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Douglass Paul Michael Drozdow-St Christian

Remembering Douglass Paul Michael Drozdow-St Christian

Former McMaster Anthropology PhD graduate & Professor Emeritus Western University Anthropology passed away Wednesday March 3, 2021 at his home in Stratford Ontario. Drozdow-St Christian "was an accomplished poet who once shared the stage with the Dalai Lama, an activist trained to diffuse tense situations in the heady civil rights, queer liberation and peace protest days of 1960s and 70s. Douglass was also a rare gay elder, a man of a certain age who lived through and miraculously survived the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 90s. He supported, cared and advocated for and lost countless friends and loves during the AIDS crisis and beyond." -W.G. Young funeral home. Our condolences to his friends and family

Apr 01, 2021

"As an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Western University, he taught thousands, and mentored dozens of graduate and undergraduate students, studying and teaching about health and disease and sexuality and desire. His courses were maligned by those on the right, and life-changing for those fortunate enough to enroll in them. Douglass was a teacher, not just to the students he taught, but to everyone he met.

To know Douglass was to change the way you saw the world. He was unflinching in encouraging his students to speak truth to power, to question the status quo and those with a vested interest in maintaining it, and to keep a laser focus on kindness, compassion and truth. He did not suffer fools and had a poem for every occasion, sending them daily to his chosen family. He favoured the writing of Wendell Berry and Pema Chodron, Audre Lorde and bell hooks. After years of deep study and introspection, he identified as a Buddhist. He found great comfort in his Buddhist practice in his last years, as his progressive disease made his world smaller and day-to-day life increasingly pain-filled.

In 1989 he met Stephen Drozdow, who served him at a restaurant, and so began the most important relationship of his life. Stephen and Douglass married in 2003 when same-sex marriage was legalized and peaceably separated in 2019, remaining close loving friends, confidantes and deeply intertwined in each other’s lives. Douglass is additionally survived by his beloved wide and broad chosen ‘wobbly family’, including Sacha Geer and Drew Maddison, Ted Baker, John Pennoyer, Katharine Beverly and Larry Beattie, Karen James-Abra, Peggy Coffey and Robert King, Barb McMahon and Alan Mailloux, Bonnie Steinmen, Astrid and Stephen Russell, and Bonnie Steinman, Sheila Philips, Meredith Hagen, Marlene Drozdow, Michael, Natasha, Emalea, Felix and Sebastian Drozdow, Renata Polkowski, Paul and Ann Geer, Maxine Noel and Cait Noël-Drews, and his sweet little “Princess Peanut” Saoirse, many of whom came together to help with day-to-day care for him in his final months. He is predeceased by his parents, siblings, as well as Aubrey, Grendel and Ernesto, very good dogs." -W.G. Young funeral home.

 

To read the rest of his heart-felt obituary, information on donations, or to send condolences, see the W.G.Young website 

 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Casey House, https://www.caseyhouse.com/support-us/support-us-overview/, through the funeral home.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation there will be no memorial service at this time, but will be held in the near future when we can all gather again.