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Richard WILSON Obituary
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February 17, 2020
In the latter part of the 1980s and early '90s I had the pleasure of working with Richard at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa.He was a great supervisor and an original and creative thinker. Under his direction the Centre's inter-divisional AIDS Research Committee became known internationally for its multi-faceted approach to AIDS research - an approach that focused on human sexuality.

One of my favorite memories of Richard is the team-building exercise he organized that involved delegates from the regional offices and a camping trip to Algonquin Park. After a short but arduous portage a researcher from West Africa turned to me and said, "Pat, is this really what Canadians do to relax?" Later in the day Richard demonstrated how to use sand to scrub your pots when cooking outdoors. It wasn't the kind of event that one would expect to be organized by a man given to blazers and grey flannels. That was Richard I suppose -expect the unexpected.

Rest in peace Richard after a life well spent. My condolences to your wife Elizabeth and your family.
Pat Trites
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