Mary Beth Jennings


Died: May 5, 2020
Place: Residence

Helen McLean
(Friday, May 15, 2020)

My thoughts and prayers are with you Craig. Beth was a very outstanding lady with all her life's accomplishments. Love to you.

Liz and Darcy Maw
(Friday, May 15, 2020)

Our deepest condolences to you all. Such sad news.

JB Orange
(Friday, May 15, 2020)

Thank you Craig for sharing Mary Beth with those of us at Western University. I am deeply saddened by her passing but know that the sunshine she generates will continue to help us flourish much as she did throughout her influential and inspiring life.

Gael Hannan
(Saturday, May 16, 2020)

So very sorry to hear is Mary Beth’s passing. I loved working with her in our mutual goal of helping audiology students understand their career through the prism of people who HAVE hearing loss. A true rehabilitative audiologist! Remembered with love.

Gurjit Singh
(Saturday, May 16, 2020)

As a former student of Dr. Jennings, I want to share my appreciation for the wisdom she so generously shared with her students and the hearing care community around the world. My greatest condolences to her family and friends.

Jonathan Vaisberg
(Saturday, May 16, 2020)

This was very sad news to hear. Dr. Jennings' research has had a profound positive impact on aural rehabilitation in the field of audiology. As a former instructor of mine and my classmates, Dr. Jennings has helped prepare a sizable proportion of the Canadian audiology workforce for professional practice. Her professional contributions are and will continue to be everlasting. My condolences to her friends and family.

Glen Sutherland
(Saturday, May 16, 2020)

Dear Craig:

I was shocked and saddened when Sharon Fineberg told me about Mary Beth’s recent death. Condolences, I am so sorry for your loss.

Peace be with you and your family.  I am hopeful that you will get strength and comfort from fond memories of Mary Beth, now and as time passes.

On May 5th, I drove passed my old house on Caroline Avenue in Toronto, Craig. You planted the garden there and the magnolia still blooms. I drive passed that house every year to see that magnolia and I think of Mary Beth and you.

That magnolia has a new meaning to me now. Mary Beth and you have always been special to me, although we lost touch over the years.

  Be well.


Glen (Sutherland)

Sharon Fineberg
(Sunday, May 17, 2020)

I was so sorry to hear the news of Mary Beth’s passing earlier this week. I worked with her when she was at Canadian Hearing Society. I always admired her for coming in and rebuilding the struggling Aural Rehabilitation program into a thriving and successful program. I have not communicated with her in many years, but I know she was greatly admired by her fellow audiologists as well as the students in the UWO Audiology program. May your memories help you through this difficult time. Sharon

Mary Linklater
(Sunday, May 17, 2020)

Beth was a constant companion while we were growing up and I was so impressed with her extensive accomplishments as an adult. I was extremely pleased that Beth found such a wonderful partner in Craig. It is hard to believe that Beth is no longer with us, but I know her work and her accomplishments in her chosen field will continue to influence research for decades to come. Thank you for being such an important part of my life, Beth. I am so sad not to be able to see you again. You are truly missed.

Shauna MacCallum
(Sunday, May 17, 2020)

My sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Jennings. I had the privilege to be a research assistant and student under her during my time at Western pursuing my M.Cl.Sc. degree in Audiology.

She will be fondly remembered for her kind, humble spirit, her hearty laugh, and her passion for aural rehabilitation. She has left a lasting legacy on the field of Audiology and the practice of many clinicians.

Daniel Paccioretti
(Sunday, May 17, 2020)

My condolences to Mary Beth's family on learning of her passing. Found memories of our many discussion on aural rehabilitation related topics over the decades. Individuals with hearing loss and those that work to support them will continue to benefit from her contributions to the field for many years to come.

