Naomi Kassie
Naomi Kassie

Saluting a remarkable volunteer

Naomi Kassie, LMus’69, has long been a member of the McGill community. In addition to being an alumna of the Schulich School of Music, she has served as a moderator at weekly music classes hosted by the McGill Community of Lifelong Learning (MCLL), formerly the McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement, for more than two decades. So it was fitting that, in June 2011, a seminar room in the School of Continuing Studies, the home of MCLL, was named in her honour.

It was Kassie’s son David Kassie, BCom’77, who made a generous contribution to Campaign McGill that allowed the room to be refurbished. “McGill has been wonderful to my mother,” says Kassie, the Chair and CEO of Genuity Capital Markets. “As well, continuing education is a very important and somewhat underserved area.”

The newly equipped room permanently recognizes his mother’s special contributions to the McGill community. Multimedia-ready and soundproof, it is the perfect setting for discussions and audio demonstrations of her passion: music.

Kassie began singing at 13 years old, and throughout her career worked with an array of prominent singers and musicians, among them McGill String Quartet founder Alexander Brott, LMus’32, DMus’80, and Luciano Della Pergola, founder of the McGill Opera Studio, for which she sang soprano for many years.

The seminar room that bears her name will allow Kassie to continue in what she now calls her favourite pursuit: informing people about, and inspiring them with, music.

David Kassie is pleased to contribute to McGill, a cause that is dear to his family. “It’s important to give back – in whatever way you feel comfortable,” he says. “Ultimately, you’re helping to make the world a better place.”