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Richard Frizell posted a condolence
Saturday, December 9, 2017Grant had a huge + influence on my youthful, troubled life while at Queen's. I always recall 1st year (1965) and he came sweeping into the classroom wearing a Sherlock Holmes hat and a near floor length caped coat. For a kid from a really small town, I was gobsmacked !!! I took a number of courses with him during my time at Queen's. But, more importantly, we became friends. I was a prodigious letter writing, sending him voluminous reports ( some illustrated) about my adventures post-Kingston. Years later, he gave me a present of a binder and in it were all of my letters. I was surprised last year when my annual Christmas report was returned from King St W. He had moved. I forwarded it on to his new address, with a note saying I was hoping to see him this year. Sadly that did not happen. I was preparing my specialized Christmas tome to Grant today and decided to google his name and found his obituary. He always said that there would be no one to tell me if he had gone. Condolences to his chosen family.
John D. Davis posted a condolence
Thursday, November 23, 2017To Professor Sampson's adopted family, please accept my sincere condolences. I must say that I share your pain, as Prof. Sampson was one of my favourite professors at Queen's. I took his Restoration Literature course in my third year (1978-79), and enjoyed it tremendously. His deep knowledge of the subject matter, and dry wit made for some memorable seminars at Watson. When I turned in a mediocre essay, I went to his office and asked him what I should do to improve. He shrugged, and said "Well, you could do it over again!" So I did, on a different poet. Professor Sampson kindly gave me a better mark, more for the effort than the writing I'm sure. To me, he was the kind of person I would try again for. RIP Grant, I will miss you.
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