In Memoriam, Peggy Heller

Margaret Heller, a long time member of the Association for Core Texts and Courses and its Governing Board, passed away on June 20, 2011, of complications from cancer.

Peggy served at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia for nearly thirty years, where she distinguished herself as a teacher, scholar, and academic leader, especially in the Contemporary Studies and the Foundation Year Programmes. She joined the ACTC Board in 1996 and soon made her mark as a diligent contributor to the work of the board and association.

Precise, perceptive, and articulate, she was a cautious steward of ACTC’s resources and forceful advocate for our mission. In the late 90’s, Peggy read a paper as an ACTC representative at an international conference on the Search Course at Rhodes College, and she played a critical role in persuading the University of King’s College to co-sponsor the ACTC conference in Montreal, our first Canadian Conference.

Peggy loved music and helped organize board forays to music clubs in the cities where ACTC held its meetings.  Her wit and vivacity made her a delightful companion.  She is survived by her husband, Michael and her children Naomi and Paul.  ACTC will be contributing to a memorial, collected through King's, in her honor.