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Memorial for W.L. (Scot) Gardiner

Life of passionate professor will be celebrated October 13.
September 14, 2011

The faculty, staff and students of the Department of Communication Studies were deeply saddened at the unexpected death of colleague and friend, William Lambert (Scot) Gardiner.

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He passed away on the night of June 15 at his home, his "electronic cottage," in Hudson. For the past several years he had been struggling with health problems, and it appeared he was winning this battle. Clearly this was not the case.

Scot first began work at Concordia (then Sir George Williams University) in 1965, in the Psychology Department. After publishing a very successful textbook (Psychology: A Story of a Search, 1970), he "retired".

In 1984, in the wake of a 15-year sojourn to think-tanks, alternative communities, and beaches, he returned to Concordia, this time to the Department of Communication Studies.

As his many devoted students will attest, he cared passionately about teaching, about access to education, and the free and democratic exchange of ideas. His openness and generosity to both students and colleagues was as much his signature as his boundless curiosity, warm-hearted spirit, and his big, joyful laugh.

The department is hosting a memorial gathering for Scot on October 13, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Loyola Chapel.  All are welcome to come celebrate
his life.

The department equally invites thoughts and reminiscences about Scot. Send them to

Related link:
•  Notice of passing on NOW (includes link to a Gazette article and an obituary) 


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