Notable Alumni

Open from only 1921- 1980, how does one explain a school that produced so many graduates that went on to make names for themselves in so many fields. The answer is its spirit — The Spirit of Byng. Its alumni include so many accomplished men and women in almost every field of endeavor from art to medicine, from literature to business. Some of the most well-known graduates include poets A.M. Klein (BBHS ‘26) and Irving Layton , writer Mordecai Richler (BBHS ‘48), the Honorable Justice Morris Fish (BBHS ‘55), Nobel Prize recipient Rudolf Marcus (BBHS ’41) , former N.D.P. leader David Lewis (BBHS ’28), renowned doctors, Phil Gold (BBHS ’53) and Peter Metrakos (BBHS ’77). And the list goes on….

You can also consult the video interviews to see more Notable Alumni as well as visit the Klein-Layton-Richler Library and The School of Byng Gallery.

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Nathan Agensky (BBHS ’55)

Born: 1938, Montreal, Quebec Nathan was the son of Rubin and Jessie ....

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William Allister (BBHS ’36)

1919, Benito, Manitoba – 2008, Delta, British Columbia William Allister, born to ....

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Sylvia Bercovitch Ary (BBHS ’40)

1923, Moscow, Russia – 2015, Montreal, Quebec Sylvia Ary and her family ....

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Sacvan Bercovitch (BBHS ’50)

1933, Montreal, Quebec – 2014, Cambridge, Massachusetts Sacvan Bercovitch was born to ....

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Harry Blank (BBHS ’41)

Born: 1925, Montreal, Quebec The son of Udel Blank and Molly Zinman, ....

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Casper Bloom (BBHS ’53)

Born: 1936, Montreal, Quebec Casper Bloom is an accomplished lawyer who holds many post secondary degrees ....

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Dorothy Breitman Morton (BBHS ’41)

1924, Montreal, Quebec – 2008,  Montreal, Quebec Dorothy Breitman Morton was a ....

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Mel Boyaner (BBHS attended 1937)

Born: 1924, Montreal, Quebec Mel Boyaner attended BBHS in the 1930s. He ....

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Rita Briansky (BBHS ’42)

Born: 1925,  Grajewa, Poland The Briansky family arrived in Quebec from Poland ....

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Samuel Burke (BBHS ’46)

Born: 1929,  Montreal, Quebec Samuel Burke is a Canadian bodybuilder, swimmer, wrestler ....

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Melvyn A. Dobrin (BBHS ’39)

Born: 1922, Montreal, Quebec After graduating from BBHS, Melvyn Dobrin (born Dobrinsky) ....

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Batia Eisenwasser-Jancourt (BBHS ’60)

Born in Haifa, Israel Batia Eisenwasser-Jancourt emigrated to Montreal from Israel with ....

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Aaron Fish (BBHS ’49)

Born: 1932, Montreal, Quebec Aaron Fish grew up in the blocks around ....

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Morris Fish (BBHS ’55)

Born: 1938, Montreal Quebec Morris Fish was born to Aaron S. Fish and ....

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Ben Frank (BBHS ’52)

Born: 1935,  Montreal, Quebec Ben Frank, the oldest of five boys was ....

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Abraham Fuks (BBHS “63)

Born: 1946, Montreal, Quebec After graduating BBHS,  Fuks went on to study ....

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Henry Gerstel (BBHS ’63)

Born: 1946, Brussels, Belguim Henry Gerstel immigrated to Montreal in 1950. His ....

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Samuel Gesser (BBHS 1943-45)

1930, Montreal, Quebec – 2008, Montreal, Quebec Sam Gesser was an influential ....

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Alan Gold (BBHS ’34)

1917, Montreal, Quebec – 2005, Montreal, Quebec Upon graduating  BBHS, Alan Gold ....

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Phil Gold (BBHS ’53)

Born: 1936, Montreal, Quebec  Dr. Phil Gold was born in Montreal in ....

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Yoine Goldstein (BBHS ’51)

Born: 1934, Montreal, Quebec Upon graduating BBHS, he obtained a BA in ....

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Harold “Sonny” Gordon (BBHS ’54)

Born: 1940, Montreal, Quebec Harold “Sonny” Gordon graduated BBHS in 1954. He ....

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Benjamin J. Greenberg (BBHS ’50)

Born: 1933, Montreal, Quebec Upon graduating from BBHS in 1950, Benjamin Greenberg ....

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Evelyn Hannon (BBHS ‘57)

Born: 1940, Montreal, Canada Evelyn Hannon is the daughter of Bea and ....

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Mel Hoppenheim (BBHS ’54)

Born: 1937, Montreal, Quebec Mel Hoppenheim’s career in the film industry began ....

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Ben Kaye (Ben Kushnir) (BBHS ’55)

1938, Montreal, Quebec – 2007, Montreal, Quebec Ben Kaye, born Ben Kushnir, ....

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A. M. Klein (BBHS ’26)

1909, Ratno, Ukraine – 1972, Montreal, Quebec  A(braham) M(oses) Klein came to ....

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Irving Layton (BBHS ’33)

1912, Tirgul Neamt, Romania – 2006, Montreal, Quebec  Irving Layton was born ....

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David Lewis (BBHS ’27)

1909, Svisloch, Russia – 1981, Ottawa, Ontario David Lewis was born in ....

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Marilyn Lightstone (BBHS ’57)

Born: 1940, Montreal, Quebec Marilyn Lightstone, one of Canada’s most respected actresses, ....

