In Memorium

George Alexander MacLennan
Photo courtesy of Admin Computing.
George Alexander MacLennan • 1951-2010

George MacLennan, of ITS Administrative Computing at Dalhousie, passed away quietly at home on March 9, 2010; he was 59. Born in Halifax, George studied math, physics, and computing science at Dalhousie and Waterloo, receiving his BSc and MSc from Dalhousie. He joined University Computing and Information Services, now ITS, in 1976, where he worked in various capacities in academic and administrative computing, systems, and database management. George will be missed by many colleagues and friends in the IT community and in administrative circles at Dalhousie where he was highly valued for his expertise, his breadth and depth of experience, and his lively perspective on most issues. Bridge was George's passion, where he excelled as a Life Master. A keen sportsman, George was a key member of the Dalhousie History softball team (champions in 1995 and 2003) and is remembered as "a lion on the field." He was a fine snooker player too, and an avid golfer out at Granite Springs. George is survived by his wife Oriel (in the Killam Library), his father Daniel in Halifax, his brothers John, Malcolm, and Andrew in Toronto, Nigeria, and Halifax respectively, and his sister Anne Herrera in Trinidad, as well as seven nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Margaret in September 2009. A memorial gathering in celebration of George's life will be held at a later date, to be announced shortly.

Donations in George's memory may be made to scholarship funds in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics or the Faculty of Computer Science or to Doctors Without Borders.

from Notice@Dal.Ca—March 11, 2010

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Anne-Marie Diane Jeffrey
Photo courtesy of Physics Dept.
Anne-Marie Diane Jeffrey • 1956-2008

Anne-Marie Diane Jeffrey, 52, Halifax, passed away on September 4, 2008, in the VG Site QEII. Born on February 5, 1956 in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Vivian (LeRue) Jeffrey. Anne-Marie was the Administrative Secretary for the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University. She took pride in her work and enjoyed assisting others. Anne-Marie was interested in everyone she met and always put the needs of her friends and family ahead of herself. She made it clear that the students were her main interest. Anne-Marie always said "The students are the reason for me being here". She took a personal interest in each and every student. Through her empathy and direct questioning she was able to understand them well, advised them, helped them, fiercely defended them and gained their respect. She worked tirelessly on many aspects of the department and became a close and supporting friend for many faculty and staff. Her insight in what needed priority in running the department as a "people centered place" guided the department for many years. She will be greatly missed.

from Notice@Dal.Ca—September 9, 2008

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Greg Jollimore • 1956-2008

Greg started as a full-time research technician with the Faculty of Engineering on January 1, 1986. He was later given a joint appointment with Agricultural/Mechanical Engineering on January 16, 1989, which he held until passing away on May 22, 2008. Greg shared his time between these two departments in an arrangement that initially seemed unorthodox and destined to fail since he had to divide his attention between two groups of very demanding professors. He was, however, able to manage his assignments with competence and a high degree of professionalism. He thoroughly enjoyed his work and relished the opportunity to work on myriad research projects with faculty members and graduate students. In recent years he also enjoyed working with undergraduate students in their senior year engineering design projects. Greg will be remembered for his professional competence, warmth and dry wit. He will also be remembered as an extraordinary human being. He was very considerate and a true gentleman, in that he treated others as he himself would want to be treated and never spoke negatively of others. As a result, he was extremely well thought of by all who worked and interacted with him. Foremost he was a trusted friend. Greg had an insatiable curiosity. He was not the type to just go with the flow. He definitely marched to his own drummer. Socrates would have been proud of him. He had a child-like wonder about life and was a relentless student and lover of life. He always had some wacky experiment going on, like melting glass or making plasma in a microwave oven, adopting a gigantic pet slug he named "Slipper" and collecting and nurturing all kinds of living things. If someone talked about something he did not know well, he would go to the library or on the web to educate himself so that he could talk intelligently about the topic. A colleague recalled that about a month ago Greg had given him an acorn that he had found on the ground and had nurtured to the point where it had started to grow roots and could be planted. Greg gave it to him to take home and plant—which he did. He was very eco friendly and would turn off the lights in the office or the lab when they were left on unnecessarily, not use the AC in his office, and only heat the rooms in his home he was using. At work he loved to recycle items that were going to the trash. Some of us enjoyed having discussions with him on all sorts of unusual topics such as the stock market, economics, physics, politics, and human rights. He was fond of Objectivism, a movement founded by Ayn Rand that promotes rational individualism and laissez-faire capitalism, categorically rejecting socialism, altruism, and religion. This probably summarizes Greg's life philosophy as well. Greg loved to bike until the last few years when his knees bothered him and he switched to walking. He loved learning new words from the dictionary. He loved to read, and especially enjoyed anything about history. Greg loved spending hours with his mother in the garden in their back yard and each year transforming it into something "magical." He loved listening to music, especially the rock groups from the 70's and 80's. Greg had a deep love for anything chocolate. He liked to bake his own bread. He always had a dog in his home and he appreciated all animals, even the smallest insects. He loved nature and the outdoors. Walking with Greg was always like a new "adventure" as he noticed and knew things about plants, animals and buildings in the city everywhere we went. He and his mother spent many hours in the Public Gardens just enjoying the outdoors and the animals. He took his mother on lots of trips in their car around the city. Roberta was a real estate agent and enjoyed seeing the changes made to homes and buildings she knew well.

