Carleton Douglas Creelman

July 27, 1933February 9, 2014

Carleton Douglas Creelman July 27 1933 to February 9, 2014

Doug was educated at Harvard and the University of Michigan where he completed a Ph.D. in Psychology. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University and directing a research institute in California, he came to the University of Toronto, where he taught for 50 years in the Psychology Department. Doug was a consummate academic, always reading acquiring new knowledge. Doug had many passions which he followed to expert levels. He was an avid racing sailor. He was a Canadian and U.S. National Judge for sailing, officiating across North America and training judges. After retiring from full-time teaching at the University he volunteered as a docent at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He also took a leadership role in the Retired Academic and Librarians Association for Uof T. He sang in the Hart House Singers, and worked with the Harvard Club. He spoke enthusiastically of these pursuits, keeping him active, interested and engaged. While full of life, Doug suffered a traumatic brain injury after a fall on ice, and succumbed to his injury after one month. Doug is survived by his wife Lynne, his son Brenton and daughter Monica, and their spouses, and his siblings Stewart Creelman and Katherine Skrobela. He appreciated the value of charitable contributions in lieu of any other tribute to a life well-lived. Celebration of life will be held at the Giffen-Mack Funeral Home and Cremation Centre.2570 Danforth Avenue (at Main Street subway station) 416 698 3121 on Saturday February 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm.


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, February 15, 2014


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Beth Hennings

February 26, 2014

Lynne, so sorry to hear about your loss. Our deepet condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

February 21, 2014

Pat O'Seaghdha

February 19, 2014

Home is the sailor, home from sea....

Doug was a calming and humane mentor to graduate students like myself back in the day, always aware of a larger world of seas and music, even when closeted in the basement of Sidney Smith Hall.

Jean Lem

February 19, 2014

Deepest sympathies to the Creelman/Beale family.

Beverley Varcoe

February 18, 2014

Our deepest sympathy to Doug's family. We knew Doug for many years at National Yacht Club. He will be remembered as a dedicated volunteer with his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for sailing. He will also be missed at the NOTSA events.
Sincerely,Beverley & Michael Varcoe

Harold Atwood

February 18, 2014

We were greatly saddened to hear of the loss of Doug, who was our companion on the recent trip to Iceland and a familiar friend at the University of Toronto's Senior College and Academic Retiree Centre, where he volunteered his services to assist other retirees. He will be greatly missed. Our sincerest condolences,
Harold and Lenore Atwood

February 17, 2014

The Executive and members of the Chester Yacht Club wish to express our sincere condolences on Doug's loss. Doug brought professionalism and skill to the judging at Chester Race Week, raising the level of our regatta and making it a better experience for our race committee members and the sailors.

He will be missed.

Joe Hill, Commodore, Chester Yacht Club, Chester NS.

Bob Duchnicky

February 17, 2014

I first met Doug Creelman when I was a student in his History of Psychology course, lo those many years ago. In the immediate years that followed I had many pleasurable interactions with him, and I remember him most fondly. My condolences to family and friends.

Craig Hanyan

February 16, 2014

I have never met Prof. Creelman, but the statement of his many accomplishments attest a life truly well lived. I have had the pleasure of interviewing applicants to Harvard and deeply appreciate his commitment to the University and the possibilities of young people.

Marie Sterling

February 16, 2014

To the Creelman family. I first met Doug at Chester Race Week in Nova Scotia he was a wonderful mentor in teaching me how to become a protest judge for sailing. I was touched by his warmth, intelligence and kindness. My daughter Sam ran the junior sailing program at National Yacht Club (2011- 2013) and Doug was kind enough to speak to the junior sailors. Sam and I will always hold a special memory about Doug. He was one of a kind.
Marie and Samantha Sterling