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The University flag is flown from the staff on the Arts Building from morning to sundown, Monday to Friday inclusive. It is not normally flown on Saturdays or Sundays or on public holidays. The Governor General's flag is flown when the Governor General of Canada, Visitor to the University, is on campus.

The flag is lowered to half-staff to mark the death of the following members of the University community:

  • any serving member of the University staff, whether academic or non-academic, including emeritus professors;
  • any student currently registered at the University;
  • current members of the Board of Governors (including emeritus governors); and
  • honorary graduates with close connections to McGill.

The flag is usually lowered to coincide with a funeral or a memorial service. The ultimate decision to lower the flag rests with the Secretary-General. Notification of a death should be directed to the Secretariat at 514-398-3948.

The University flag is lowered:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in memory of Professor Ellen Aitken, Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in memory of Gilles G. Cloutier, O.C., O.Q., Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in memory of Mrs. Liliane Stewart, O.C., O.Q., Doctor of Laws honoris causa, and Governor Emerita.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in memory of Diane Ellen Mann, Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Anthropology.

Friday, April 25, 2014, in memory of The Right Honourable Herb Gray P.C., Q.C., C.C., Doctor of Laws 2003, Honoris Causa.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in memory of Jim Flaherty, former federal finance minister.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in memory of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in memory of Dr. John Osler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil Engineering.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, in memory of Edgar M. Bronfman, Doctor of Letters 2012, Honoris Causa.

Monday, January 20, 2014, in memory of Herve de Fontenay, Director of the School of Continuing Studies, Language and Intercultural Communication.

Thursday, January 16, 2014, in memory of William H. Feindel, O.C., G.O.Q., MDCM, Dotor of Science, Honoris Causa 1984, Emeritus Professor and former Director of Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.

Friday, January 10, 2014 in memory of Jack Goldsmith, A-V technician from NCS.

Tuesday, December 10 till December 15 to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela the anti-apartheid leader who became the first president of South Africa and the first live recipient of "Honorary Citizenship" of Canada.

Friday, December 6, 2013 in remembrance of the massacre at École Polytechnique in Montreal, on December 6, 1989.

Friday, November 15, 2013 in memory of David Hubel, co-Recipient of the 1981 Noble Prize, and Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa McGill University.

Monday, October 28, 2013 in memory of James Gerry Fitzpatrick, Governor Emeritus.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 in memory of Claudia Macedo, Student, Department of Mining & Materials Engineeering.

Monday, October 7, 2013 in memory of Peter Leonard, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work.

Friday, August 30, 2013 in memory of Mr. Hugh G. Hallward, Governor Emeritus, former Chair of the Board of Governors, and former President & Vice-President of the McGill Alumni Association.

Friday, August 8, 2013 in memory of Kale Laviolette, Student, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science.

Monday, August 5, 2013 in memory of John Dobson, Honorary Degree, LL.D, Order of Canada, C.M. and Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies at McGill.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in memory of Stanley Brice Frost, Honorary Degree LL.D; Professor Emeritus; Dean of Divinity and of Graduate Studies & Research; Vice-Principal (Administration and Professional Faculties), and Historian.

Friday, June 7, 2013, in memory of Stephen Barrans, recent graduate, Department of Civil Engineering.

Friday, May 10, in memory of Fred Burbidge, Governor Emeritus, co-Chair of the MNI First Capital Campaign, Neuro's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Friday, May 3, 2013, in memory of Charlotte Légaré, Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in memory of Diane Glenis Philip, Senior Documentation Technician, Osler Library of the History of Medicine.

Friday, March 15, 2013, in memory of Lauren Katherine Alexander, student, Faculty of Arts, Russian and French Language & Literature.

Monday, March 4, 2013, in memory of Dr. Jules Arthur Peter Pare, Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine.

Friday, February 21, 2013, in memory of François Blouin, shipping and receiving clerk, Enrolment Services.

Friday, February 1, 2013, in memory of Luying Liu, student from the Department of Civil Engineering.

Friday, December 21, 2012, in memory of Carter Smith, student in the Department of Economics and Political Science.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012, in memory of Dr. Donald Baxter, Professor Emeritus, former Chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Director of the MNI.

