CHARLOTTE JANE BANFIELD
(LLB '54, MA'59, PhD '73)
July 13, 1930 – February 6, 2016
C. Jane Banfield died peacefully, attended by loving family. Predeceased by husband, Robert H. Haynes, OC, and brother, John Banfield. Jane is survived by cousin, Alix (Bud) Fredrickson; sister-in-law, Cheryl Banfield; and nieces, Lindsay, Comox, Carla (Casey) Vancouver, Suzanne (Mark), San Rafael, CA, and Andrea (Richard) Invermere, BC; and three stepsons in Ontario, Mark (Rose), Geoffrey (Nancy) and Paul (Barbara) Haynes; along with numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. Other surviving family members are Kristin, Lisa and Erik Fredrickson and Sharon Fullerton.
Born in Vancouver, to Orson and Beatrice Banfield, Jane had fond memories growing up in Kerrisdale, attending Quilchena Elementary and Magee High School, later graduating with an LLB from UBC (one of 5 women in her graduating class). Jane was called to the BC Bar in 1955; she then moved to Toronto to accept one of two executive positions at World University Services of Canada (WUSC) and managed to persuade the Board to incorporate WUSC as a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Toronto.
Jane pursued her love of learning, and earned an MA at University of Toronto and a doctorate in political science from the London School of Economics. She taught briefly in Montreal and California before becoming a professor at York University for 30 years. Jane founded the Law and Society program in the Faculty of Arts, York University, and was director there for many years. York University President appointed Jane as the first advisor on the Status of Women. She has been active in American and Canadian organizations concerned with law and society interdisciplinary teaching and courses.
Fascinated by the world around her, Jane guided tours at the Royal Ontario Museum before moving west. Jane retired to Vancouver in 2004, where, in her own words, she rediscovered the city as an energetic, variegated metropolis. She served on the Vancouver Heritage Foundation board and was an active supporter of the City of Vancouver Archives.
Jane's brilliant mind, wry sense of humour and keen interest in traveling the world with much savoir-faire and little luggage, and her thoughtfulness of others are qualities her many friends have tried to emulate. Jane had an extensive vocabulary and love of words, making any hasty note she wrote sound like poetic prose. She inspired many and her most generous spirit will live on.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 20th, 2:00 p.m. at Shaughnessy Heights United Church, 1550 West 33rd Avenue, Vancouver with a reception to follow. A family interment will be held at a future date. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Vancouver Hospice Society for their care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice or the Vancouver General Hospital Foundation for the Banfield Pavilion.
Saturday February 13, 2016
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