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In Memoriam: Geoffrey Adams

Former chair of history department passes away in his 85th year
June 20, 2012

After a long struggle with cancer, historian Geoffrey Adams has passed away in his 85th year.

Geoff was an accomplished individual who took part in politics, wrote books on the role of the Protestant minority in French political life, and who mentored students. He was deeply involved at Concordia with the Concordia Retirees' Association, the Concordia University Faculty Association and with the Concordia University Pensioners' Association newsletter CUPARUC. The former chair of the Department of History was a co-convenor of the Scholars' Circle, along with Distinguished Professor Emeritus Jim Moore.

Historian Geoffrey Adams
Historian Geoffrey Adams

Geoff refused chemotherapy because it would have deprived him of a clear mind, a value he held dear. In his obituary published in the Gazette and the Globe and Mail, which he wrote himself, his pride in having taught three Rhodes scholars was evident.

Current History Chair Norman Ingram wrote in a message to the members of the history department, "Geoff bore his illness with great courage, determination and lucidity. His interest in, and engagement with, the world and those around him continued right down to the end. ... He was a consummate gentleman, always interested in the views of others, and profoundly respectful of the differences that underlie the common weal."

He continued, "On a personal note, I am saddened by the departure of a man who was my predecessor at Concordia, and who became a mentor and friend over the past 20 years."
At Geoff's request, there will be no funeral. A memorial will be held on Loyola Campus in the autumn.

In another message sent by Moore and Professor Emeritus Robert Tittler to friends and members of the Scholars' Circle, "It is un-necessary to state to anyone who had more than even a passing acquaintance with Geoff that he was an extraordinary person. We look forward to sharing our memories of him in September, and to hearing you share yours."

Watch the NOW news and events site for details of the memorial.

Related link:
•    Obituary published in both the Globe and Mail and the Gazette


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