Thursday, December 6, 2012 to mark the tragic events that transpired in 1989 at the Ecole Polytechnique.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 for Remembrance Day.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012, in memory of Joel Anton Patrick Ryan, Student, Faculty of Science.

Monday, August 27, 2012, in memory of Ajit Singh Dhaunchak, Postdoctoral Fellow, Montreal Neurological Institute and McGill Hospital.

Friday, August 24, 2012, in memory of John Armour, Former Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance). 

Monday, July 9, 2012 in memory of Dr. Popatlal M. Patel, Emeritus Professor, Department of Physics.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 in memory of Mr. Zoran Brestovac, Student Affairs Coordinator, Enrolment Services.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 in memory of Dr. David Colman, Director of the MNI (Neuro), Wilder Penfield Professor of Neuroscience at McGill, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience.

 Friday, April 20, 2012 in memory of Amanda Jaclyn Berger, student, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 in memory of Dr. Brian Little, Professor emeritus and former Chair, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 in memory of Curtis Donald Smith, student, Department of Political Science.

Friday, March 30, 2012 in memory of Madeleine Parent, LLD, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Thursday, March 29, 2012 in memory of Linda Morai, Administrative Assistant, Biology.

Wednesday, March, 21, 2012 in memory of Dr. Phillip Langleben, Emeritus Professor, Department of Physics.

Friday, January 27, 2012 in memory of Qasim Daneshmend, student, Faculty of Arts.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011, for the annual remembrance of the tragedy at École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989.

Friday, November 18, 2011 in memory of William Frederick Grant, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Agriculatural and Environmental Sciences.

Friday, November 11, 2011 for Remembrance Day.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 in memory of Assistant Professor Anas Hamoui, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Friday, October 28, 2011 in memory of Maxim Wells, Student School of Urban Planning, Faculty of Engineering.

FrIday, October 21, 2011 in memory of Alexandra Dodger, Student, Faculty of Law.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 in memory of Brian Bird, former Chair of the Department of Geography (retired).

From the evening of Friday, August 26, through Sunday, August 28, in memory of Jack Layton, McGill alumnus, leader of Canada's New Democratic Party and leader of the Official Opposition in Canada’s Parliament.

Thursday, July 28, 2011, in memory of Dr. Robert Kinch, Professor Emeritus and former Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received the Osler Teaching Award and the creation of "The Robert Kinch Chair in Women's Health".

Thursday, May 19, 2011, in memory of Douglass Gordon McDougall, Senior McGill Volunteer, and Member of the Principal’s Task Force on Diversity, Excellence and Community Engagement.

Monday, May 16, 2011, in memory of Herschel Victor, CM, LLD, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Friday, May 13, 2011, in memory of Willard S. Boyle, 2009 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, and Companion to the Order of Canada.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in memory of Emeritus Professor Ivan A. Vlasic, Institute of Air and Space Law.

Monday, April 4, 2011, in memory of Emeritus Professor Charles J. Adams, former Director in the Department of Islamic Studies.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011, in memory of Andreas P. Contogouris, Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics.

Monday, March 14, 2011, in memory of Jason Thomas Ochiai, student from the Department of Mining and Materials Engineering.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011, in memory of Professor Emeritus Edward J. Stansbury, from the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; former Vice-Principal - Planning and Academic Services and Dean of Arts and Science.

Tuesday, February 21, 2011, in memory of Ashley Donell, Student from the Department of Psychology.

Thursday, February 17, 2011, in memory of Dr. Peter T. Macklem, Professor Emeritus, Physician-in-Chief Royal Victoria Hospital.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, in memory of Emily Meharchand, Student from Faculty of Arts.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011, in memory of William M. Williams, Professor Emeritus, Department of Mining and Materials Engineering.

Thursday, January 27, 2011, in memory of Donna Krapec Izenberg, Secretary, in the Department of Psychology.

Friday, January 14, 2011, in memory of Eric Giosi, student in the Faculty of Medicine.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, in memory of Shadmon Kanfi, PhD Student in the Faculty of Management.

