Those of you who are as old (or nearly as old) as I am will be saddened to hear of the death of Ian Baxter. I came across his death notice in the Globe & Mail yesterday. (It’s re-published today.) The family has said that there will be no memorial service.
I remember Ian as a careful scholar with a delightful sense of humour and a man of great modesty. He was the principal author of the report of the old Law Reform Commission of Ontario which was the basis for the radical changes in family law represented by the Family Law Reform Act. I had a small part to play in that project and I remember Ian’s technique of providing examples of how the proposed reforms would work by using examples involving Mr. & Mrs. Bear, Dog, Cat, Wolf, etc. He was well-known as a banking lawyer. He and I differed radically (but always pleasantly) on the proper approach to conflicts—those who know me will not be surprised by that fact!
By pure coincidence, just the day before, I had come across a photograph of the faculty at University of Toronto in about 1968 or 1969. (Jim Milner was still alive and Ronnie MacDonald was dean.)
If anyone has any memories of Ian, perhaps he or she could share them.