously or otherwise) to the departed's favoured cause or charity.  Perhaps others may choose to do the same, but it is simply not practical to, as you suggest, to contact the UC Advancement Office with a list of name(s).

Will Steeves Mancini (BA 1991UC)


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