Carol Elizabeth (Rush) ASHDOWN (’55) passed away February 4, 2024. Predeceased by her husband Bruce ASHDOWN, who taught English at South from 1961-65, and her sister Anna Louise (Rush) LUCE (’57). Survived by her children Catherine Ashdown (’81) (Neal), Colleen Auriemma (’81) (John) and Chris Ashdown (’89) (Anukta) and two grandchildren.

Betty Doris (Wright) SELDON-MACFARLANE (’45) passed away in London on February 9, 2024 at 96 years of age. Predeceased by her husbands Thomas Seldon and Andrew MacFarlane and her sister Joan Liddiard (’52). Survived by her daughter Elizabeth, two grandchildren and one great grandson. Also survived by her stepdaughter Catriona (Travis). Betty was an Associate Professor at Western University and on retirement in 1988 received the designation of Professor Emerita. In retirement, Betty was an active supporter and driver for Meals on Wheels London.

Frederick John WANDS (’72) passed away February 26, 2024, in his 71st year. Survived by his wife Kathy (Glassford) Wands (‘75), sons Adam, Derek and James (Emma) and two grandchildren, Bella and Charlie. Also survived by his brother George Wands (’67) (Claudine), sister Dr. Kimberley Wands (’78), brothers-in-law John Glassford (’72) (Joanne) and Paul Glassford (’83) (Anne) and sisters-in-law Debbie (Glassford) Gibson (’69), Vicki (Glassford) Millman (‘’72) (John Millman, ’72) and Jennifer Glassford (’76). Fred spent his career working at 3M London and his summers and weekends at Sauble Beach. He enjoyed motorcycles, scuba diving, windsurfing, boating, and travelling with friends.

George Edward (Ted) MADDEFORD (’60) passed away peacefully on March 1, 2024 in his 82nd year. After graduating from Western and Althouse College, he taught history in Ingersoll for many years. An excellent field man as an ornithologist, he also worked for the Department of Lands and Forests at Pinery Provincial Park. As a dedicated birdwatcher, he travelled to several countries and volunteered for Bird Studies Canada at Long Point for many years. In his retirement, he enjoyed golf, curling, bowling and trivia contests. Survived by his brothers, Dr. Bill Maddeford (’53) and John (Donna) Maddeford and six nieces and nephews. 

Alexander Keewatin “Kee” DEWDNEY (’59), Ph.D. passed away March 9, 2024 in London, Ontario. Predeceased by his first wife Patricia Dewdney and son Jonathan. Kee obtained a joint Doctorate in Mathematics from Michigan and Waterloo Universities and taught in Western’s computer science department (1969-1995). Later he became a Full Professor of Computer Science at The University of Waterloo. In the late 1980s, he was a monthly columnist for Scientific American. His lifelong passion for biology led him to become steward of the Newport Forest tract on the Thames River. He not only produced an extensive list of species, but also researched the mathematics of species abundance. In recognition of this work, he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Biology at The University of Western Ontario. Author of more than a dozen nonfiction books, including The Planiverse and producer of experimental films, notably The Maltese Cross Movement. Greatly missed by his wife, Elaine, his brothers, Donner, Peter (’62) and Christopher (’68), his nieces, nephews and many friends, and by members of London’s Muslim community, where he was known as Khalil.