Passages – Lives that Improved life – Spring 2019

Denis Lynn

Denis Lynn

The inaugural Lynn Medal in Zoology to be awarded at spring convocation for the College of Biological Science (CBS) this year is named for Denis Lynn, a University of Guelph professor emeritus and grad who died in June 2018.
Described by one former colleague as “an academic who never grew old,” Lynn was killed after being hit by a rogue wave while collecting mussels on Calvert Island in British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Sound. He was 71.

After studies in marine biology at U of G in 1969, he completed his PhD at the University of Toronto. He returned to the University’s former Department of Zoology in 1977. In 2011, he became an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia.

During his 32-year career, Lynn studied ciliates, or single-celled organisms that he called his “favourite wee beasties.”

The annual Lynn Medal, designed by Ian Smith, illustrator and CBS printing facility manager, will go to the top graduating student in the zoology major.
Prof. Ryan Gregory, chair of the Department of Integrative Biology, recalls Lynn’s thoroughness as a member of his PhD defence committee at U of G.
“He was the consummate professor: he cared about both research and teaching,” says Gregory.

Michaela Strueder-Kypke, coordinator of advanced light microscopy in U of G’s Advanced Analysis Centre, worked with Lynn as a post-doc after arriving from Germany. In 1991, she had sent her master’s thesis to several international experts; Lynn was the only one to reply, although he half-apologized for being unable to read German.

“He had not only looked at it, he actually tried to read it,” says Strueder-Kypke, who first met Lynn at a conference in 1993. “That was Denis. He was always curious, keen. He gave everyone the same respect.”

ALUMNI

1930s

  • Maynard Slack, BSA ’39, Feb. 4, 2019
  • Norman (Norm) Thompson, BSA ’39, MSA ’49, Dec. 2, 2018

1940s

  • William Stacey, Dip. ’42, May 31, 2017
  • Gordon (Gord) Davis, DVM ’45, Feb. 2, 2018
  • Margaret (Elsie) Doughty, DHE ’47, April 14, 2018
  • William (Bill) Tossell, BSA ’47, MSA ’48, Oct. 10, 2018
  • Maurice Lamoureux, DVM ’49, Nov. 24, 2018
  • Dorothy (Dot) McRae, BSA ’49, March 26, 2018
  • Winston Shapton, BSA ’49, Aug. 22, 2018
  • Ivan Stinson, BSA ’49, Oct. 4, 2018

1950s

  • Howard Baskerville, BSA ’50, Feb. 18, 2018
  • Heinz Braun, BSA ’50, MSA ’56, May 30, 2017
  • Robert (Bob) Crawford, BSA ’50, Sept. 7, 2018
  • Kenneth (Ken) Murray, BSA ’50, Fellow ’83, Hon DLaw ’96, March 2, 2019
  • James (Jim) Bell, Dip. ’51, Oct. 11, 2018
  • William (Bill) MacKay, BSA ’51, Nov. 22, 2018
  • William (Bill) Osborne, DVM ’51, Feb. 14, 2017
  • Arthur (Art) Campbell, BSA ’52, Jan. 26, 2018
  • George Lantz, Dip. ’52, Oct. 27, 2018
  • Larry Burt, BSA ’53, Jan. 16, 2019
  • Jack Hanna, BSA ’53, Dec. 16, 2018
  • John Newman, Dip. ’53, April 28, 2018
  • Thomas (Tom) Hulland, DVM ’54, Oct. 15, 2018
  • Ronald (Ron) Totten, Dip. ’54, Jan. 11, 2019
  • John (Jack) Goodall, BSA ’55, Dec. 22, 2017
  • August Kloppenburg, Dip. ’55, Jan. 20, 2017
  • William (Murray) Mills, BSA ’55, Dec. 8, 2018
  • Gordon (Gord) Rains, BSA ’55, Feb. 8, 2019
  • John Vamplew, BSA ’55, Nov. 17, 2018
  • Maurice DeKindt, Dip. ’56, BSA ’62,
    Jan. 12, 2017
  • Walter Baron, Dip. ’57, Aug. 12, 2018
  • Alan (Al) Christie, BSA ’58, MSA ’60,
    Jan. 10, 2017
  • John Curtis, BSA ’59, M.Sc. ’65, Feb. 17, 2019
  • Ben Jansen, Dip. ’59, Feb. 4, 2019
  • Willard Lane, BSA ’59, July 15, 2017
  • Malcolm McKie, DVM ’59, June 13, 2018
  • Dennis Meagher, DVM ’59, Feb. 20, 2019
  • Sheila Miller, DHE ’59, Jan. 24, 2017
  • William (Bill) Weber, DVM ’59, Oct. 8, 2018

