March 27, 2017
It is with sadness that the Faculty of Education announces the passing away of Professor Sinclair Healy, a retired member of the Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP) Department.
“Clair,” as he was affectionately known to his associates, passed away on March 14, 2017.
He was hired to the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at UBC in 1960 as a painter in the days when academic research in art education as a field of study was in in the early stages of development. In the late 1950s, he did his graduate work at Columbia University (MFA) and received a scholarship to study at the Slade School of Art (University of London). Prior to his appointment at UBC, he was an Art Instructor at New Brunswick Teachers’ College, including the Art Program, Grades 1-8, in the Teachers’ College Model School.
Clair taught through studio work and was widely respected as a master artist who promoted studio discipline as the key to success in the art classroom. He was an accomplished painter whose work was unrepentantly representational — a Maritime Realist of the Alex Coleville school — a fine artist who chose to ignore fashion but was every bit as impressive as his contemporaries. He was an amiable man, and was well liked and respected by both colleagues and students.
Clair continued to grow as an artist throughout his lifetime. From 1952-1984 he had numerous, successful exhibits of his works in New Brunswick and British Columbia. His art is represented in many private and public collections, including the Lord Beaverton Art Gallery and the University of New Brunswick, the BC Historical Society, and the UBC Faculty of Education art collection. As a compliment to his associates, over 25 years Clair produced hundreds of small Faculty portraits — a “rogues gallery” of the Faculty of Education.
We will miss his great talent and kind nature. Funeral announcement can be viewed here.