Archive for the ‘Obituary’ Category

Professor Fred T. Flahiff (1933 – 2017) By Lynn Crosbie   –   September 27, 2017  Professor. Critic. Author. Friend. Born July 7, 1933, in Vancouver; died March 9, 2017, in Toronto, from complications following a stroke; aged 84. “What a world, what a world,” was Fred’s refrain, sounding something like a honeyed mantra: What sweet sounds he […]


Leonard Cohen (1934 – 2016) This posting is obviously not about Marshall McLuhan, but I feel confident that the late great media visionary would approve. B.W. Powe, who was a student of McLuhan at the University of Toronto in the fall of 1978 in his last offering of his English 1000 graduate course, Media & Society, […]


On February 11, 2016 Lance Strate informed the Media Ecology Association of the passing of Elizabeth Eisenstein with the following:- I have heard from a few different sources that Elizabeth Eisenstein, author of The Printing Press as an Agent of Change, and the abridged version, The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe, as well as The […]


Judith Fitzgerald, a celebrated Canadian poet known locally [in Windsor, Ontario] as an “honorary Windsorite,” has died. According to an obituary, Fitzgerald passed away suddenly but peacefully at the age of 63 in her northern Ontario home on Nov. 25. Over the course of her 45-year writing career, Fitzgerald produced more than two dozen volumes of […]


St. John’s College, Cambridge University has announced the passing of Sir Jack Goody, whose studies of literacy and communication have influenced media ecologists such as Harold Innis, Eric Havelock, Marshall McLuhan, Walter Ong, and Elizabeth Eisenstein, as they focused on the development of writing systems, and later, printing; in this aspect of his scholarship at least, […]


Sorel Etrog in Seoul. Photo courtesy of Eva Varga. By Canadian Art   –   February 27, 2014 The Canadian art world lost a major contributor this week with the passing of Sorel Etrog, a Toronto-based artist who represented Canada at the 1966 Venice Biennale and designed Canada’s iconic Genie awards statue. To many, Etrog was Canada’s pre-eminent Modernist […]


I was pleased to see that the recently published Volume 2 of the International Journal of McLuhan Studies honored the late Dr. Liss Jeffrey of Toronto by being dedicated to her memory (see the 3rd posting below this one). Thanks to Editorial Director Matteo Ciastellardi and his staff for doing so. Liss would have been an […]


Today in History – December 31 Herbert Marshall McLuhan (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980) In 1980, Canadian communications theorist and writer Marshall McLuhan died at age 69. His revolutionary and often misunderstood communications theories have been compared to the works of Darwin and Freud for their universal importance. McLuhan established worldwide recognition in […]


George Thompson, 96, passed away at his residence in Toronto on July 9th. With a clear passion for the Arts, George lived an interesting life filled with friends, family, painting and a love for dogs. With his brother, Bill, he was involved with the Boy Scout organization for many years. He served in the Air […]


  Lives Lived: Richard Jan Osicki, 66 PATSY PEHLEMAN, The Globe and Mail, Published Wednesday, Apr. 10 2013 Philosopher, journalist, teacher, original thinker. Born Sept. 4, 1946, in Nottingham, England, died Oct. 29, 2012, in Winnipeg of cancer, aged 66. Richard’s parents, Jan and Maria, were veterans of the Polish Army. During the Second World War, […]