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A live stream service will be held for Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies and Theology Trevor L. Watt, PhD, on Friday, August 7 at 11:30 a.m. The service can be viewed on the Facebook page for the Dietrich Funeral Homes Inc. A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church at a future date and time. Trevor Watt passed away on August 3 at the age of 94.

Trevor joined the faculty ranks in 1968 and infused the campus community with his sense of esprit. His classes on dreams, death and family systems were always among the first to fill in the department, and students and faculty alike gravitated to him for his thoughtful and encouraging advice.  Upon Trevor’s 2009 retirement, one faculty colleague commented, “Talking to Trevor is like listening to Mozart.  He always uplifts the spirit.”

Widely revered as an educator and scholar, Trevor staged more than 50 scholarly presentations during his tenure at Canisius.  He had a special interest in the pastoral aspects of theology and psychology, which led him to complete a Diplomate of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.  In recognition of his contributions for introducing aspects of psychology into pastoral counseling, the Eastern and Northeastern Region of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors presented him with its Distinguished Contribution Award. 

Beyond academia, Trevor spent 15 years as host of “In Process,” a television program about religious issues, which aired on WIVB-TV.  He was also a co-founder and first board chair of the Life Transitions Center, which grew to become the counseling division of Hospice Buffalo. 

Trevor is predeceased by Marilyn G.S. Watt, PhD, the long-time and beloved chair of the Communications Department at Canisius. 

Submitted by: College Communications