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1960

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Lacing their skates for Hockey Day in Gryphonville on Nov. 19, are Laury Ego, B.Sc.(Agr.) ’67, Ego’s Farm Market and Greenhouse in Coldwater, Ont.; Bob Lewis, BSA ’61, Human Resources Consulting Service, Toronto; and Gerry Pullin, ADA ’67, Settlers Supplies Inc. of Sheffield, Ont.
Lawrence Massey, ADA ’67, has both good news and bad news to report. He has retired from farming for health reasons after 32 years on the family’s century farm in Northumberland County. He was the fifth generation to operate Aquadale Farm, which had been in the Massey name since 1869. The good news is that he is finding success in a new writing career begun in 2002. He has published two articles in national magazines and four books ― a family history, a chronological summary of his battle with Parkinson’s disease and a two-volume set of  Aquadale farm history. “The farm history books proved to be the most challenging yet most rewarding of my writing endeavours,” he says. “I would be remiss in not giving credit for the support and contributions of family members in these projects, particularly my father, who, at the ripe young age of 93, still retains the gift of a photographic memory.”

1970

Joseph Arbour, M.Sc. ’78, and his wife, Edith, have moved to La Spezia, Italy, where he is deputy director of the NATO Undersea Research Centre. He was previously at Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Bedford Laboratory of Oceanography in Dartmouth, N.S. Their daughters, Victoria and Jessica, remain in Canada studying at university.

Stepan Belej, B.Sc. ’74, has worked for BASF Plant Science for more than 22 years, starting in Canada and moving to New Jersey in 2000. In October, he transferred to BASF Plant Science LLC in Research Triangle Park, N.C. He is now group IS manager of the BASF plant biotechnology group.

Craig Pearson, M.Sc.’71, was honoured by the U of G Library for a book written with Macdonald Stewart Art Centre director Judith Nasby. The Cultivated Landscape: An Exploration of Art and Agriculture uses more than 70 illustrations of art to visually enhance a discussion about the evolution of agriculture ― how we think about agriculture, its use of the land and impact on landscape, and how landscape has been portrayed historically in art. Pearson, who is U of G’s presidential adviser on international programs, is a former dean of OAC and a former chief scientist with Australia’s Bureau of Rural Sciences. The book is available in the library and at the University Bookstore.

Constance Roy, B.Sc. ’76, is thrilled to report that, after a long sojourn in New Mexico, she has returned to Canada and hopes to spend the rest of her life in Powell River, B.C., where she is a registered nurse at the Powell River General Hospital. She would love to hear from “any and all U of G alumni. It is so good to be home!” She can be reached at mconstance@netscape.net.

Steve, B.Sc.(Agr.) ’79, and Alice Uher, B.Sc. ’79, have been operating Uher’s Performance Feeds, a Purina dealer in Chatham-Kent, Ont., for almost 20 years. They have four grown children: Katy, Andrea, Stephanie and Mark ― the only aggie in the lot ― who graduated from U of G’s Ridgetown Campus in 2008 and is now studying renewable energy technology at Selkirk College in Nelson, B.C.

Darryl Williams, B.Sc.(Agr.) ’75, lives near Markdale, Ont., where he started Grey-Bruce Beef Marketing Ltd. in 2006. After graduating from U of G, he earned an MBA at the University of California, Davis, and a D.Sc. in medicine at the University of Florida. He taught anatomy and physio at a medical school and worked in France, Mexico and the United States before returning to Canada.

1980

Karen Bailey, B.Sc.(Agr.) ’80 and M.Sc. ’83, who works for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon, received the Canadian Phytopathological Society’s Award for Outstanding Research in 2008. Her career has focused on developing scientific innovations that improve plant health through the management of plant pests, notably pathogens and weeds. She has contributed to reduced reliance on synthetic pesticides in agricultural field crops, horticulture, forestry and urban centres.

Monique Leclerc, M.Sc. ’82 and PhD ’87, received the 2008 American Meteorological Society’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology. A professor at the University of Georgia, she received the award for research that has advanced understanding of temporal and spatial patterns of local and regional carbon exchanges, and for global leadership in the advancement of biometeorology.

Connie Lesnick, B.Sc ’84 and M.Sc ’87, and her husband, Tim, B.Sc ’82 and M.Sc ’87, have lived in Rochester, Minn., for 11 years. They both do research at the Mayo Clinic — she in hematological malignancies and he in biostatistics (statistical genetics of Parkinson’s disease). Connie took a sabbatical to stay at home after their first son, Colin, was born in 2000 and went back to work in 2006 when their second son, Torin, was three. She writes: “We love our city, our work and our family life with two active boys and three cats. We’d love to hear from any old friends. Our e-mails are lesnick@mayo.edu and lesnick.connie@mayo.edu.”

