Carruthers ‘a force' in the School of Music


He left Brandon University 10 years ago, but faculty members say Glen Carruthers’ legacy lives on in various ways.

The past School of Music dean died recently at age 66 as a result of cancer. 

Flags were to be lowered to half mast at both Brandon University and Wilfrid Laurier University, where he most recently served as dean of the Faculty of Music. 

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Carruthers studied with lifelong mentor Lorne Watson at Brandon University in the ’70s, returning a couple decades later to serve as a faculty member from 1998 to 2010.

There are more easily defined examples of Carruthers’ legacy in Brandon, but current School of Music dean Greg Gatien said the biggest impact he made was with the school’s welcoming atmosphere.

"He really focused on students — he paid attention to who the students were, where they were from and what it is they were interested in doing so that we could do a better job as a faculty teaching them," he said. 

Carruthers would often be found sitting in the hallway with students, where he would be seen making an effort to truly listen to them. 

"You can feel the warmth," Gatien said. "I think it’s something that drew many fo us to the school when we came out for our interviews."