In memoriam -Professor Emeritus R. Alan Richardson

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Professor Emeritus Dr. R. Alan Richardson, the founder of the Department of History of Medicine and Science at The University of Western Ontario, has passed away at the age of 80. Dr. Richardson joined the Faculty of Medicine in 1967 and taught students in several faculties until 1992, when he became Professor Emeritus.

Prior to coming to Western, Dr. Richardson completed his doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin with an investigation of Charles Darwin's biological theories and this area of research remained a lifelong passion.

Dr. Richardson developed specialized courses at Western in the areas of greatest interest to him, primarily the history of anthropology, the history of evolutionary thought and the history of science and medicine in Canada. He always considered teaching as an extremely important responsibility, often forming friendships with students that continued long after their graduation.

Dr. Richardson died Saturday, September 27th at Parkwood Hospital in London.