Archive for the ‘Obituary’ Category


Bob Logan & Eric McLuhan, photo by Salome Victoriano By Robert K. Logan Eric McLuhan B.Sc.—Communications, Wisconsin State University, 1972 M.A., Ph.D.—English Lit., University of Dallas, 1980, 1982 L.L.D. of Sacred Letters. University of St. Michael’s College. University of Toronto, 2011 Eric McLuhan, a Canadian scholar, public intellectual and a much sought-after speaker, was born […]



Panchal Mansaram March 4, 1934 –  December 6, 2020 We are deeply saddened that Panchal Mansaram passed on from this life on Sunday December 6, 2020 in Burlington, Ontario, at the age of 86 years old, almost one year after his beloved wife Tarunika. He had a strong internal light and quiet persistence that came from a […]



The graphic designer Quentin Fiore in an undated photograph. In the 1960s he collaborated with Marshall McLuhan, Jerry Rubin and Buckminster Fuller. Credit: Fiore Family By Katharine Q. Seelye   –   May 1, 2019 Quentin Fiore, a graphic designer whose work helped magnify and popularize Marshall McLuhan’s maxim that “the medium is the message,” died on […]



(1931 – 2019) Birth: Cambridge, Massachusetts Dr. Gerald O’Grady was a legendary media scholar and former University at Buffalo professor of English, who led the media revolution in Buffalo in the early 1970s, making Buffalo among the first cities in the nation to create a public access center for film and video equipment and education. Dr. […]



I first met Paul Heyer in 2004 at the Media Ecology Association’s annual convention at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He suggested that I apply to teach some courses in communication at Wilfrid Laurier University, which I did a few years later. While there I enjoyed talking to him about our common interests in Marshall […]



Eric McLuhan at the18th Annual Convention, St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA June 22–25, 2017 On Eric McLuhan’s ‘Media Ecology in the 21st Century’ By Andrew McLuhan [Eric McLuhan’s last speech, ‘Media Ecology in the 21st Century,’ was delivered at El Nogal in Bogotá, Colombia, on May 17th, 2018. He died, suddenly, the following […]



Dr. Eric McLuhan, Portrait by Michael McLuhan Eric McLuhan (1942 – 2018) passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 17, after losing consciousness in his hotel room in Bogota, Columbia after an academic visit to the Universidad de la Sabana in Chía, 7 km north of Bogota. He had been invited to deliver the inaugural lecture for […]



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 […]