In Memoriam - Friends We've Lost

BURTON, Bruce Edward
May 31, 1933 - November 26, 2019
Bruce BurtonPassed away surrounded by his family at the age of 86. Beloved husband to Ferdinanda Van Gennip, with whom he celebrated 24 years of marriage. Loving father of Peter (Deanna Radford) of Montreal, QC and Elizabeth of Montreal, QC. Predeceased by his first wife, Anne Elizabeth Wyatt, his parents, Mary White and William Burton and his sister-in-law, Waltera Van Gennip. He is survived by his cousins in Ireland, Jim Kiely (Be), Bill White (Josie) and Mary French (Bill) and his brother-in-law in England, John Wyatt (Yvonne), as well as his sisters-in-law Mary Ann McKenzie (Charlie) of Stouffville, ON and Lamberta Baker (Larry) of Barrie, ON. Bruce wishes to thank the Crowell, Briggs and Nelson families, all of whom were especially important in welcoming Bruce and Anne and their children to Windsor upon their arrival in 1966. These ties remained over the years, and Bruce felt immense gratitude for their warm friendship and hospitality.
Bruce was born in the district of World's End, Chelsea, London in 1933. He grew up in the Kew area of London until age six, when he was evacuated to Berwick-Upon-Tweed to live with his Aunt Ada and Uncle Bob as World War II began. After the war, Bruce was educated mainly by the Salesian Fathers at boarding schools at Chertsey and Battersea. At the age of 17 he went up to Oxford University, where he read History, graduating in 1954. While there, he was very active in the Oxford Union. A talented debater, he and fellow student Jonathan Boswell travelled to India to represent the Union, spending four months debating at various universities. He also spent a summer as a reporter with the Huddersfield Daily Examiner. In 1957 Bruce obtained an MA in Social Science from the Institute of Social Science (ISS) in The Hague, followed by a teaching stint for the American University of Maryland at the U.S. Embassy in London. From 1961 to 1964, Bruce helped establish the International Relations Program at ISS and taught there from 1964 to 1966. These five years were foundational for Bruce's career as a political scientist. On one of his visits back to London, Bruce met Anne Wyatt, who was working as an assistant to a BBC producer. He returned often to visit her and she came often to The Hague to visit him. They married in 1964, settling in The Hague.
In 1966, Bruce, with Anne and one-year old Peter, migrated to Windsor, Ontario, where he took a position as a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor. Once again, he was charged with establishing an International Relations program. During his tenure at the University, his work took him on research trips to China, Vietnam and Burma. Bruce retired from the University of Windsor in 1998 but continued to be an active member of the university community, serving as thesis advisor to graduate students. Throughout his career and in retirement, Bruce also served as consultant on Asian politics to provincial and federal leaders.
In 1993, he met Ferdinanda at Holy Cross Centre for Ecology and Spirituality. They married in 1995. Bruce and Ferdinanda were both passionate about environmental and social justice issues and facilitated workshops on these topics. Spending time on the Ganatcho Trail, at the Ojibway Nature Centre or in Point Pelee National Park was one of their favourite activities, especially as Bruce had been an avid birder since childhood. As well, they shared a love of Europe, where they enjoyed visiting each other's relatives and friends, in Ireland, Scotland, England, France and the Netherlands. Bruce was a devout Roman Catholic throughout his life and believed strongly in the importance of ecumenism, interfaith dialogue and ecological engagement. A kind and gentle man, Bruce was a wonderful son, husband, father, friend and colleague. His life was a blessing and he will be greatly missed.


Dr. William (Bill) Balance, 1936 - 2019.

Bill BalanceProfessor William David Gilbert “Bill” Balance died unexpectedly and peacefully at his home in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, USA, on 26 October 2019 at the age of 83.
Bill is survived by his wife, Gwen (Martin, Genter) Balance and step-children, Robert Genter, Kathy (Genter) Holley, Paul Genter, and Lauren (Genter) Keith. He is preceded in death by his parents Thomas Wannamaker Balance, Sr., and Bessie Lee (Gallop, Balance) Ponder, and his brothers Thomas, Jr., and Lucian, of Alabama, USA.
Bill was born on 14 August 1936 at Birmingham, Alabama. He received his doctoral degree in psychology from The University of Alabama in 1967 and then worked as a Resident staff member at the Georgia Mental Health Institute, Emory University, Atlanta. From 1969-2001 he was on the faculty in the University of Windsor Psychology Department, Ontario, Canada. He married Gwen (Martin) Genter, an English teacher at Murray Wright High School, 16 December 1971, and then moved from Windsor to Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, USA. His step-children remember him as a warm, caring, and highly perceptive father who encouraged them to pursue their goals and who brought laughter to the room with his quick wit.
Bill was an accomplished gardener and was an active member of the Men’s Garden Club and the Grosse Pointe Park Beautification Commission. He was an inspired individual who loved cooking, travel, single malt scotch, and was passionate about keeping up with the news and world events.
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PURUSHOTHAM, Devamma (Professor Emeritus)

