Obituary of Bernard H.K. Luk 陸鴻基
Passed away on March 23, 2016 at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. He was born September 26, 1946 in Hong Kong to Paul Luk and Lorraine Leung. Bernard received his BA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, followed by a PhD in History at Indiana University Bloomington. He returned to the Chinese University of Hong Kong to teach Education from 1977-1990, and was Harvard-Yenching Fellow 1983-84. He married Fatima Lee in 1979. They moved their young family to Toronto, where he became a professor of history at York University’s Department of History from 1992 until his death. He returned to Hong Kong to serve for four years as VP (Academic) of the fledgling Hong Kong Institute of Education from 2003-2007. For many years, he was the co-Director of the Canada-Hong Kong Project, which provided a strong foundation for the establishment of the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, housed at Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. He matched a passion for education with a love for the city of his birth, and was a dedicated teacher and beloved mentor. His research and writing covered areas in modern Chinese history and the history of Hong Kong. For the last several years, he was working on a history of the Hong Kong Teachers Union. He is survived by his wife and their two sons, Senwung (wife Margaret Herrick) and Senning of Toronto, as well as by his brother Michael of Hong Kong. Visitation will be at the R.S Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge St.) on Tuesday, March 29 from 2-4 & 7-9pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gabriel’s Church, 670 Sheppard Ave E, Wednesday, March 30 at 10 am. Instead of flowers, he would have preferred a donation to Doctors Without Borders, a group he deeply admired.