The University of Lethbridge extends its heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Professor Emeritus Mark Sandilands, who passed away on Aug. 20.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Sandilands studied at the University of Alberta, obtaining degrees at the bachelor, master and doctorate levels. Sandilands enjoyed a long career at the U of L, joining the Department of Psychology in 1968. He taught in the department until his retirement in 2000 and was employed as a sessional lecturer from September, 2000 until April, 2001.
“Mark was a dedicated, supportive colleague, as well as a crusader for social justice in roles such as president of the Faculty Association and candidacies for electoral office,” says Dr. Chris Nicol, University librarian and economics professor. “He will be missed greatly.”
While at the U of L, he served on the executive of the Faculty Association in numerous roles, was active with the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations and, following his retirement, he became president of the U of L Retired Faculty Association.
In addition to his academic responsibilities, Sandilands served on boards of community agencies like Lethbridge Family Services, Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Lethbridge Domestic Violence Action Team.
His political interests led him to run in the 2001 and 2004 provincial elections in Lethbridge West and the 2001 election for the Chinook Health Region board. He served as president of the Lethbridge West New Democratic Party Constituency Association and, for two terms, was a general vice-president of the Alberta New Democratic Party. Sandilands was also involved in the Lethbridge Federal NDP Riding Association. He was a candidate for the federal NDP in the Lethbridge riding in 2008 and 2011.
A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Galt Museum. Reception to follow.
The U of L will lower its flag that day in honour of Sandilands.
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