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Mourning the passing of retired faculty member Helen MacFarlane

Author: Communications Office

Posted on Dec 19, 2019

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Please join me in offering condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of retired faculty member Helen MacFarlane, who passed away on Nov. 12, 2019 in Fredericton. She was 99.

Born in Sussex Corner, N.B., Helen’s teaching career spanned 42 years. She attended the Provincial Normal School and then went on to complete her bachelor of teaching at UNB in 1963, as well as her bachelor of arts in 1966. Over the years, she taught at various schools across New Brunswick, as well as the Teacher’s College. She was also the assistant to the County Superintendent of Schools in Albert and Westmorland counties. Helen was appointed assistant professor at UNB Fredericton’s faculty of education in 1973 and retired as associate professor in 1980.

Helen was co-editor of Creative English: Grade 6, a text in the Copp-Clark Canadian Language Development Series. This series was widely used in classrooms across Canada. She was considered a 'prime mover' in the formation of the New Brunswick Chapter of the International Reading Association, and was also a member of the provincial curriculum committee. UNB created an undergraduate scholarship and a graduate fellowship in her name upon her retirement.

Friends and colleagues remember Helen as a kind and gentle person who always set a good example for her students. Admired by many, she had a beautiful spirit and always treated others with the utmost respect. Helen was also a very charitable person who belonged to various community organizations and associations, such as St. Paul’s United Church, the New Brunswick Society of Retired Teachers and the UNB Retired Employees Association.

A memorial service for Helen was held on Dec. 6, 2019. Flags have been lowered on both the Fredericton and Saint John campuses. Condolences can be made online. Helen will be missed by all who knew her and our thoughts are with her family. 


Dr. Paul J. Mazerolle
President and Vice-Chancellor


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