DR. ROBERT BUCKMAN

We at HAT were profoundly saddened by the news of Dr. Buckman's sudden and untimely death.We mourn the loss of a man who was a great friend, not only to the worldwide Humanist movement, but to HAT in particular. Rob, as we all knew him, was of course the former President of the Humanist Assoctation of Canada, but his links to HAT were especially close. Rob was the guiding force behind two large-scale multi-faith symposiums held in Toronto, jointly sponsored by HAT and HAC. At both of these, Rob brilliantly presented the Humanist viewpoint as a member of a panel of distinguished leaders of various faiths.

Much in demand internationally as a guest speaker, commanding fees of $5,000 and higher, Rob graciously appeared--without charge--as a guest speaker at HAT monthly meetings for five consecutive years. His book, "Can We Be Good Without God?," is another link to HAT, as it was written with the assistance of the then-HAT Spokesperson, Michael Schulman; the book remains Canada's most significant contribution to the literature of what is referred to as 'the New Atheism'.

We join with Rob's family, friends and colleagues in remembering him and cherishing his legacy--a legacy filled with humour, wisdom, kindness and compassion.