This page is dedicated In Memory Of those colleagues who have passed.
Ronald Andrew Johnson
May 20, 2019 - Ron was a founding member of the Douglas College mathematics Faculty in 1970. He later joined the department of mathematics at Kwantlen University College when it was formed in 1981, Ron graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Mathematics was his first love and he demonstrated his knowledge in this discipline over his many years as an instructor in the math department. Ron became a Captain in the Royal Canadian Air Force after university and was selected to teach at the Military Academy given his expertise in engineering and mathematics. He was posted to bases in Quebec, Ontario and ultimately to the northwest coast of Vancouver Island.
Ron was happily married to JoAnne and was a father to a blended family with four children. JoAnne’s Kathy and Gail then Holly and Andrew. Joanne suffered from a cancer and sadly passed away in 1997. Ron then married Dianne and they shared many good and happy years together. They traveled often in Europe, Egypt, Mexico, Eastern Canada and many places in the USA. Recently they bought a Recreational Vehicle to replace their tent and camped often in British Columbia and the western United States.
Ron’s knowledge and expertise extended to creating projects in his home workshop. He spent hours over the years making things that he usually gave away. A hand crafted canoe was one of his very best projects, but he also made small tables, leather wallets, a stock for a rifle, a knife and a great many other creations as time went along.
He was a good friend, a good person, cared about people in the world. He was remarkably upbeat and optimistic, always. He said he seldom was down, maybe a time or two, but quickly he would decide ‘this is just life and getting old was part of it and the cancer, well what could he say?’ In his final years he did contend with cancer and despite various treatments none were successful and after a two year battle he went to his final sleep peacefully at home.
Udo Ruediger Keding
May 18, 2019 - Passed away peacefully at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on May 18, 2019 after a short battle with cancer. Udo was born in Schwerin, Germany in 1952, immigrating to Canada in 1957 with his parents and brother. Udo recently retired after a long career as a professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He will be remembered for his incredible sense of humor and his passion for books. He will be dearly missed by his friends and family. Udo was predeceased by his beloved wife Colleen Anne Keding in 1992. He is survived by his wife, Marion Anne Keding, daughter Heather (Kristopher) Connelly, adopted daughter Tatianna Sean, granddaughter Colleen Connelly, brother Axel (Livia) Keding and sister Christine (Denis) Richardson.
December, 2018 - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of longtime faculty member Beth Heldman. Beth joined Kwantlen in 1987 with the implementation of the Diploma Nursing Program, the first nursing program offered at Kwantlen. Beth loved teaching and the profession of nursing and will be fondly remembered by students, faculty and staff.
Beth died in early December after a lengthy illness surrounded by her loving family. Beth's family and many close friends will miss her deeply and cherish her memory.
November 18 2018 - Elizabeth died at four o'clock this afternoon in the hospice at Peace Arch Hospital, peacefully with family there. One of the last things Elizabeth said, when she made up her mind to move to hospice without the life support was that she'd had "a long, happy life, and it was time." It's good to know that she was able to make the decision to move into hospice herself, and her family supported her in that decision. She died, her daughter said, as gracefully as she lived.
Elizabeth started teaching in the Academic and Career Preparation (ACP) department at Kwantlen College in the late 70s and retired around 2000. She was chair of ACP from 1990 to 1999, the first chair Academic and Career Preparation had; she was a key figure in the ACP department , a diligent, hardworking colleague, an excellent and patient teacher, and an excellent chair who worked hard to successfully raise the ACP profile in Kwantlen and to create and maintain connections with other departments. She either chaired or was a member of numerous committees, both ACP and Kwantlen-wide, such as Educational Leave, Search, Professional Development and College Council which she was on for a number of years. She was a positive, creative, inspiring and wonderful colleague and teacher. Her colleagues are very sad that she's no longer with us.
Elizabeth was active in a number of areas as well as at Kwantlen during her career and after she retired. As teacher, mentor, steward or judge, she touched countless lives and her honest, always caring, considered opinions and instruction will be missed. Elizabeth gave freely of her time and expertise, devoting thousands of volunteer hours as Brown Owl; District Commissioner, Girl Guides of Canada; Chair, Jump Canada; Chair and Board member, Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW); Board Member, Third Age Learning at Kwantlen; Secretary, White Rock Concerts Association. Her time as steward and judge in the horse world spanned the globe over five decades.
Ching Po Shih
August 2018 - A gentle soul has passed. Ching-Po Shih, a founding faculty member of Douglas and Kwantlen Colleges taught Political Science and History for 30 years. His calm but insightful and challenging classes introduced generations of students to these two disciplines, especially POLI.
To deal with the many campuses, particularly in the Douglas days, Ching Po learned to drive and never looked back. His strong commitment to students’ learning made him a favourite of many students.
