Monday, July 28, 2014

Death of Bernie Adell

Thanks to Paul Secunda for letting us know of Bernie's death. He's been descrited as  "one of the Godfathers of labour law in Canada." I didn't have the pleasure of knowing him personally, but he was well regarded on all counts.  Kevin Banks, Director, Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace and Associate Professor of Law at Queen's University reports:

With great sadness I must report to you that Bernie Adell died suddenly on July 23 while visiting his daughter in Japan. We learned of this at Queen’s this morning.   

This will probably come as a shock to those of you who knew Bernie well.  He was in great shape, and as vital as ever just before he left. 

Bernie was a deeply committed and caring scholar, teacher and mentor to generations of students and lawyers.  He was also a great friend of a great many.  He made foundational contributions to our field, in recognition of which last fall he shared the Bora Laskin Award with Don Carter.

Bernie served at Queen’s Law for 49 years, including 5 years as Dean.  Until his passing, he continued to edit the Queen’s Law Journal and the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, and to be actively involved in the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace.  As Dean Bill Flanagan put it, his contributions to the Queen’s community cannot be overstated.

Tributes from former students have been pouring in today.  Here's what a student recently taught by Bernie said to me this morning:

"Bernie was so loved by his students, past and present. I feel very privileged to have shared the Law Journal office with him last year -- to have worked with such a kind and supportive mentor is every student's dream."

Bernie won a teaching award last year, almost ten years after he "retired".  

We will send you information about the memorial service once it is available.

 David Doorey's blog post is here. 


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