Brock University mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus Isidore “Chuck” Masse of the Department of Economics, who died June 4.
Masse first arrived in Brock in 1969 and immediately took an active role in the Brock community, being elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Teachers’ Association the following year and continuing to be an active member of the Brock University Faculty Association (BUFA).
He served in the Senate, chaired the Department of Economics for two terms, and served on a wide range of academic committees, often as chair. As president of Brock’s Faculty and Staff Club in the early 1980s, he coordinated social events to help build a sense of community at the University. He was also a regular volunteer for the United Fund.
Masse was also deeply committed to the community beyond Brock, beginning as a founding member of St. Julia’s Roman Catholic Church and later taking on leadership roles in Catholic youth organization sports such as hockey and baseball.
After more than three decades of teaching and research at the University, Masse became professor emeritus after his retirement in 2003.
Professor Joseph Kushner worked with Masse in the Department of Economics for 33 years.
“Chuck Masse, Professor Emeritus, will be remembered by his friends for his collegiality, his dedication to his students, his productive research, his chairmanship of the Department of Economics, and as a longtime executive member of BUFA,” says- he.
Together, and often with other colleagues in economics, Kushner and Masse consulted with what was then the federal Department of Manpower and Immigration and the Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. Along with others in economics and departments such as finance, they continued to publish actively.
“Chuck was a devoted husband to Kathy and proud father of six children. He was extremely committed to his family and his six children followed his legacy along with 25 grandchildren and 8 ½ great-grandchildren,” Kushner said. “Chuck was a modest and very caring individual who will be missed by all who knew him.”
A funeral for Masse was held earlier this month.
In lieu of flowers, his family asks that he be remembered by donations to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul or a charity of your choice.