In memoriam – James R. Loken (’78)It was with profound sadness that the Faculty of Law learned of the passing of Common Law alumnus, James Loken, who passed away on May 14, 2011 at the age of 63.
Mr. Loken obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian History and Political Science from Carleton University (1974), a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B., 1978) and a Bachelor of Civil Law (LL.L.,1980) from University of Ottawa, and a degree in Philosophy of Law from the University of Paris (Panthéon Assas), Paris, France (1979. He worked as a Legislation Specialist in the Business Investment Programs Branch, 1988-92, as Senior Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, and as a Senior Legislation Design Specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Finance (1994-2009) in Toronto. Mr. Loken also worked as a reporter for the Cobourg Daily Star, was the European correspondent for the Sunday Post of Canada and the founder of the Cobourg Guardian (e-journal) 1997. He wrote many articles on justice and architecture for Maclean's Magazine and was a freelance journalist. He was a generous supporter of the Cancer Society, the cause of literacy, the IAMAT organization and a member of Lawyers Without Borders.
Mr. Loken is the beloved husband of Johanne Loken and is survived by many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.