Departed Allisonians

Compiled from information sent to University Advancement Sept. 16, 2015 – Jan. 15, 2016

In Memoriam

The following list is compiled from information sent to University Advancement Sept. 16, 2015 – Jan. 15, 2016. Please feel welcome to submit memories of departed Allisonians you have known and loved.

Ruth (Fraser) Fullerton-Bain – 1937
Eugene Victor Moriarty – 1939
Scott Bland – 1940
Mary T. (O’Brien) Fraser – 1941
Ross E. Robertson – 1941
Ralph C. Young – 1941  
Pamela Ann (McDougall) Mayer – 1945
A. Margaret (Vair) McLellan – 1945
Mildred (Carvell) Dickinson – 1946
Marie (MacDonald) MacBeath – 1946  
Lloyd W. Cater – 1948
Willena (Murphy) Wilkie – 1949
Edgar D. MacTavish – 1950
Mary N. (Latham) Shea – 1950
Shirley (Goodspeed) Cullen – 1951
Stuart Emery – 1951
Stewart K. Henry – 1952  
Shirley (Rowcliffe) Hill – 1953
William R.B. Bowering – 1956
Anne (Dystant) Jamfrey – 1956
Keith F. Dougherty – 1957
Nancy (Caldwell) David – 1958
Orison M. Duffy – 1958
Ruth Miller – 1958
Glen W. Smith - 1961
Alistair F. MacNaughton – 1962
David E. Read – 1963
Brenda (Olsen) VanZoost – 1966
Guy S. Humphrey – 1969
Richard Swan – 1969   
John K. MacDonald – 1974  
Ian B. MacLure – 1977
Thomas H. Carroll – 1980
Albert M.H. Bailey – 1985
Marie Hammond-Callaghan – 1986
Virginia (Knowlton) Price – 1989

Florence Doncaster – Friend
Betsy G. Hatch – Friend
Doreen J. McCully – Friend

Richard B. Lane – Former Employee

Rita Richard – Parent (Former Student)
Douglas L. Robinson – Parent (Former Student)
Thomas N. Seamans – Parent (Former Student)


Donald MacGregor (’47)
Submitted by his daughter Janet (Jan) MacGregor

Dr. Donald John MacGregor passed away quietly in his sleep on Aug. 29, 2015 at the age of 89. Dad was predeceased by the love of his life, our mother; Hope (Russell) in 1985; his sister, Flora Beckett (’60) and his parents, Donald (LLD ’61) and Frances (Fairbanks) MacGregor. Dad will be forever and lovingly remembered by his three children: Janet (Jan), Jack, and David; his sisters Margaret Brown (’54) (Carl), and Mary Alexander (’50) (David); as well as several extended family members.

Born in Sackville, NB on Aug. 9, 1926, Don had a very happy childhood being brought up by loving parents in a peaceful university town. He enrolled at Mount Allison University, even taking a class from his own father, a professor of physics. After his first year at Mount A, his studies were interrupted by the war as he enlisted in the Royal Navy and was promptly dispatched overseas. In England he received his pilot training, preparing him for flights on and off aircraft carriers. Fortuitously Dad was never required to do the same as VE Day occurred before the training was completed.

With the end of the war he returned to Mount Allison and recommenced his studies, receiving his Bachelor of Arts. In 1950, in his final year of medicine at Dalhousie University, while also engaged as an intern in the Canadian Officer Training Course, he met Hope, an occupational therapist. Within five months they were married. Dad then interned as a medical doctor in Halifax, NS, later moving to Edmonton, AB; Regina, SK; and finally Calgary, AB where he practised obstetrics and gynecology while raising a young family.

Dad practised until 1986, delivering thousands of children. His manner and sense of humour, whether in the office, making rounds, or in the operating room, were legendary with many smiles from all of those who witnessed it.

In lieu of flowers, any donations to the Donald MacGregor Scholarship Fund, his father’s scholarship fund, at Mount Allison would be appreciated.

Verna (Etter) Estabrooks
Submitted by daughters, Lorraine Horyl (’74) and Robin Etter-Cleave (’79)

Verna Estabrooks passed away peacefully on April 10, 2015 at the Sackville Memorial Hospital with her two daughters by her side.

Verna was a former employee of Mount Allison, working from 1967 to 1981 in the Music department where she was a friendly, dedicated, and efficient secretary.  Many students were especially fond of her and looked upon her as being a special friend and confidante.

Verna was laid to rest at a private graveside service in September at the Sackville Cemetery.

