Volume 93, Issue 11

Thursday, September 16, 1999


O-week prank ends with suspensions

Western Road gets ill-timed facelift

New troops for London

Western prof dies from heart attack

Trial date announced in downtown stabbing case

Negotiations still on table for faculty

A club for all seasons

Bass ackwards

Caught on campus

Western prof dies from heart attack

By John Intini
Gazette Staff

Andrew Osler, a media professor at Western, died early Tuesday morning of an apparent heart attack in his London home at the age of 61.

"His death leaves a hole in our faculty and he will be missed," said journalism and media, information and technoculture professor Michael Nolan. "He was a journalist who made the transition to the academic life and had a considerable influence on his students."

Osler, who taught in both Western's graduate school of journalism and the MIT department, had an extensive journalistic career. He started as a reporter with the Toronto Star in 1961, before moving to the Globe and Mail in 1965.

In 1968, Osler decided to teach his trade. He took a job at Sir Sandford Fleming prior to accepting a teaching post at the University of Guelph in 1971. For seven years he was a professor in the communications studies program at the University of Windsor before coming to Western in 1980. Over the years Osler was also a contributing writer Macleans and Times.

Nolan, who has worked with Osler at Windsor and Western, said two of the best things about Osler's contribution to journalism include his effective lecturing skills which benefited hundreds of students and the book he published in 1992, News: The Evolution of Journalism in Canada.

Nolan also stated Osler was very apt at the theoretical side of his discipline often spending a great deal of time with his students analyzing the work of journalism guru's Marshall McLuhan and Harold Innis.

Manjunath Pendakur, Western's dean of information and media studies, said he saw first hand Osler's passion for both journalism and his students. "One of the great things about him was he believed this university should be stronger.

"He taught a number of first-year level courses and was obvious the undergrads meant a lot to him."

Fellow MIT and journalism professor David Spencer also commented on Osler's relationship with his undergraduates. "He had a good rapport with undergrads," Spencer said. "When I came [to Western] in 1987 he was heavily involved with the courses at the undergraduate level which have always been well subscribed."

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