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Dr. Laurie Elizabeth Harnick

HARNICK, Dr. Laurie Elizabeth - Peacefully passed with her loving family and friends by her side, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 in her 59th year. She is survived by her devoted brother Tim Harnick (Deborah), many cousins, friends and her cats Maisie and Kate. She was predeceased by her loving and cherished parents Harold Herbert (1987) and Jean Barbara McKay (2016). Laurie was a woman of many dimensions. She worked in the Department of Chemistry at Western University from 1981 to 1991 where she mastered the art and craft of scientific glassblowing while also working on her BA in Film Studies (1992). Inspired, she went on to complete a Diploma (Honours Standing) in English (1995), an MA in English Literature (1996) and a PhD in English Language and Literature (2005). She taught for many years at Western, King's and Fanshawe Colleges. Laurie had an indomitable spirit; she lit up a room with her laughter. A curious person by nature, she always marveled at and questioned the world around her. Astronomy was always a passion, as were bees, Paris, old films, baking and books. People were drawn to Laurie and her unconquerable joie de vivre; she made an indelible impression on the lives of many. She will be forever in the hearts and memories of her family and the many friends who treasured her. She was truly beloved. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Laurie's life on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Berkshire Club (500 Berkshire Drive), in London. A special thank you to the nurses and doctors who cared for Laurie in the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital.13212244
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Posted by Lin Teather (Cousin) On Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Dear Tim and Deb. I am so sorry for your loss. Laurie was a beautiful person both inside and outside. I will miss her very much. She was so kind to everyone she met. She will be deeply missed. I will miss her laugh, her smile and her beautiful eyes. Love Lin
My deepest sympathy.
Posted by Claudia Clausius (Colleague at King's) On Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Laurie was a wonderful colleague! We will miss her laughter and her energy. I am so very sorry for the loss of a such an interesting person full of ideas and curiosity. The world is a poorer place.
Thinking of you
Posted by Leslie Gloor Duncan (Friend from Western) On Monday, September 25, 2017
I wanted to let you know that Laurie was a very special person with an incredibly caring heart. She worked for many years helping new students admitted to Western through the Summer Academic Orientation program. She was always willing to go the extra mile to help students. Laurie always showed enthusiasm and compassion when working with students. She wanted to ease student's worries about attending university. She will for sure be missed by staff, faculty and students!
My deepest sympathies
Posted by Anna Vandendries-Barr (Friend from Chemistry) On Monday, September 25, 2017
May your memories give you peace and comfort. Laurie will always be remembered for her laugh!

Sorry for your loss
Posted by Darlene McDonald (Friend from Chemistry) On Monday, September 25, 2017
A beautiful soul has left us but will remain in our hearts forever!

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