1960s

  • Elizabeth (Liz) Thomas, DHE ’60, Dec. 18, 2017
  • Glenn Coultes, Dip. ’61, BSc (Agr) ’65,
    June 9, 2018
  • John (Larry) Delver, DVM ’61, Nov. 24, 2018
  • Donald Lewis, BSA ’61, Feb. 6, 2018
  • Myrna Thompson, B.H.Sc. ’61, Dec. 8, 2018
  • Reginald (Reg) Laventure, BSA ’62,
    Feb. 15, 2019
  • W. (Dalton) Maxwell, DVM ’62, April 23, 2018
  • Gerald Rose, Dip. ’62, Oct. 21, 2018
  • Maureen Chambers, DHE ’63, Sept. 15, 2017
  • Bruce Heming, BSA ’63, July 22, 2018
  • David (Dave) Pree, BSA ’64, M.Sc. ’66,
    Oct. 12, 2018
  • Richard (Rich) Hiscocks, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’65, Sept. 21, 2018
  • Timothy Josling, M.Sc. ’65, Nov. 27, 2018
  • William (Bill) MacTaggart, M.Sc. ’65,
    Dec. 23, 2018
  • William (Bill) Paterson, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’65, M.Sc. ’67, Jan. 5, 2018
  • Nicholas (Nick) Van Vliet, ODH ’65,
    Aug. 29, 2017
  • Bruce Wilkie, DVM ’65, Feb. 25, 2019
  • James (Jim) Dalrymple, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’66, M.Sc. ’68, June 10, 2017
  • John Eidt, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’66, Dec. 17, 2018
  • Sylvia (Jane) Rigby, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’66, M.Sc. ’68, Sept. 20, 2018
  • Michael (Tony) Bernard, DVM ’67, Nov. 22, 2018
  • Norman Duquette, Dip. ’67, Feb. 5, 2018
  • Jean Ingrassia, B.H.Sc. ’67, April 11, 2018
  • Robert (Bob) Smythe, Dip. ’67, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’74, Aug. 15, 2018
  • David Steadman, Dip. ’67, Sept. 14, 2018
  • Terry Gillespie, PhD ’68, Dec. 2, 2018
  • Mans Klingenberg, ODH ’68, May 31, 2017
  • James (Jim) Nader, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’68,
    Jan. 12, 2019
  • Gordon Farndon, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’69, Nov. 2, 2018
  • Peter (Pete) Ferris, B.Sc. (Eng.) ’69,
    Nov. 19, 2017

1970s

  • Anne Hall, B.H.Sc. ’70, Aug. 2, 2018
  • Murray Pennel, B.Sc. ’70, M.Sc. ’74,
    Jan. 7, 2017
  • Pasquale Rviele, B.Sc. ’70, Oct. 5, 2017
  • Gretchen Day, BA ’71, Jan. 8, 2017
  • Thursa Wilson-Zebic, B.Sc. ’71, DVM ’75, Dec. 21, 2018
  • Ralph Westendorp, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’72,
    May 25, 2018
  • Bruce Boland, B.Sc. (Eng.) ’73, Sept. 26, 2018
  • Roger Garbutt, Dip. ’75, Aug. 29, 2018
  • Franklin Jay, BA ’75, Aug. 14, 2018
  • John Lipinski, Dip. ’75, Nov. 12, 2017
  • Richard (Dick) Zurbrigg, DVM ’75, April 12, 2018
  • Robert (Bob) Howitt, B.Sc. ’76, March 10, 2017
  • Peter Johnson, B.Comm. ’76, July 18, 2017
  • Elizabeth Anne (Beth Anne) Kidnie, B.A.Sc. ’76, Feb 20, 2018
  • Dale Van Camp, Dip. ’76, Oct. 29, 2018
  • Robert (Paul) McDougall, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’77, Feb. 23, 2019
  • David Selander, Dip. ’78, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’85, Sept. 21, 2017
  • Margaret Kurvink, BA ’79, Dec. 19, 2018
  • William (Bill) Winegard, Fellow ’79, Hon. LL.D. ’05, Jan. 31, 2019

1980s

  • Jack Westlake, M.Sc. ’80, May 30, 2018
  • Wayne Cross, DVM ’82, Dec. 6, 2018
  • Robert Grist, BA ’83, July 14, 2017
  • Leslie Rye, B.Sc. ’84, M.Sc. ’87, PhD ’00, Nov. 5, 2018
  • Susan Sheridan, BA ’85, July 10, 2017
  • Arthur (Art) Versteeg, Dip. ’85, Jan. 31, 2018
  • William (Jeff) White, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’85, DVM ’90, July 21, 2017
  • Agnes Gelb, M.Sc. ’86, April 26, 2017
  • Janice Selinger, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’86, DVM ’94, Jan. 5, 2019
  • Ramazan (Ramo) Gencay, MA ’87, Dec. 7, 2018
  • Christopher Scott, B.Sc. ’88, Jan. 7, 2018
  • Elaine Thorson, BA ’88, Dec. 21, 2017
  • Richard Goy, BA ’89, MA ’93, Aug. 5, 2018

1990s

  • Marion Blackburn, BA ’93, BA ’99,
    Sept. 18, 2018
  • Grant Edwards, PhD ’93, Sept. 10, 2018
  • Keith Ronald, Fellow ’94, July 17, 2017

2000s

  • Craig Cole, B.Sc. ’02, Nov. 3, 2018
  • Rebecca (Becky) Wheatley, Dip. ’02,
    Jan. 4, 2017
  • Amber Landgraff, BA ’07, Aug. 1, 2018
  • Alastair Gillespie, Hon. Litt.D. ’08, Aug. 19, 2018
  • Frank Rovers, Hon. LL.D. ’09, Feb. 19, 2018
  • Jaspreet Dhindsa, M.Sc. ’11, July 27, 2018
  • Michael (Mike) Kizlyk, Dip. ’11, May 10, 2018
  • Stephanie (Steph) May, B.Comm. ’11,
    Jan. 20, 2017
  • Andrew Bretz, PhD ’12, Aug. 21, 2018
  • Alison Cooke, B.Sc. ’13, M.Sc. ’17, April 6, 2018
  • J. (Charles) Grieco, Hon. LL.D. ’14,
    Jan. 29, 2019
  • Riley Lynch, B.Sc. ’17, Jan. 19, 2017
  • Kaled Salih, B.Eng. ’18, July 22, 2018
  • Patrick Coffey, BA ’19, Dec. 20, 2018

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