Remembering Paul Antrobus

By Dale Johnson Posted: August 19, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Paul Antrobus began his teaching career at Luther College at the University of Regina in 1973
Paul Antrobus began his teaching career at Luther College at the University of Regina in 1973 (Photo courtesy of Luther College).

People are continuing to pay tribute to Paul Antrobus, a psychology professor at Luther College who passed away last week.

He was 80 years old and is survived by his wife, Kay, three children and five grandchildren.

Plans are being made to hold a memorial service in October. Donations are being accepted by Luther College for a scholarship in his memory.

“Paul was so much more than a professor of psychology here at Luther College. He was a larger than life personality, who cared so deeply for his family, for the College, for his discipline of psychology and always for his students. As a former student of Paul's, I can attest to this from personal experience,” says the President of Luther College, Dr. Bryan Hillis.

“When I became a new colleague of his over twenty-five years ago, I experienced his welcoming spirit and his great passion for always doing what is best for his fellow human being, whether that was a student, a colleague or someone who just came to him for advice,” Hillis adds.

Antrobus was born in Camrose, Alberta, and earned degrees from Brandon College, McMaster University and the University of Waterloo before joining Luther College at the University of Regina in 1973.

He taught thousands of people during his career that spanned more than four decades, after his official retirement in 2005.

He was also active outside the classroom. He was in the Regina Jazz Society and the Regina Ski Club, and enjoyed canoeing, windsurfing, hiking, skiing and gardening.

In 2005, he was finishing off work on a new roof at his cottage at Buffalo Pound when he fell to the ground. This accident left him a quadriplegic, breathing with a ventilator, and a resident of the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre.

“It liberated me from the physical things I used to do so I could enter a journey of learning more about myself,” Antrobus said a few years later.

Despite the accident, he wanted to get back to teaching. He learned to use voice command software and a jaw-operated mouse. Arrangements were made so students could come to the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre to take classes from him.

Later, he taught several courses for the University of Regina’s Life Long Learning Centre, most recently in June of this year.

Dr. Roger Petry, a former student and now a philosophy professor at Luther, says the passing of Paul Antrobus is “a big loss for the community and a big loss for the college.”

Luther President Dr. Bryan Hillis says “we have lost one of the founding faculty members of Luther College with Paul's passing. We will miss him very much.”

Gifts towards a scholarship in Paul’s memory may be made to Luther College, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK S4S 0A2 and please note Antrobus Scholarship.