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Queen’s College remembers Isabel Bader (1927-2022)


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Kingston, August 29, 2022 – Together with her late husband Alfred (BSc’45, BA’46, MSc’47, LLD’86), Isabel Bader (LLD ’07), reworked Queen’s College in some ways, from its bodily campus to the tutorial alternatives it supplied its college students.

“Queen’s was very lucky to have been one among Isabel’s priorities,” says Principal Patrick Deane. “She was so proud to have the ability to assist the brand new residence for The Bader Assortment and the revitalization of the Agnes Etherington Artwork Centre, and till the tip of her life maintained a fond and energetic curiosity in Bader School at Herstmonceux Fort, its group, and its promise.”

Isabel and Alfred Bader have been recognized, as a pair, for his or her generosity to Queen’s, notably their donation of The Bader Assortment (comprising greater than 500 artistic endeavors, together with 4 Rembrandt work), a fortress in England, and a centre for the performing arts for Queen’s and Kingston. Collectively, as properly, they endowed chairs and created quite a few bursaries and awards at Queen’s to advance training and analysis.

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Isabel Bader was a quiet, but forceful, champion of the humanities and of underrepresented voices. A instructor by coaching and enthusiastic about theatre and music, she noticed firsthand the ability of assist and the appropriate instruments to assist college students categorical themselves and uncover their strengths. Whereas a U of T grad herself, she adopted Queen’s as a second alma mater. She took nice curiosity in assembly college students on campus, each in Kingston and at Bader School in England, and in encouraging their creative pursuits {and professional} improvement.

Principal Deane says, “To have recognized Isabel – in all her heat, gentleness, wit, and acuity – I’ll quantity among the many nice privileges of my life. She was a delicate soul who delighted in seeing college students thrive and uncover their very own potential by means of the humanities. I’ll keep in mind her as indomitably humane.”

Isabel Bader personally created numerous bursaries to assist college students in music, drama, and textile conservation to pursue their fields of research. She was eager to seek out methods to encourage proficient college students who needed to discover their creativity, however who, like her, most popular to remain out of the highlight. As an illustration, by means of the Herbert and Stella Overton Manufacturing Award, named after her dad and mom, she enabled the popularity of third-year drama college students who’ve made excellent contributions particularly in “non-major” departmental manufacturing work. The Bader Musicians in Residence program at Bader School supplies distinctive studying alternatives for college students at Bader School.

In 2019, Dr. Bader supported the creation of the Isabel Bader Fellowship in Artifacts Conservation at Queen’s. This was adopted, in 2020, along with her reward to create the Bader Chair in Artwork Conservation. The chair will allow the Grasp of Artwork Conservation program at Queen’s – the one program of its sort in Canada – so as to add a brand new subject of research – imaging science – to its curriculum. Norman Vorano, Head, Artwork Historical past and Artwork Conservation, says, “Isabel was an indefatigable champion of the artwork conservation program and needed to make sure that this system stays vibrant and related for generations to come back. Her items reveal her deep understanding in regards to the important position artwork conservation serves in society to make sure our collective entry to all human creative achievement. She supported superior analysis and coaching in artwork conservation, not solely in areas that aligned with Alfred’s amassing priorities, however throughout all fields of fabric tradition, notably in textiles and Indigenous arts—areas of nice private curiosity to her. Her transformative items have benefitted so many college students and have clearly enhanced this system’s worldwide influence.”

An awesome advocate of growing rising artists, Dr. Bader supported the Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competitors and the Isabel Overton Bader Canadian Violin Competitors to spend money on the following era of extraordinary Canadian musicians and to facilitate their particular person private and profession improvement and nationwide publicity.

“Isabel liked the performing arts and was all the time fascinated with new developments. This can be a one that had an acutely curious thoughts and intensive information of the humanities. She delighted in speaking with younger artists and he or she insisted on creative excellence and bringing in internationally acclaimed artists to the Isabel,” says Tricia Baldwin, Director, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

Alongside her profound curiosity within the preservation of cultural supplies, Isabel Bader understood the position of the humanities within the current day and their capability to alter lives. She supported the work of Sistema Kingston, a Queen’s-affiliated group with the imaginative and prescient of giving underserved youngsters the chance, by means of intensive music studying, to achieve their full potential as people, musicians, and residents. Her intuition for social justice discovered expression in assist for Indigenous arts. Notably, she supported the inaugural Ka’tarohkwi Pageant of Indigenous Arts at Queen’s in 2019 by means of Bader Philanthropies, Inc., the household’s Milwaukee-based charitable basis.