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Ronald MacDonald, B.Sc.(Eng.) ’81, received the 2008 Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE/SCGAB) Maple Leaf Award for his outstanding leadership in the profession through service, extension efforts and consulting engineering activities. This is the highest award given by the society, of which MacDonald is a 27-year member. He is president of the Guelph consulting firm Agviro, which provides livestock environmental consulting services in North America and Asia. Earlier in his career, he worked with Ontario Hydro and with the Ontario Agricultural Energy Centre, where he played a leadership role in developing heat exchangers and heat pumps for agricultural applications. He received the CSBE/SCGAB Young Engineer of the Year Award in 1996 and the John Turnbull Award in 2005.

Mike Mooz, BA ’83, is a Canadian naval officer recently promoted to commander and appointed deputy director of the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute within the Canadian Defence Academy. He will begin a doctoral program in war studies this year at the Royal Military Academy.

Rob Neill, B.Sc.(Agr.) ’81, is global head of marketing for Syngenta Crop Protection based in Switzerland. He and his family recently moved back to Switzerland after spending several years in North Carolina.

Ted Reesor, B.Sc. ’87, is director of marketing for BLS Systems in Oakville, Ont. After graduating from U of G, he studied respiratory therapy in Toronto. Later, he helped create the respiratory therapy department at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington. He has been involved in many projects related to health care, including an international air ambulance. Since earning an MBA in health services management, he has been marketing oxygen therapy devices designed for patients with suspected respiratory illnesses such as influenza, TB and SARS. He lives in Burlington with his wife, Sandy, B.Sc. ’86, and “three future U of G grads.”

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Tannis Slimmon, B.A.Sc.(Agr.) ’82 and M.Sc. ’88, won contemporary singer of the year for her album Lucky Blue at the Canadian Folk Music Awards held Nov. 13 in St. John’s, Nfld. The solo album is a collaboration with her partner, Lewis Melville, B.Sc. ’86, who produced the album and shared writing credits. A former member of the Bird Sisters, she has written songs for or performed on more than 65 albums over the past 25 years. Her first solo album, Oak Lake, was released in 2001. Melville is a veteran of the alternative music scene and has produced a number of Canadian and international albums. A roots musician, he also has a keen interest in experimental music and is an original member of the Woodchoppers Association, a Toronto-based freestyle jazz orchestra. Both Melville and Slimmon are also scientists who work at U of G — she in the Department of Integrative Biology and he in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Stephen Tanner, BA ’82, was recently sworn in as chief of police in Kingston, Ont. He was previously Belleville Police Service chief, a position he held for seven years. Before that, he served in Guelph and Halton Region. Besides his Guelph degree in psychology, Tanner holds a master of public administration from the University of Western Ontario. He and his wife, Colette, have two sons.

1990


Kendra Arthur, B.Sc.(H.K.) ’91, is an athletic therapist and co-owner of Bio-Connections Health Care Centre in Exeter, Ont. She married Gord Craig in 2003 and has two children.

James Byrne, DVM ’97, began working as a veterinary inspector for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Brockville, Ont., in 2008. He married Sara Washbush in 2007.

Karen Daynard, B.Sc.(Agr.) ’94 and M.Sc. ’97, has been selected to participate in the Canadian Nuffield Scholarship program. Over the next two years, she will travel around the world, meeting up with other Nuffield members and researching a specific agricultural issue. Daynard, who is volunteer editor of the OAC Alumni News, says she’s interested in learning how to attract more students into agricultural studies and careers. “I specifically want to look at how agricultural universities around the world recruit students, and the role that events can play in making agricultural careers ‘cool.’”

Colin, BA ’91, and Karen Godwin, B.A.Sc. ’90, work with Canadian Baptist Ministries and have been teaching seminary in Kigali, Rwanda, since August 2008. They write: “We have left pastoral ministry in Liege, Belgium, after 12 years and thought we’d try yet another continent. With our four children, we are enjoying all the new adaptations to life here.”

Ahmad Mahdavi, PhD ’90, is a pesticide environmental toxicologist based in Guelph and an advocate for improved government regulation and farmer training in the use of pesticides in the developing world. Search for his name on the Internet to view his many blogs promoting ways to bridge the gap between South and North on pesticide/chemical regulations and research.

