University of Calgary professor succumbs to H1N1 virus
Published Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:54AM MST
Last Updated Monday, February 18, 2013 2:18PM MST
Dr. Margo Husby-Scheelar, a senior instructor at the University of Calgary in the Department of Communication and Culture, has passed away.
Family members confirmed to CTV Calgary, Husby-Scheelar's death on February 13, 2013, followed a brief battle with the H1N1 virus.
Husby-Scheelar had nearly completed a Master of Social Work degree at the time of her death. The degree would have been her fourth. Husby’s research interests included ethics in post-secondary instruction, myth and popular culture, and women’s roles in Christianity.
Greg Scheelar, Husby-Scheelar's son, says that the world will miss his mother. "If she was in your corner, you had someone fighting for you. There are people all over the world, literally around the world, that have been touched by what she did not just as a teacher but as a mentor and friend."
He is as surprised as anyone to learn that the deadly strain of flu that made headlines a few years ago played a factor in her death. "I thought this was done, I thought this was over."
According to Alberta Health Services influenza surveillance report, in the sixth week of 2013, there were 10 cases of hospitalized influenza in Alberta involving Influenza A (H1N1).
Husby-Scheelar checked into hospital about four weeks ago after several days of fighting what she thought was a bad cold or flu.
Doctors diagnosed a virus and soon realized it was H1N1. Everyone believed she would recover until the very end.
The University community has been mourning the loss of “an inspired teacher and a great friend.”
“I have been hearing some wonderful stories about the positive difference she made in the lives of so many students in Communication and Culture and in the Faculty of Arts over the years,” says Dean of the Faculty of Arts Richard Sigurdson.
A scholarship fund has been created as a tribute to Husby-Scheelar..
A funeral service for Dr. Margo Husby-Scheelar will be held on Tuesday, February 19, at 1:00 p.m., at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church - 1600 Acadia Drive S.E.