GLASS, Kathleen Cranley
January 19, 1942 - April 12, 2014
Kathleen Cranley Glass died peacefully at home on April 12, 2014, leaving behind her husband Leon, her daughter Hannah, her son Paul and his wife Tamar, and her grandson Edward (Teddy). She was predeceased by her son Daniel (1978-1982). She will be mourned by her brothers Edward Cranley (Madison, Wisconsin) and Brian Cranley and his wife Priscilla (Grimsby, Ontario), her sister Mary Dyokas and her husband Val (Barrington Lake, Illinois), her in-laws Rachel and Michael Bratt (Wayland, Massachusetts), and many relatives, friends, and colleagues.
Kathy spent her early childhood in Chicago and Antioch, Illinois, where she dabbled in tap-dancing, wished her hair was curlier, and enjoyed an active life with her siblings. She graduated from Barat College of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Illinois (1963), and then completed a Master's in political science at the University of Chicago (1966). During this period, she was active in the anti-war and civil rights protest movements. During her graduate studies, she met Leon, her husband to be, and they were married in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1969. Returning to Chicago in 1969, Kathy worked in city planning before moving to Rochester in 1972, where she used this experience to develop a new town, Riverton, NY. After relocating to Montreal in 1975, Kathy studied law at McGill and completed LLB (1980) and BCL (1981) degrees. While this time was challenging for Kathy, as her son Daniel suffered from chronic kidney disease, it was also a time of great pride and joy in her growing young family and her accomplishments of completing law school and joining the Barreau du Quebec. After practicing law for several years, she pursued doctoral studies at the Centre for Medicine Ethics and Law (1992), and a rich career in Medical Ethics followed. She was the Clinical Ethicist at the Montreal Children's Hospital, and a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Human Genetics at McGill University, where she also served as the Director of the Biomedical Ethics Unit. Her research related to clinical trials - the most influential papers dealt with the risk of suicide in patients taking psychoactive medications, and the need for "equipoise" in clinical trials. She was honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award of Canadian Bioethics Society in Saint John, New Brunswick in June 2011.
Kathy's professional career and personal life were marked by a strong sense of personal integrity and fairness. She participated in numerous committees and commissions which helped found guiding principles for medical research, and the development of new clinical treatments. Kathy lived valiantly, and well, with cancer for 24 years - and with metastatic disease for 7 years. Despite her disease, she excelled in her career while actively raising a family. She traveled broadly for work and for pleasure. Her other life pleasures included Inuit artwork, Leonard Cohen's music, decorating Easter eggs, baking her mother's secret cookie recipe, and spending time with her many very dear friends.
The family thanks Dr. Gerald Batist and his colleagues in oncology and palliative medicine at the Jewish General Hospital for their ability to provide top medical care - always with a sense of humanity. In lieu of flowers, the family has two suggestions for donations. Contributions in Kathy's honour can be made to the Centre for Translational Research in Cancer at the Jewish General Hospital. In recognition of the impact of the Montreal Children's Hospital on our family, where Kathy was the Clinical Ethicist, we are establishing the Glass Family Fund. Contributions can be made in Kathy's honour by contacting: Josie Pizzuco, Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation, 514-934-1934 x29229. A celebration of Kathy's life will take place on Thursday, April 17th at 3 PM at the Birks Heritage Chapel at McGill University (3520 University Street, 2nd Floor).
Published in Monteal Gazette from Apr. 15 to Apr. 17, 2014.