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Leading researcher, uOttawa professor and Franco-Ontarian advocate Caroline Andrew has died

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Condolences are coming from all corners of the academic world following the death of Caroline Andrew, a distinguished University of Ottawa professor emeritus, leading researcher on women and politics and a notable advocate for the Franco-Ontarian community.

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“We regret her passing and we offer our condolences to her family friends colleagues,” the Canadian Political Science Association wrote in a notice posted Friday.

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Andrew was the first woman to serve as chair of the CPSA and, during a lengthy career at the University of Ottawa, served as dean of the university’s Faculty of Social Sciences and worked as a full professor in the School of Political Studies and as director of the Centre on Governance.

The university described Andrew as “a nationally recognized authority on urban and feminist studies, as well as on cultural diversity.”

“We regret the passing of our Professor Emeritus Caroline Andrew,” the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies wrote in a statement. “She had been deeply involved at the University for more than 30 years. Her work in urban and feminist studies has shaped her national reputation. We offer our full condolences.”

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During a lengthy career at the University of Ottawa, Caroline Andrew served as dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and worked as a full professor in the School of Political Studies and as director of the Centre on Governance. Photo by Patrick Doyle /Postmedia files

Andrew was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2015 for her academic research on cultural diversity, on urban and feminist studies and for her civic involvement with non-profit and community-based organizations.

“Caroline Andrew is a leading voice in academia and social activism in Ottawa,” her Order of Canada biography reads. “A former dean of social sciences at the University of Ottawa, she co-founded its women’s studies program and is noted for her research on urban and feminist studies. At the grassroots level, she has volunteered with such organizations as the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership and the Lowertown Community Resource Centre to advocate on behalf of newcomers, women and residents of inner-city neighbourhoods. She has also championed civic initiatives that support better immigrant integration, crime reduction and the language rights of Franco-Ontarians.”

Andrew was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in political science by the University of British Columbia in 1964, a Master of Social Science degree by Université Laval in 1966 and a PhD in political science by the University of Toronto in 1975.

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