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WEIGL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-12 published
Notice To Creditors
All claims against the Estate of Robert Hugh DUNLOP, late of the City of Toronto, who died on January 10, 2003, must be filed with the estate trustee before July 31, 2003, after which date the assets of the Estate will be distributed having regard only to the claims then filed.
Dated at Toronto, this 9th day of June, 2003.
The Canada Trust Company
By their solicitors therein
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin L.L.P.
Toronto Dominion Bank Tower,
Suite 4200, Box 20
Toronto, Ontario M5K 1N6
Attn: Corina WEIGL
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WEIGL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-19 published
DUNLOP, Robert Hugh - Notice To Creditors
All claims against the Estate of Robert Hugh DUNLOP, late of the City of Toronto, who died on January 10, 2003, must be filed with the estate trustee before July 31, 2003, after which date the assets of the Estate will be distributed having regard only to the claims then filed.
Dated at Toronto, this 9th day of June, 2003.
The Canada Trust Company
By their solicitors therein
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin L.L.P.
Toronto Dominion Bank Tower,
Suite 4200, Box 20
Toronto, Ontario M5K 1N6
Attn. Corina WEIGL
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WEIGL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-28 published
Herbert Anton WEIGL
By Gary WEIGL, Corina WEIGL Tuesday, October 28, 2003 - Page A26
Son, brother, husband, father, friend. Born May 8, 1937, in Nuremberg, Germany. Died June 3 in Ajax, Ontario, of cancer, aged 66.
During the Second World War, Herbie (or Shmyly) was evacuated from Nuremberg to a small farming crossroads in 1942 with his mother and younger sisters, Wilma and Gerda. They stayed away from the city until 1947. Herbie was the man of the house until his father was released from military detention following the war.
A brother, Franzel, whom some mistook for Herbie's son, came along in 1953.
As a young teen, the need to help the family lead Herbie to an apprenticeship as a tool-and-die machinist. By 1956, the family was secure and his apprenticeship was complete so Herbie, only 18, decided to emigrate from Germany to Canada -- a land of excitement and opportunity for a young, energetic man.
Within days of arriving by boat in Montreal, Herbie took a job as a precision machinist in a Toronto aeronautics firm, a job he held for 37 years. Always called upon by the firm to do the toughest, most precise work, Herbie's contributions helped to put a man on the moon and helped build Canada's space arm for National Aeronautics and Space Administration's space shuttle.
Although many times offered the chance to move to the front office, Herbie always declined. He preferred to stay with the hands-on work where his talent really lay. This choice eventually lead to a work-related, debilitating disease (berylliosis), which resulted in medical retirement at the age of 56.
In 1962, Herbie met a young German girl named Elfi on a blind date. An immigrant herself, she and Herbie were married after a six-month courtship. A son, Gary, was born in 1963 and a daughter, Corina, followed in 1968. This lead to a bigger house in the growing community of Ajax and a daily commute to the city for Herbie.
As immigrants, the allure of Canada for both Herbie and Elfi centred around the "great outdoors" that this country has to offer; in 1970 the family bought property in cottage country where the family retreat was built.
Every Friday thereafter, the family station wagon could be seen heading north piled high with family and pets and the ever-present building supplies.
Tears came at Christmas of 1981 when, having finally completed the cottage, an accidental fire destroyed Herbie's pride and joy. As a family, we rebuilt, and "Herb's Phoenix" now stands as a testament to our father's stoicism.
Herbie always took pride in his children. Whether as soccer coach or teacher, he always pushed his children to do their best. He instilled in us many values, such as hard work, the importance of education (he ensured that both of his children each completed two post-secondary degrees) and being true to oneself and one's Friends.
Retirement allowed Herbie and Elfi to begin wintering in Florida in 1993. Becoming true Snowbirds, each December they looked forward to packing the car and heading south; come March it was Herbie who was itching to get back to Canada and his cottage.
In the end, time was not on his side in terms of the many things Herbie wanted to do. In April he came home from Florida carrying the cancer that was diagnosed as terminal by May's end.
He did, however, make it back to the cottage, one last time, in the weeks preceding his death.
Herbie refused pain medication until the last few hours, preferring to be as awake as possible for as long as possible. He was surrounded by those who loved him, but the suddenness of his death has left us grieving and missing his smile.
