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Vosburgh, Richard (Dick) E.

VOSBURGH, Dr. Richard - Born January 2, 1933. Deceased April 19, 2019

Professor Emeritus, Department of Consumer Studies, University of Guelph; Adjunct Professor, McMaster Divinity College.

Dr. Vosburgh holds a B. Sc. from Miami University and an M. B. A. and D. B. A. from Indiana University where he held a Ford Foundation Fellowship. He taught for 11 years at the University of Toronto School of Business and 25 years in the College of Family and Consumer Studies, University of Guelph. At Guelph, he served as the first Chair of the Department of Consumer Studies. He has been involved in several projects in developing countries as well as working on consumer education and consumer affairs projects with government and industry in North America and Europe. He also spent a semester teaching in London, England. He served on the Boards of the Consumers Council of Canada, the Consumers Association of Canada and was a founding member of the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals in Canada. He served as Chair of the Consumer Advisory Council of the Electrical Safety Authority. In 2012 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.

In addition to his teaching and research, he worked on business, government and CIDA funded development projects in Jamaica and Ghana. Some of the development projects included travel to Japan, China, Thailand, Malaysia, and India. These travels supported Dick’s interest in tea and culture. He began speaking on the subject of tea to special tea evenings in his home and in tea rooms, and even was invited annually to give a lecture to a food and culture course at the University of Guelph.

Dick has been active in his church with long term involvement in teaching, music, drama and various management committees and boards. He served as the Board Chair of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship and continues as a Board Member Emeritus. He has served in various capacities in the McMaster Divinity College including Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees, as a member of the Senate, and Interim Principal and Dean. He taught for several years in the doctoral program of McMaster Divinity College as an adjunct professor. He has taught for the Anglican Diocese of the Arctic preparing Inuits for ministry as parish priests in the Arctic.

Dad’s greatest love and achievement was his family. He was married to his childhood sweetheart Mary Louise (Lucky) for 63 years and celebrated monthly anniversaries of their first date (828months). He was brother to Marilyn Hummelberg (2014) and her husband Don of Michigan. He was a loving mentor to his sons Steve (Julie) and Peter (Anne-Marie) and much loved father figure to Anne-Marie. He was grandpa to Jacob (deceased in 2002) and Matthew and his wife Shelby and Great Grandpa to their children Benjamin and Layla. His devotion to us was unwavering and everything was an opportunity to teach.

Arrangements entrusted to the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 519-822-0051 or

Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at:
New Life Christian Reformed Church of Guelph
400 Victoria Road North
1:00pm Visitation
2:00pm Celebration of Life
Reception to Follow
Donations in lieu of flowers to Inter-Varsity Pioneer Christian Boys Camp.

A tree will be planted in memory of Richard (Dick) E. Vosburgh in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2:30 pm.

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