September 25th, 2018 - Dave Sale was a parent, soccer coach, teacher and mentor, advocate for the accounting profession and friend.
Dave joined Kwantlen College January 1, 1989. Dave, a BCIT graduate, went on to earn his Certified General Accountant designation and a Master's degree in International Business.
Dave, an expert in financial accounting and tax, was extremely active in his professional community. He served on many boards and committees including the BC Credit Counselling Society, CGA-BC and CPA-BC. Dave's CGA awards include the Harold Clarke Award for Service in 2000, the Teaching Excellence Award in 2007, the CGA Fellowship (FCGA) for Exemplary Service in 2012 and the CGA Life Membership in 2015. From 2006 he served on the CGA BC Board and the National Exam committee in a number of capacities. He was the elected chair of the CGA Board in 2014 and played a pivotal role in CPABC's Transitional Steering Committee for the unification of the three professional accounting designations.
Dave was elected Secretary –Treasurer of the Kwantlen Faculty Association serving in 1993-94. As a coordinator, then subsequently the Chair, of Accounting from 1997 until 2005 Dave was a driving force behind the creation of KPU's Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.
Dave was instrumental in KPU's decision to establish a varsity women's soccer team which provided female athletes with a competitive sport option and the opportunity to represent the university nationally. Through Dave's hard work and drive KPU was granted full membership into the BCAAA soccer league in 2004. As the first head coach form 2003-2006 he laid the foundation for the program that went on to win two provincial championships and a National Bronze Medal in 2009.
Dave was a "go to" person amongst Accounting faculty when students or colleagues needed support. He was incredibly generous with his time and attention. Many wondered where he found time for his hobby, collecting sports memorabilia.
Dave is survived by his daughters, Devonne and Rhea, brother Howard and mother Christina. He was very proud of his daughters' and their accomplishments and he was delighted with the recent birth of his granddaughter.
Dave was a person of conviction and purpose guided by a generous and gentle soul. He will be missed.
Dr. Sue Ann Cairns
February 22nd, 2017 - Dr. Sue Ann Cairns, recently retired English instructor, passed away after a brief illness bravely fought.
Sue Ann influenced her students, colleagues and the wider KPU community with her curiosity-driven pedagogy and deeply personal connection with literature. She believed in the healing power of story, and how personal narratives help us make sense of our sometimes overwhelming experiences.
She especially loved teaching the third year course on Children's Literature, as well as topics courses 'Women/Writing, Writing/Women,' 'The Bible as Literature,' 'Journeys by Land, Sea, Myth & Imagination,' and 'Stories of Mental Illness and Healing.' Her students found her receptive to their problems, caring of their progress, and willing to go that extra mile.
Sue Ann's adventurous spirit encouraged students to develop their own ways of learning, even encouraging performance instead of the written word. Her receptivity to technological innovations to enhance student learning is evident in her article in the Journal of Undergraduate Multimedia Projects (JUMP). Her co-authored Strategies for Successful Writing: A Rhetoric, Research Guide, Reader and Handbook is widely used in Canada.
As she began her retirement in April 2016, Sue Ann eagerly looked forward to traveling more and exploring new directions. It seems almost prescient that she kept hearing a line in T.S. Eliot's poem "The Wasteland": "HURRY UP PLEASE IT'S TIME."
Sue Ann's cheerful smile and approachable, warm manner will be greatly missed by all who appreciated and loved her, not only as a colleague or teacher, but also as a dear friend.
January 12, 2017 - It is with sincere regret that we advise of the passing of Barbara Wall, longtime Biology lab instructor after a brief illness. After being conferred a B.Sc. in Zoology, Barbara worked as a Fishery Biologist and a Forest Nursery Technician for the then Ministry of Forests. In August 2000, Barbara joined KPU as an auxiliary Biology lab instructor, and she served our students diligently as a regular lab instructor all the way up to her retirement at the end of December, 2016.
Barbara touched many lives, and she was loved by many.
June 4, 2016 - It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Glen Williams. Glen was a long time instructor in auto parts and light warehousing at KPU and was instrumental in the design of the parts program. Glen retired from KPU in August 1999.
May 18th, 2016 - Bob Benwick, who joined the School of Business faculty in September 1996, passed away in the Langley Memorial Hospital. Bob, always a very private person, requested that his family not have a funeral or memorial service. During his almost 20 years of teaching at KPU, Bob earned the respect and admiration of students and colleagues alike for his innovative, highly engaging approach to teaching.
April 2016 - Terri Smolar was a faculty member and coordinator of the Public Relations program at KPU. She taught at KPU for almost ten years and was a mentor to many students and alumni. After a long battle with cancer, she passed away last month [in April 2016]. Terri's Celebration of Life took place at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on Sunday, May 29th.