Gary and Corina are Herbie's children.

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WEILER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-04 published
KRAFCHIK, Terrie (Theresa)
Died at Saint Mary's Hospital on Monday, November 3, 2003, at 90 years of age. Beloved wife of the late Paul Peter KRAFCHIK (February 1989.) Mother of Gail and her husband Bob HASLER of Ottawa, and Jim and his wife Lillian KRAFCHIK of Toronto. Grandmother of Michael KRAFCHIK, David KRAFCHIK, both of Toronto, and Laurel Anne HASLER of Saint John's, Newfoundland. Sister of Dorothy WEILER of Kitchener, Marie KARN of Puslinch, Loretta McCASKILL of Barrie, and Helen HIPEL of Waterloo. Sister-in-law of Gladys HERGOTT of Kitchener. Predeceased by her brothers, Irvin, Elmer and Jerome HERGOTT. Terrie was an active member of Saint Mark's R.C. Parish where she was also a member of the Catholic Women's League. She taught bridge to the blind from 1973-1975, and was very involved in parish bridge marathons from 1954-2003. The KRAFCHIK family will receive Friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener (519-749-8467) Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., with parish prayers on Wednesday at 8: 30 p.m. Prayers will be offered at the Funeral Home on Thursday, November 6, 2003 at 10: 15 a.m., then followed by Terrie's Funeral Mass at Saint Mark's R.C. Parish, 55 Driftwood Drive, Kitchener, at 11 a.m. Fr. Bill TRUSZ officiating. Interment Woodland Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Saint Mark's R.C. Parish Mortgage Fund or to Saint Mary's Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Visit www.obit411.com/1135 for Theresa's memorial.

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WEINSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-23 published
Rolf O. KROGER, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Psychology University of Toronto
Rolf died, as he lived, with grace, courage, humour and dignity, at home on April 18th, 2003, of advanced prostate cancer. He was the devoted and beloved husband of Linda WOOD. He was the cherished son of Erna KROGER and son-in-law of Adele WOOD; loving brother of Harold and Jurgen KROGER; dear brother-in-law of Wilma KROGER, Edelgard DEDO, Lorraine WOOD, Robert and Deborah WOOD, and Reg WOOD; much loved uncle of Andrew KROGER and Stephen KROGER, Christina and Linda JUHASZ- WOOD, Taylor, Genna and Devon WOOD, Jonathan and Nicole WOOD, Phillippe NOEL, and Jose and David TILLETT, and nephew of Liesl WINTER, Otto WINTER and Alf and Sue MODJESKI. Rolf was born in Hamburg, Germany, on September 28th, 1931. He emigrated to Canada in 1952, and completed a B.A. in psychology at Sir George Williams College (now Concordia University) in 1957. Following his M.A. (1959) at Columbia University, New York, he received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1963. His advisor, Prof. Theodore R. SARBIN (Prof. Emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz,) has continued to be a valued colleague and dear friend, together with Rolf's fellow graduate student, Prof. Karl E. SCHEIBE of Wesleyan University and Karl's wife Wendy. Rolf joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto in 1964 and continued his research and writing in social psychology after retiring in 1996. Rolf's work addressed a variety of topics concerning the individual in the social system. His articles and papers on the social psychology of test-taking, hypnosis, history, epistemology, methodology and the discipline of social psychology all reflected his dissatisfaction with the status quo combined with proposals for new directions. For more than 20 years he has worked with Linda A. WOOD (University of Guelph) on topics in language and social psychology (e.g., terms of address and politeness), and most recently on a book on discourse analysis. At the time of his death, he was working on a discursive critique of the 'Big Five' personality theory enterprise and on stories of his experiences growing up in Germany during the Second World War. Rolf also took great pleasure in teaching and greatly valued the opportunity to work for almost forty years with so many talented and enthusiastic students, both undergraduate and graduate. Rolf was privileged to have many long-lasting Friendships, and he was grateful for the encouragement, help and comfort given by so many, especially Bogna ANDERSSON, Eva and Fred BILD, Clare MacMARTIN and Bill MacKENZIE, Frances NEWMAN and Fred WEINSTEIN, Jesse NISHIHATA, Anne and Michael PETERS, Andrew and Judi WINSTON and Lorraine WOOD. We have also been sustained by the kindness of our neighbours on Walmer Road. We express our particular thanks and appreciation to family physician and friend, Dr. Christine LIPTAY. Our thanks go also to the staff of Princess Margaret Hospital, to the physicians and nurses of the Hospice Palliative Care Network Project, especially Dr. Russell GOLDMAN and nurses Francine BOHN, Joan DYKE, Dwyla HAMILTON, Lynda McKEE and Ella VAN HERREWEGHE, and to the nurses of St. Elizabeth, especially Liz LEADBEATER, Sylvia McCALLUM and Cecilia McPARLAND. Cremation was private. There will be an Open House for remembrance and celebration on Sunday, April 27th (3-7 p.m.), Monday, April 28th (4-8 p.m.) and Tuesday, April 29th (4-8 p.m.) at 98 Walmer Road, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2X7. Please direct any queries to Frances NEWMAN (416-351-0755.) In lieu of flowers, donations to Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care (700 University Avenue, Third Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z5) or Amnesty International would be appreciated.

