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Eminent historian Irving Abella (BA 1963 UC) was recently honoured by Western University with an honorary doctorate. He is currently Shiff Professor of Canadian Jewish History at York University.

Dr. Stephen Obi Akudeh (BA 1974 UC) passed away on November 24, 2013. He was buried in his hometown, Umuru village in Ideani, Anambra state, Nigeria.

Daniel Balaban (BSc 1997 UC), president of Greengate Power Corp., was named one of Canada's 2015 Clean50 honourees, for his contributions to enhancing sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada.

Jean Rae Baxter (BA 1955 UC) published The White Oneida (Ronsdale Press, 2014), her fourth young adult historical novel and seventh book, set during the years following the American Revolutionary War.

Prof. Edward Lloyd Bousfield (BA 1948 UC) was recently honoured by the Canadian Museum of Nature, which he has served since 1950 in various capacities, including as chief zoologist. He is an authority on the systematics of amphipod crustaceans, having described over 300 new species; 22 are named in his honour. He is perhaps best known for describing, with Dr. Paul LeBlond, the large, dragon-like, northern aquatic reptile, Cadborosaurus willsi.

Alan Bowker (BA 1965 UC) has published A Time Such As There Never Was Before: Canada After the Great War (Dundurn Books, 2014). The book describes the tumultuous months after the Armistice of 1918, the return of the troops, the great influenza, religious belief, prohibition, the role of women, labour and agrarian unrest, the search for a national identity, and Canada’s coming of age, among other themes.

Lawyer and real estate developer Rudolph (Rudy) Bratty (BA 1953 UC) was named Philanthropic Business Person of the Year 2014 by the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce.

Genevieve Cowgill (BA 1963 UC) passed away on November 13, 2014. She was well known among alumni, students, staff, and faculty as the chair of the University College Book Sale, which she enthusiastically held from 1995 until her death. She studied English literature at UC before completing her MA in education and PhD in English from the University of Pittsburgh.  Genevieve was also a staunch defender of human rights, volunteering for many years with Amnesty International and PEN Canada. She is survived by her partner of 34 years, Rev. Gordon Winch, as well as her former partner, Dr. Melvin George Cowgill of Brookhaven, Long Island, NY.

Dr. Luisa Del Giudice (BA 1974 UC) edited Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development (Fordham University Press, 2014). She is an expert in Italian, Italian American, and Canadian folklife, ethnology, and oral history.

Tom Ehrlich (BA 1980 UC) was named chair of the board of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

In celebration of the fiftieth birthday of Maja Gans (BSc 1987 UC), her former classmates Barbara Brophey (BA 1988 UC), Catherine Patterson (BSPT 1988), and Carla Solomon Corban (1988 UC) arranged to visit the UC campus and play a hand of euchre in Whitney Hall’s Falconer common room.

Dr. Faith Feinberg (BA 1974 UC) was recognized with the North York General Hospital Medical Staff Association’s Service Award, for her years of valued service and contributions.

Charlotte Fielden (BA 1955 UC) published Beholder (CFM Books, 2015), her third collection of poetry and fourteenth book.

Jacob Glick (BA 1999 UC) was appointed Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Rogers Communications Inc.

Donald Guloien (BCom 1980 UC), President and CEO of Manulife Financial Corp., was elected chair of Canadian Life and Health Insurance Inc.

Author and critic Deirdre Kelly (BA 1983 UC) was honoured by the Canadian Theatre Critics Association with the 2014 Nathan Cohen Award for Excellence in Theatre Criticism. She started her journalism career at UC's student newspaper, The Gargoyle, before moving onto The Varsity as dance critic, and then The Globe and Mail.

Peter Kent (BA 1969 UC) has been appointed to the advisory council of Innocent Inc., a development stage oil and gas exploration and production company.

Dental surgeon Dr. Harold Kershen (BSc 1965 UC) was recognized with the North York General Hospital Medical Staff Association’s Service Award, for 35 years of valued service and contributions.

