A love of philosophy, history and literature led Henry Beissel to initiate programs that eventually led to the founding of Concordia’s Liberal Arts College 36 years ago.
A distinguished professor emeritus, Beissel joined Sir George Williams University — one of Concordia’s two founding institutions — in 1966.
Concordia’s first rector, John O’Brien, asked Beissel to develop a creative writing program in the early 1970s. Beissel established and served as director of that program, which continues to flourish at both undergraduate and graduate levels to this day.
Throughout his academic career, Beissel wrote poems, plays and essays. His work Inuk and the Sun (1973) was featured at the Stratford Festival.