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WEINTRUAB o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-03 published
ENNIS, Lillian
On Saturday, March 1, 2003, at Kensington Gardens, in her 85th year, after a long and full life. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Julius ENNIS. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Paul and Laura, Jon and Janice, Nancy and Monica, and Barry and Karen. Dear sister and sister-in-law of the late Sonia and David GARFIELD, Al and the late Doris JANIS, the late Pearl and Dave DAVIS, Ruth and Josh SEGAL, Bunny and Edith ENNIS, and Rita and Marvin WEINTRUAB. Devoted grandmother of Simon, Joshua, Miriam, Naomi, Isabelle, Sam, and Julie. She will be missed by her devoted nieces and nephews and her many Friends. The family is grateful for the attentive care given by Dr. Anne BIRINGER. Special thanks to everyone at Kensington Gardens. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (one light west of Dufferin), for service on Monday, March 3, 2003, at 12: 30 p.m. Interment Chevra Mishnayis Section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva 8 Conrad Avenue, through to Wednesday evening. If desired, donations may be made to the Lillian Ennis Memorial Fund c/o the Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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WEIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-04 published
NICHOLS, Onetta Irene (Ret'd Executive Secretary - Parliment Buildings, Toronto)
peacefully at the Grove Park Nursing Home, Barrie on Monday, March 3rd, 2003; in her 93rd year. Onetta NICHOLS, of Orillia, beloved daughter of the late Mrs. Nellie NICHOLS. Predeceased by her brother Orval. Lovingly remembered by Kathleen NICHOLS Roy NICHOLS (Barb); Helen LYNCH (Ross); Lynne WEIR (Don - her 'Favorite';) Susan YOUNG (Mark) and by her many great and great great nieces and nephews. The late Miss Onetta NICHOLS will rest at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West Street, N., Orillia on Wednesday evening from 7 - 9 p.m. Funeral and Committal Service in the chapel on Thursday morning, March 6th at 11 o'clock. Spring Interment: - St. Andrew's - St. James' Cemetery, Orillia. If desired, Memorial Donations to your choice of any Children's Charity would be gratefully appreciated. Messages of condolence are welcome at
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WEIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-01 published
WEIR, E. Marie
Born July 26, 1923. Died March 27, 2003 at Richmond Hospital. Born in Banff, Marie grew up in Calgary. A graduate of the University of Alberta, she became a professional secretary working in many locations including New York, Chicago, Toronto and Vancouver. In Vancouver, Marie worked with The Arthritis Society and later with Dr. Barry KOSHLER in Richmond. Throughout her long productive life and despite her final illness she was always sunny, witty, a great raconteur and a joy to be with. Marie is survived by many loving cousins, Dr. Alex ROBINSON, Dr. Harold and Jean ROBINSON, Peggy and Hubert MILLARD and families. She will be missed by her friend and colleague Marylin CHOY. A Memorial Service and Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, April 5th at 4 p.m. at Ryerson United Church, 2195 West 45th Avenue, Vancouver, Rev. G. PATERSON officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made, in her memory, to the British Columbia Cancer Foundation.