Dr. Elizabeth Lamberton
March 1, 2016 - Dr. Elizabeth Lamberton passed away peacefully at Peace Arch Hospital on Tuesday March 1, after a long bout with cancer which she endured with admirable composure. Elizabeth taught musicology as a faculty member at KPU from 1993 to 2012.
Dr. Lamberton began piano studies at age four with her mother, and achieved her A.Mus (Western Board) at age eighteen, winning the silver medal. She completed her B.Mus. with a major in piano at the University of Regina, where she received the University Prize in Arts. She continued her studies at the University of British Columbia, where her focus shifted to musicology, resulting in her M.A. thesis on Brahm's piano quintet in 1978 and her Ph.D. dissertation on the writings of the nineteenth-century French music critic Ernest Reyer in 1988.
Dr. Lamberton's life was shaped by her profound commitment to teaching. She began as a sessional lecturer at UBC in 1989, and joined the music department at KPU in 1993, where she taught music history until illness forced her withdrawal from teaching in 2012. Elizabeth was very involved in the life of the department, and served a term as Chair of the B.C. Post-Secondary Music Forum.
Dr. Lamberton's research led to the presentation of papers on Reyer at chapter meetings of the American Musicological Society and at a national meeting of the Canadian University Music society, as well as to an article on Reyer for the Dictionnaire Berlioz (Paris, 2003). She was active in the arts community as a speaker and a writer on music. In 2001 she was invited by the Vancouver Recital Society to give pre-concert talks and to write program music notes, activities she continued for several years. Elizabeth also cultivated an interest in early music, writing articles for Musick (the quarterly journal of Early Music Vancouver), and serving as a member of the Editorial Committee for nearly a decade.
Although Elizabeth was a historical musicologist, writer, and editor, her zeal was for the front of the classroom. She was passionate about teaching and her heart and face lit up when she spoke about her students. Her students were her family. And her kindness towards them was demonstrated in very practical ways. For example, every Friday she brought treats for those in her music history class. She cared deeply about her students and was always open to those needing assistance in their studies or guidance in their careers. She was an inspiring teacher and mentor to her many students over the years.
Elizabeth requested that there be no memorial service. Donations in her memory may be made to the Peace Arch Hospital or to a charity of choice. Alternately, in celebration of her life, you may want to listen to a recording of piano music by Debussy, the composer who (in addition to the Impressionist artist Monet) was closest to her heart.
Dr. Lamberton was a valued colleague who was dedicated to the development of young musicians and music scholars. Elizabeth was also a very warm and caring soul who will be deeply missed.
April 14th 2015 - Barb began her career at KPU in 2001, working as a Student Services Specialist within the Enrolment Services area. She was known by all as a wonderful and caring person. Barb had been battling cancer for the past six years and sadly reached the end of her courageous struggle and passed away on April 14th 2015.
Barb’s husband tells us that while her health had recently taken quite a turn, she was thankfully not in any pain and she continued to maintain a smile on her face throughout these last few difficult weeks.
A prayer service will be held for Barbara at the Immaculate conception parish church on Friday, April 17 at 7:45 pm. The address of the church is 8842 - 119th Street in Delta.
Following the prayer service, the casket will be opened and an opportunity to say goodbye to Barbara will be provided.
A funeral mass will be held for Barbara at the Immaculate conception parish church on Saturday, April 18 at 11:00 am. The address of the church is 8842 - 119th Street in Delta. The casket will not be opened at this mass.
Following the mass, a reception will be hosted by the Catholic Women’s League from approximately 12:00 noon to 1:15 pm. Sandwiches, goodies and refreshments will be available at this reception.
Barbara will be laid to eternal rest at the Gardens of Gethsemani Cemetery located at 15800-32nd Avenue in Surrey. Her grave side burial will be held at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to see the beautiful surroundings of the final resting place for Barbara.
March 22, 2015 - In the Farrier business for more than 50 years, Hank McEwan began his career on the Prairies as a cowboy shoer. He first taught in California at Poly Tech, then opened his own school, the Porterville Horseshoeing School in California – one of only four North American schools in the 1960’s teaching the trade. Hank began with Kwantlen College in 1980.
Hank helped set up the Kwantlen Farrier program and taught at the Langley Campus for 15 years, with more than 700 Farrier graduates to his credit. He continued his association with the Farrier program after his retirement in 1995, as an NR1 instructor and a volunteer.
Hank gave clinics and seminars around the world, judged shoeing competitions and put teams together to compete nationally and internationally. In 1997, the American Farriers Association honoured him with Farrier of the Year Award, and in 2001 he received Horse Person of the Year award from the Horse Council of BC. In 2003, Hank was inducted with six others from around the world into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame.
Hank passed away at his home in Merritt on March 22, 2015. Kwantlen was privileged to have a faculty member of this caliber, and he will be missed.
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