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We Lose a Friend and a Trusted Colleague

It is with considerable sadness that we report the sudden and untimely death of Arthur Stephen on Saturday, January 10.

Arthur had a lifetime career at Wilfrid Laurier University, beginning in the Registrar’s Office 40 years ago and retiring as Vice-President, Advancement.

In his retiring years he joined Geddie Advertising as Head of Consulting, and worked on several of our university consulting projects.

Arthur was more than a colleague, he was a life-time friend, and together we had parallel careers in university advancement. He was also a competitive golf partner and travel companion.

Arthur will be remembered most for his love of statistics. He had a profound impact on the Maclean’s rankings and lobbied successfully, when they were first released in 1990, to have them more fairly categorize the Canadian universities into three distinct categories.

In later years he worked with many universities to help them better understand their applications statistics.

His kind and gentle manner, delightful wit, and insightful analysis will be missed by his many friends and colleagues.


Doug Geddie

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