Lesley D. Harman
First born child to Gary and Margaret Harman (née Siddall). Lesley travelled the world from birth, as part of this diplomatic family. Here she learned the thrill of adventure and seeking out the unknown. She also learned first-hand what it meant to be a stranger, thus beginning a life-long quest for answers to some of life’s most difficult questions, through the discipline of Sociology. Her passion for Sociology was articulated through her interest in deviance, gender relations, social psychology and the sociology of the stranger. She was Professor of Sociology at King’s University College at Western University, Canada. She received her Ph.D. in 1983 from York University, Canada. She is the author of The Modern Stranger: On Language and Membership (Mouton de Gruyter, 1987), When a Hostel Becomes a Home: Experiences of Women (Garamond, 1988), and We Are Never Alone: Healing Lessons from the Camino (Ursus, 2009). She is the editor of A Sociology of Pilgrimage: Embodiment, Identity, Transformation (Ursus, 2014) and co-editor (with Ian S. McIntosh) of The Many Voices of Pilgrimage and Reconciliation (CABI, 2017). An avid canoeist, her greatest outdoor experiences were had on backcountry solo canoe trips in Killarney Park, especially to her beloved OSA Lake. Summers would find her deep in the tranquility of Scattergood Lake, Quebec. She found her home in London, Ontario, were she served on faculty at King’s University College from 1988, where she achieved Full Professor, in 2004, also earned the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching. She touched the lives of thousands of students and will be remembered for her passion for sociology and her deep concern for her students, earning her the playful nickname “Mother Bear”. She is survived by her brother (Edward), sister (Katherine), her three beloved children (Matthew, Daniel and Elizabeth), Mellow her constant canine companion of many years, and a cherished circle of friends in the energy healing and pilgrimage communities. Funeral to take place Saturday, January 4, 2020 at MacKay United Church, 39 Dufferin Road, Ottawa, Ontario. at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Centre 507 through the Outreach Committee of Mackay United Church or the Canadian Diabetes Association.