Remembering Alexis Troubetzkoy

It is with deep sadness that we learnt of the passing over the weekend of Appleby College’s fifth Headmaster Alexis Troubetzkoy. On behalf of the entire Appleby community, we extend our sincere condolences to Alexis’ wife Hélène, his son Andre ’90, his daughter Anna, his grandchildren and broader family.

  “As a community, we are indebted to Alexis Troubetzkoy for his many contributions to Appleby,” said Innes van Nostrand, Appleby’s current Principal. “His leadership as Headmaster as well as his ongoing interest in the school has had a tremendous impact on generations of students, faculty and alumni. Speaking personally, Alexis and Hélène have always shown Alison and me great kindness, sage counsel, and generous hospitality. He was a wonderful, gregarious raconteur with a driving sense of curiosity and a powerful intellect. Our students loved his visits, and he seemed very much at home when he was back on campus and in the classroom.”

Alexis Troubetzkoy initially joined Appleby in 1968 as a teacher, leaving in 1971 to become Headmaster at Selwyn House School in Montreal, before returning to Appleby in the same capacity in 1981. He served as Headmaster until 1987, at which time he left to lead the Toronto French School. As Headmaster at Appleby, he is best remembered for establishing many of the foundational elements that continue to influence the educational experience we offer our students today. His commitment to the role of the arts in education led to them becoming a central part of the school’s co-curricular programme, as well as the construction of the Nicholas Arts Centre. He was also a champion for increasing the academic rigour of Appleby, including becoming a ‘fast-track’ school, where students graduate in four years instead of five.

Mr. Troubetzkoy was a prolific author, writing both fiction and non-fiction books on subjects he was greatly passionate about, including Russian and Canadian history, the Arctic and education. He was also involved with a variety of cultural, charitable, historical, and religious causes in Canada and Russia.

“Alexis Troubetzkoy was a clear leader in independent school education across our nation, added Innes. He was a true renaissance gentleman; a global citizen who shared a wonderful joie de vivre with those around him. We thank him for all he has done and celebrate a life of caring and impact.”

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Christ Church Deer Park Anglican Church, 1570 Yonge Street (St. Clair/Yonge), Toronto at 2:00 p.m.
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