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Dr. Lisa Nicole Bourque (1989)

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1966-2016

It's with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family of Dr. Nicole Bourque announce her sudden and unexpected passing at her home in Glasgow, Scotland.

Nicole was born in Fredericton to George and Julia Bourque on July 25th, 1966. She graduated from Fredericton High School in 1984 and went to the University of New Brunswick where she completed a degree in Anthropology with First Class Honours. Her outstanding scholarship earned her a prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship which funded her pursuit of a PhD at the University of Cambridge (Girton College). She won an O'Brien Foundation award to fund her fieldwork in Ecuador which resulted in her outstanding thesis "Of Soups, Saints and Sucres".

She received her PhD in 1993 and joined the faculty in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow, where she spent her whole career, her final position being that of Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology.

She was deeply committed to her work, her students, and her faculty colleagues. An open, friendly and caring person with a winning personality (and a good listener), her expansive knowledge and easy manner made her a stellar conversationalist. She was bubbling with life and made so many long-lasting friendships everywhere she went.

Apart from her life as a scholar, she was a free spirit who, the moment her work was done, loved to travel. Over the years she visited dozens of countries and became somewhat of a polyglot. She was a mountain climbing enthusiast and climbed mountains all over the world. She was only the second Canadian woman to climb all 282 Munros in Scotland and the first from New Brunswick to do so. Munros are mountains that are over 3000 feet in Hight (914 meters).

Nicole was very humble despite her many accomplishments, too numerous to mention here. Her passing leaves a big void at the University of Glasgow, and among her colleagues, students, friends and family.

Nicole is survived by her parents, George and Julia Bourque, her beloved siblings, Jacqueline Bourque (Bill Briggs) of Fredericton, Vaughan Bourque, of Fredericton, Dr. Christine Bourque (Joe MacDonald) of Ottawa, nieces Jordyn Bourque and Nicole Bourque, and nephews Vincent Briggs, Simon Briggs, Liam Briggs, all of Fredericton, James and Daniel MacDonald of Ottawa, and one grandnephew, Cypress Fletcher of Fredericton, and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be on Sunday, Nov. 6th, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at St Francis of Assisi Church, 2130, Route 102 (Lincoln Road). A celebration mass will be held on Monday, November 7th, at 12:00 noon, at the same location. Interment to follow in the St Francis of Assisi Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Francis of Assisi Parish.

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Richard Hornsby

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University of New Brunswick

 

 

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Peter W. H. Pacey (1979)

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Fredericton Playhouse honours Peter Pacey with The Playhouse Honours

1979 recipient has mentored hundreds of young artists through work with Calithumpians Theatre Company

Fredericton theatre mainstay Peter Pacey has received the Playhouse Honours from the Fredericton Playhouse.

The veteran actor, producer and director is perhaps best known for founding Fredericton's Calithumpians Theatre Company, an entertainment and educational group that has put on free, live theatre and historic walking tours for 35 years.

Peter Pacey

 

" My research work into New Brunswick Literature in 1979, which was funded in part by a grant from the O'Brien Foundation was a major inspiration for the Calithumpians. To be awarded this grant at a time when I was striking out on my and leaving the security of a full time teaching position was pivotal in the path that I chose. I will be forever grateful to J Leonard O'Brien for his generosity and foresight to set up a funding process to support aspiring New Brunswickers to follow their dreams. This seed funding encouraged me take the road less travelled. "  

Peter Pacey

SHANNON, VINCENT THOMAS WAKIM, DDS

1946-2016

dr shannon obitIt is with great sadness that the family of Vincent T. W. Shannon announces his passing on May 3, 2016 at the Saint John Regional Hospital.  Born on November 1, 1946 in Saint John, he was a son of the late Thomas and Cecilia Shannon.   

Vince graduated from St. Malachy’s High School, St. Francis Xavier University (B.Sc.), and received his dental degree from Dalhousie University.

Vince opened a general dental practice in 1972 in Saint John and was awarded the O’Brien Foundation Scholarship in 1978 and 1979.  He took his specialty training in periodontics at Tufts University, Boston, Mass.  Upon completing his periodontics specialty, he joined the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University, then returned to Saint John in 1982 to open a periodontal practice.  He retired in 2013.

Vince held numerous professional positions including: President of the Atlantic Society of Periodontology; Chief of Dentistry, Region 2; and Board Member of the J. Leonard O’Brien Humanitarian Trust from 1988-1997. He was a longstanding member of the Saint John Dental Society, the New Brunswick Dental Society, and the Nova Scotia Dental Society.

Vince was a true "gentleman"- scrupulously honest, quietly generous, and a rock who unfailingly provided support to others.  He was a life-long member of the Cathedral Parish of Saint John. He valued family as the most important asset of his life.

