By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom
A distinguished McGill alumnus, Victor Goldbloom, died Monday night at age 92.
A pediatrician by academic training, Goldbloom graduated from McGill with a BSc in 1944, an MD in 1945 and a DipEd in 1950. In 1992, McGill presented him with an honorary degree in recognition of his many years of service to Montreal, Quebec and Canadian society.
“Victor Goldbloom made many important contributions to our society, as a community leader, as a political figure and a public servant,” said McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier. “He worked tirelessly to build bridges between religious groups and between language groups, helping foster greater understanding and tolerance. On behalf of McGill, I extend our condolences to his family and friends on their loss.”
Goldbloom was a strong supporter of McGill. He taught at the University from 1950 to 1970 before fully committing himself to public service.
In 2009, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) established the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award, which recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the vitality and understanding of Quebec’s English-speaking community.
Goldbloom is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Sheila; his son Michael, who is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University and the former publisher of the Toronto Star and Montreal Gazette; son Jonathan, President and founder of the communications firm Jonathan Goldbloom & Associates; and daughter Susan Restler, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.