Sean McInnis, BA ’93, studied classical guitar at Guelph under Bruce French, then attended McGill University to earn a PhD in music performance, specializing in modern works of the guitar. He taught at Plattsburgh State University in New York for several years, but he and his wife, Jennifer Pepper, BA ’97, have recently returned to Guelph. McInnis teaches high school music in Cambridge and was a guest performer Oct. 30 at the College of Arts Thursdays at Noon concert series.

Tatiana Mitchell, BA ’99, who has been teaching English at Seneca College since January 2007, begins work on a master of education degree this month at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto. She can be reached at mitchellt@rogers.com.

Karl Reimer, B.Sc.(Eng.) ’94, and his family returned to Canada in 2006 after spending more than six years in central New York. He is a senior remediation engineer at Gartner Lee Limited ― now AECOM ― in Markham, Ont. Friends can contact him at karlreimer@sympatico.ca.

Deborah Lynn (Rumble) Dani, BA ’95, and her husband, Arjan, were married in London, England, in 2006. Their son, Lyndunne Peter, was born July 7, 2007. Their e-mail is tinkerbellcursor@yahoo.ca.

2000 

Karen Blair, BA ’03, completed a master’s degree at Acadia University and is now working on a PhD at Queen’s University. She is currently recruiting participants for a longitudinal study of same-sex and other-sex relationships, with a key focus on how intimate relationships affect our health and well-being. She invites all interested parties to contact her for more information at www.klbresearch.com.

Janis Conrad, BA ’01, has returned to school to add to her Guelph degree in psychology. She is completing a bachelor of education program at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ont., and will be doing her practice teaching placements in Cambridge with a Grade 3/4 class.

Sarah Desmarais, BA ’03, received the 2008 Alice Wilson Award from the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). The award, which honours the first woman elected a fellow of the society, recognizes a woman of outstanding academic qualifications who is entering a career in scholarship or research at the post-doctoral level. Desmarais, who is originally from Nepean, Ont., went from Guelph to Simon Fraser University and is currently enrolled  in a doctoral program in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British
Columbia. Her research focuses on intimate-partner violence, especially the risks associated with it during pregnancy. The RSC citation says her work “will have significant policy implications for a serious social and public health issue in Canada, where an estimated 25 per cent of the population is affected.”

Jason Dunkerley, BA ’03, won a bronze medal in the men’s 1,500-metre race for the visually impaired at the Beijing Paralympics. A former U of G cross-country runner, he also competed at the 2000 and 2004 Paralympic Games, capturing silver medals at both. Dunkerley and his guide, Greg Dailey of Toronto, won the bronze with a time of 4:12.53. During the medal ceremony, Dunkerley placed his prize around Dailey’s neck. Guides do not receive medals at the Games.

Zanna Farmer, BA ’06, is helping to honour U of G friend Collin Cureatz, B.Sc. ’07, who died in June 2007. She’s organizing a shinny hockey tournament to raise money for a bursary at his former high school, Trinity College, in Port Hope, Ont. She invites everyone who knew Cureatz to enter a team in the tournament or to just attend the free event Jan. 24. For details, contact Farmer at 7ztf@queensu.ca.

Melissa Harvey, B.Sc. ’04, graduated from medical school at the University of Ottawa in 2008 and is now a pediatric resident at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa. We learned of her achievement from another biological science graduate and one of Harvey’s former teachers at Dr. John M. Denison Secondary School in Newmarket, Ont. Catherine Dallen, B.Sc. ’79, is the school’s student success and advocacy teacher and has followed Harvey’s career through U of G and beyond.

Daniel Janetos, B.Comm. ’08, is attending culinary school at George Brown College and working at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. He recently helped run the first Chef’s Congress at Michael Stadtlander’s (Eigensenn Farm) with George Brown and chef John Higgins. 

Heather Loney, BA ’06, was recently featured in a Guelph Mercury article about her selection as one of Canada’s top 10 fashion bloggers. Toronto-based Fashion magazine asked Loney to be part of a fashion blogging team to reveal the range of shopping and fashion to be found in Canadian cities. Loney reported that Guelphites exemplify a well-styled outfit without focusing too much on trends and labels. She said writing about fashion makes it possible to touch on the history and architecture of a city. And she’s done just that in her Fashion blog, comparing the European flair of Guelph’s downtown with fashion hot spot Paris, France. To read more, visit www.fashionmagazine.com.

Kristin McDonald, BA ’07, studied fine art and art history at U of G and is pursuing her dream of being an artist. In her current work, she uses paper, paint, foam core and recycled prints, all mingling together in the form of paintings and paper works. “I’m interested in creating dreamscapes — places imagined but never visited,” she says. McDonald was invited to show at the One of a Kind Show and Sale in Toronto in November. To view her works, search the Internet for GlueSTICK Dreams.

