We at Queen's University Archives are deeply saddened to announce the untimely passing of Don Richan, University Archivist. Don passed away the morning of Sunday, February 22nd after a brief battle with cancer.
Don was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he spent a portion of his childhood before moving to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He studied history at the University of Manitoba, received his BA from the University of Saskatchewan in 1978, and completed his MA at the University of Regina in 1981. While working on his PhD in History at the University of Toronto, Don was offered a position with the Saskatchewan Archives Board, which was the beginning of a long and active career in the archival profession. While in Saskatchewan, Don also served as the City Archivist for Regina, Chair of the ACA Municipal Archivists Special Interest Section, Program Chair for the 1990 Association of Canadian Archivists Conference, and President of the Saskatchewan Council of Archives.
In 1994, Don was appointed to the position of University Archivist at Queen's University. Since that time, he had been an active promoter of the Archives, serving on numerous committees within the University, provincially, nationally and internationally. Don was Co-Chair of the Group for the Teaching of History, and Chair of the International Council of Archives Section on University and Research Institution Archives. He worked closely with the Council of Ontario Universities with relation to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy. His dedicated work and expertise in the realm of Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy matters, officially as the University FOIPP Officer and as his main research interest, has placed Queen's University in an excellent position to meet the challenges facing the post-secondary sector in Ontario as it moves to implement both federal and provincial legislation.
The staff of Queen's University Archives mourn the loss of a gentle man, a respected colleague and a good friend.