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Fiche créée le : 2004-06-30
Décès le : 2004-06-30
Parution : 2004-07-02
Paru dans : The Windsor Star, ON

DEVEREUX, Ralph Spence Devereux BA, MA, LLD, first Principal of Windsor Teachers College and Faculty of Education, and founder of the Senior Alumni Program at the University of Western Ontario, passed away on June 30, 2004 at Parkwood Veterans Hospital, London, age 88. Beloved husband for 44 years of Frances nee Hignell and the late Kathryn nee Hitch (1958). Dear father of Janet (George VanOstrand) of London, Susan (Pat McKillop) of Caledonia, and David (Julie Gibert) of Amherst, N.Y. Fondly remembered by his grandchildren Matthew, Amy and Bethany Gloyd and Geoffrey Devereux. Predeceased by his parents Joseph Lanceley Devereux and Bertha Annie Spence of Howard Township and brothers Harold of California, Glen and Walter of Howard Township. Survived by his sister Ruth Cooper, sister-in-law Rosemarie Devereux and step-mother Florence Devereux, all of Ridgetown, and many nieces and nephews. Born in Kent County on October 19, 1915, he attended London Normal School (1932-33) and taught in rural and Windsor schools. During World War II he served as a Radar Instructor (Airborne) in the RCAF in the U.K. and Canada. He received his BA (1946) and MA in Philosophy and Psychology (1948) from UWO. He was first general School Counsellor (School Psychologist) for the Windsor Board of Education (1949-51), Master at London Teachers College (1951-62) and in 1962 was appointed first Principal of Windsor Teachers College. In 1970-72 as Principal and Professor, Faculty of Education, he organized its integration with the University of Windsor. He retired as Associate Dean in 1975. On retirement to London, Ralph founded the Senior Alumni Program at UWO in 1977. Western honoured him with an LLD(1985) and the Alumni Award of Merit (1986). He served on a number of UWO committees: Foundation Western, President of the Western Alumni Association (1983), alumni representative on the Senate (1976-81). He was also President of the Ontario Educational Association (1970-72) and a member of the Arts and Science Committee of Fanshawe College. He was an active member of the United Church, Rotary Club and St Johns Lodge 209a, and enjoyed golfing, curling, bridge, cribbage, travelling, gardening and theatre. Ralph had an innovative mind, unflappable personality, a kind heart, gentle manner and a quick wit that endeared him to all. His calm, persuasive leadership skills motivated others to perform at their best. There will be a private family service and committal at Woodland Cemetery


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