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Trent University Mourns the Death of
Former Chancellor Dr. Kenneth Hare

The Trent University community is saddened to hear of the death of its former Chancellor Dr. Frederick Kenneth Hare who passed away September 3 in Oakville.

Professor Hare served as Trent University’s sixth Chancellor for two and a half terms, from 1988 to 1995 and was University Professor Emeritus in Geography at the University of Toronto.

Peter Adams, Member of Parliament and Professor Emeritus at Trent University, was a student of Professor Hare's at McGill. Commenting on Professor Hare's passing, Adams said, "Ken Hare was in his own right a very distinguished scholar. At Trent he was a Chancellor that we were proud to have and a Chancellor who took a genuine year-round interest in the university, particularly in the Geography Department where he continued to provide annual lectures to students even after he had stepped down as Chancellor."

Dr. Hare was a distinguished environmental science and geography Professor who was noted for his research in climatology and biogeography. He was commissioner of the Ontario Nuclear Safety Review and headed major inquiries into environmental issues such as lead contamination, nuclear winter, air pollution and the disposal of nuclear waste.

In addition to his scientific accomplishments, Professor Hare had a long and distinguished career as a university administrator at McGill University, where he was Dean of Arts and Science; at the University of London where he was Master of Birkbeck College; at the University of British Columbia where he was President, and at the University of Toronto, where he was Provost of Trinity College and Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies. He was educated at the University of London, the London School of Economics and the University of Montreal.

Dr. Hare was Chairman of the Climate Program Planning Board of Canada, the Royal Society of Canada Study of Nuclear Winter, the Canadian panel on documents related to a proposed Canada-U.S. treaty on transboundary air pollution, and the Federal Study Group on Nuclear Waste Management.

He was a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was awarded honorary degrees by 11 universities including a Trent University Honorary Degree in 1979. In 1989 he received the Order of Ontario and the International Meteorological Organization Prize from the World Meteorological Organization. Professor Hare was presented with Trent University’s Eminent Service Award in 1995 upon his retirement as Chancellor.

The funeral is 11:00am, Saturday, September 7 at St. Jude’s Anglican Church, 160 William Street, Oakville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude's window restoration fund. The flag atop Bata Library will be lowered in his memory.

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