Remembering Dr. Fred Elkin


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Remembering Dr. Fred Elkin

Dr. Fred Elkin passed away peacefully at the Palliative Care Unit in the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre on Thursday, September 1, 2011, at the age of 93. Beloved husband of Sylvia, predeceased by former wife Madge. Dear father and father-in-law of Mark and Lee Elkin, Lisa and Kevin Powell, and Delia and Bill Barkley. Loving grandfather of Kylie and Rebecca Elkin, Taylor, Lauren and Matthew Powell, and Solomon, Liam and Denzil Barkley.

Dr. Elkin was a distinguished Professor Emeritus, Professor of Sociology at McGill University, University of Montreal and York University. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A veteran of World War II, he served as a member of the Signal Intelligence Division in the U.S. Army. Cremation has already taken place.

Dr. Elkin’s family will receive friends at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (2 stoplights west of Yonge St.) on Wednesday, September 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Vanier Institute of the Family.

Dr. Elkin is, and will continue to be, an important part of the history of the Vanier Institute of the Family. Prior to its inception in 1965, Dr. Elkin wrote a memorable piece entitled The Family in Canada. His publication included various facts and figures on family roles and relationships and family life in Canada in the 1960s.

In the words of Dr. Elkin:

The family has never remained constant. Even when life was most traditional and stable, children were never exact replicas of their parents. Now change is a key concept for any family analyst. The family, with its crucial functions, does not expire, it changes. In varying ways, it adapts and bends and, of course, in turn, it influences.

The Family in Canada
, 1964