Tuesday, April 16, 2019
EUGENE BALOGH (Jeno)
Eugene (Jeno) Balogh, born August 11, 1923, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Eugene will be sadly missed by his daughters, Jutka (Bob) and Zsuzsa (David). Predeceased by his wife, Katherine, and grandson, Zachary; he was the loving grandfather (Apa) of Matthew, Jonathan (Rosie) and Zoe of Toronto; and great-grandfather of Lucca, Vienne and Ava in Wisconsin, and of Deanna and Katherine in Toronto.
Eugene arrived in Canada in 1949 after leaving his homeland of Hungary during WWII. After working in construction, he became a high school teacher, and retired in June 1987 as the Head of the Biology Department at Martingrove Collegiate. He loved playing and watching sports, especially golf and soccer, and he was a committed member of the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, where he led the Hungarian school and camp programmes for second generation Hungarian children. The last years of his life were brightened by his loving relationship and his travels with Eva Miko.
A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 432 Sheppard Ave. East. A reception for family and friends will be held after the Mass in the Church hall. In lieu of flowers, please extend a kindness to someone you meet.
On Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Florida. Beloved husband of Rhonda Thuna. Loving father and father-in-law of Dr. Samantha Fuss Ackerman and Loren Ackerman, and Ashley and Peter Svitz.
Devoted Zaida of Ray. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Miriam and Armand Abbou, Theresa and Teddy Glickman, and Rosie and Dr. Earl Schwartz.
At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue west (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Interment in the Beth Shalom Synagogue section of Mount Sinai Cemetery. Check http://www.benjamins.ca for funeral details. Shiva at 4 Overdale Road, Toronto.Memorial donations may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation 1-888-473-4636.
MARSHA P. HANEN C. M.
Formerly President of the University of Winnipeg, President of the Board of the Victoria Symphony, Professor of Philosophy & Dean of General Studies at the University of Calgary, died peacefully at home with family in Victoria, BC on Saturday, April 13, 2019 after living for an extended time with nonHodgkins lymphoma.
Born in Calgary in 1936, Marsha's life was influenced from the beginning by the theme of education connected to leadership, community, and culture. Her parents, both child immigrants (via Winnipeg) were instrumental in the founding and ongoing life of the I.L. Peretz School, a Jewish school that sought to keep alive a rich Yiddish culture alongside a modern education. Music also played a strong role in her early days, as she studied piano and later, as a student at Brown (AB, MA) and Brandeis (PhD), she set the habit of enjoying concerts in the midst of a busy academic and family life.
After a decade studying in the U.S.
and having two children, in 1966 she returned with her husband and daughters to her hometown and taught in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary. In her long career there, she grew into leadership roles, last as Dean of the Faculty of General Studies which she'd co-founded. She also made lifelong friends, including during a research sabbatical in London, England and a Fellowship in Law and Philosophy at Harvard University. Her wide-ranging interests in higher education and social justice, from philosophy of law to feminist theory, brought her to lead many initiatives encouraging interdisciplinary studies and accessible educational opportunities. She published, and mentored colleagues and students, including many young women breaking career barriers.
In 1989, she moved to Winnipeg, with Robert (Bob) Weyant, after their "marriage of true minds", to take the position of President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winnipeg. She was one of the first women in prominent leadership roles in higher education. She committed her decade there to the support of inclusive undergraduate arts and science education, to investment in a vibrant campus cultural life, and to preparing the community for a complex, collaborative future. In recognition of the lasting legacy of her leadership work, Spence Street, the pedestrian campus corridor she advocated for, was named Marsha Hanen Way in 2018. During her time at UW, her three grandchildren came into the world and became another great joy of her life and Bob's.
Her next move was to Victoria, and to the role of President of the Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership. From 1999-2006 she brought leaders, thinkers, and community members together to engage with challenging issues of civil society. She also became involved with the Victoria Symphony, as President of the Board, Chair of the musical director search committee, supporter of women in music, infusing her last years with lifeenriching music and relationships.
Honours included induction as a Member of the Order of Canada, Honorary Doctor of Laws from York University, and Honourary Life Member of the Victoria Symphony Society.
Every place she lived there was a piano, a colourful garden, CBC Music on the radio, something nice to drink, wonderful travel plans, and the delight of time with friends and close family.
Marsha is survived by her brother, Ron; her daughters, Amy and Sharon; her daughter-in-law, Shari; her stepsons, Stephen and David; and her grandchildren, Benson, Anna, and Austin. She was predeceased by her parents, Rowena and Ben Pearlman; by her first husband, Harold Hanen; and in 2017 by her husband, Robert (Bob) Weyant.
Burial will take place at Royal Oak Burial Park, http://www.robp.
ca, 4673 Falaise Drive, Victoria at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. All are welcome, and also invited to gather from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. to share memories at the Wedgewood Estates clubhouse, 2829 Arbutus Road, Victoria.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Marsha's memory to The Victoria Symphony Society, victoriasymphony.ca.
BERNARD BARUCH SCHIFF
Bernard Baruch Schiff (Berl or Bernie to some) died peacefully on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, two months shy of his 80th birthday. He was an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, remembered fondly by students long since graduated. He had many passions - science, spirituality, literature, and the arts - but most of all he loved and was endlessly curious about people. He took particular pleasure and pride in mentoring young people who he affectionately called his "pups."
Berl is survived by his wife, Gissa; his daughters, Jade Schiff and Vanessa Coplan; his grandchildren, Adam and Jaimie Coplan, and Lia Schiff; and his nephews, Dov, Noah and Jeremy Schiff. He was a beloved friend to many in Toronto and abroad.
Berl's family will be forever grateful to Dr. David Hogg and the rest of Berl's care team at Princess Margaret Hospital. Donations may be made to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at http://www.thepmcf.ca/ Ways-toGive/Donate-Now or by calling 416-946-6560, or 1-866-224-6560 (Option 1) directed to The Melanoma Immunotherapy Research Fund.