It is with deep sadness that the University of Calgary learned of the passing of Stuart McLean — a recipient of an honorary doctorate — journalist, professor, author and radio host.
“Like many Canadians, I was saddened to hear about the passing of Stuart McLean,” said University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon. “The university extends its deepest sympathies to his family, friends, former students and the lives he has touched.”
McLean was one of Canada’s great storytellers and three-time recipient of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his classic work, The Vinyl Cafe. Though acclaimed as a humorist, he has also received an ACTRA award for the best radio documentary about the Jonestown massacre.
McLean is professor emeritus at Ryerson University and former director of the broadcast division of the School of Journalism. Since 1998, McLean has toured with The Vinyl Cafe to theatres across Canada and the U.S. Over 1.5 million people listen every weekend on CBC Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio and a growing number of public radio stations in the U.S.
In 2013, the University of Calgary bestowed McLean with an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree.
McLean died of cancer on Feb. 15, 2017 in Toronto, at the age of 68.