The Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association notes with sorrow the passing of the following members (based on information received in the last year.)
RAYMON (Ray) AARON LIEBERMAN passed away peacefully in Edmonton, surrounded by family, on February 24, 2020. Beloved husband of Liz McCord for 44 years and father to Mike (Melanie), Joe, Jill (Lorne), and Alex (Amy). Ray was an adoring Zaida to his grandchildren Keara, Marni, Lily, and Isaac. Ray is survived by his loving brother, Lucien (Carole), and will be fondly remembered by his many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends all over the world.
Ray graduated from the University of Alberta in 1957 and shortly after began his career as a chemical engineer at Imperial Oil where he remained until his retirement in 1991. After retirement, he continued volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society and Alberta Cancer Board Research Ethics Committee. He was integral in establishing City of Edmonton Off Leash Dog Parks, and was a founding member of ELLA (Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association).
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Old Timers Cabin, 9430 – 99 Street (Scona Rd), on March 28, 2020 from 2-4:30pm. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
1939 – 2019
Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour died peacefully and gracefully at the Cross Cancer Institute at dawn
May 25, surrounded by a few of the many friends who have become family to her. Tributes
pouring in since testify to the legacy left by her inspirational mentorship and infectious passion
for “doing science as if people matter.”
Margaret-Ann loved stories. Her own story began in Scotland on September 6, 1939, amid the
outset of the Second World War. Born to Annie Dunlop and Robert Armour, she was raised by
her mother, a teacher who fostered her curiosity about the science of everything, beginning
with Scottish baking.
Holding a BSc and MSc from the University of Edinburgh, Margaret-Ann earned a PhD in organic
chemistry from the University of Alberta and then did post-doctoral studies at both universities.
Joining the U of A chemistry department in 1979, she persevered as a woman in a traditionally
male field and became the University’s first-ever Associate Dean of Science for Diversity in 2005.
Known worldwide for leading-edge research and teaching in hazardous chemical waste handling
and disposal, she is equally revered for championing women in the sciences through initiatives
such as WISEST and the WinSETT Centre. “Create an environment where women thrive, and
everyone thrives,” she would say.
In addition to her induction as a Member of the Order of Canada, Dr. Armour’s many awards
include the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, Canada 150
Ambassador and the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship. Her multiple honorary degrees include
degrees from her Alberta and Edinburgh alma maters, as well as a degree from Concordia
University of Edmonton presented just the day before her death.
Despite her passing, Dr. Armour’s story lives on in the many individuals, institutions and
networks shaped by her kindness, integrity and commitment to equity and inclusiveness. Her
dedication to wider community shone through in the leadership she nurtured within
organizations ranging from Beta Sigma Phi, to the Edmonton Glenora Rotary Club, to St.
Stephen’s College where she served with distinction as Board Chair. The students of Edmonton’s
Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour School will be among the many who dearly miss her perceptive
questions, playful scientific demonstrations and heartfelt hugs.
A memorial service in celebration of Dr. Armour’s life will be held at the Dr. Margaret-Ann
Armour School, 3815 Allan Drive in southwest Edmonton, on Wednesday June 12 at 7 p.m.
Donations in her memory may be made to St. Stephen’s College, WISEST, and Southminster Steinhauer United Church.
There will be a Memorial Service for Marg Stephen who was an active member of ELLA for many years:
Crest wood Community Hall
14325 – 96 Ave
Saturday May 25/19
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Vivianne (Viv) Harris – March 30, 1940 – January 6, 2018 – Edmonton
Obituary can be found at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/edmontonjournal/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=187824538
Joyce Buchwald – December 1935 – March 10, 2018 – Edmonton
Joyce was one of the original founders of ELLA when it began in 2002.
If you have lost a loved one or friend who was a member of ELLA please contact the ELLA Office at 780-492-5055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.