Monday, December 6, 2010, for the annual remembrance of the tragedy at École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989.

Friday, December 3, 2010, in memory of Adrian Hsia, Professor Emeritus, Department of German Studies.

Thursday, December 2, 2010, in memory of Mr. Warren Chippindale, Governor Emeritus.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 in memory of Helen Alexander, Deferral Coordinator, Enrolment Services.

Thursday, November 11, 2010 for Remembrance Day.

Friday, October 15, 2010 in memory of Nicholas Sidorenko a former student from the Faculty of Science.

Monday, September 27, 2010, in memory of Mr. David D. Cohen, Governor Emeritus.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010, in memory of Mr. Frederic St-Jean McManus, Undergraduate Student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010, in memory of Professor Mary MacKinnon, Department of Economics.

Monday, June 28, 2010, in memory of Professor Emeritus Eric Mountjoy, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Friday, May 7, 2010, in memory of Ms. Diane Brunet, Human Resources.

Friday, April 16, 2010, in memory of Ms. Katherine Peacock-Henophy, Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator, Translation Studies, in the Centre for Continuing Education.

Thursday, April 1, 2010, in memory of Professor Jeanne Wolfe, Professor Emerita, School of Urban Planning.

Monday, March 4, 2010, in memory of Kaila Apple Wong Remillard, Student in the Faculty of Arts.

Friday, February 12, 2010, in memory of Guy Mehuys, Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resource Sciences (Soil Science).

Thursday, February 11, 2010, in memory of Ernst Meyer, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Saturday, January 23, 2010, in memory of Alan G. Thompson, Governor Emeritus; and former Chair and Professor of the Department of Surgery.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010, in memory of Mr. Martin Cohen, Liaison Librarian, Humanities and Social Sciences Library.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010, in memory of Marilyn Cohen, Head Librarian, Education Library & Curriculum Resource Centre.

Friday, January 15, 2010, in memory of Professor Frank Kunz, former Chair, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts.

Sunday, December 13, 2009, in memory of Professor James Lund, former Dean, Faculty of Dentistry.

Sunday, December 6, 2009 to mark the tragic events that transpired in 1989 at the Ecole Polytechnique.

Thursday, December 3, 2009, in memory of Professor Roger Knowles, Professor Emeritus, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 for Remembrance Day.

Thursday, November 5, 2009, in memory of Mr. Vaughn Thomassin, Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator, Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences.

Thursday, October 29, 2009; previously lowered on Monday, July 20, 2009, in memory of Mr. Thomas Robert Brydon, PhD Student, Department of History.

Thursday, October 29, 2009, previously lowered on Monday, July 20, 2009, in memory of Ms. Laura Michelle Nagy, Student, Centre for Continuing Education, Health Care.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 in memory of Professor Sadayuki Inoue, from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Friday, September 4, 2009 in memory of Ms. Selena Carolyn Plouffe, student, School of Nursing.

Friday, August 29, 2009, in memory of Professor Emeritus Wally Lambert, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science.

Monday, July 20, 2009, in memory of Ms. Thomas Robert Brydon, PhD Student, Department of History.

Monday, July 20, 2009, in memory of Ms. Laura Michelle Nagy, Student, Centre for Continuing Education, Health Care.

Monday, July 6, 2009, in memory of Professor Emerita Edith Della Pergola, Schulich School of Music.

Friday, July 3, 2009, in memory of the Right Honourable Romeo Leblanc, P.C.,C.C.

Friday, May 22, 2009, in memory of Ms. Kailey Victoria Crichton, Student, Faculty of Arts.

Monday, March 23, 2009, in memory of Mr. Adriano Tassone, Student, Desautels Faculty of Management.

Saturday, March 7, 2009, in memory of Dr. Dick MacLean, Professor, Faculty of Medicine; Director, McGill Center for Tropical diseases.

Monday, February 9, 2009, in memory of Dr. George Karpati, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery and Isaac Walton Killam Chair in Neurology, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.