Along with her daughters, Verna’s grandson Noel Horyl (’04) and her predeceased husbands Norman W.P. Etter (‘35) and William I. Estabrooks (‘35), all attended Mount Allison.

Robert Atkinson Purdy (’46)
Submitted by his daughter Margaret Purdy

Never one to stray far from his beloved hometown of Amherst, NS, Dad graduated from Mount Allison with a BA in English in 1946. He was always a gentleman and put family as the thing that guided him in his life.

After teaching school for a short time in Truro, he returned to Amherst where he and his brother Walter established several businesses including Amherst Insurance Agencies and Purdy Brothers Realty. Dad was a dedicated volunteer, serving on many boards and supporting local charities.

Anyone who knew him would immediately think of hunting and gardening. He approached each fall with a focus on the harvest and “opening day” of duck hunting season. Some of his most cherished times were spent with his family at the Tidnish cottage and his hunting camp at Long Lake.

His grandchildren were drawn to him like moths to light as he always had time for them and a quiet word of advice that will be forever cherished. He is survived by his second wife Edith Anne (Douglas, nee Jardine); children Margaret, John, and Michael, grandchildren, Amy, Emily (’12), Tom, Julia, Michael, Lisa, Sara, stepchildren Helen and Carrie, step-grandchildren Natalie and Tory, and many extended family members.

Dad died just where he wanted to be, in Amherst, on Nov. 6, 2014 at the age of 91.

Marie Hammond-Callaghan (’85, ’86)
Submitted by former student Katherine Austin-Evelyn (’07)

Marie Hammond-Callaghan passed away on Nov. 20, 2015 in Sackville, NB.

During her years at Mount Allison, Marie was the lynchpin of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, serving as the only full-time faculty member in the program, developing and teaching a number of its core courses, and organizing many events and guest lectures, particularly commemorating International Women’s Day. Marie was a tireless, dedicated teacher, beloved by students with whom she shared her love of study and passion for activism.

Marie was not only my mentor and professor but became a dear friend. Her impact on her students extended beyond their time at Mount Allison and this lifelong commitment to her students was proof that she did not just teach but that she also lived her convictions. In the spirit of Marie’s scholarship and dedication to the holistic development of her students, friends, family, and former students have established “The Marie Hammond-Callaghan Women’s History Prize” at Mount Allison. Donations are most welcome for this new award.

Laird McLennan (’56)
Submitted by Phyllis Frick (’63)

Laird Matheson McLennan passed away in Fredericton, NB, on April 30, 2015, after a brief illness.

Laird arrived at Mount Allison in the fall of 1953 as a Commerce student and varsity athlete. In 1956 he became the coach of the Mount Allison Mounties football team, leading them undefeated to the NB Football League championship. He coached the men’s basketball team during their successful 1957 season as well.

Laird returned to the Athletic department at MtA in 1968, where he was head coach of the men’s varsity basketball team, the MtA Hawks, and served with Gus McFarlane and John Wheelock as assistant coach of the football team. At the same time, Laird was involved in the intramural program at the Athletic Centre and conducted freshman gym classes. His varied responsibilities provided the opportunity to meet and interact with a wide range of students and staff. 

Laird and his wife Carole lived on campus for several years, first in Bennett House and later in Harper Hall. They became friends and mentors to many young men and women over the years, forging lifelong friendships. After moving to Fredericton in 1977 they continued to return to campus for special occasions and to their cottage at Baie Verte, NB. 

Laird loved Mount Allison, and many Allisonians loved and respected him for the special person he was. He served the University and its students well and is fondly remembered.

Rev. Albert Bailey (’85)
Submitted by his sister Arlene (Bailey) Dupuis (’90)

Rev. Albert Bailey (‘85) passed away in Trinidad on Sept. 11, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.  While obtaining a BSc at Mount Allison he was an active member of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship group and preached his first sermon at the Mount Allison Chapel. He later obtained a Master’s in food technology (’86), University of the West Indies, Trinidad; L.Th. (S.A.T.C.) and a degree in divinity (’93), University of London, England. In 1993, he was ordained as a minister to the Ministry of the Word and Sacraments in the Presbyterian Church of Trinidad & Tobago. He was extremely dedicated to his congregations and their families, created the website, and was the first minister to conduct online sermons on behalf of the Presbyterian Church of Trinidad & Tobago. Rev. Bailey is survived by his wife Ramona, children Aryn and Arianne, his mother Ermine Bailey, and sisters, Alison (’86), Alma (’90), and Arlene (’90).