In the Irish tradition of the ‘month’s mind’, it’s common to mark a death one month after it occurs, in addition to the more familiar funeral arrangements. On December 16th, Dr. Liss Jeffrey passed away. I had the good fortune to come across her on my visit to Toronto in 2006, interviewing her (including a visit to the Coach House that once housed the Centre for Culture and Technology) and picking up a whole pile of ideas on Marshall McLuhan (on whom she wrote her 1997 thesis, The Heat and the Light of Marshall McLuhan: A 1990s Reappraisal) and on Canadian communications policy. RIP. From the obituary:
Mary Elisabeth Goforth was born in Nakuru, Kenya where she danced with the Zulus. Educated at Bishop Strachan School, Forest Hill Collegiate, Harvard U. (graduated A.B., summa cum laude), York U. (M.A.) and McGill U. (Ph.D).
Investigative journalist (CITY-TV), teacher, author, international orator, McLuhan scholar, new media critic, fabulous friend, Honey Harbour nature lover, public intellectual and fierce seeker of the truth.