Friday, November 28, 2014


From his arrival at McGill in1967 to his retirement in 2006, Sam was a champion of the marginalized and mistreated. He was a fierce advocate for colleagues in tenure, grievance, and appeal hearings. He was also a committed campus activist who supported progressive causes for 40 years, from his efforts to unionize faculty in the early 70s to his support for striking staff in recent years. Sam’s activism was probably most visible when he was a member of the McGill Senate and represented the Faculty of Arts -- a position he held for much of his time at McGill. An old-school orator with a sonorous voice and a passion for justice, Sam’s speeches enlivened dull sessions and kept generations of administrators on their toes. But it was in his role as advisor, mentor, and advocate that Sam probably had his most profound influence. Dozens of students and academic and non-academic colleagues turned to Sam at desperate times, and he never refused assistance. He made McGill a more just, humane, and ethical place. He will be sorely missed.   Sam died on 26 November at age 79, only weeks after the sudden death of his beloved wife, Francesca. Friends are invited to celebrate this special man and share memories at 1PM on 9 December at Centre Funeraire Cote-des-Neiges, 4525 Cote-des-Neiges Road, Montreal.   A website where friends and colleagues can post messages also welcomes your remembrances.  

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