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Dr. Allan Urho Paivio

PAIVIO, Dr. Allan Urho - On Father's Day, June 19th, 2016, at University Hospital, at the age of 91, Allan Paivio passed away gently, surrounded by his loved ones. The family wishes to thank again the medical team that supported and comforted Allan and their family. Allan was a courageous, dignified, gentle man to the end. He was larger than life. Loving husband of 50 years to Kathleen Laura Blanche (nee Austin, deceased) and Dolores Melba May Vuori Niskanen; devoted father to Sandra (Paivio), Anna Lee (Dietsche), Heather (Gerrard, deceased), Eric (Paivio) and Karina (Macfarlane); stand-up father-in-law to Jerry (Jellis, deceased), John (Robinson), Robert (Charles-Dunne), Peter (Dietsche), Zorin (Gerrard), Laura (Salerno) and John (Macfarlane); supportive step-father to Keven (Niskanen, deceased); proud grandfather of nine, Maija-lisa, Katlin, Aaron, Jesse, Andrea, Emilia, Alahna, Jack, Klara and Emilia; great-grandfather to five, Katrina, Laila, Lily, Ella and Ben, who so amused their "Great-Grampa". After serving in the Navy for the final two years of the war, Allan earned a BSc in Physical Education from McGill University (1949) and opened one of the first gym and health studios in Montreal. During that period, he was awarded the title of "Mr. Canada" in a competition established by the International Federation of Body Builders (1948). He later earned a PhD in Psychology from McGill (1959), became a faculty member and Professor of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario (1963 until his retirement), and was Professor Emeritus in the Psychology Department and the Brain and Mind Institute at UWO. During his academic career, he served as President of the Canadian Psychological Association (1975) and was appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1978) in recognition of his highly distinguished contributions to scholarship and teaching. He remained an internationally respected scientist and scholar for his entire life. His passion, brilliant mind, noble character, and sense of humour will be immensely missed by his family (including nephews, Don and Alan, and nieces Benita, Caroline, and Jean), and also his many friends, colleagues, and graduate students. A celebration of Allan's life will be held in the fall, date to be announced. To share online condolences, please visit www.
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Regards To Sandra Paivio
Posted by Dr. Beverly Ulak (Academic) On Tuesday, August 16, 2016
To Dr. Sandra Paivio, I send my regards to you and I send my condolences to you all. Even though I never met him, your fathers work was incredible and it greatly influenced my way of thinking and understanding, and for this I am eternally grateful. And thank you again for being on my dissertation committee many years ago. Sincerely Bev Ulak, Western University
Delores and family
Posted by London Newcomers Alumnae Club (Friend) On Friday, July 1, 2016
Our deepest sympathy in your loss.Our thoughts are with you at this most diffult time.


London Newcomers Alumnae Club

Your Dad
Posted by John Pirie (Friend of Eric's) On Thursday, June 30, 2016
Hey EP

long time no talk..I was just thinking about you the other day, and interestingly enough, I was also thinking about your dad...and I came up with this website...I had no idea...I can remember your Dad vividly, and one of his fields was your life is shaped by were always like that..

I'm still in Oz and still in private practice....Chiropractic....although thinking about retiring to Bali...

Hope you get this..

Thinking of you,Eric
Posted by Carol Kish (Eric's Grade 5 teacher) On Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Eric ... we are so sorry to hear about your Dad. We just want you to know we are thinking about you at this sad time. Your Dad lived an amazing life.

I taught you in Grade 5 and have often wondered where you are and how you are doing.

Carol & Al Kish

Posted by Ruth Bitz (friend) On Sunday, June 26, 2016
I am sorry to hear of Allan's death. I remember being in and out of the house as a child and the warmth that was shown to me there. My sympathies for your loss.

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