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Alan Edwards, who gave his time, energy and financial support to McGill for more than 20 years, died in his Westmount home on March 11, 2007, surrounded by his family and closest friends. Mr. Edwards began his support of McGill in the late 70's, when he spearheaded the formation of the McGill-Montreal Children's Hospital Learning Centre, which went on to pioneer the research and treatment of childhood learning disabilities. In the early 1990's Mr. Edwards worked with Drs. Ron Melzack and Joseph Stratford to found the MUHC Pain Centre, where he remained the Director of Development until his death. Mr. Edwards was a highly visible presence at the centre and worked diligently to create a facility that would become known as one of the best in the world.
Robert V.V. Nicholls passed away on March 9, 2007 in Montreal. On graduation from McGill University in 1937, he was offered a position in the Chemistry Department. In the course of a long career at McGill, Mr. Nicholls pioneered in the teaching of polymer chemistry and helped to found the Quebec Rubber and Plastics Group and the Chemical Institute of Canada. In the early 70s', he became a member of the first board of the Canadian Branch of the International Society for the History and Philosophy of Science. While a student, Mr. Nicholls became an original member of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association, later its president. For his work, Mr. Nicholls was awarded the Order of Canada in 1983.