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"FIC" 2003 Obituary


FICHTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-13 published
BOYD, Professor Robert Gavin
Died unexpectedly at his home in Halifax on Wednesday, December 10, 2003. Born in Brighton, Victoria, Australia on May 16, 1924, he was the eldest child of the late Robert Gavin and C. Margaret BOYD. He was educated at St. Patrick's College and graduated in Political Science from the University of Melbourne. He became a Research Officer for the Joint Intelligence Bureau of Australian Government and served on the S.E.A.T.O. Research Team in Bangkok, Thailand from 1956-1959. He returned to the Australian National University In Canberra where he wrote his 1st book. ''Communist China's Foreign Policy'', which earned him a Fullbright Fellowship to Notre Dame University, Indiana for two years. He spent a summer semester at Stanford University's Hoover Institute for Peace and moved to George Washington University, Washington, D.C. with the family and taught there. The family returned to Canberra in 1965 and he resumed his research studies and writing at the A.N.U. A Canada Council Fellowship took him to Carleton University in Ottawa following a lecture tour in the Maritimes, he was asked to join the Political Science faculty at Saint Mary's University where he taught from 1967 to 1989. On retirement he taught at Rutgars's University, New Jersey and was named Honorary Professor. He returned to Halifax and Saint Mary's in 1991 and taught part-time in the M.B.A. programme until his death. He wrote and also collaborated on many books in his field of Political Science and organized a most successful series of fall seminars at Saint Mary's to which distinguished guest scholars contributed. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his children, Angela, Stephanie (Peter HORA,) Dominic (Theresa FOX), Mary Catherine, Austin (Beckett FICHTER), Christopher, Felicity and Hilary (Bret BARTON.) He was grandpa to Alexander and Lawrence HORA, Frances, Katie and Michael BOYD, Andrew and Connor BOYD, Matthew and Julia BARTON. He is survived by his sister, Carmel RYAN (Peter,) Canberra, A.C.T. Australia three nieces and two nephews. He was a man of strong faith, generosity of spirit and loyalty to his Catholic beliefs and principles. Family will be re ceiving Friends at J. A. Show Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax on Monday, December 15, from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Memorial mass will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 16, in Canadian Martyrs Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saint Mary's University Faculty Women's Association Scholarship Fund or to Hope Cottage.
Well done thou good and faithful servant, Cavin.

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