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WEIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-02 published
WEIR, Georgette Marie
Died on the 27th day of April, 2003 in Victoria, British Columbia Dearly loved wife and best friend of Harold. Predeceased by her parents Paul David PARR and Sylvia PARR. Survived by her husband. The service was held on the 1st day of May, 2003, at Grace Presbyterian Church, Calgary. Inurnment will be in the family plot at Union Cemetery, Calgary. Sands Of Victoria (250) 388-5151

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WEIR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-20 published
MacDONALD, Catherine Mildred (née JOHNSON)
Died peacefully at home, on August 19, 2003, in her 87th year, surrounded by those she loved. Daughter of the late Michael and Catherine JOHNSON. Cherished wife and constant companion of Martin for over 61 years. Devoted mother of Stephen, David and Jody, Bob and Moira, Tom and Lise Anne, Andrew and Ellen, and Paul. Loving grandma of Kaeli, Liane, Michael, Mark, Colin, Kristen, Brendan, Katie, Andrew, Joana and Matthew. Much loved sister of Geraldine, Sister Gertrude, Congregation of Notre Dame, Father Joseph, S.J., and Theresa, the late Ellen, Bernard, George, Gerald, John and Howard. Special sister-in-law of Margaret KINNA. Family and Friends may call on Thursday, August 21, 2003 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 22, 2003 at St. Gabriel's Roman Catholic Church, 650 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill. Special thanks to Dr. Anne PYPER, Virginia CLARK- WEIR, R.N., and friend Andrea WARNICK, R.N., for their extraordinary care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations to North York General Hospital Foundation, Attn. Freeman Centre for Palliative Care (4001 Leslie Street, Toronto, Ontario M2K 1E1) would be most appreciated. Millie/mom/ grandma was an extraordinary woman who touched all who knew her. She will be deeply missed.
''Deo gratis''

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WEISS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-12 published
'He kept a little flame of geometry alive'
Superstar University of Toronto mathematician considered himself an artist, but his seminal work inevitably found practical applications
By Siobhan ROBERTS Saturday, April 12, 2003 - Page F11
Widely considered the greatest classical geometer of his time and the man who saved his discipline from near extinction, Harold Scott MacDonald COXETER, who died on March 31 at 96, said of himself, with characteristic modesty, "I am like any other artist. It just so happens that what fills my mind is shapes and numbers."
Prof. COXETER's work focused on hyperdimensional shapes, specifically the symmetry of regular figures and polytopes. Polytopes are geometric shapes of any number of dimensions that cannot be constructed in the real world and can be visualized only when the eye of the beholder possesses the necessary insight; they are most often described mathematically and sometimes can be represented with hypnotically intricate fine-line drawings.
"I like things that can be seen," Prof. COXETER once remarked. "You have to imagine a different world where these queer things have some kind of shape."
Known as Donald (shortened from MacDonald,) Prof. COXETER had such a passion for his work and unrivalled elegance in constructing and writing proofs that he motivated countless mathematicians to pick up the antiquated discipline of geometry long after it had been deemed passé.
John Horton CONWAY, the Von Neumann professor of mathematics at Princeton University, never studied under Prof. COXETER, but he considers himself an honorary student because of the COXETERian nature of his work.
"With math, what you're doing is trying to prove something and that can get very complicated and ugly. COXETER always manages to do it clearly and concisely," Prof. CONWAY said. "He kept a little flame of geometry alive by doing such beautiful works himself.
"I'm reminded of a quotation from Walter Pater's book The Renaissance. He was describing art and poetry, but he talks of a small, gem-like flame: 'To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.' "
Prof. COXETER's oeuvre included more than 250 papers and 12 books. His Introduction to Geometry, published in 1961, is now considered a classic -- it is still in print and this year is back on the curriculum at McGill University. His Regular Polytopes is considered by some as the modern-day addendum to Euclid's Elements. In 1957, he published Generators and Relations for Discrete Groups, written jointly with his PhD student and lifelong friend Willy MOSER. It is currently in its seventh edition.
Prof. COXETER's self-image as an artist was validated by his Friendship with and influence on Dutch artist M. C. ESCHER, who, when working on his Circle Limit 3 drawings, used to say, "I'm Coxetering today."