Passed away peacefully with family by her side on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the age of 92. Cherished daughter of the late Guyyani Purushotham and Gnanamma of India. Predeceased by her siblings Kantha Rao (Mariamma), Joseph (Sugunamma), Solomon (Jayamma), Mariamma (Lazarus), Samuel (Jeevamma) and nieces Shanthi Kumari (Christopher), Elizabeth (late Alfred), Marthabai (Wilson) and nephew Prabhakar Rao (Sujatha). Dearest aunt of Ruthamma (Raja Rao), John Bunyan (the late Persis), Prem Christopher (Gnanamma), Vasantha (Manik Rao), Gnana Prakash Rao (Shakunthala), Elia (Agnes), Sudhakar Rao (Mary), Gnana Purushotham (Edith), Shobha Rani (Sampath), Sheela Rani (Nagayya), Purushotham (Rani), Jevaratnam (Hepsiba), Salomie (Praveen), Thabitha, Malini, Shalini, Nischal and Avinash all of India. Devamma has been blessed with many grandnieces and nephews, and great-grandnieces and nephews. She was very grateful to her Canadian family of Dr. Edward and Joyce Fish, Ted Fish, Catherine Snowball and Mary Fish for their love and care for her. As well, she was very thankful to her International family of Mr. Victor and Marion Salmons for the concern and kindness that they have shown her. She was a registered nurse from India. Upon arrival to Canada in 1961 and over the years she earned her Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degrees on earn to learn basis. She worked as a Staff Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist and taught Diploma and Degree Nursing programs in different places in Canada and most recently at the University of Windsor. Devamma was a long time board member of the Brain Injury Association of Windsor and Essex County. Always giving of herself, she touched the lives of many people and won the respect of her students and colleagues. She will always be remembered by family and friends as a loving, giving, gracious and caring person. According to Devamma's desire, she will be returned to India for a family service there.

BERRY, Mary Lillier , April 8, 1933 - October 25, 2019

Mary Lillier Berry (Clarke), beloved wife of the late William (1985), passed away on Friday, October 25, 2019 in her 86th year. She is lovingly remembered by her son Ian (Dina Butler), daughter Cathrina (Scott) Taffinder, granddaughters Shayna and Chelsea (Marc), and her great-grandsons Connor and Logan. In lieu of flowers, donations to the MS Society and the Windsor Essex Humane Society would be most appreciated.


Udo Sautter, born 17 June 1934 in Wiesbaden - 25 September 2019.

Udo SautterIn 1961, Udo received his doctorate from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. In 1962 and 1964, he passed the 1st and 2nd state examinations respectively. From 1966 he was an assistant professor at Loyola College in Montreal. From 1969 to 1996 he taught as an assistant professor, later as full professor at the University of Windsor. He then became professor of North American history at the University of Tübingen. He was emeritus in 2003.


Holder-Franklin, Dr. Maxine, 1931 - 2019

Maxine Holder-FranklinAn amazing voyage that began in St. John, NB eighty-eight years ago, and was exceptional in every way. A scholar, a sailor, a scuba diver, and a world traveler, she lived it all to the max. Predeceased by husband Mervyn and daughter Denise, Mum will be missed by daughters Jennifer and Michele more than we can say. Her absence will also be strongly felt by son-in-law Ian and grandchildren Liam and Stephanina. Countless friends, colleagues, and students alike will remember her intellectual power and intense joi de vivre. An alum of the University of New Brunswick, Dalhousie, Radcliff, and McGill, Maxine had a long and storied teaching career which has left its mark on doctors and nurses who now practice all over the world. Rigorous science and teaching excellence were the hallmarks of her academic career. On the October 9, 2019 we will be gathering at Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Center (1969 Wyandotte E.) at 1:00 p.m. for 2 hours of reminiscing, with the service to follow at 3:00 p.m. and culminating with the breaking of bread at 4:00 p.m. We request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Windsor Symphony Orchestra Guild or The Art Gallery of Windsor. Online condolences and cherished memories may be shared at

Published on October 5, 2019

Robert "Bob" Pinto, November 11, 1935 - September 3, 2019

Dr. Robert "Bob" PintoIn 1963, Bob joined the University of Windsor Philosophy Department until 1999 when he retired Emeritus. He was an "Informal Logician" who focused on Argumentation Theory.

He is fondly remembered for his commitment to students, theatrical flair and humour. One student wrote, "While I can barely remember some of my graduate school teachers, I remember Pinto like it was yesterday...because he is a flesh and blood character, and not, as Kierkegaard would say, a 'broomstick'...He could get you laughing regardless of how down in the dumps you might be feeling."

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