I learned only now the sad sad news of Professor Sklar's passing. I was a student back in 1986-1990. I have the fondest memories of Professor Sklar. He was so funny, so engaging and so engaged with his students. I'm sure it is because of him and his ground-breaking course on Mental Health Law that I have spent much of my professional life representing and advocating for the rights of psychiatric patients. What a loss. My deepest sympathies to his family.
I just learned (this late time) that one of my favourite professors and people at McGill Law has passe don. I am very saddened by this. Professor Sklar was wonderful, brilliant and entertaining. He influenced me so much that I have spent more than 30 years as a Criminal Defence lawyer (amongst other areas of practice) looking for those esoteric issues in many of my cases. I looked forward to his classed and have nothing but great memories from all his lectures. Perhaps he is somewhere special now playing ball with some of the great Dodgers? Sorry for the family's loss. A true mensch.
What a great guy and what a great life! I was lucky enough to be taught criminal law by Professor Sklar, and then double lucky enough to have had the opportunity to teach with his lovely wife Adrienne at Concordia in the early 90s. Both spoke of the other with such high regard and obvious love. It's always such a pleasure to be surrounded by passionate people who love their work, being with people, who are highly engaged and who project this energy back out into the world, making it a better place. Professor Sklar was one of these rare wonderful individuals.
I'm very late to be hearing about Ron's death but deeply moved. Ron worked as Ethicist at Douglas for years where his humour and insight were deeply appreciated.Whales from a kayak were once part of Ron's joyful experience of the natural world. Missing Ron.
Prof. Sklar taught me at McGill Law School in the 1980's and I remember him as a fantastic person who made a lasting impression on the young student I was...Thank you Mr. Sklar !!
Professor Sklar was perhaps the professor I got to know best while at McGill and definitely among the biggest influences. I had great appreciation for Professor Sklar and his classes. I feel privileged to have known him and to have spoken to him outside of class too. He was always patient and interested in our thoughts and careers despite having taught so many. And he made sur ethat every single lecture pushed us to think and consider what we would not have without his guidance. Mr. Sklar was not only a profoundly good and kind man, he was an inspiring and patient professor and one of the few I will remember as having made a mark, as having made me grow. It is not only those who know him who have suffered a loss but the legal profession. I will strive to make him proud.
I want to express my sincerest condolences to his family. I hope that you are doing OK, given the circumstances.
Professor Sklar was a delight to study with. He taught what is normally dispensed as staid law with eyes and mind open to new interpretations. I am delighted to have shared my learning with him. I was lucky enough to have him as a reviewer of my application to McGill, and it was because of his fierce humanity that I was accepted into the Faculty. I am forever grateful. Thank you, Professor, you opened up a world to me. To his family and friends, courage in the short term and good strong memories for the long term.
Dear Ady, Alem, Desse, Graham, Jada, Zev and Nate,
Ron's light will always shine in our hearts.
Linda, Harvey, Todd, Mara and Sari
Ron was a wonderful help to us at CBC Radio and TV in Montreal. He was always willing to come on air and explain legal issues in a way that was compelling and clear, even to people (like myself) with no legal background. As a journalist, I got to know him a little outside the interviews: we talked pugs, chess and The Beatles. He will be missed as an expert and a lovely person.
Prof. Sklar was an amazing human being. Also was a very passionate professor that I will always remember for his generosity, dedication and that was always willing to help or hear anyone. Never judgmental always inclusive and patient with his students in and out the classroom. My sympathies and also my eternal gratefulness to professor Sklar. Rest in peace.
Adrianne, Alem, the kids, and Graham and I would like to thank everyone for sending in these beautiful messages and memories. They mean a lot to us to read and allow us to see what an impact my father had on so many lives. For those of you who could not come to his funeral, we have uploaded the audio file on YouTube (under Ron Sklar), as many of my father's family and friends are from the US and were not able to be with us.
Ron was a joy to have as a professor, always prepared, always full of life and humor, willing to debate and engage in a respectful discussion. He made complicated things simple; and opening day for Ron was always a day of joy. I was so fortunate to have had Ron as my professor for two classes and as my independent essay advisor. A wonderful teacher who made a lasting impact on his students. My sincere heartfelt condolences on his passing.
Dear Adrianne, Desi, Alem, & Graham,
Ron was a great man. Very caring and devoted to his family and a great cousin and friend to me.
He will be sorely missed.
Love to you all you are in my prayers.
My favourite professor and a wonderful man. I am so sorry for your loss.
My sincere sympathies to Professor Sklar's family. He was a fantastic teacher and a wonderful person who will be sorely missed.
My deepest condolences to the Sklar family. Ron Sklar was my favorite law school professor -I took every class he offered. I'm so saddened to hear this news. He was a kind man and a devoted and passionate educator...you'll be missed professor "Sklah", and always remembered.
McGill Law Class of 2008
Professor Sklar was one of my favorite teachers in law school - he was obviously passionate about his subject, and fostered an interesting and engaging learning environment. He will be truly missed.
Dear Adrienne, Alem and Desse, We are so sorry to learn this sad news.
We remember Ron fondly, and often think of him when we see someone walking a pug in our neighbourhood - he was such a loving man to all of his family. We are thinking of you all with love and deepest sympathy for your loss. Neil, Rosie, Stephen, Rob and Alan Cashman.
Dear Adrianne and family. It is hard to be so far away at this time. We have been thinking of Ron and all of you during this difficult period. Ron was such a loving and caring person and with such a sense of sardonic humor. We miss him and will think of you all often.
Michael and Bonnie Klein
Deepest condolences to the Sklar family for their loss.I had the privilege to know Proffessor Sklar,through my years as General Manager of McGill's Faculty Club.A humble,kind man,who always had something nice to say.May he rest in peace.
I had the extreme pleasure of enjoying Prof Sklar's fine intellect and great wit. Future students will suffer from his absence and and will be forever grateful for his kindness and generosity.
Grant McIntyre, class of 2003
A special person indeed. My sympathies to all his loved ones.
I will always remember Professor Sklar for his humour and kindness. Oh yes, I will also remember our annual student /professor touch football games. Luckily, Ron was a better professor than a wide receiver.
He will be missed.
Stephen Kwinter LL.B. 77
Dear Adrianne and Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences, my thoughts are with you.
Rest in Peace Professor Sklar,
You were a bright light during our days at McGill Law. Class of 1977.
Dear Adrianne and family,
So sad to hear of your loss Adrianne. I know what loving and good marriage you have had and how much joy with your kids and grandkids. My thoughts are with you and your family.
What I know of the law and criminal law, and life with the law, I know from Ron Sklar. I will miss him greatly
a wonderful man who I was lucky enough to have as a professor. My deepest sympathies to the family.
Professor Sklar's criminal law class was a highlight of my time at McGill. My condolences to the family.
Rest in peace, Professor Sklar.
Professor Sklar was a highlight of my experience at McGill Law. He was old school, yes, but genuine and kind. I'm very sorry to hear of his passing.
VERY SADDENED to learn today of the passing of McGill Law Professor Ronald Sklar. Professor Sklar was my teacher in three criminal law/ evidence courses at McGill and I thought the world of him. He took the law very seriously, but not himself. This was an important lesson he thought me, and one I have tried to live by my entire professional life. He made the law fun, engaging and relevant. God Bless you, Professor Sklar. Safe travels to the other side.....