They met at the International Mathematical Congress in Amsterdam in 1954 and then corresponded about their mutual interest in repeating patterns and representations of infinity. In a letter to his son, Mr. ESCHER noted that a diagram sent to him by Prof. COXETER that inspired his Circle Limit 3 prints "gave me quite a shock."
He added that " COXETER's hocus-pocus text is no use to me at all.... I understand nothing, absolutely nothing of it."
While Mr. ESCHER claimed total ignorance of math, Prof. COXETER wrote numerous papers on the Dutchman's "intuitive geometry."
Though Prof. COXETER did geometry for its own sake, his work inevitably found practical application. Buckminster FULLER encountered his work in the construction of his geodesic domes. He later dedicated a book to Prof. COXETER: "By virtue of his extraordinary life's work in mathematics, Prof. COXETER is the geometer of our bestirring twentieth century. [He is] the spontaneously acclaimed terrestrial curator of the historical inventory of the science of pattern analysis."
Prof. COXETER's work with icosohedral symmetries served as a template of sorts in the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the Carbon 60 molecule. It has also proved relevant to other specialized areas of science such as telecommunications, data mining, topology and quasi-crystals.
In 1968, Prof. COXETER added to his list of converts an anonymous society of French mathematicians, the Bourbakis, who actively and internationally sought to eradicate classical geometry from the curriculum of math education.
"Death to Triangles, Down with Euclid!" was the Bourbaki war cry. Prof. COXETER's rebuttal: "Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But the Bourbakis were sadly mistaken."
One member of the society, Pierre CARTIER, met Prof. COXETER in Montreal and became enamoured of his work. Soon, he had persuaded his fellow Bourbakis to include Prof. COXETER's approach in their annual publication. "An entire volume of Bourbaki was thoroughly inspired by the work of COXETER," said Prof. CARTIER, a professor at Denis Diderot University in Paris.
In the 1968 volume, Prof. COXETER's name was writ large into the lexicon of mathematics with the inauguration of the terms "COXETER number," " COXETER group" and "COXETER graph."
These concepts describe symmetrical properties of shapes in multiple dimensions and helped to bridge the old-fashioned classical geometry with the more au courant and applied algebraic side of the discipline. These concepts continue to pervade geometrical discourse, several decades after being discovered by Prof. COXETER.
Prof. COXETER became a serious mathematician at the relatively late age of 14, though family folklore has it that, as a toddler, he liked to stare at the columns of numbers in the financial pages of his father's newspaper.
He was born into a Quaker family in Kensington, just west of London, on February 9, 1907. His mother, Lucy GEE, was a landscape artist and portrait painter, and his father, Harold, was a manufacturer of surgical instruments, though his great love was sculpting.
They had originally named their son MacDonald Scott COXETER, but a godparent suggested that the boy's father's name should be added at the front. Another relative then pointed out that H.M.S. COXETER made him sound like a ship of the royal fleet so the names were switched around.
When Prof. COXETER was 12, he created his own language -- "Amellaibian" a cross between Latin and French, and filled a 126-page notebook with information on the imaginary world where it was spoken.
But more than anything he fancied himself a composer, writing several piano concertos, a string quartet and a fugue. His mother took her son and his musical compositions to Gustav HOLST. His advice: "Educate him first."
He was then sent to boarding school, where he met John Flinders PETRIE, son of Egyptologist Sir Flinders PETRIE. The two were passing time at the infirmary contemplating why there were only five Platonic solids -- the cube, tetrahedron, octahedron, dodecahedron and icosahedron. They then began visualizing what these shapes might look like in the fourth dimension. At the age of 15, Prof. COXETER won a school prize for an English essay on how to project these geometric shapes into higher dimensions -- he called it "Dimensional Analogy."
Prof. COXETER's father took his son along with his essay to meet friend and fellow pacifist Bertrand RUSSELL. Mr. RUSSELL recommended Prof. COXETER to mathematician E.H. NEVILLE, a scout, of sorts, for mathematics prodigies. He was impressed by Prof. COXETER's work but appalled by some inexcusable gaps in his mathematical knowledge. Prof. NEVILLE arranged for private tutelage in pursuit of a scholarship at Cambridge. During this period, Prof. COXETER was forbidden from thinking in the fourth dimension, except on Sundays.
