A memorial service for York University history Professor Myra Rutherdale (MA ’88, PhD ’96) will take place on Saturday, June 21 at 2pm the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Avenue East in Scarborough. To read the full Passings notice, see the YFile story.
Prof. Rutherdale died suddenly and unexpectedly early in the morning of May 22 of a heart attack. She specialized in gender and embodiment; native/newcomer relations; Aboriginal health; the history of medicine; religion and mission histories; northern Canada; British Columbia; environmental history; and cultural history.
Despite battling cancer for five years, she was able to live fully and actively until she died. She was ill but her passing was unexpected. She died peacefully with family and friends by her side. She is survived by her husband, Robert Rutherdale (PhD ’94), a Canadian historian at Algoma University, and her son Andrew, an artist and student.
Flowers and or a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society are welcomed.