31 December, 1934 – 23 April, 2021
In Loving Memory
Bruce Earhard (Halifax, Nova Scotia) passed away quietly on April 23, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Marcia (nee Ozier) and their three children, Mark, Sean, (Brandie and 4-year old Shay), and Rachel.
Bruce was born and raised in Toronto and received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto, in 1965. The next day he and Marcia were married and they moved then to Halifax, where he spent his academic career at Dalhousie University, in the Psychology (and Neuroscience) Department, teaching mainly in the areas of Cognitive Psychology and Sensation and Perception.
In the early 1990s Bruce became a coauthor of a very special project: first Canadian Introductory Psychology textbook. There followed two more editions, after which many psychology textbooks studied by students in Canada included Canadian content.
Until the age of retirement, and for several years afterwards Bruce was the Chair of the Undergraduate Program in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department. For that work, in 1998, he received the Rosemary Gill Award for Outstanding Service to Students.
Bruce was an active member of the Dalhousie Faculty Association. His special interests were in the areas of pensions and benefits; he was engaged, particularly, at the time the pension plan was incorporated to the DFA Collective Agreement.
To colleagues, students and friends, Bruce was known as a fine person, quiet and compromising when need be, vocal and firm when need be. He had a special dry wit and a love of words that were both enjoyed by all. He was a wonderful listener and generous with his time. His concern for fairness was paramount in his work in his work on behalf of students and colleagues. He was the classic example of a really great guy.
Bruce was an avid reader and an avid walker. Between the hour of 12-1 on weekdays, he could be found striding along a regular route from the Life Science Building, along Spring Garden Road and back--in all four seasons.
As a father, it is a testimony to Bruce that, when all three of his children were saying their final goodbyes, each one began with these same words: “Thanks Dad for all the things you taught me how to do.”
Here’s a suggestion for those of you knew Bruce, and who would wish now to pay your respects. Take a breath, search your memories, thank Bruce privately in your thoughts, for his part in your life and for the things he taught you how to do. Many thanks are owed those who provided treatment, care and comfort to Bruce over the last 15 months of his life, most recently the professional staff, nurses and attendants at Parkland at the Gardens, and previous to that the doctors and nurses at CampHill Hospital Ward 8.4, and much gratitude also to Dr. Derek Wilkie, Bruce’s oncologist for many years.
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13 May 2021
Dear Marcia & Family:
I was very sad to hear of Bruce’s passing. He really was a great guy. Our many meetings would often end with chats comparing the Dominican with Mexico, updating each other on what ‘the kids’ were up to, places to eat in or take out, or him telling me about all the Toronto places to shop! I admired and respected him very much.
Thinking of you at this time.
12 May 2021
Dear Marcia and family,
I'm so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. He was a great colleague. It is sad that we cannot get together to remember him with you.
11 May 2021
I'm so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. I haven't seen him in many years but I will always remember that he had a smile each and every time I saw him at Dal, no matter what kind of a day he was "really" having. ❤❤
10 May 2021
Dear Marcia and family:
I was very sad to learn today of Bruce’s death. As others have said, he had a dry sense of humour and was extremely fair in his judgements. I valued his ability to help students by finding elegant ways to negotiate around regulations. As a father he must have been remarkable; at an age when relationships between children and their parents can become awkward, his daughter welcomed him as a fellow backpacker on an exploration of Australia.
Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
10 May 2021
Marcia and Family,
I am very sad to hear of Bruce's passing. He was the kindest, funniest, and certainly the best dressed member of the department.
I really enjoyed working with him in the undergrad program and he taught me so much. Today I will reflect on how he affected my life and my job. Please know that I am thinking of you all.
10 May 2021
Bruce was on my Master's committee and part of my defence exam. His love for words was severely violated by me in that thesis, and I'm sure at times afterwards. He definitely let me know but I couldn't see the issues with the writing. Looking back a little later I saw where he was right. It was like that numerous times with him. Where he saw issues in work that others didn't and it took me awhile to realize and understand his perspective. I came to appreciate him more and more through the rest of graduate school.
I offer my sincerest condolences to Marcia and family during this time, especially without the opportunity for his colleagues and students to honour him properly.
8 May 2021
Mel and I send sincere sympathy and condolences to Marcia and family on the passing of Bruce. Its many years since we were grad students together at Toronto! Fond and vivid memories of those days--Bruce and his wry humor, especially. Lola and Mel
30 April 2021
David and I are very sorry to learn of Bruce’s passing. We are sending our sincere condolences to you and your family.
Bruce was always at Dalhousie, when I attended as a student and during my many years as a science librarian there. We served on many committees together and he was a valued colleague.
We are very sorry for your loss
With our sincere sympathy,
Sharon and David Longard
26 April 2021
My condolences to the family. Mr.Earhard was a funny Dad. I always called Rachel as they sat for dinner and would always answer the phone with something smart to say. RIP Mr.Earhard