Gilbert R. Winham ’59

Gilbert R. Winham ’59 died on January 1, 2019, in Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada. 

(The following was published in The Chronicle Herald, January 4, 2019:)

It is with sadness that the family of Gilbert Rathbone Winham, age 80, of Bedford, announce his passing on January 1, 2019, in Grand View Manor in Berwick. Born in New York, N.Y., he was the son of the late Alfred R. Winham and Margery Rankin Post. Gil was a resident of Bedford for 43 years. He took great pride in his work, the history of which included: professor emeritus of political science at Dalhousie University (taught international relations, American foreign policy, and diplomacy and negotiation); taught international trade law at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie; and previously taught at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. He was appointed as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Gil also conducted training in trade negotiation for GATT/WTO (Geneva) and in ocean policy and management for International Ocean Institute (Dalhousie). He spent three years in the United States Navy, rank: Lieutenant, Underwater Demolition Team 12 in California. He greatly enjoyed active sports, especially hockey (Bedford Basic Four Hockey and Dalhousie Noon-Hour Hockey) and sailing as a member of the Bedford Basin Yacht Club and Lunenburg Yacht Club in the area races and regattas. Gil loved music and was a member of the All Nations Church Choir, the Halifax Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus, and the “You Gotta Sing” chorus. As “Grampie” to six, he delighted in spending time with his grandchildren at the family cottage on Herman’s Island, Mahone Bay, while boating and telling tales of his day as a “frogman” in the service. Gil will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Linda (Tanner) of 58 years; son, Russell (Sherry Wheatley); daughters, Karla (Gary Altenkirk) and Nina (Linda Kemp); brother, Bruce Spencer Winham (Millie); grandchildren, Ella, Peter, Tanner, Katrina, Nicholas, and Scarlett; as well as several nieces, nephews, and dear friends. The family wishes to thank the Alzheimer’s Society for their information and support in early days, and the staff at Grand View Manor in Berwick, whose loving care carried him through his last month.

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