Memoriam for Dr. Archibald (Archie) McNicol, associate dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies
The university community is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Dr. Archibald (Archie) McNicol, associate dean of the faculty of Graduate Studies. Dr. McNicol, 56, succumbed last night to complications from a heart problem.
Dr. McNicol earned a BSc (hons) and a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Glasgow and had been with the University of Manitoba since 1993 when he joined the department of oral biology in what was then the Faculty of Dentistry.
He did postgraduate work at the Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology studying intracellular signaling mechanisms in platelets in patients with bleeding tendencies.
His advisor was MLA Jon Gerrard, who was teaching in pediatrics at the time and conducting research on bleeding and clotting in children and adults.
“I am very sorry to hear of his passing,” Gerrard said. “Archie was a good friend, and was a fine researcher, being very skilled and talented in the laboratory. He was great to have around and he will definitely be missed.”
Dr. McNicol’s research on bleeding disorders had been continuously funded by local and national agencies for 20 years. He served on local and national grant review committees and was an associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology.
Dr. McNicol held cross appointments in the departments of dental diagnostics and surgical sciences, and in pharmacology and therapeutics. He taught in the College of Dentistry, the School of Dental Hygiene and the College of Rehabilitation Sciences within the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. His teaching was recognized with several teaching awards, most notably the W.W. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education. A well-loved teacher, in 2007 Dr. McNicol was presented with the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching to Dental Hygiene Students.
He was involved with the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competitions and was an enthusiastic supporter of graduate student research. His own globally-recognized research focused on blood-clotting mechanisms and the function and dysfunction of human platelets.
Nationally, Dr. McNicol had been involved in dental education as a member of both the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry Faculty Chairs Committee and the Canadian Dental Association Council on Education.
McNicol made significant contributions to service within the College of Dentistry, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the University at large. He served two terms on Senate, one term on the Senate Executive, and had been on the Senate Planning and Priorities Committee, the President’s Budget Advisory Committee, and the Senate Appeals Committee. He was chair of the review of graduate programs at the U of M.
Dr. Todd Mondor, acting dean of graduate studies, expressed sympathy on behalf of everyone in his faculty. He noted: “Archie was well liked across both campuses. He was very committed to education and the university, and his passing is a blow to all of us.”
Dr. McNicol leaves behind two young children, Ian and Fiona, and his wife Shelly.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Archie McNicol Scholarship fund through the online gift form found here.