The passing of an era: Sam Noumoff dies at 79


Longtime political science professor Sam Noumoff died on Nov. 26. James Putzel, Noumoff’s former teaching assistant and current professor of Development Studies at the London School of Economics, pays tribute to his longtime friend and mentor.

Philanthropist Azrieli dies at 92


Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier expressed sincere condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of David J. Azrieli, an accomplished architect, successful entrepreneur, and generous philanthropist, who died Wednesday at the age of 92.

William Tetley, 1927-2014


It is with sadness that the Faculty of Law announces the death of Professor William Tetley, C.M., Q.C., LL.L., who passed away, surrounded by his family, on July 1, 2014.

Tony Blair adds tribute to Ellen Aitken


The Tony Blair Faith Foundation has added its own tribute to the late Ellen Aitken, McGill’s Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies, who died early Saturday morning. “Ellen was an outstanding academic but also a lovely, warm and generous spirited person with a huge heart as well as an exceptional mind,” former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said.

Roderick A. Macdonald (1948-2014)

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Professor Roderick A. Macdonald, F.R. Scott Professor of Constitutional and Public Law, passed away Friday, June 13 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 65. Daniel Jutras, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Wainwright Professor of Civil Law remembers Macdonald as “one of the most important scholars and thinkers in McGill University’s history.”

McGill benefactor Liliane Stewart dies at 85


Liliane Stewart, a noted Montreal philanthropist who, with her late husband David and the Macdonald-Stewart Foundation they led, contributed tens of millions of dollars to various arts, cultural and educational institutions in Montreal, including McGill, died Saturday at age 85. A member of McGill’s Board of Governors from two terms from January 1985 until December 1994, she was made a Governor Emerita in 1995. McGill awarded her an honorary degree in 1999, having bestowed the same honour on her husband in 1978, four years before his death. David M. Stewart was heir to the estate of Sir William Macdonald, who was an important figure in the early years of McGill.

Dr. William Feindel (1918 – 2014)


The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre regret to announce the death of William Feindel, O.C., G.O.Q., MDCM, D. Phil., one of Canada’s most distinguished neurosurgeons and The Neuro’s third director. Dr. Feindel passed away quietly at The Neuro on Sunday night following a brief illness. Our deepest sympathies go out to Dr. Feindel’s family.

Illustrious alumnus Edgar Bronfman Sr. dead at 84


McGill is mourning the loss of one of its most illustrious alumni, Edgar M. Bronfman, who died Saturday in New York at the age of 84. In addition to the BA he earned in the early 1950s, the University presented Mr. Bronfman with an honorary doctorate in June 2012. “McGill has lost a friend, a member of the community and a great philanthropist whose name is known around the world, both for his business acumen and for his tireless work on behalf of the victims of the Holocaust, “said Suzanne Fortier, principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University. “Our deepest condolences go to his family and colleagues at this difficult time.”

Goodbye to a Jewish kid from The Bronx


Whenever I interview a senior administrator for the first time, I do so with a little trepidation. These are busy people doing important work and, on occasion, some haven’t been too shy about dropping hints that they would rather be tending to their important work than talking to me. Those interviews tend to be short, curt and, safe to say, a relief to both parties involved when they’re over. Few McGillians were busier or doing more important work than David Colman, when I first interviewed him for the McGill Reporter in 2007.