Surviving are his wife Lorraine (Whalen); children, Lesley (Steve Wilton), Vancouver; Matthew, Ottawa; brother, Andrew (Janet), Vancouver; several nieces, nephews and extended family.

Resting at Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (634-7424) with visiting on Thursday and Friday, May 5 and 6, 2016 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 91 Waterloo Street, Saint John on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 am.  Interment will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

For those who wish, remembrances may be made to the Cathedral Restoration Fund or to a charity of one’s choice.   www.brenansfh.com

John H. Noseworthy, M.D. (1979)

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  • CEO and President, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • John H. Noseworthy, M.D., joined the board in 2009.
  • Dalhousie University; Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; University of Western Ontario; Harvard Medical School; Professor of Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine; Consultant, Department of Neurology, 1992-present; Department Chair, 1997-2006; Editor-in-Chief, Neurology, 2007-2009; Vice Chair, Mayo Clinic Rochester Executive Board, 2006-2009; Medical Director for Development, 2006-2009. President and CEO, Mayo Clinic, 2009-present.

Deborah Robichaud (1978)

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Tracy Clarke - Astronomy in the Fast Lane: New System Watches for Things that Go Bump in the Night

Imagine taking the world's most powerful radio telescope, used by scientists around the globe, and piping a nearly continuous data stream into your research laboratory. That is exactly what scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C. have done in collaboration with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (NRAO VLA). The newly-completed VLA Low Band Ionospheric and Transient Experiment (VLITE for short) has been built to piggyback on the $300 million dollar infrastructure of the VLA.

The primary scientific driver for VLITE is real-time monitoring of ionospheric weather conditions over the U.S. southwest. NRL ionospheric lead scientist Dr. Joseph Helmboldt says "This new system allows for continuous specification of ionospheric disturbances with remarkable precision. VLITE can detect and characterize density fluctuations as small as 30 parts per million within the total electron content along the line of sight to a cosmic source. This is akin to being at the bottom of Lake Superior and watching waves as small as 1-cm in height pass overhead. This will have a substantial impact on our understanding of ionospheric dynamics, especially the coupling between fine-scale irregularities within the lower ionosphere and larger disturbances higher up."

Read more at: http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/news-releases/2015/astronomy-in-the-fast-lane-new-system-watches-for-things-that-go-bump-in-the-night

Dr. Julia Torrie Received the University Scholarship Award at Spring Convocation of St. Thomas University

may 22 2015 03History professor Dr. Julia Torrie was honoured for her excellence in teaching and research by St. Thomas University at Spring Convocation on May 12, 2015.  She received the University Scholarship Award.

Julia has established a reputation as an important scholar in modern European history.  Her research focuses on the transnational social and cultural history of Germany and France during World War II, particularly as it relates to war and occupation. Her study “For Their Own Good”: Civilian Evacuations in Germany and France, 1939-1945" is the first comparative study of civilian evacuations in the two countries during World War II and demonstrates the complexities of an assumed all-powerful Nazi state by showing that citizen objections to evacuations forced changes in policy. The book was recently re-issued in paperback and a French-language adaptation of key parts of the book will be published soon.

Julia has delivered many conference presentations and invited talks in Canada, the United States and Europe, and currently has book chapters that explore German documentary photography and protest in Hitler’s national community accepted for publication.  She is working on a research project that uses diaries, letters and photographs alongside official sources to explore German occupiers’ experiences in France.

Julia was a former member of the Selection Committee of the O’Brien Foundation.  She was so helpful in the design of the Evaluation Criteria that is currently being used and in the modification of the Application Form, more specifically in the articulation of Article No. 5 that addresses New Brunswick eligibility.

Dr. Catherine Gidney

may 22 2015 01Catherine is a former Chair of the Selection Committee of the O’Brien Foundation.  She was helpful in the design of the Evaluation Criteria that is currently being used and in the modification of the Application Form and Application Process.  Catherine has a new book. She has been Adjunct Professor of History at St. Thomas since 2004.  Her research focuses primarily on the history of education and youth culture in Canada.

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TENDING THE STUDENT BODY: YOUTH, HEALTH, AND THE MODERN UNIVERSITY

By Catherine Gidney
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2015
World Rights
304 Pages 9 Images

 

 

In the early twentieth century, university administrators and educators regarded bodily health as a marker of an individual’s moral and mental strength and as a measure of national vitality. Beset by social anxieties about the physical and moral health of their students, they introduced compulsory health services and physical education programs in order to shape their students’ character. Tending the Student Body examines the development of these health programs at Canadian universities and the transformation of their goals over the first half of the twentieth century from fostering moral character to promoting individualism, self-realization, and mental health. Drawing on extensive records from Canadian universities, Catherine Gidney examines the gender and class dynamics of these programs, their relationship to changes in medical and intellectual thought, and their contribution to ideas about the nature and fulfilment of the self.