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Frederick H. Lowy (BBHS ’50)

Born: 1933, Grosspetersdorf, Austria Frederick Lowy moved to Montreal in 1946 at ....

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Louis Magil (BBHS ’27)

1908, Lithuania – 2011, Montreal, Quebec Magil studied architecture at McGill University, ....

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Rudolph Marcus (BBHS ’40)

Born: 1923, Montreal, Quebec Marcus is best known for receiving the 1992 ....

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Herbert Marx (BBHS ’50)

Born: 1932,  Montreal, Quebec After graduating from BBHS, Marx  received his bachelors ....

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Peter Metrakos (BBHS ’77)

Born: 1960, Greece After graduating BBHS, Peter Metrakos attended McGill University where he ....

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Avrum Morrow (BBHS ’40)

Born: 1923, Montreal, Quebec Morrow attended Fairmont Elementary School and then BBHS. ....

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Sol Nayman (BBHS ’54)

Born: 1935, Stoczek Wegrowski, Poland Sol Nayman was born to Yudel Najman ....

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Louis Nirenberg (BBHS ’42)

Born: 1925 Hamilton, Ontario Louis Nirenberg is considered one of most outstanding ....

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William (Bill) Novick (BBHS ’40)

Born: 1923, Montreal, Quebec Novick is an ear, nose and throat specialist ....

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Joseph Nuss (BBHS ’51)

Born: Montreal, Quebec 1934 Joseph Nuss’s father was a foreman in the bottling ....

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Alfred Pinsky (BBHS ’38)

1921,  Montreal, Quebec – 1999, Grenville, Quebec Alfred Pinsky’s talent was recognized ....

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Joseph Portnoy (BBHS ’58)

Born: 1941, Montreal, Quebec Joseph Portnoy is the son Sam and Menna ....

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Morris ‘Moishe’ Pripstein (BBHS ’52)

Born: 1935, Montreal, Quebec Upon graduating from BBHS, Morris Pripstein pursued engineering ....

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Martin Prosserman (BBHS ’48)

Born: 1931, Montreal, Quebec Prosserman was born in Montreal the son of ....

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Jack Rabinovitch (BBHS ’48)

Born: 1930,  Montreal, Quebec Jack Rabinovitch graduated from McGill University in 1952 ....

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James David “Jimmy” Raymond (BBHS ’41)

Born: 1925, Ukmergi (Wilkomir), Lithuania. James David “Jimmy” Raymond’s family settled in ....

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Moe Reinblatt (BBHS ’35)

1917,  Montreal, Quebec – 1979,  Montreal, Quebec Moe Reinblatt was born and ....

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Mordecai Richler (BBHS ’48)

 1931, Montreal, Quebec – 2001, Montreal, Quebec Mordecai Richler was born to ....

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Isadore Rosenfeld (BBHS ’43)

Born: 1926, Montreal, Quebec After graduating from BBHS, Isadore Rosenfeld attended McGill ....

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Norman Samuels (BBHS ’54)

Born: 1937, Montreal, Quebec After graduating from BBHS, Norman Samuels received his ....

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Anne Savage (BBHS, 1922- 1949)

1896, Montreal, Quebec — 1971, Montreal, Quebec Anne Savage was an artist ....

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Seymour Segal (BBHS ’56)

Born: 1939, Montreal, Quebec Seymour Segal was born in Montreal in 1939. ....

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Reuben Ship (BBHS ’34)

1917,  Montreal, Quebec – 1975 London, England Reuben Ship, a notable Canadian playwright ....

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Sydney Simon Shulemson (BBHS ’32)

1915, Montrecal, Quebec – 2007, Florida, USA Sydney Simon Shulemson was a Canadian ....

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Joseph Shuster (BBHS ’54)

Born: 1937, Montreal, Quebec After graduating BBHS, Joseph Shuster received a B.Sc. degree ....

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David Silverberg (BBHS ’53)

Born: 1936, Montreal, Quebec David Silverberg began studying art at the Montreal Museum ....

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Tobie Steinhouse (BBHS ’42)

Born: 1925, Montreal, Quebec Born Thelma Davis, Steinhouse first studied art at ....

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Sid Stevens (Sidney Stavitsky) (BBHS “58)

Born: 1940, Montreal, Quebec Born to a family that lived in an ....

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Louis S. Tannenbaum (BBHS ’49)

Born: 1932, Montreal, Quebec Louis Tannenbaum was the son of Hyman and ....

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Lionel Tiger (BBHS ’54)

Born: 1937, Montreal, Quebec Lionel Tiger was born and raised in Montreal. ....

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Lorne Trottier (BBHS ’65)

Born: 1948 Montreal, Quebec Lorne Trottier is an engineer, businessman, and philanthropist ....

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Nick Tsontakis (BBHS ’72)

Born: 1955, Chania, Crete After graduating BBHS, Nick Tsontakis attended the McGill ....

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Harvey Weiner (BBHS ‘ 60)

Born: 1943, Montreal, Quebec Son of Levy Weiner and Fanny Sapolsky, Harvey ....

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Eli Yablonovitch (BBHS ’63)

Born: 1946, Puch, Austria Eli Yablonovitch is a distinguished physicist who was ....

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Harvey Yarosky (BBHS ‘51)

Born: 1934, Montreal, Quebec After graduating from BBHS, Harvey Yarosky went on ....

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Mervin Yellin (BBHS ’45)

Born: 1928, Montreal, Quebec Mervin Yellin entered BBHS in 1941.  Ann Savage’s art ....

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