Brock mourns loss of retired Political Science professor

Colleagues of retired Associate Professor Terrance Carroll remember a “generous,” “kind” and “profoundly decent” teacher, mentor and friend.

Carroll taught in Brock’s Department of Political Science from 1975 until his retirement in 2012, receiving recognition for 35 years of service in 2010.

He passed away on Jan. 20 of this year.

While at Brock, Carroll served as a department Chair, and, as part of a long-standing tradition in the Department to speak publicly on political topics for the community, appeared often in panel events to share his expertise and even hosted a weekly interview program on provincial and national politics on a local cable channel in the 1970s.

Carroll was also a long-time supporter of the University and active in the Brock community. He was elected to the University Senate, where he served on the Academic Program Committee, and took on duties with various other University committees, including committees to fill the role of Dean of Social Sciences and University President and, notably, the Planning Steering Committee established in 1988 to develop a mission statement for Brock.

“Terry had an enormous impact on the Brock community,” says Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor of Political Science Paul Hamilton (BA ’90), who first met Carroll as an undergraduate student and remembers him as “a great teacher, researcher, mentor and colleague.”

“I took his third-year comparative politics class, and it changed my life,” Hamilton says. “I wrote a fourth-year thesis under his supervision, and later he encouraged me to go to graduate school.”

Five people stand together.

In 2016, Terry Carroll and Barbara Wake Carroll created a scholarship for full-time graduate students coming to Brock from Africa to study Political Science. From left: Professor Thomas Dunk, Professor Emerita Barbara Wake Carroll (McMaster University), retired Associate Professor Terry Carroll, Professor Hevina Dashwood and Professor Charles Conteh.

Both Hamilton and Chair of Political Science Matthew Hennigar, who joined the department in 2003, note that Carroll was also an active member of the Brock University Faculty Association (BUFA).

“Terry was a pivotal member of the Political Science department and Brock, providing many years of service to both, especially through his work with BUFA,” Hennigar says. “But my strongest memory of Terry is that he was a wonderful colleague — fair-minded, even-keeled, funny and just a very decent man.”

Ingrid Makus, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, adds that Carroll was “a wonderful scholar in his field.”

“He was a dedicated teacher and a very generous and kind colleague who was immensely supportive of students,” she says. “He was central to the successes of the graduate student program at Brock through scholarships and supervision.”

In 2016, Carroll and his wife, Barbara Wake Carroll, established the Carroll Scholarship in Political Science.

“Terry was a profoundly decent person and with his wife, Barbara — herself a Political Science professor at McMaster — established a graduate scholarship fund for international students from Africa,” says Hamilton. “In the years to come, numerous students will benefit from Terry and Barbara’s generosity.”

Hennigar agrees that the impact of the scholarship is reflective of Carroll’s long-term commitment to all students, and especially international students.

“Terry played a key role in recruiting students from Africa to our graduate program, a relationship we have continued for decades that is aided in no small part by the generous scholarship he and wife Barbara created,” Hennigar says.

Memorial donations can be made in Carroll’s name to the Carroll Political Science Scholarship at Brock University or the Helena May Wake Bursary at the University of Manitoba. To participate in supporting the Carroll Political Science Scholarship, access Brock University’s donation page. Once there, opt for the “Other” designation and specify “Carroll Political Science Scholarship” to ensure your contribution is accurately directed and received.

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