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in memORiam
Gwen S. (Warr) Kavanagh
Betty E. (McNeill) Little
Evelyn (Chase) McKay
Mildred (Jacobs) McGibbon
Thomas A. Bellis
Lois (Robson) Estabrooks
Edgar W. Mitton
Phyllis (Hicks) Blakney
Audrey Cornell
Ina (Estabrooks) Greer
Vernon A. Smith
Gabriel Chiasson
Stuart G. Stratton
John M.E. Hill
Phyllis F. Oxley
James R. Schryer
Ruth (Hayden) Sproull
Earle H. MacEachern
John J. Neilson
Jennie (Wilson) Stevenson
David Arthur Bartlett
Ron I. Dawson
J. Fred Dixon
Josephine (Fulton) Fraser
Edgar G. Goss
Ruth (Montrose) Hattie
1960, 1972
John F. Higgins
Nancy L. Goucher
Alan J. Branch
Jennifer J. (Nickerson) McKim
Davidson Black
Linda L. (Bastian) Bateman
Harry J. Smith
Former Faculty
Robert (RT) Thompson Former Faculty
George C. Freeman
Former Staff
Linda (King) Wheaton
Former Staff
Allan E. Blakeney
Honorary Degree
Gwenlyn Healy
Leslie M. Irvine
Graham Dennis
Arthur Motyer ('45)
Arthur Motyer, Professor Emeritus of
English and Mount Allison's first director
of drama, passed away at his home in
Sackville in June 2011.

Born in Bermuda, Arthur gradu-
ated from Mount Allison in 1945 and
went on to attend the University of
Oxford as Mount Allison's 24th Rhodes
After teaching at the University of Manitoba
and Bishop's University, Arthur returned to
Mount Allison in 1970 as the first Purvis
Professor of English and Associate Dean.
In 1972 he became Dean of Arts and went
on to be Vice-President (Academic). He
later returned to teaching and developed
the academic interdisciplinary program in
drama and the Windsor Theatre, serving
as Mount Allison's first director of drama
and as a mentor for colleagues and stu-
dents for 17 years. After retirement in 1993,
Arthur continued as an influential advo-
cate and counselor for his alma mater.

A member of the Order of New Bruns-
wick and the Sackville Arts Wall, Arthur
immersed himself in the cultural life of
campus and the community, also serv-
ing as founding chair of Sackville's Live
Bait Theatre. He wrote two distinguished
books, the novel What's Remembered and
a memoir, The Staircase Letters.

Arthur was honoured posthumously with
a Lifetime Achievement Award from the
Bermuda Arts Council. A celebration of
his life and work was held at the Bermuda
National Gallery in November 2011.
Dr. Robert (RT) Thompson
The Mount Allison community was
saddened to learn of the death of Dr.
Robert (RT) Thompson, emeritus pro-
fessor of the department of biology, on
Friday, Sept. 9 '11. Bob was born and
grew up in Almonte, ON. He earned
an undergraduate degree from Queen's
University, and went on to Simon Fra-
ser University where he received his
MSc as SFU's very first graduate. After
completing his PhD at SFU, he came to
Mount Allison in 1969 as a postdoctoral
fellow in the biology department. He
spent his professional career at Mount
Allison and achieved the rank of full
professor. He was a productive NSERC-
supported researcher in plant physiol-
ogy. Often referred to as RT, he was a
dedicated teacher with special concern
for first-year students and was an exem-
plary mentor for upper-level students,
for whom he provided supervision and
access to research and professional
experience. For this and his excellence
in teaching, he won the Tucker Teaching
Award in 1996. For many years he served
as head of the biology department, and
his patience and persistence in dealing
with colleagues and administrators was
legendary. At the request of the family,
the University has established the Dr.
Robert Thompson Fund. If you would
like to contribute to this memorial,
please contact the University Advance-
ment Office.
Ruth (Montrose) Hattie ('60, '72)
Submitted by her husband,
Donald Hattie ('59)
Ruth died on Oct. 26 '11 at age 69
from rapidly advancing pancreatic
cancer. Her teaching career began after
obtaining a teaching certificate at
Mount Allison in 1960. She returned
and completed her BA and BEd in 1972.
She completed additional studies in
special education at OISE in Orillia, ON
and obtained her MEd from the Univer-
sity of Saskatchewan in 1981. Most of
her years in teaching, and also a stint
as special education co-ordinator for
the rural districts surrounding Moncton,
were devoted to special needs students.
Her diplomatic skills were important in
obtaining the services needed during
swings in budgets and government
policies. Most of her contacts from work
continued as lasting friendships after
retirement in 1998.
The following list is compiled from information sent to University Advancement from August 31, 2011 to January 16, 2012. Please feel welcome to submit memories of departed
Allisonians you have known and loved, and we will be happy to print short versions in the Record and longer versions online (
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