Friday, January 30, 2009, in memory of Professor William Moser, Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008, in memory of Dr. George Just, Macdonald Professor of Chemistry, Faculty of Science.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008, in memory of Dr. Michael Moss, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008, in memory of Dr. Barbara Esplin, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine.

Saturday, December 6, 2008, for the annual remembrance of the tragedy at École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989.

Monday, December 1, 2008, in memory of Dr. Peter Oskar Schneider, Director, Centre for International Management Studies, Desautels Faculty of Management.

Friday, November 28, 2008, in memory of Martin Edmund Weber, Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 for Remembrance Day.

Monday, November 10, 2008, in memory of Ms. Marisa Terrenzio-El-Jaoui, Administrative Officer, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Faculty of Education.

Thursday, November 6, 2008, in memory of Yarema Gregory Kelebay, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008, in memory of Asem Bakka, PhD Student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008, in memory of Jacqueline Kirk, adjunct professor, in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Faculty of Education.

Thursday, July 24, 2008, in memory of Ms. Cristine Bonsor, student in the Faculty of Arts, Diploma in Environment

Monday, June 16, 2008, in memory of Professor Emerita Effie Astbury, Graduate School of Library Sciences.

Friday, March 14, 2008, in memory of Mr. Jake Dougherty-St. Arnaud, Student in the Faculty of Science

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 in memory of Michael Herschorn, Professor of Mathematics, Associate Dean Student Affairs (Faculty of Science), Dean of Students (Retired)

Thursday, February 21, 2008 in memory of Dr. Yasheng Qian, Research Associate, Department of Electrical and; Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Monday, February 11, 2008 in memory of Ms. Johanne Beaumont, student, Centre for Continuing Education

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 in memory of Ms. Fani Lobel Caspin, Phd student, Faculty of Education

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 in memory of Ms. Elaine Sanft Yarosky, University Libraries.

Thursday, December 6, 2007 to mark the tragic events that transpired in 1989 at the Ecole Polytechnique.

Sunday, November 11, 2007 for Remembrance Day.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 in memory of Miss Kelly Hansen, undergraduate student, Physical and Health Education, and of Mr. Xin Li, Special Intensive English Student, Centre for Continuing Education.

Thursday, October 12, 2007 in memory of Mr. James G. Wright, Board of Governors.

Tuesday, September 12, 2007 in memory of Mr. Paul Crocker, Freshman Student, Faculty of Science.

Monday, September 11, 2007 in memory of Professor Hans Walter Frischkopf, Department of German Studies, Faculty of Arts.

Thursday, August 30, 2007 to mark the memorial service for the late Professor Ralph Harris of the Department of Mining, Metals and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering who passed away in July.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 in memory of Ms. Dulce Reis Paiva, Office of the Director of Libraries, University Libraries.

Thursday, August 9, 2007 in memory of Mr. Gilles St. Pierre, HVAC Department, Facilities Management.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 in memory of Professor Ralph Harris, Department of Mining, Metals and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering.

Thursday, July 12, 2007 in memory of Mr. Strachan Hartley, student in the Faculty of Medicine.

Monday, May 14, 2007 in memory of Ms. Sheila McLachlin, PhD student in the Department of Physics.

Friday, May 11, 2007 in memory of Mr. John Barry Bell, PhD student, School of Architecture.

Monday, April 16, 2007 in sympathy with those affected by the tragic event at Virgina Tech.

Monday, April 16, 2007 in memory of Charles Philippe Leblond, Doctor of Science honoris causa.

Monday, April 2, 2007 in memory of Mr. Anees Qureshi, Agent, Security Services.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 in memory of Mr. Sebastian Suarez, student in the Department of Hispanic Studies.

Monday, March 5, 2007 in memory of Mr. Elias "Tim" Tabet, student in the Department of Biology.

Thursday, February 15, 2007 in memory of Dr. David S. Kahn, Professor Emeritus, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007 in memory of Professor Irving Brecher, Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts.

Friday, January 26, 2007 in memory of Mr. John Christian Solomon, PhD candidate in the Department of English.

Friday, January 19, 2007 in memory of Dr. R. F. Patrick Cronin, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1973-1978.