Departed Allisonians

Compiled from information sent to University Advancement from May 16, 2018-Sept. 15, 2018

In Memoriam

Please feel welcome to submit memories of departed Allisonians you have known and loved.

Marguerite E. (Heisler) Robertson — 1927
Muriel R. (Williamson) Squires — 1937
Frances E. (Etter) Titus — 1937
Elinor H. Blackie — 1939
Frances E. (Daniel) Jackson — 1944
K. Thelma (MacDonald) McCurdy — 1945
Margaret B. (Vaughan) Jangaard — 1948
Jean L. (MacKenzie) Barks — 1949
Helen M. (Fraser) Barclay — 1950
Donald I. Gosnell — 1950
Jean H. (Cameron) MacDonald — 1953
Peter E. Darby — 1955
Glendon “Glen” J. Johnston — 1956
Elizabeth (Darby) Perry — 1957
Dr. Mary F. (West) Pratt, CC — 1957
Rev. Stewart B. Russell — 1957
Patricia J. (Foran) McGorlick — 1958
Elizabeth “Liz” A. (Thompson) Kent — 1960
N. Gail (Rose) Moore — 1961
W. Errol “Nick” Nicholson — 1961
Mary Jane (Gallop) Dodge — 1964
Thomas E. Crawford — 1965
M. Ellen (MacDonald) Gozna — 1968
Ralph D. Mitchell — 1972
William (Bill) S. Hamilton — 1973
Hal B. Forbes — 1978
Jeffrey (Jody) G. Trafford — 1981
Jonathan W. Allen — 1994
Natalie R. (Chute) Meggison — 1994
Laurence “Larry” A. Leblanc — 1996
Ruth L (Eagles) Steves — 1997

Stephanie M. Bourque — Former Staff


Heather (Gray) Lewis (’67)
Submitted by her friend Helen Cook (’67)

Heather (Gray) Lewis (’67) was one of four friends from Montreal who chose Mount A for its BA (and useful secretarial certificate), residential experience, and distance from our parents’ watchful eyes. Graceful, elegant, and stylish even at 17, Heather was one of those “freshettes” quickly singled out by the seniors who met the train from Upper Canada in September.

Hart Hall in 1963 was full of girls away from home for the first time (most others having fled to newly-opened Windsor Hall), so every unknown was a crisis, particularly those first exams. Heather was always calm, finding time for both studying and residence parties, cinnamon toast in the Lower Rink Common Room between classes, or a late-night walk to Bordie’s for apple crisp.

Heather lived life fully and with flare. She was enjoying retirement from a real estate career when diagnosed with ovarian cancer but through it remained stoic, never losing her dry sense of humour. She would have agreed with Shannon Alder, who wrote “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”


Deanna Bell Merriam (’59)
Submitted by Alexander Flack (’59)

Deanna Bell Merriam was born in Augustine Cove, PEI in 1938. Deanna attended Prince of Wales College, Charlottetown and Horton Academy, Wolfville. She passed away on June 5, 2017.

She enrolled at Mount Allison in 1956 as the recipient of a Sharp Entrance Scholarship and graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts. In 1960, she married Captain Kinsman Merriam and they had one son, Paul (’90).

Deanna taught high school in Kensington and later was an award-winning real estate agent. As well, she was active in the Rotary Library, Eptek Centre, Chamber of Commerce, and Zonta.

A highlight of the summer for many of her friends was an annual Mount A reunion organized by Deanna.
Deanna was respectful of others, enjoyed a hearty laugh, had an infectious spirit, and always looked upon the bright side of life.


Joan J. (Spaulding) Goodall (’43)
Submitted by her daughter Janet Dickhout

Joan Jardine Goodall, nee Spaulding, was born in Shediac, NB, in 1922 and died in April 2018, age 95. After graduating at age 20 from Mount Allison (BSc biology, '43), she moved to Toronto, and worked as a researcher in laboratory medicine at the Connaught Lab. With her husband, Alex Goodall, RCAF W/C, and her four children, she travelled and lived throughout Canada, U.K., and Europe. But she always remained a proud maritimer, and loyal Allisonian (legacy to Mount Allison in her will). She had many fond memories of her time spent at Mount Allison, especially studying under Prof. Roy Fraser, and maintained lifelong friendships with her classmates. She was very proud that her grandson, John Main, also graduated from Mount Allison in 2002. Her book of stories and photos about her life, Tales of a Shediac Girl, can be found at https://www.bookemon.com/book-profile/tales-of-shediac-girl/519358