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Sam Noumoff (1935-2014) The Passing of a Legend - I

Sam Noumoff was my academic mentor and PhD supervisor from 1977 to 1987 at McGill University, Montreal. The fact that I was also his teaching assistant and that the area of my research interest matched his – China – brought us even closer.

From the time I stepped into the Department of Political Science, Sam took me under his wing. He was well aware that given the mood that prevailed then, anyone perceived as having progressive views could become an easy target. He had already experienced the pettiness and viciousness of colleagues and university administrators who were not above using unscrupulous tactics to hit back at him. This also included fixing his students in their sights. I had the dubious distinction of having my PhD proposal blocked twice on the flimsiest of grounds. When time came for Sam to apply for his tenure he knew he had a battle on his hands. A battle, which thanks to his persistence and obvious merit, he eventually won.

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