PsycSite Is Dedicated to the Memory of Dr. Lindon C. C. Parham

1                 1941 -1995*******

Dr. Lindon Parham, born in Fiji in 1941 and raised in Montreal, came to North Bay in 1970, where for awhile he was the whole Psychology Department of the fledgling Nipissing University. (He held a B.A. degree from Sir George Williams University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.) 

     An inspiring teacher, he also soon established himself as a cultural force in the larger community. His very first year in North Bay he founded the Nipissing Film Club, and in the years following contributed to virtually every aspect of the artistic and cultural life of the community. He became deeply involved in the cultural umbrella organisation TACC (Theatre Arts & Community Centre), and the success of that organisation's first festival in 1975 was partially due to his leadership as programme director for the Film Festival Section. His commitment to TACC continued until its culmination in the purchase of the old Capital Theatre and the founding of The North Bay Arts Centre. 

      Of all the arts, perhaps his greatest love was music. He was a founding member of the North Bay Symphony Society, and served on its board and programme committee almost continually from the mid 1970s to his passing. He even wrote and presented a 'joy of music' programme series for CBC radio. 

      His love of the arts permeated every aspect of his existence, including his professional responsibilities as Associate Professor of Psychology. He twice served as Dean, always staunchly defending the concept of a liberal education. He also served for many years as the chairman of Nipissing University's Cultural Affairs Committee, acting as a catalyst for interaction between community arts organisations and the university. No matter what course he taught, be it 'Introductory Psychology' or 'Developmental' or the upper level 'Systems and Theories', he brought to his students a balanced, humanistic perspective only possible because of his encyclopedic knowledge of philosophy and art, as well as traditional psychology. And his multimedia, multidisciplinary course on the Psychology of Art was deservedly famous. 

      There are two things his friends, colleagues and students will especially remember about Lin: his irrepressible, wry, irreverent wit; and his passionate, bone-deep, reverent love of beauty. There are two debts that those who knew him will never be able to repay: his ability to inspire a love of the arts and science; and his unhesitant, unquestioning generosity.