JARRELL, Richard Adrian - August 29, 1946 - December 28, 2013 He was a Renaissance man. A devoted family man, husband to Martha, father to D'Arcy and Court, father-in-law to Mymi, brother to Marianne and Terry; an inspirational teacher and mentor; innovator in scholarly, curricular, departmental and horticultural matters; and an effective, calm civic leader. These qualities were rooted in an Indiana childhood where German astronomy and science magazines, a telescope and science lab encouraged by his mother, American Primaries and presidential elections watched with grandmothers, jazz recordings played by his father and the family's camper trips shaped him. At Indiana University, Bloomington, he studied the History and Philosophy of Science and immersed himself in the Music School's operas and symphonies. At the University of Toronto, he earned his PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology and became a lecturer at York University in 1971. There, he discovered his passion for teaching which, after becoming a father, extended to children: his own, those at York University Daycare and those in public school. His sons proudly called him "Our Dad, the Scienser". He was a Full Professor during most of his 42-year career at York. Richard died suddenly on December 28, 2013 . On February 12, 2014, a Celebration of Richard's Life was hosted at York University by the Natural Science Division and the Science, Technology and Society Program. Because of Richard's passion for education, the family and York Science Faculty created the Richard A. Jarrell Scholarship Fund for students in the newly-formed Science and Technology Studies Department, championed by Richard for many years. Donations to keep his dream alive may be made online at richardjarrell.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star on Aug. 2, 2014