We are all very sad with his departure; the void he left behind will not be filled. He will be missed and remembered fondly. The Faculty has lost a resource which we will never be able to replace. We all wish he had given us the opportunity to tell him how much he would be missed and how much we loved him.

Norene Reinhardt
Photo courtesy of Jim Clarke, MedIT
Norene Reinhardt • 1952-2006

It is with regret that we inform the university community of the death of Norene Reinhardt. Norene Marguerite Reinhardt, 54, Halifax, passed away September 3, 2006, in the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Born in Liverpool, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Catherine Reinhardt. Surviving are her sister, Jolene; brother-in-law, John Jarvo, Truro; niece, Dr. Elizabeth Reinhardt Jarvo and her husband Dr. Tommaso Baldacchini, Irvine, Calif.; cousin, Valerie Parsons and family of Lower Sackville. She was a valued employee of Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine, where she was a graphic artist for 33 years. Norene will be dearly missed by all those who shared in her life.

In Norene's memory, donations may be made to Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation.

from Notice@Dal.Ca—September 5, 2006

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Tom Norwood
Photo courtesy of ACS
Tom Norwood • 1969-2006

It is with regret that we inform the university community of the death of our colleague Tom Norwood, 37, a staff member at the Computing Services Help Desk. Tom died on Friday, April 28, 2006, in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born in Halifax on January 12, 1969, he was the son of Barbara Nielsen, Halifax, and the late Clement O. Norwood Jr. Tom graduated from Dalhousie University in 2002 with his Bachelor of Science Degree, receiving Honours in Computer Science. He was a staff member with Dalhousie University Computing and Information Services since 1990, working for several years in Machine Room operations, and most recently with the Help Desk. The memorial service took place on Tuesday, May 2 in St. Andrew's United Church.

from Notice@Dal.Ca—May 1, 2006

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Mary Anne Long
Photo by Ed Redman


Mary Anne's memorial tree Mary Anne Long • 1946-2001

Mary Anne was an active member of the Dalhousie Staff Association and NSGEU Local 77 for 14 years. She served on the Communications, Documentation, Job Watchdog, Shop Stewards, and By-laws Committees, the Occupational Council and the Provincial Committee Pool, and, at the time of her death in August 2001, she was Vice-President Middle Campus. Mary Anne's commitment and dedication exemplifies membership.

The Killam Library planted a tree in memory of Mary Anne. Mary Anne worked at the Killam Library in the Monographs Unit. Thanks to the efforts of her colleagues at the library, her memorial tree stands in front of the Studley Gymnasium, close to where she used to go for her breaks.

Photo by Cindy Miller

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