2014 Spring Newsletter / Alumni News / Faculty News / In Memoriam

In Memoriam

The School honours the passing of alumna Jay Macpherson, Governor General award winner and member of the Order of Canada, former professor Dr. Charles David Batty, and alumni Sister Mary Audrey Mable Beauvais, Julia Nelson, and Louis-Mathieu Paquin.


Credit: Victoria University Library (Toronto)

Jay Macpherson. Credit: Victoria University Library (Toronto)

Jay Macpherson, BLS ’53, died March 21, 2012. After completing her BLS at McGill, she completed a Master’s (1955) and PhD (1964) in Victorian literature. A poet and professor, Jay was a Governor-General Literary award-winner for “The Boatmen” in 1957. She was later named to the Order of Canada in recognition of her distinguished career. Read the full Globe & Mail obituary article: “A Woman of Deep Literary Sensibility.”

Sister Mary Audrey Mable Beauvais, MLIS ’81, died September 26, 2013 in Victoria, BC. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Library Science from McGill University, Sister Audrey served as Librarian at Queen of Angels Academy. In 1993, she returned to Queenswood Spirituality Center in Victoria, where she encouraged many to use the library, especially youth, and sat on the Board of the Centre for Studies in Religion & Society at the University of Victoria.

Julia Nelson, MLIS ’06, died October 27, 2013. While obtaining an MLIS at McGill, Julia met the love of her life, James Fournie, also in the program, who became her husband in 2008. Upon graduation from McGill, Julia worked at the New York Public Library at the Bronx Library Center, the Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam, and the Coquitlam Public Library. In 2010 Julia became the Teen Services Librarian for the Burnaby Public Library. Source.

Louis-Mathieu Paquin, MLIS ’10, died February 9, 2013, in Ottawa. After receiving his MLIS at McGill, Louis-Mathieu worked as a Project Manager at Bibliomondo and as Web Initiatives Librarian at the University of Ottawa. The Louis-Mathieu Paquin Memorial Fund has been set up in memory of Louis-Mathieu, who left a lasting impression at the University of Ottawa Library, Concordia University Libraries, and University of Alberta Libraries, as well as at the Archiepiscopal Seminary of Salzburg. For information on the Fund, please contact Cameron Metcalf, Head of Library Systems Division, University of Ottawa, cmetcalf@uottawa.ca.


Charles David Batty, 1932-2013

By Peter F. McNally, Retired Professor

With sadness we announce the death on February 11, 2013, in Silver Springs, Maryland, of Professor David Batty, who was in his 80th year, and passed away after an 8 year battle with liver and pancreatic cancer. Although he was at McGill’s Graduate School of Library Science for only five years, 1971 – 1976, David made a significant impact as an instructor and researcher.

Born in Northumberland, England, David was 9 when his father died during WW II. After graduating in 1954 from Durham University, David served in the Intelligence Corp of the British army and learned Russian. Between 1956 and 1962, he worked in various British special, academic, and public libraries. In 1960 he became an Associate, and in 1963 a Fellow, of the Library Association of Great Britain. He embarked upon his teaching career, in 1962, first at the Birmingham School of Librarianship, followed by the College of Librarianship, Wales, where he served as Head of the Department of Information Retrieval Services. David was a prolific author, publishing 75 articles and numerous books, including several editions of his Introduction to Dewey Decimal Classification, and An Introduction to Colon Classification. Computer assisted cataloguing and indexing were major research concerns.

David’s North American career began in 1967 as a Visiting Lecturer at the Summer School of the School of Library and Information Sciences, University of Maryland. His McGill career began in 1971 as Visiting Professor. In 1972, he joined the School’s full time faculty as a Professor, teaching in the areas of data processing, systems analysis, cataloguing and classification, information science, and communication media. Generally acknowledged to be a gifted and charismatic teacher, David cutting edge approach to librarianship influenced the career decisions of many students. During 1974/75, he served as President of l’Association des bibliothécaires du Québec/Quebec Library Association. Following his departure from McGill, David taught at Maryland, and Catholic University. His consulting company, CDB Enterprises, specialized in information systems and library design.

David was a renaissance man whose interests included cooking, gardening and theology. Music was a particular interest, playing the guitar and composing. Among his lyrics was this refrain to his library sea shanty:

Brockhaus, Britannica, Espasa, Larousse!
All hands to the Winchells! The Cutter’s broke loose!

Our condolences are extended to David’s wife, Gayle, children Philip (Lina), Miles, and Sara, and grandchildren Tamara, Chloe, and Caitlin.