Scott Moccia, B.Eng. ’08, celebrated his convocation with his parents Sandra (Tiffin), B.Sc. ’76, and Rich Moccia, B.Sc. ’76 and M.Sc. ’78. Sandra is a registered nurse, while Rich is a U of G professor, chair of the M.Sc. aquaculture program and interim associate vice-president (research) for agrifood and partnerships.

Homero Marconi Penteado, MLA ’04, is a professor of landscape architecture at Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo in Brazil. He has taken a four-year leave to pursue a PhD at the University of Oregon on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Jay and Mindy (Martindale) Squire, both B.Sc.(Agr.) ’02, were married in August 2004 and welcomed their first child, Brendan Jay, in June 2008.

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T.J. Reeds, Jacquie Reeds

Janet Stanley, BA ’07, received the 2008 Jane Graham Memorial Award from the Guelph Arts Council. The award was established in memory of Guelph artist Jane Graham, BA ’83, after her death in 2005. Stanley works primarily in oil painting and is using the financial award to participate in a four-week studio residency in Vermont. To learn more about her work, visit http://guelpharts.ca/janetstanley.

Jacquie Thompson, B.A.Sc. ’07, married T.J. Reeds at Hernder Estate in St. Catharines, Ont., Aug. 1. They live in Hamilton, where she is completing a dietetic internship with Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation.

 

Passages

Anna (Davidson) Armitt, DHE ’37, June 30, 2007
Marie Brown, DHE ’40, May 31, 2008
Donald W. Carter, DVM ’68, Oct. 12, 2006
Gerald Channer, M.Sc. ’78, Oct. 23, 2008
Russell Craig, DVM ’51, Oct. 4, 2008
Eric Cresswell, MSA ’55, Nov. 14, 2008
Doris (German) Darrach, BSA ’42, Nov. 5, 2008
Elizabeth (Freudemann) Dryden, DHE ’36, Oct. 5, 2008
Robert Dunn, ADA ’61, July 26, 2008
Mary (Elliott) Enright, DHE ’47, Sept. 6, 2008
Elizabeth (Roe) Ewart, DHE ’38, January 2008
Howard Fairty, ADA ’47, Oct. 29, 2008
Morrey Findlay, BSA ’49, July 8, 2008
James Fuller, BSA ’48, Aug. 18, 2008
John Ghetti, BSA ’51, Oct. 15, 2008
David M. Gray, BSA ’50, Oct. 19, 2002
Errol Hancock, DVM ’24, July 31, 2008
Edna (Hopkins) Hazzard, DHE ’35, Sept. 1, 2008
Gordon Hitchin, B.Sc.(Agr.) ’70, June 11, 2008
Mary Horchak, BA ’71, March 2006
Gerald Jelly, DVM ’52, Aug. 1, 2008
Catherine Jewson, DHE ’41, April 16, 2008
Genevieve (Waugh) Johnson, DHE ’42, July 28, 2008
William Jordan, BSA ’51, Aug. 16, 2008
Hugh Knowles, BSA ’44, July 6, 2008
Kenneth G. McPhee, BSA ’34, Nov. 1, 2008
Ross Mitton, DVM ’52, Aug. 31, 2008
Allison Morgan, BSA ’50, April 9, 2008
Chris Narayan, B.Sc.(Eng.) ’65, Feb. 23, 2007
Marion Penhale, DHE ’31, Sept. 24, 2008
Francis Powell, BSA ’41, May 1, 2008
Fernand Plante, B.Sc. ’70, Nov. 12, 2008
Richard “Rick” Richards, BSA ’38 and Fell. ’83, former dean of the Ontario Agricultural College, Oct. 19, 2008
Please view www.uoguelph.ca/president/blog/2008/10/
Fred Roemmele, BSA ’49, July 25, 2008
Lori Schaefer, BA ’96, July 29, 2008
Harold Shield, BSA ’51, July 13, 2008
John Shivas, BSA ’41, Sept. 16, 2008
Lysle (Montgomery) Smith, DHE ’40, Sept. 14, 2008
Arnold Stansell, BSA ’40, March 18, 2007
Hilary (Gidney) Sullivan, M.Sc. ’95, May 22, 2008
Donald Ulmer, DVM ’59, in 2007
Stuart Walley, BSA ’26, Sept. 16, 2008
John Woodcook, DVM ’38, July 4, 2008

 


 

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