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Two Professors Remembered at Glendon Memorials

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On Saturday, September 29, a beautiful fall afternoon, there were two memorial gatherings at Glendon, as friends and relatives and colleagues came together to pay tribute to the late professors Richard Handscombe and Janet Warner, both of the Glendon English Department.


Assembling for the Handscombe dedication, September 29

The afternoon began with the dedication of a small grove of native Black Cherry trees, accompanied by a stone and plaque in memory of Professor Handscombe. This peaceful memorial is located at the southeast end of Glendon’s back quadrangle, and responds to Richard’s hope that people might remember him by planting bird-friendly trees. The Chair of Glendon’s English Department, professor Ann Hutchison introduced the speakers: professors Skip Shand and Michael Cummings, as well as Richard’s widow, Jean Handscombe. The Handscombes’ daughter Susannah, her husband, Stephan Trudeau, and their two sons were also in attendance.


Michael Cummings speaks at the Handscombe dedication, September 29

Following this dedication, a second gathering in the Senior Common Room honoured professor Janet Warner, and launched the English Department’s undergraduate travel scholarship which has been established in her memory. Janet travelled very extensively, and was a great believer in the educational value of journeying abroad, especially to lands, art galleries, and architecture linked with the writers and subjects of English literature. Professor Hutchison again introduced the speakers: professor Eric Rump and the Warners’ daughter Renée. In addition to Renée, Janet’s husband John and their son Paul had also travelled from Vancouver to be present for the ceremony. Donations to the Janet Warner Travel Scholarship may be made through the York Foundation.


Jean Handscombe speaks at the Handscombe dedication, September 29

This article was submitted by G. B. Shand, Senior Scholar, English and Drama Studies, Glendon.


Published on October 30, 2007