Professor Emeritus Kenneth Hilborn, who retired from the Department of History in 1997, died peacefully at home in London, Ontario, on Thursday November 21 in his 79th year. He was the son of the late Harry W. Hilborn and the late Marguerite Mary Carr Hilborn. Prior to his retirement Ken had 36 years of service at Western where he taught courses in International Relations. Ken was a graduate of Queen’s University (Kingston) and the University of Oxford where, under the supervision of A.J.P. Taylor, he completed a D.Phil. thesis (1960) on “British policy and diplomacy in the Near East during the Liberal administrations, August 1892 – June 1895.” Ken pursued a passion for politics and ideological consistency; he prized fact and wrote many letters to editors, correcting mistakes and challenging arguments. He was also an energetic pamphleteer. Ken carried his enthusiasm into his teaching and his intellectual discourse with colleagues. He has been remembered as “a colleague who exemplified kindness and goodwill.” As a member of the UWO Senate, Ken was known for his attention to detail and his insistence on correct procedure and careful record keeping. He was a meticulous marker of essays and exam papers, giving priority to punctuation, grammar, and expression. A seasoned traveler, Ken visited many parts of the world, travels which informed his teaching of international history. He was known for his detailed and beautifully expressed postcards from abroad. He was a well-known figure on campus, liked to walk to work, and was readily available to colleagues and students. Ken was the soul of punctuality and of service to the University.
Cremation has taken place. Internment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made through London Cremation Services (519) 672-0459 or online at www.londoncremation.com
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