Lakehead University Alumni Magazine

In Memoriam

Frances Harding
Published April 23, 2009
William (Bill) Tamblyn
William (Bill) Tamblyn

William (Bill) Tamblyn, the first President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University, passed away on March 31, 2009.

Bill Tamblyn graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Commerce degree. He joined the Board of Governors of Lakehead Technical Institute in 1951 and worked to develop the young institution, first into Lakehead College of Arts, Science and Technology in 1956 and then into a full-fledged university in 1965. During his tenure as President (1965-1972), the University experienced a dynamic period of change. Enrolment grew to over 3,000 students and the first capital campaign was launched.

Tamblyn was named to the Province of Ontario's Council for the Arts by the provincial cabinet in 1968, and he served as Executive Assistant to MP Robert Andras in 1973. He received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Lakehead in 1981, and was later conferred as a Fellow of the University in 1984. In May of 1993, Bill Tamblyn was the only individual from Northwestern Ontario to be awarded the Order of Ontario by Lieutenant Governor Henry N.R. Jackman.

In June 2007 the Lakehead University Centennial Building was dedicated to Bill. Tamblyn. The Centennial Building is now referred to as the William (Bill) Tamblyn Centennial Building, as it was one of the first major buildings on campus during his presidency.

Should friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson Foundation or the William Tamblyn Scholarship Fund at Lakehead University.

Saul Laskin (BA'99), a longtime friend and graduate of Lakehead University, passed away October 4, 2008. Laskin served as the new city of Thunder Bay's first mayor from 1970 until 1972. In 1987, he was named a Fellow of Lakehead University. In 1995, the University bestowed upon him an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

Professor Peggy Tripp passed away on September 30, 2008. A faculty member at Lakehead University since 1980, Tripp served as a Professor of Biology in the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies and as a Professor of Women's Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. Her teaching areas included Ecofeminism, Women and Science, Environmental Ethics and the Forest, Science Under Scrutiny, and Genetics.

David Zanatta (BA'85) passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness, on July 13, 2008, at the age of 49. Zanatta worked as a social worker in Sault Ste Marie. The best pure scorer in Lakehead history, David followed his brother John from Sault Ste. Marie to Thunder Bay to pursue basketball. He played in 1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82 and 1983-84. He was one of the top point guards in Canada while playing for Lakehead. David Zanatta was named Lakehead Male Freshman Athlete of the Year in 1978-79 and Male Athlete of the Year in 1981-82. He was inducted into the Lakehead Athletics Wall of Fame in 2005.

Professor Ernst Zimmermann passed away in hospital on August 24, 2008. A member of the Department of History since 1967, Zimmermann taught German and Russian history for over 30 years, but he is particularly remembered by generations of students for his course on historiography. He served as Chair of the Department of History, Dean of Arts, and President of the Lakehead University Faculty Association, and was a member of the Senate and the Board of Governors. Following his retirement in 1996, Ernst Zimmermann and his wife Beverly Leaman established an endowment for an annual award to a senior student in History.

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