Former Dean Robin Banks remembered

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Robin Banks.Late last week, the University received sad news of the death of Robin Banks, long-serving Dean of Arts and senior leader for the University of Waterloo.

Joining the university as a lecturer in Psychology in 1962, Professor Banks is remembered for his sense of fairness, integrity, and service. As one of the early members of the Faculty of Arts, he soon began a longtime chairmanship of the Department of Psychology which saw Psychology at Waterloo develop from a fledgling department to one of international renown. In 1979, he became Dean of Arts. He was a particularly popular dean, serving for an unprecedented three terms until June 30, 1991.

Under his leadership, Arts was fully integrated with co-operative education via a program then known as Arts Applied Studies. Professor Banks strengthened other departments and led the way to establishing the University’s unique School of Accountancy. He also initiated the agreement which saw Arts and the colleges develop successful cooperative relationships.

Robin Banks viewed his career as one of service to the University, its faculty, staff and students. His reputation for fairness was an essential part of his success as Associate Provost, Academic Affairs from 1993-1996 and ultimately as the University’s Acting Vice-President and Provost, from October 1987 until June 1988. After his retirement in 1996, he continued his outstanding sense of service as an active member of the University’s Retirees’ Association.

Robin Banks' obituary is posted on the Erb & Good Funeral Home website among other sites.

The family is requesting donations in memory of Robin Banks be directed to uWaterloo undergraduate scholarships (university-wide).

- Arts communications, with information from the Office of Advancement and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Ken McLaughlin

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