Jill McCullum
(Sunday, May 17, 2020)

I did not know Mary Beth personally but thanks to my ‘friend in ears’, Dan Paccioretti (who posted the loving tribute to Mary Beth) I feel a deep respect and admiration for this incredible woman. I’m retired from my career as Teacher for D/HH and owe all my skill set to women and men like MaryBeth. Your road map of Beth’s amazing life journey is revealing of the remarkable woman she was. Perhaps this very minute she is having a deep loving chat with Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan 2 other remarkable women... RIP Mary Beth your work is done.

Alison and Scott Rose
(Sunday, May 17, 2020)

Soo sorry to hear of your loss Grant, thinking of you and your family...Alison and Scott Rose

Bob Davidson
(Sunday, May 17, 2020)

My first thoughts of Beth were that she was always busy and quite accomplished at whatever she chose to share with us as neighbors. My next thought was that she has left us far too young. I am so sorry for Gordon and Grant as well as the rest of her now families and can only be happy that she is at peace.

Geoff Plant
(Sunday, May 17, 2020)

I first met Beth in the 1990s at a conference in Toronto. I was very happy to meet another committed advocate and practitioner of aural rehabilitation and we quickly became friends. I visited Beth several times in Guelph and we always had a great time together. She and Craig made me very welcome and we're happy to show me around the area. When she joined the University of Western Ontario I felt they were so lucky to have such an innovative faculty member. Beth was not someone who just talked the talk, she definitely walked the walk as well. She knew far more about the practical aspects of AR than most in academic position and had a great affection for and empathy with older people with hearing loss. I think her students were very lucky to have such a committed and knowledgable teacher. What a loss! Beth cannot be replaced, she knew so much, cared so much, and was always looking for how to improve the life situation of people with hearing loss. Professionally she was the best. Personally she was one of the nicest and kindest people you could meet. I miss her terribly and know that this will continue as I continue my work. Condolences to Craig and her Dad and to all who knew and loved her. Simplest the best and she leaves so many good memories.

Kassandra Kaminskas
(Sunday, May 17, 2020)

Dr. Jennings was an inspiring professor. Her passion for the field was always evident in her teaching. She was a kind soul who will be missed. I would like to express my condolences to her family.

Sophia Kramer
(Monday, May 18, 2020)

My sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mary Beth Jennings. Mary Beth was a highly regarded colleague and a dear friend. I am deeply saddened by her passing.

Frances Richert
(Tuesday, May 19, 2020)

Frances Richert has made a donation to The Actors' Fund of Canada (AFC) on behalf of Mary Beth Jennings.

Faculty of Health Sciences
(Thursday, May 21, 2020)

Faculty of Health Sciences has made a donation to Goodwill Industries on behalf of Mary Beth Jennings.

Ariane L-L
(Thursday, May 28, 2020)

I am saddened by Mary Beth’s passing. I have fond memories of working with Mary Beth and of her empathy and wit. My condolences to all who were close to Mary Beth.

Alison Burton
(Thursday, May 28, 2020)

As a former student of Dr. Jennings, I want to express my condolences in her passing. I carry her passion for helping those with hearing loss with me to this day.

Harpreet Grewal
(Friday, May 29, 2020)

I am saddened to hear the passing of Dr. Jennings. Our profession has lost, in my opinion, “The Queen of Aural Rehabilitation.” You were a kind, sweet soul that was not only my professor but continued to be my mentor. Your teaching/research guided me to run AR classes at CHS. I will never forget you and will continue to preach your wisdom daily. My deepest condolences for your family and may you Rest In Paradise...with the sweet smell of your favourite flowers.

Karyne Steele
(Saturday, May 30, 2020)

My condolences to Beth’s family and friends. She will be missed.

Ann Sheppard
(Tuesday, October 19, 2021)

Dear Craig,
I have just become aware of Beth's passing and I am so shocked and sorry to hear this news. She and I worked closely together at CHS many years ago, and it was clear back in those days that she was very devoted to making improvements in the lives of those suffering with hearing loss. It is lovely to read here of all that she accomplished in her chosen field. She was a kind and gentle person, and I enjoyed her friendship very much. Although we lost touch over the years, I remember her with much fondness.
May you find the strength to go on without her.


Ann Sheppard