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Remembering Lorne Davies

March 02, 2015

It is with great sadness that we at Simon Fraser University learned of the passing of Lorne Davies.

Lorne has been the heart and soul of SFU athletics for almost 50 years, since becoming SFU’s first athletic director and football coach in 1965.

SFU Athletics owes its success to Lorne’s vision. A trailblazer, he conceived some of the most forward-thinking measures in Canadian sport. He designed and implemented Canada’s first university athletic scholarship programs, promoted female participation in a male-dominated arena, and enabled student-athletes to compete in the United States while receiving a first-rate Canadian university education. Under Lorne’s leadership SFU Athletics grew from three programs in 1965 to 17 men’s and women’s programs today.  

Lorne’s commitment to student athletes was rooted in his belief of the transformative and enriching power of sport. He understood that through competition and teamwork, student athletes are preparing themselves for life, to be leaders, and to be the best they can be on and off the field.

Lorne also understood the importance of athletics to the well-being of university and community life. After thirty years as Athletic Director, Lorne continued to be involved with SFU, most recently serving as executive director of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award program.

On behalf of the university community, I would like to extend my condolences to Lorne’s family and his many friends and admirers. I hope they can find comfort in their memories of Lorne, and in the knowledge that his legacy and spirit will continue to live on at SFU.

A celebration of Lorne’s life is being planned for Sunday, March 8 at SFU’s West Gym, Burnaby Campus, at 11:00 a.m. It will also be webcast via Clan TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgNHkXWbqu4

You can share your memories of Lorne on the special SFU Athletics "in Memorium" page. The family has requested that in-lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Lorne Davies Endowment which supports student athletes.