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Remembering and honouring alumni who have died.

We invite you to let us know when one of our graduates has passed away. They will always be part of our faculty and remembered by us - always.  


April 24 - Edwin (Ed) Zemrau. Ed was a pioneer in Canadian university sport, and of course within the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta. He was a major player on the national and international amateur sport scene over the past 55 years. He joined the University of Alberta in 1960 as an Assistant to the Dean of Physical Education, Dr. Maury Van Vliet. After three years, he became the first Director of Athletics, a position he held for 18 consecutive years, and then again the 1990’s ((1963-1981 and 1992-93). He also spent time as a professor within the faculty.

Ed’s accomplishments, honours and legacies within, and for Canadian amateur and university sport, are truly staggering. Link to his U of A Sports Wall of Fame plaque


November 18 - Steve Mendryk (BPE 1953) Details to follow.

November 10 - Robert Kell (PhD, 2005) Dr. Kell was an associate professor at Augustana Campus in Physical Education-Kinesiology and Sports Studies. Rob is survived by his wife, Melanie and daughters Isabella and Julianna. A doctoral graduate of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation in the field of exercise physiology, he was also an active member of AASUA Council.

August 11 - June Hole (BPE 1992).  June was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where she first met her husband, Jim, in 1967. She moved to Canada in 1969 and was married in Morin Heights, Quebec on September 11, 1971. June received her degree in Physical Education from the University of Alberta.
June was a tireless volunteer in her community and dedicated her expertise in physical fitness to seniors for over 30 years, for which she received the Woman of Distinction Award in 2007.

March 6 - Réal Gaboriault. PhD (1977) in exercise physiology. He taught for two years at the University of Ottawa and was also involved with Nautilas Canada. His was the founder of Kiné-Concept in Montréal which taught, and conducted research in, massotherapy. You are invited read a memorial to Dr. Gaboriault on the Kiné-Concept website.

To share news of the passing of an alumnus, please contact Eric Upton, director, Advancement