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Ted Ryczko posted a condolence
Monday, October 30, 2017Grant was my English Prof for my first year at Queen's, Science 65. After April 1962, the next time I saw Grant was at a dinner table at the Vimy Officers Mess in 2010, where I recognized him, but he didn't me; he was one Prof, and we were over 200 students. However, i got his interest when I cited several quotes from Dickens' "Great Expectations", a novel about which Grant went into great detail in class. Cathy and I became friends with Grant, and shared many fond occasions with him and his friends. He was a sincere, friendly, and compassionate person, and Cathy and I will miss this super gentleman. Ted Ryczko
Miriam Swadron posted a condolence
Saturday, October 28, 2017In the 1967-68 school year Dr. Sampson taught the Restoration and 18th Century Drama course at Queen's. It was a very small class so we met in his office. I enjoyed both the course material and Dr. Sampson's very dry wit which seemed to pass directly over the heads of many of the students. He liked to throw in totally irrelevant tidbits such as the fact that all of the plays of Shakespeare were in fact written by Miguel de Cervantes. My classmates studiously wrote down everything he said. 1968 was a very difficult year for me. My mother passed away at the end of March and Dr. Sampson allowed me to write the exam during the summer. Unfortunately my father passed away in July so he once again allowed me to write the exam in the fall. When I returned to Queen's that September, I went to see Dr. Sampson and he very kindly told me to forget about the exam. He would give me an approximate mark. I will always remember his kindness and his wit.
Elizabeth Greene posted a condolence
Friday, October 27, 2017Grant was a courteous and cultured colleague who was always running off to hear concerts in Toronto or New York. As Director of the Performing Arts Office, he brought some wonderful concerts to Queen's. He also had a fund of great stories usually involving excessive drink, misadventure and at least once, jail--which made me feel that all the interesting things had happened before my arrival at Queen's. You'll be missed, Grant! I hope you're listening to Glenn Gould, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Heifetz in the next world.
Tracy Ware posted a condolence
Thursday, October 26, 2017I was lucky to be Grant's colleague for my first two years at Queen's. Because he had been here for about four decades, he had wonderful anecdotes about the changes he had seen. I remember him saying that he was one of several faculty who helped arrange film screenings, and that technological problems were fixed by a colleague who always seemed to be carrying the appropriate implement. Grant himself moved comfortably among several fields, especially literature and music, and he was always willing to share his wide knowledge. He represented the best of an old order.
Shelley King posted a condolence
Wednesday, October 25, 2017Grant was among the most welcoming senior faculty who helped us find our way in the Department of English when we came in 1991, and he was generous in bringing us into the 18th-century fold. Always a great anecdote, and always a pleasure to speak with.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017