He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1926 and was among five students handpicked by Ludwig WITTGENSTEIN for his philosophy of mathematics class. During his first year at Cambridge, at the age of 19, he discovered a new regular polyhedron that had six hexagonal faces at each vertex.
After graduating with first-class honours in 1929, he received his doctorate under H. F. BAKER in 1931, winning the coveted Smith's Prize for his thesis.
Prof. COXETER did fellowship stints back and forth between Princeton and Cambridge for the next few years, focusing on the mathematics of kaleidoscopes -- he had mirrors specially cut and hinged together and carried them in velvet pouches sewn by his mother. By 1933, he had enumerated the n-dimensional kaleidoscopes -- that is, kaleidoscopes operating up to any number of dimensions.
The concepts that became known as COXETER groups are the complex algebraic equations he developed to express how many images may be seen of any object in a kaleidoscope (he once used a paper triangle with the word "nonsense" printed on it to track reflections).
In 1936, Prof. COXETER was offered an assistant professorship at the University of Toronto. He made the move shortly after the sudden death of his father and following his marriage to Rien BROUWER. She was from the Netherlnds and he met her while she was on holiday in London.
As a professor, Prof. COXETER was known to flout set curriculum. Ed BARBEAU, now a professor at the U of T, recalled that at the start of his classes, Prof. COXETER would spread out a manuscript on the desks at the front of the room. During his lecture, he would often pause for minutes at a time to make notes when a student offered something that might be relevant to his work in progress. When the work was later published, students were pleasantly surprised to find that their suggestions had been duly credited.
Prof. COXETER was also known to show up to class carrying a pineapple, or a giant sunflower from his garden, demonstrating the existence of geometric principles in nature. And he was notorious for leaping over details, expecting students to fill in the rest.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's resident intellectual, Lister SINCLAIR, was one of Prof. COXETER's earliest students. He once recounted that Prof. COXETER would "write an expression on the board and you could see it talking to him. It was like Michelangelo walking around a block of marble and seeing what's in there."
Asia Ivic WEISS, a professor at York University, Prof. COXETER's last PhD student and the only woman so honoured, describes an incident that perfectly exemplifies Prof. COXETER's math myopia. Going into labour with her first child, she called him to cancel their weekly meeting. Prof. COXETER, who never acknowledged her pregnancy, said not to worry, he would send over a stack of research to keep her busy when she got home from the hospital.
Despite several offers from other universities, Prof. COXETER stayed at University of Toronto throughout his career.
Like his father, he was a pacifist. In 1997, he was among those who marched a petition to the university president's office to protest against an honorary degree being conferred on George BUSH Sr. Prof. COXETER recalled with disdain Robert PRITCHARD's telling him, "Donald, I have more important things to worry about."
After his official retirement in 1977, Prof. COXETER continued as a professor emeritus, making weekly visits to his office. These subsided only in the past several months. On the weekend before his death, he finished revisions on his final paper, which he had delivered the previous summer in Budapest.
In his last five years, he survived a heart attack, a broken hip (he sprung himself from the hospital early to drive to a geometry conference in Wisconsin) and, most recently, prostate cancer.
Considering his 96 years of vegetarianism and a strict exercise regime, he felt betrayed by his body. "I feel like the man of Thermopylae who doesn't do anything properly," he commented recently after an awkward evening out, quoting nonsense poet Edward LEAR.
Prof. COXETER died in his home, with three long last breaths, just before bed on the last day of March.
His brain is now undergoing study at McMaster University, along with that of Albert EINSTEIN. Neuroscientist Sandra WITELSON is tryng to determine whether his brain's extraordinary capacities are associated with its structure.
Prof. COXETER met with her at the beginning of March and learned that the atypical elements of Einstein's brain, compared with an average brain, were symmetrical on both right and left sides.
Prof. WITELSON said she wondered whether there might be similar findings with Prof. COXETER's brain. "Isn't that nice," he said. "I suppose that would indicate all my interest in symmetry was well founded."
Prof. COXETER leaves his daughter Susan and son Edgar. His wife died in 1999.
Siobhan ROBERTS is a Toronto writer whose biography of Donald COXETER will be published by Penguin in 2005.

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