World-renowned museum planner and arts consultant Gail Lord (BA 1968 UC) was promoted to Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France. The award, which is one of the most important cultural honours of France, was awarded in recognition of her ongoing dedication to promoting French culture and the arts, and her work as a volunteer board member with the Alliance Française.

David Loukidelis (1977 UC) has been appointed Privacy Commissioner, Ad Hoc, for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Dr. Anna Nyburg (BA 1972 UC) published Émigrés: The Transformation of Art Publishing in Britain (Phaidon Press, 2014), a comprehensive analysis of the illustrated publishing industry in Britain before and after World War II. She is presently a lecturer in German at Imperial College London.

Economist and higher education leader Dr. H. Ian Macdonald (BCom 1952 UC) was honoured by the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management for his years of service as a founding member of the organization.  

John (Jim) Patterson Mayberry (BA 1950 UC) passed away on September 8, 2014. He was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mathematics at Brock University, and earlier a senior analyst in applied mathematics at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Over his career he wrote many articles, chapters, and books at the highest level of theoretical inquiry, and had the distinction of co-authoring with five different Nobel Prize winners.

Lawyer Blair McCreadie (BA 1997 UC) was selected one of Lexpert magazine’s 2014 Leading Lawyers Under 40, for his accomplishments within the legal profession and his social contributions.

Audrey Y. Morris (BA 1952 UC) passed away on June 1, 2014. She was one of the first women in her hometown of Athens, Ontario, to pursue a postsecondary education, taking political studies at U of T. She went on to a successful career in the civil service, political writing, and consulting.

Former U of T president Prof. David Naylor (1974 UC) was appointed chair of the advisory panel on healthcare innovation at Health Canada.

Erna Paris (BA 1960 UC) has published From Tolerance to Tyranny: A Cautionary Tale from Fifteenth-Century Spain (Cormorant Books, 2015). An updated edition of her 1995 best-selling, award-winning book, The End of Days, it is the story of how medieval Europe’s most vibrant multicultural society became its least tolerant.

Michael Prencipe (BA 1991 UC) has joined the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating as manager of operations.

Lawyer Brian Radnoff (BCom 1993 UC) was named one of the Best Lawyers in Canada 2015, and honoured with the 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award for Defamation and Media Litigation. 

The Hon. Bob Rae (BA 1969 UC) was appointed director of Homewood Research Institute. Rae is senior partner at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, was Ontario’s twenty-first premier, and served as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Lawyer Gabrielle Richards (BA 1977 UC), partner at McCarthy Tétrault, was appointed chair of the board of governors of the Canadian Tax Foundation.

Jeremy Rudin (BA 1978 UC) was appointed Superintendent of Financial Institutions, Canada’s primary regulator and supervisor of federally regulated deposit-taking institutions, insurance companies, and federally regulated private pension plans.

Christina Schwarz (BSc 2002 UC) was elected partner at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, a leading premier intellectual property law firm.

Lawyer Samuel Schwartz (BA 1967 UC), managing partner, Davis LLP (Toronto office), was honoured by York University with a 2014 Bryden Alumni Award, for his 40 years of outstanding community service.

Dr. Suzanne Strasberg (BSc 1988 UC) was appointed chair of MD Financial Holdings Inc., the parent company of MD Physician Services.

Corporate lawyer Constance Sugiyama (BA 1974 UC) was named a Member of the Order of Canada, for her achievements as a lawyer and for her extensive civic engagement.

Herman’s House, a film produced by Lisa Valencia-Svensson (BA 1990 UC), was honoured with a 2014 news and documentary Emmy in the outstanding arts and culture programming category. The documentary profiles an artistic collaboration between prisoner Herman Wallace and artist Jackie Sumell.

Sharry Wilson (BA 1977 UC) published Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years (ECW Press, 2014). The book is a biography covering the first 20 years of Canadian music icon Neil Young’s life.