Our Concordia community mourned the loss of several university supporters and ambassadors, including:
Donald L. Boisvert, BA 75, MA 79
Boisvert, retired affiliate associate professor in the Department of Religions and Cultures, was an active member of the Concordia and LGBTQ+ communities. He endowed the Donald L. Boisvert Scholarship for Gay and Lesbian Studies at his alma mater.
François-Marc Gagnon, LLD 92
Gagnon was a teacher, researcher, writer, lecturer and tireless promoter of the art and visual heritage of Quebec and Canada. He was the founding director of Concordia’s Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art and affiliate professor in the Department of Art History.
Avrum (Avi) Morrow
A long-time supporter of Concordia, Morrow was a philanthropist and businessperson — posthumously revealed to be Montreal’s famous Bikeman — who supported education, the arts and community.
As the first regular full-time faculty member at Concordia’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Vellacott was a pioneer in the study of women’s history. She taught and pursued her research at the institute from 1982 to 1987.
Vic Vogel, LLD 10
A premiere musician, Vogel held a pivotal role in establishing Montreal as a world jazz capital. He also supported musicians in developing countries gain access to instruments.