Retired Faculty



trudy.blumstein [at] (Trudy Blumstein)


Trudy worked as U3 Cohort Advisor as well as provided student support to IAM (Indigenous Access McGill).  Retired from McGill in June 2017.


dr. sharon bond [at] (Sharon Bond)


Sharon Bond was an Associate Professor and M.Sc. (A) CFT Program Founder in the School of Social Work. 

Dr. Bond has been a faculty member since 1998 and retired in June 2022.


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Linda Davies


Linda Davies was a full Professor in the School of Social Work at McGill from 1984 until 2014.


sydney.duder [at] (Sydney Duder)


Sydney Duder was an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work since 1972.  Read more.


wanda.gabriel [at] (Wanda Gabriel)



Wanda Gabriel was an Assistant Professor and IAM Director in the School of Social Work and decided to retire in 2022.


Elizabeth.Ierfino [at] (Elizabeth Ierfino)
Liz Ierfino was the Administrative Officer at the School of Social Work.  She decided to retire in 2012 after 40 years of service.


lillian.iannone [at] (Lillian Iannone)


Lillian Iannone was the Administrative and Student Affair Coordinator at the School of Social Work. She decided to retire in 2021.



karen.hetherington [at] (Karen Hetherington)



Karen Hetherington was a Faculty Lecturer at the School of Social Work and retired in July 2017. 

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Estelle Hopmeyer

She joined the Faculty of the School of Social Work at McGill in 1970. In addition to teaching and academic activities, Estelle invested herself in group work, particularly issues of bereavement and non-bereavement loss. 

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Peter Leonard

Peter Leonard joined the McGill School of Social Work in 1987. Peter was the Director of the School from 1987-1990. 

Michael Loft

Michael Loft


Michael Loft is a member of the Mohawk community at Kahnawake and has twenty years of direct experience in Youth Protection and private practice. Michael Loft retired in June 2016.

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Barbara Nichols

Dr. Barbara Nichols was an Associate Professor who joined the School in 1979 and retired in 1999.

Phyllis.Russell [at] (Phyllis Russell)


Phyllis Russell joined the School of Social Work as a Fieldwork Secretary in 2009 and retired in 2016.

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Carol Cumming Speirs

Carol Cumming Speirs was an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and a consultant to the McGill Domestic Violence Clinic.

James.Torczyner [at] (James Torczyner)

After almost 50 years at McGill, Professor James Torczyner bids farewell. James “Jim” Torczyner was no ordinary professor! He was a “boots on the ground professor and activist,” inspiring generations of social workers and students to get out there and advocate for change. Jim came to McGill in 1973, fresh from the University of California, Berkeley, with his MSW and DSW, planning to stay for a few years. Armed with vision, determination and mischievous charm, Jim had the rare gift of persuasion, convincing others to support his dream of changing the world.  Read more.

Ingrid Thompson

Ingrid Thompson was an Associate Professor with the School of Social Work. Her interests included family violence, child abuse, and working with involuntary clients. 

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Elisabeth Urtnowski

Professor Elisabeth Urtnowski joined the School of Social Work as an experienced professional. She was an Associate Professor from 1973 until she retired in 1999.

Marion Van Horn

Marion Van Horn started her academic life at Simon Fraser University with a joint major in Sociology and Anthropology. Years later she enrolled in the Special BSW at McGill followed by a MSW. As a social work practitioner she brought supervisory as well as rich and diverse clinical social work experience to her teaching. She retired in June 2019.


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