Reminder: Memorial for Jackie Kirk, McGill professor slain in Afghanistan


Montreal memorial at McGill’s Redpath Hall on Sept. 16

A memorial service for Dr. Jackie Kirk – a McGill professor and international aid worker who was slain by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan on Aug. 13 – will be held at McGill University’s Redpath Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. local time. The public and media are welcome to attend this ceremony, but space will be limited.

The family requests that photography and videotaping during the ceremony be conducted in a discreet, non-disruptive manner, with cameras to be located only at the back of the hall.

Dr. Kirk is survived by her husband Andrew, an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill’s Faculty of Engineering, and Director of the McGill Institute for Advanced Materials.

“Please do not send flowers, but donations will be greatly appreciated,” he said. “We have created a new fund at McGill, the Jackie Kirk Memorial Fund, which will be used to support activities related to her work, such as scholarships for students from developing or conflict-affected countries. The International Rescue Committee, the organization for which Jackie worked, has also created a memorial fund to commemorate Jackie and the three other people killed in the August 13 attack, which will go directly to supporting the education programs on the ground that Jackie worked so hard for.”

What: Memorial Service for Jackie Kirk
When: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 3 – 5 p.m.
Where: McGill University, Redpath Hall
861 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2K6

To make a donation:

Jackie Kirk Memorial Fund
c/o Katie Whitehead, DAR Officer
Faculty of Education
McGill University
3700 McTavish, Room 210
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3A 1Y2

Cheques should be made payable to McGill University, with “Jackie Kirk Fund” in the memo.

The Special Memorial Fund International Rescue Committee 122 E. 42nd Street New York, NY 10168-1289 USA

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