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Anne is pictured here (middle) with Tracy Prowse (L) and Tina Moffat (R)

Remembering Anne Keenleyside

Members of our Department were saddened to hear of the passing of McMaster Anthropology Alum and Trent University Professor Anne Keenleyside. Anne was a biological anthropologist who earned two of her degrees with us, and was a friend and colleague to many. Sincerest condolences go to her friends, family, and all who knew her.

Nov 04, 2022


MARGARET ANNE KEENLEYSIDE Anne passed away peacefully at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre in Peterborough on October 27, 2022 at the age of 60 after a struggle with breast cancer. Dearly beloved daughter of the late Judy and Hub Keenleyside. Predeceased by her brother, Dave; her birth father, Arthur 'Buzz' Lee (Lynda); and her birth mother, Judy Dobie. She leaves behind her devoted and loving partner, Pat Butler; her beautiful stepdaughters, Melissa (Trevor) and Cassandra (Noah); her extended Keenleyside, Ivay, Dobie and Lee families; her colleagues at Trent University; and her many friends, especially Christy, Olga, Lynda, Tina, Penny, Richard, Jacqueline, Brenda and Sue. Anne was born in London, Ontario, but grew up in Toronto. With a dream since grade 10 of becoming an anthropologist, she earned her B.A. and Ph.D. at McMaster University, her M.A. at the University of Alberta, and her B.Ed. at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto before being hired as a permanent faculty member in the Anthropology Department at Trent University. Trained as a biological anthropologist, Anne travelled the world conducting fieldwork in Nunavut, Bulgaria, Tunisia, and Siberia, among other places. Her happiest memories include childhood summers at the family cottage in Muskoka, her many travels abroad, and her research adventures in the field. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, on Saturday, November 5, at 11:00 a.m. Interment and reception to follow. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., immediately prior to the service. For friends, co-workers, and family in Peterborough, a reception will be held in town at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Peterborough, the Terry Fox Foundation, or a Charity of Your Choice would be greatly appreciated.

Published by The Globe and Mail from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, 2022