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Milton, you will be missed…

January 03, 2012

For those of us who knew Chancellor Emeritus Milton Wong, the excitement of beginning a new term is overshadowed by news of his recent passing.

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He was a driving force behind the expansion of SFU’s downtown campus, a pioneer in supporting the development of First Nations programming, and a major contributor to SFU’s new School for the Contemporary Arts in the Woodward’s redevelopment.

To me personally, Milton was both a mentor and a friend.  He provided support for my efforts to fund a professorship in First Nations Justice and Governance when I was Dean of Law at the University of Victoria, and he was one of the first people to whom I went for advice when I considered applying for my current position at SFU.

He has been a sustaining source of guidance, inspiration and ideas; just a few weeks ago he invited me to his home to share his thoughts on what SFU could do to help address health issues in Aboriginal communities.

Milton, you will be missed but never forgotten.  Your spirit will forever inform SFU and be part of what makes this university the extraordinary institution that it is.

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