MEMORIAL SERVICE UPDATE - A virtual gathering of friends, colleagues and family in celebration and appreciation of Dr. Marcia Rioux's career of Five and Life of Seven Decades will take place on November 6, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).
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Marcia Hampton Rioux (née Gautschi) was born on May 16, 1947 in Trail, British Columbia. She passed away peacefully in her Toronto home on September 20, 2021, surrounded by love and family.
Marcia was dedicated to the advancement of human rights and equality, both nationally and internationally. Her work was her passion. Marcia began her career at the Royal Commission on the Status of Women and later worked at the Law Reform Commission of Canada. She held a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Marcia was a distinguished professor and director at York University’s Institute for Health Research. She was the co-founder and first chair of the School of Health Policy & Management as well as the Critical Disabilities Studies program.
Marcia was a driving force in the promotion of disability rights and the enhancement of opportunities for marginalized people. She played a leadership role in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and published widely in the area of disability and human rights. She was a co-founder of Disability Rights Promotion International, which now monitors rights for people with disabilities in over 62 countries. She was a fellow of the Institutes of Advanced Studies in the UK and Australia. Marcia was recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteer Award in recognition of her contributions to Ontario communities. In 2014, Marcia was invested into the Order of Canada for her scholarship in the field of social justice and for her advancement of the rights of persons with disabilities.
She was the daughter of the late Edouard and Phyllis (née Gray) Gautschi, loving partner of Ezra Zubrow, sister of Jane Underwood (David) of Oakville and Anne George of West Vancouver, and aunt to Kristen Underwood (Ottawa), Kathryn Underwood (Toronto), Marcia George (Ottawa) and Mary George (Vancouver). She had many surrogate family members as well as a rich tapestry of friends throughout the world.
Marcia loved jazz music and art. She was never afraid to face challenges. She survived seven different cancers. She died of congestive heart failure.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marcia may be made toward The Marcia H. Rioux Award in Critical Disability Studies, Human Rights, and Social Justice at York University https://giving.yorku.ca/MarciaRiouxAward
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