Retired Agnes Etherington Artwork Centre Director Jan Allen recollects, “Isabel was extraordinarily considerate in her philanthropy, discerning the place there was actual want. From supporting digital initiatives to enhance entry to artwork collections or by advancing decolonization by means of celebration of Indigenous cultures, she understood easy methods to impact sustained change.”

“She was particularly enthusiastic about Indigenous programming,” says Baldwin. “This, for her, was a inventive breath of contemporary air that put the highlight on tremendously proficient Indigenous artists and artwork kinds that had been so unjustly suppressed up to now. Each Isabel and Alfred Bader had probably the most stunning converging curiosity within the arts and social justice. It’s why they completed a lot of their lifetimes in each fields.”

Most not too long ago, Dr. Bader had been an advocate for the creation of an endowed Curatorship in Indigenous Arts and Tradition on the Agnes Etherington Artwork Centre. The Curatorship, sponsored by means of the Bader Philanthropies, Inc. Basis, was envisaged to offer “distinctive alternatives” for dialogue between the Indigenous Artwork Assortment and The Bader Assortment at Agnes, says Emelie Chhangur, Director and Curator of the Agnes Etherington Artwork Centre, who notes that no different college artwork museum in Canada permits for this reflection on the equality of relations between western and Indigenous visible artwork tradition.

“The encouragement and assist of Agnes and Queen’s continued management within the ongoing work of decolonization by means of this sector-leading place is unprecedented in Canada. Agnes is the one university-museum on this nation to have such a place. The influence of what this curator will contribute, not solely to analysis, exhibitions and collections care, however to the very way forward for Canadian artwork historical past is unknown, even to us,” she explains. “Investing in such a place in a everlasting capability builds belief between Queen’s and Indigenous communities and allows significant mentorship of Indigenous college students, students and museum professionals. We’re main the best way to transformative cultural change and the results of this endowment might be felt for generations.”

Isabel Bader died Aug. 28 in Milwaukee. Predeceased in 2018 by her beloved husband, Alfred, and in 2015 by her sister Marion, Isabel Overton Bader is survived by her brother Clifford Overton (Arts’53), stepsons David and Daniel Bader, and prolonged household.


Isabel Overton Bader, LLD’07, studied historical past and languages on the College of Toronto. She taught for 28 years at a ladies’ college in Bexhill-on-Sea, the place she co-founded a drama college, the Thalia College of Elocution and Drama. She was notably concerned with making costumes for the college’s productions and have become a gifted costume designer. In 1999, she donated a few of her costume assortment to Queen’s, the place the items are nonetheless used for analysis and inspiration by college students on the Dan College of Drama and Music.

On the identical time, Isabel Bader was keenly conscious of the significance of the conservation of, and entry to, historic belongings. She supported the work of the Queen’s College Archives and ensured that Alfred’s private papers and memorabilia have been safely housed there.

She additionally personally contributed tremendously to the conservation and scholarly research of an necessary side of Canadian social and ladies’s historical past, by means of the Queen’s College Assortment of Canadian Gown, housed on the Agnes Etherington Artwork Centre. The gathering holds clothes objects from the 1790s to the Seventies. Together with her assist, the Artwork Centre was in a position to re-house and preserve its historic assortment, and analysis numerous its holdings. This analysis enabled costume specialists to review the clothes as social and financial indicators of their intervals.

Dr. Bader additionally sponsored each a analysis fellowship and internship in textile conservation and analysis at Queen’s, which hyperlinks two of the college’s most unusual sources: the Assortment of Canadian Gown and the Grasp of Artwork Conservation Program, which gives Canada’s solely graduate diploma in conservation idea and therapy.

“Isabel Bader’s beneficiant philanthropic and passionate assist of Queen’s College Assortment of Canadian Gown has been transformative, each for Agnes and for the sphere of textile analysis, presentation, and conservation on a world scale. This yr we have fun the ten-year anniversary of the Isabel Bader Fellowship and Internship in Textile Arts and Conservation and replicate upon the enduring sector-defining legacy this program has had on a younger era of rising students, researchers, and curators,” says Emelie Chhangur, Director and Curator of the Agnes Etherington Artwork Centre. “These collections are integral to instructing and studying at Queen’s; they’ve enduring attraction for the general public and media; they’re disruptors of conventional artwork histories; and they’re more and more the main target of latest creative observe. We’re eternally grateful for Isabel’s visionary and prescient perspective on the position historic collections can play in shaping our views on the longer term.”

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