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Trent University is mourning the passing of Ms. Sylva Malka Gelber, a long-time friend of the University, former honorary member of the Board of Governors, and honorary degree recipient.

Ms. Gelber passed away on December 9, 2003 at the age of 93. Trent University presented Ms. Gelber with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in May 1997 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to social legislation and women's rights in Canada. She referred to Trent as a "beautiful, intimate place of learning."

Trent University President Bonnie Patterson remarked on the significance of the life and work of Ms. Gelber. "Sylva represented a spirit of social and industrial activism that will be greatly missed and has, I'm certain, served all of us well to this day," said President Patterson. "As Canada's representative on the UN Commission for the Status of Women between 1970 and 1974, she put forward reasoned and energetic campaigns for equality of women. She was an adventurer, an intellectual and a role model."

Ms. Gelber is survived by her four nieces and their husbands. Service was at 12 noon on Thursday, December 11 at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West. Interment at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park.

Posted December 10, 2003

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