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In Memorium Jim Graham

October 5th, 2022

We regret to inform you that former Dawson Mathematics faculty Jim Graham passed away recently.

Jim, a native of Los Angeles, moved to Montreal in 1968 and began teaching at Dawson in 1973 after completing his PhD in Mathematics at McGill. The former coordinator of the Commerce profile was not only passionate about Dawson and the students but was famous for his backyard garden at his home in NDG and brewing his own beer and wine. His special green beer for St. Patrick’s Day was enjoyed by all who sampled it.

Read Jim's obituary.

Remembering Sept. 13, 2006

September 7th, 2022

Tuesday, Sept. 13 will mark 16 years since the terrible day when first-year student Anastasia de Sousa was lost and other members of the Dawson community were wounded.

It could be a time to experience the tranquility of the Peace Garden, which was created by the Dawson community as part of the healing process.

Other legacies from the community response include the Peace Centre, which will be hosting Peace Week Sept. 13-21, and the Sustainability Office, which leads sustainability efforts to promote well-being for all.

Every year, the College and the Dawson College Foundation honour the memory of Anastasia with the awarding of the Anastasia de Sousa Memorial Award at graduation.

To read about last year’s recipient:

To make a donation:

Read more about: In memoriam Lyle Cruickshank

In memoriam Lyle Cruickshank

May 4th, 2022

Obituary:  Those who are unable to attend can watch the service May 7 at 2:30 p.m. on Zoom or YouTube. Zoom: Meeting ID: 845 8785 6503 Passcode: 947671 YouTube:

Read more about: Pat Powers, retired New School teacher, has passed away

Pat Powers, retired New School teacher, has passed away

March 23rd, 2022

We were saddened to hear of the passing earlier this month of Pat Powers, retired teacher and driving force of the New School since its inception. He was 77. Pat’s remarkable life is told in the obituary lovingly composed by his spouse, which can be read here where you can post a message. Jacinta Luis,…

Read more about: History teacher Emmanuelle Simony has passed away

History teacher Emmanuelle Simony has passed away

March 9th, 2022

In the sadness of the passing of Emmanuelle, we can warmly recognize her life. She has always been an example of a class act, with a core of steel forged in personal experience. Barriers made her taller and challenges made her stronger. Her descriptions of her origins in Morocco resemble a fairy tale, from her…

Longtime Dawson employee, James Richards, has passed away

February 16th, 2022

James Richards, a familiar figure at Dawson for almost 20 years, died on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the age of 73. James began at Dawson as a security guard in 1994 before joining the staff of Plant and Facilities (now Facilities Management). He retired in 2013.

Apart from his good humour and helping hand in performing his duties, James was an outstanding Dawson volunteer. He spent many hours of his free time preparing and staffing Dawson’s often prize-winning St. Patrick’s Day float for 15 years. And every December for too many years to count, he could be found behind the bar serving drinks with a wink and a joke at Dawson’s holiday parties.

James is survived by his partner Yvonne, his daughter Tara (Chris), grandchildren Dalia and Domenic, and his stepdaughter Vanessa.

In memoriam Dr. Stanley Rajiva

January 19th, 2022

We regret to inform you that Dr. Stanley Rajiva passed away on Nov. 29. Poet, scholar, academic, educator, musician, Dr. Rajiva was Professor of English Literature at Dawson College from 1973 to 2002.

Click Read More for his obituary.

The Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign at Dawson

November 3rd, 2021

Poppies are available on a donation basis at one of the following Dawson locations:

  • Information Booth (second floor atrium)
  • Library Circulation Desk (5C.03)
  • Campus Life & Leadership Office (2E.06)

Lest we forget.

-Submitted by Kaye Francis of Student Services 

Tom Fox, retired Math teacher, has passed away

October 13th, 2021

Tom Fox, an award-winning Dawson Math teacher who personified the title Renaissance man has passed away at the age of 73. He will be remembered for his wry humour, his love of math, music and family.

A short excerpt from his obituary captures the essence of Tom’s passion for teaching: “Teaching was an opportunity to make people aware of the beauty of Mathematics and of the importance of that beauty. Teaching came naturally to him. […] His passion for Mathematics provided the context for the teacher he was to become. Fox was a legendary teacher, he made Mathematics accessible to all, inspiring many a student to choose it as a field of study. In 2009 Fox won the Teaching Excellence Award at Dawson College, and in 2020 he was awarded the Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching in the Course Lecturer Category at McGill University.”

Click Read More for the obituary describing Tom’s storied life.

In memoriam Yasmin Hassan

September 29th, 2021

We were saddened to learn of the passing of long-time Humanities secretary Yasmin Hassan on Aug. 20. Yasmin was a Dawson employee for 30 years, having retired in 2005. She was pre-deceased by her husband Faruq in 2011, who had been a English teacher at Dawson for 30 years between 1974 and 2004 when he retired. Yasmin moved to Toronto some years ago to be closer to her son, CBC personality and comedian Ali Hassan and his family. He said of her passing: “She leaves behind a legacy of kindness, humility, and unrelenting positivity.” Those who knew her at Dawson can attest to those qualities as well as to her collaborative spirit with colleagues.

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