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DR. JOHN G. ADAIR Obituary pic


Born: Dec 19, 1933

Date of Passing: Dec 01, 2021

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December 19, 1933 - December 1, 2021

After a brief illness, John passed away at the St. Boniface Hospital on December 1 at the age of 87.
John was a beloved husband and father. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carolyn, their four children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In 1999, John retired from the University of Manitoba (U of M) as Professor Emeritus of Psychology after a rich, full career of research and teaching.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the John G. Adair International Distinguished Psychologist Lectureship at the U of M or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home in May 2022.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 04, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • In addition to being a hugely successful psychologist at the national and the international level, John was an incredibly warm and open individual who was an inspiration to so many psychologists. Not only did he give my first psychology job as an undergraduate research assistant in his lab, which helped me get into graduate school, he gave me the opportunity to meet my wife. His research on the social psychology of the psychological experiment had a major influence on me. A fond memory is of his booming voice speaking French in a Texas accent when speaking on the phone to someone, echoing around the halls of the Duff Roblin Building. - Posted by: Hal Wallbridge (Student) on: Dec 11, 2021

  • John was truly recognized as being among the most distinguished psychologists in Canada. In addition to his significant intellectual and academic contributions to psychology, he also served psychology administratively as an outstanding psychology department head and as President of the Canadian Psychological Association. In addition to his academic and professional contributions, John always took time to provide wise advice to colleagues. I always enjoyed hearing the Texas accent he never lost despite being in Canada for most of his life. You will be missed but never forgotten! - Posted by: John Arnett (Colleague) on: Dec 08, 2021

  • Dear Colin and Nancy, Sorry to hear you have lost your Dad. And sympathy to your sons on the loss of their Grandfather. Sincere condolences. V - Posted by: Valerie Sigurdsson (Family) on: Dec 07, 2021

  • I knew John as a work colleague. John was a kind colleague who always seemed open for a conversation. He made me feel at home at the University of Manitoba, where he had a stellar career but also made the important contribution through the endowed lectureship. Carolyn, Corey and I wish you and your many children and grandchildren and other family and friends peace in this difficult time. - Posted by: Katherine Starzyk (Colleague) on: Dec 05, 2021

  • I was very sorry to hear of John's passing. Please accept my deep condolences. - Posted by: Lorna Jakobson (Colleague) on: Dec 05, 2021

  • Sorry to hear about your loss Carolyn. Remembering having lunch after PACE class with both of you and sharing great conversations. Take care, Lois and Adrienne. - Posted by: Lois and Adrienne (Friends from PACE class) on: Dec 04, 2021

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