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June 25, 2017
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Laurier mourns the passing of retired History Professor Jim Harkins

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Nov 22/13

James (Jim) Harkins, who taught in Laurier’s History department from 1969 to 1994, passed away peacefully at Grand River Hospital, Kitchener on Nov. 20, at the age of 82.

The flags on Laurier's Waterloo campus have been lowered to half-mast to honour his memory. 

Jim was predeceased by his wife, Susan, whom he met while pursuing a graduate degree. He went on to be a Fulbright Scholar and, after studying history in France, received his PhD.

Jim retired in 1994 to his treasured country home where he continued his lifelong interest in the study of history. After the death of Susan in 2007, he carried on the family tradition of philanthropy – he and his wife were generous supporters of Laurier. One of his greatest pleasures in the final years of life was giving back to the community. Jim was an avid traveler, and enjoyed a number of trips abroad with his family.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Condolences for the family and donations to the KW Symphony or local charity may be arranged through the funeral home at or 519-745-8445.


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