The Trent community is mourning the loss of John Muir, a Trent alumnus who completed his B.A. in Cultural Studies in 1975, and became a creative force for the community and culture in Peterborough.
Since graduating from Trent, and over his more than 40 year career as a broadcaster, administrator and technician, Mr. Muir wore many hats. He was a chorister in Ottawa, an apprentice at an electronic music studio, general manager of a summer festival led by R. Murray Schafer, and a concert engineer for live performance – from jazz through folk and rock to traditional gatherings.
Mr. Muir is perhaps best known in Peterborough for being the founding director and long-standing general manager of Trent Radio. He was also a founding member of the Canadian Society for Independent Radio Production and the PR Community and Student Association (Sadleir House Facility). He and his wife Yvonne Lai were strong supporters of Sadleir House and the courtyard garden there is named after them. In 2001, Mr. Muir was inducted to the Peterborough Pathway of Fame for his work in local broadcasting and the arts.
Mr. Muir will be remembered at Trent with the John K. Muir Prize, established by Tom Miller ’82 and Barbara Chisholm. This prize is awarded by a student committee to Trent-affiliated organizations, student groups, or students who have been most influential in their own development.
A celebration of life begins at Sadleir House (751 George St. N., Peterborough) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, with speeches at 1:30 p.m. followed by an informal gathering of family and friends. Portions of the celebration will be broadcast live on Trent Radio at CFFF 92.7FM and streamed online at trentradio.ca.
In recognition of John Muir’s exceptional contributions to Peterborough and as an expression of sympathies to family, friends and colleagues, the flag atop Bata Library will be lowered on the day of his service.