Douglas Robert "Bob" Bagg

August 17, 1945April 7, 2010

Douglas Robert (Bob) Bagg

Died comfortably at home in Halifax on April 7, 2010 at peace with himself and his life. The son of Margaret Stanwood Bagg (nee Drummie) of Saint John NB and Douglas Gorden Bagg of Montreal PQ, he was predeceased by both parents, both of Halifax since 1964, and an older brother Douglas Christopher, who died in infancy. He leaves behind, with great regret, a large number of marvelous people, including one beautiful daughter, Margaret Leslie and her fiancée Phil Bergeron-Burns, both of Montreal, Leslie’s mother Margaret Janet MacDonald of Halifax, his younger brother, Deryck Drummie Bagg, his wife Cynthia, and his lovely family: Jeremy, Tyson, Amber and Tamara, all of Maple ON. Also left are cousins Thomas and Roberta Clark, Margaret Jean (Clark) and Roger Ouellette, William Bagg and family, and Virginia (Bagg) Repei and family. But most especially, and with the greatest sadness possible, he leaves behind his fabulous friend and partner of seventeen years, and as of their wedding on 3 April 2010, his beautiful and beloved wife, Gay Miriam (nee Conrad). Bob was born in Saint John and grew up in Montreal, coming to Halifax in 1963 to attend Dalhousie (BA in history & organic chemistry). Left back is a wealth of superb colleagues, and many, many friends of 35 to 45 years, specific amongst whom are the members the Benevolient Funipendulous Society of Nova Scotia Logotechnicans (founded 1979). Despite his travels, he always regarded Halifax as his home. In 1989, after completing part-time (Dal) both a MBA and a MPA, Bob was offered a chance to do some part-time teaching at all three university business schools in Halifax. Though working at the time, this turned out to be his personal “Road to Damascus” – he loved teaching. He realized that all his work experiences and travels throughout Canada and the States, as well as some through the Caribbean, Latin and South America had simply led to a wealth of references for teaching. Teaching became his new love, and he realized that this final career move was what he had been – unawares – preparing for all his life. His natural pleasure in knowledge, ideas, love of working with people to constantly develop them and himself, along with his innate talkativeness, humour, and the ham in him enjoying being “on stage” and a centre of attention conspired to lead him to the Mount. Consequently, his effectiveness as a teacher was borne out by the respect of students, who usually registered for further classes from him, as well as the consistently high evaluations from students and colleagues. Suggested for inclusion by friends and colleagues, the following is excerpted from Bob’s biography in the March 2010 MSVU Departmental newsletter: “Dr. Robert (Bob) Bagg is a well-loved member of the department, who joined its ranks as a full-time management professor in 2002, after having taught part-time for the Mount for many years. Since that time he has made his presence known in a variety of ways, having taught courses ranging from second to fourth year. One of Bob’s greatest strengths is his ability to tell unique stories in class, all relevant to the topics at hand, and all based in his own varied life experience. After all, how many faculty members in university today can tell stories about their work as a hard rock miner, or a textbook sales rep, or a licensed securities agent? Bob brings a wealth of experience into the classroom, following a variety of challenging jobs over the years, including stints as a management consultant, university bookstore director (at Dal), and as project officer for human resource development (also at Dal). He was an underground miner and crew chief for the International Nickel Company of Canada in Copper Cliff and he still proudly displays a mining hard hat, emblazoned with his name, in his office. Add to these such diverse occupations as bar services manager for Beaver Foods and apprentice paper machine operator for Crown Zellerbach Canada, and the eclectic mix of Bob’s life experiences takes shape. Bob translates his varied work experience into a delightful tapestry of learning for his students. His specialty and the focus of his doctoral dissertation (he graduated with his Ph.D. in Business Administration [Management] in October 2009) is in the field of management. Bob is an avid reader and he can often be seen lugging books (everything from textbooks through to novels) into his Mount office. He is a proud member of The Folio Society, an organization that creates beautifully bound copies of some of the world’s most loved books for distribution to its members. Given his love of reading, it is hardly surprising that Bob was also once the Senior Administrative Officer for the Canadian Learning Materials Centre, an organization with the mandate of increasing Canadian content in education. Bob’s research involves improving on the effectiveness of the employment interview; as well, he is very interested in critical thinking and how it is impacted by human cognitive biases. Bob has also done research regarding decision-making, particularly in regard to cross-cultural management environments. The depth and complexity of Bob’s research topics can’t hide his clever sense of humour and his ability to communicate effectively with his students. His students describe him as intelligent, hilarious, and interesting. It comes as no surprise that Dr. Bagg was listed as one of the Mount’s most popular professors by Maclean’s magazine.” Visitation will be on Sunday, April 11 at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive from 1pm to 4pm. Interment will be Monday April 12 at St John’s Anglican Cemetery at 2pm and is open to all who wish to attend. A celebration and farewell wake will be held at The Armview Restaurant , 7156 Chebucto Rd, Monday April 12 at 7:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Feed Nova Scotia would be welcome. Carpe Diem – quam minimum credula postero.`



