Judge Harry Badshaw Dead at 83

Harry Badshaw, the first Jew to be appointed a Quebec Superior Court Judge, in 1950, died yesterday at 83. After serving more than 27 years, Judge Badshaw retired in 1977.

He had been a founding director of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation and of the International Law Association committee on human rights, as well as founding president of the Canadian Friends of the Alliance Israelite Universelle.

Born in Russia, he was brought by his parents to Canada in 1904. He graduated in 1924 with top honors from McGill University’s law faculty and won a travel scholarship which enabled him to do postgraduate work at Grenoble and Sorbonne Universities.

A dedicated Zionist, he participated in public and private efforts all his adult life to strengthen ties between Canada and Israel. At a dinner last year, a foundation was established in his name to help subsidize the Keren Institute, which trains secondary school humanities teachers in Israel.

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