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MACDONALD – D. Lorne

February 24, 1955 – January 14, 2010

MACDONALD, D. LORNE – 54, of Calgary, died Thursday, January 14, 2010 in Foothills Medical Centre.

Born in Toronto, he was the eldest son of Dr. Doreen Macdonald of Mississauga, ON, and the late Dr. Frank Macdonald. A professor of English at the University of Calgary, he was a respected scholar of Romantic and Gothic literature.

Aside from his mother and stepfather, Peter Zaharuk, he is survived by sisters, Clare (Surinder) Dhiman of Joliet, IL, and Sylvia Macdonald (Layne Francis) of Chester Grant, NS; brother Jock (Susan) of Toronto; nieces, Randeep Dhiman (Adam Kollin) of Cleveland, OH, Kiran Dhiman of Ann Arbour, MI, Sarah (Daniel) Soucy of Toronto, and Tara Dhiman of Joliet; and nephews, Alex (Jessica) Macdonald of Toronto, and Ravinder Dhiman of Joliet.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at the Husky Oil Great Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary (2500 University Drive N.W.) on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Stephen’s-on-the-Hill United Church (998 Indian Road, Mississauga, ON) on Saturday, April 24, 2010.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at macdonaldsylvia0@gmail.com or forwarded through to www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lorne’s memory may be made directly to Haiti earthquake relief efforts or to Doctors Without Borders Canada, 402 – 720 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 2T9, Telephone: 1-800-982-7903.

In living memory of Lorne Macdonald, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Vivian Hansen :

    I just learned of Dr. Macdonald’s passing. I am so sad about this. I was in his senior class (The Haunted Summer) the first year he taught this course at the U of C. My brother had just passed away, and Lorne was so very kind to me.

    Ten years later he was instrumental in my admission to graduate school at UBC. He was one of my referees, and admitted teasingly to me that he had made me work “much too hard” in that final year of courses.

    Over the years, I had so many great opportunities to chat with him in the elevator as we both went to work. I will miss him greatly as part of his literary family.

    blessings to you all..

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