Archive for the ‘Obituary’ Category

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 […]


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 […]