  • Graveside Service Monday, April 12, 2010
  • Visitation Sunday, April 11, 2010
  • Visitation Sunday, April 11, 2010


  • Graveside Service, Final Resting Place

Douglas Robert "Bob" Bagg

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Karen Shen

May 13, 2010

I was really shocked to hear about Bob's death when my friend told me. Bob was one of my favorite professors at MSVU. He was so knowledgeable and talkative. I was never bored in his class. Bob was so nice to everyone, no matter where are you from. I shall miss you Professor Douglas Robert!

Hari Das

May 4, 2010

I shall miss you Bob. (Hari)

May 4, 2010

I was shocked to hear about Bob's death today on my return to Canada. Every time I visited Mallika at the Mount, I had made it a point to chat with Bob. Bob with his ever-smiling face, warmth and strong interest in people was a great guy. He always had an anecdote or a joke to share and brighten up the day. His sudden demise reminds us of the fragility of human life. I shall miss him very much. (Hari Das, Saint Mary's University)

Mary MacDonald

May 4, 2010

I am a neighbor of Bob and Gay, I can't say enough good things about Bob. I use a wheelchair and every time Bob would see me coming around the corner he would be down to the front door in a jiffy to let me in. Bob helped me get accepted in graduate school, and later to obtain a bursary. He was always pleasant and willing to offer a helping hand. I remember when the fire alarm rang in the middle of the night he was at my door. It's hard to believe Bob has left us. We have lost a wonderful friend and neighbor. Mary M.

Vicki Robertson

April 29, 2010

Even through a torrent of tears, I can't help but smile whenever I think of Bob Bagg. I was one of those students who signed up for courses he was teaching even when they did not fit my schedule or were beyond my requirements. He was such an inspiration to those of us who juggled full-time careers with part-time studies, and always challenged us to do our very best. For me, he was more than just a great professor -- he was a mentor and always seemed to know the right things to say when I was feeling overwhelmed. His specialty was not just management and HR, it was bringing perspective to his students and being a friend.

I am honoured to have been one of Bob's students. Today, I am saddened for his family and the Mount community, but I think more saddened knowing that future business students will not have the priviledge of knowing him and the benefit of his wisdom.

Ashley Urquhart

April 29, 2010

Bob was one of my favorite professors at the Mount. He was full of those little pieces of information and advice that I find myself reflecting upon quite often. The academic community in Halifax will not be the same and upcoming university students are really missing out on a great educational experience.

My thoughts are with your family and you will be missed dearly.

Ashley Urquhart (MSVU 2001-2007)

Ron and Dale (Crory) Heisler

April 28, 2010

To Gay and all the members of Bob’s family,

Our hearts are heavy with the realization that we didn’t get a chance to find out more about Bob and his simply fascinating life. As happens far too often, we had to read his obituary to learn what made Bob such a special guy. Bob has left this world far too soon, but we hope that knowing how much everyone loved and regarded him will help you and your loved ones through this very difficult time.

Thinking of you and a toast to Bob ...

Alice Giddy

April 19, 2010

I was saddened to learn of Bob's passing. My condolences to all of his family, and close friends.

It was always a delight to run into Bob over the years. I was trying to remember when I first met Bob, maybe around the late '70's. We did some casework together during the MBA program in the early '80's. That was such fun!

Bob was a truly, unique, funny, andsensitive, person. Too bad he had to leave so soon.

Alice Giddy

Darrell Errey

April 17, 2010

I grew up with "the Bagg" in Snowdon (Montreal)...did his paper route for him on occasion...I've followed his life through Les Graham during our adult period...he was true to himself, and followed his heart...obviously he touched many by his kind nature...our thoughts and prayers go out to those most close to him. God Bless

April 16, 2010

We offer our very deepest sympathy to the family of Bob Bagg. We both have such fond memories of 'the Bagg' during our years in Montreal and his visits to Burlington. My Brother, Les Graham, always keept us up to date on what Bob was up to and Bob was always so very kind to my Mom. Bob was unique in so many ways and his caring nature and ready smile always left such good memories. May it be of some small comfort to know that so many care. God Bless.

Art and Heather Kelly