Passing of Robin Drodge

It is very sad news indeed to learn of the recent passing of Robin Drodge, in Clarenville, Newfoundland on Wednesday, July  27. A celebration of life was held Saturday, July 30th at the Pentecostal Church in Clarenville.

I remember Robin well from his time on the NEADS Board of Directors from 2002-2004. He was a wonderful guy. In addition to representing students with disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador, Robin made a significant contribution to our national research project Access to Academic Materials for Post-Secondary Students With Print Disabilities as a member of the project advisory group. It was a testament to Robin's dedication and commitment to the issues of disabled post-secondary students and graduates that he maintained his contact and involvement with NEADS over the years through our listserv NEADS-L.

Robin was a life-long resident of Clarenville. He graduated from Clarenville High School and the College of the North Atlantic in Business Administration.

For members of the NEADS "family" of students/graduates with disabilities and stakeholders in our community who would like to read more about Robin, I found two recent articles in the local newspaper, The Packet and a CBC story published on his death. In the CBC article Robin is pictured with his NHL hockey hero Sydney Crosby, who he got to meet in the last weeks of his life.

To all family and friends of Robin, on behalf of the association, please accept our deepest condolences at this difficult time. Rest in peace Robin.


Frank Smith, National Coordinator, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), Rm. 514 Unicentre, Carleton University Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6 tel. (613) 380-8065 ext. 201