Elliot Goldner

Faculty and Staff

Obituary: Elliot Goldner, October 29, 1953 – November 27, 2016

December 08, 2016
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It is with deep sorrow that we inform the Simon Fraser University community of the untimely passing of Dr. Elliot Goldner, MD, FRSPC (Psychiatry), M.H.Sc. He was a professor and associate dean of research in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and also director of the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA).  

The health sciences faculty will join with Goldner’s family and friends to celebrate his life and his many contributions on Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Arbutus Club (2001 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver). All are welcome.

Throughout his career, Goldner exemplified the engaged faculty member.

A founding member of  the Faculty of Health Sciences, he was a dedicated and tireless contributor to the faculty’s development, and a valued mentor to many faculty and students.

Goldner began his career as a psychiatrist, working to help individuals struggling with mental illnesses and addiction in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. As an academic, his research program addressed the full spectrum of mental health and addiction problems. He also developed a research unit to provide research support to help governments advance the quality of mental health and addiction services. As well, he chaired the Science Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

More recently, Goldner developed a research team and secured funding from Grand Challenges Canada to develop, test and scale up mental health interventions for adults and children in Vietnam.

Beyond these extraordinary commitments, Goldner was a passionate teacher in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, training more than 40 doctoral and post-doctoral students.

“Elliot was a warm and caring friend, mentor and a generous colleague,” says John O’Neil, dean of SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences. “He cared deeply about his students, and demonstrated profound respect for staff and faculty in all his interactions and relationships.

“In recent years, his leadership in the dean’s office was measured and thoughtful, and his wise counsel will be sorely missed. His loss will be deeply felt by many and we send our condolences to his wife Roslyn, their children Sarah and Adam, and his mother Phyl.”

The faculty will be establishing a scholarship to honor Goldner’s memory.  To honour Goldner, his family has set up the Elliot Goldner Memorial Fund to support the student community at SFU's health sciences. To contribute to the memorial fund, please visit: bit.ly/elliotgoldnermemorial

To express your sympathies or share your memories of Goldner, please also visit the Faculty of Health Sciences website.