Delmar McCormack "Mac" Smyth

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DELMAR M c CORMACK (MAC) SMYTH Died peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario in the comfort of friends on Monday, February 21, 2011 at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife Wanita (nee Snelgrove), nephews Roy Smyth (Inge), Vancouver and Craig Taylor, Brampton and great-niece Sara Smyth, Vancouver, as well as many friends. He was predeceased by his parents Charles Herman and Eva Etta (nee McCormack) and his two brothers Douglas Edmison and George Alexander Ronald. Mac graduated from Toronto's Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute (1941) and attended the University of Toronto, receiving his Bachelor of Arts (1944), Master of Philosophy (1970) and Doctor of Philosophy (1972). From 1960-1962, he attended Churchill College, University of Cambridge, where he was the first Fellow Commoner, a fellowship honoring the life and work of Sir Winston Churchill. Mac had a busy and productive life in industry, government and academia. After his undergraduate degree, he worked in the electric heater company founded by his father. In the early 1950s he worked with C.D. Howe in the Department of Trade and Commerce of the Government of Canada and was involved in the organization of Canada's early International Trade Fairs. At the University of Toronto, Mac was the Assistant Registrar and then Director of Admissions (1958-1960). At York University, he was the Dean of Atkinson College (1963-1969), Director of the Centre for Continuing Education and Professor of Administration. Other achievements include: Founding Chair and Honorary Life Chair of the independent Radiation Safety Institute of Canada, Founding Director (1982) of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy (Toronto) and that organization's chair in 1984. In 1988, Mac and Wanita moved to Hamilton, although he continued to teach at York University into the mid-1990s. Mac was a man who lived his life with passion. He was noted for his strong Christian faith that powerfully informed the vitality of his thinking and living. He was always keen to meet new people, anxious to learn about their heritage and families. He enjoyed his many trips throughout the world with Wanita and took great pride in his beautiful home and property. As a lifelong scholar, author and prolific storyteller, he shared his wisdom and insights in politics and history generously. It was his life's wish to find a way to ensure world peace. Mac will be sadly missed by his many friends and relatives in Canada and beyond. He was admired for his great mind, thoughtful determination, generous spirit and vigor for life. A celebration of Mac's life was held at the Central Presbyterian Church, Hamilton on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 3 p.m. with visitation preceding the service from 2-3 p.m. Interment will be in the family plot at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto on Saturday, March 5, 2011, following a service at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada (Toronto) or the Central Presbyterian Church (Hamilton). Friends are invited to sign Delmar's Book of Condolence at www.dbrobinson.com

Published in the Toronto Star on Mar. 4, 2011
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