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Honorary Degree: Donald Bayne

  • Lawyer and former Gaels quarterback Donald Bayne speaks at Grant Hall on Friday, June 9 after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University.
    Lawyer and former Gaels quarterback Donald Bayne speaks at Grant Hall on Friday, June 9 after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University.
  • Donald Bayne, fourth from left, received an honorary degree from Queen's University on Friday, June 9. From left: Rector Cam Yung; Chancellor Jim Leech; Principal Daniel Woolf; Dr. Bayne; and Bill Flanagan, Dean, Faculty of Law.
    Donald Bayne, fourth from left, received an honorary degree from Queen's University on Friday, June 9. From left: Rector Cam Yung; Chancellor Jim Leech; Principal Daniel Woolf; Dr. Bayne; and Bill Flanagan, Dean, Faculty of Law.
  • Lawyer and former Gaels quarterback Donald Bayne waits to be hooded by Dean of the Faculty of Law Bill Flanagan as Chancellor Jim Leech looks on.
    Lawyer and former Gaels quarterback Donald Bayne waits to be hooded by Dean of the Faculty of Law Bill Flanagan as Chancellor Jim Leech looks on.

Lawyer and former quarterback for the Gaels, Donald Bayne (Arts’66, Law’69, EMBA’01) returned to Queen’s On Friday, June 9 to receive an honorary degree.

A partner with Bayne, Sellar, Boxall, a firm practising exclusively criminal law in Ottawa, Mr. Bayne has practised criminal law exclusively for the past 45 years.  He has been designated a specialist in criminal litigation by the Law Society and has conducted trial and appellate advocacy at all levels of courts in Canada and at public inquiries around the world.

In 2015 he was inducted into the Queen’s Football Hall of Fame in the builder category. Mr. Bayne was among the first to advocate for a new stadium and played significant roles in leadership, fundraising and advocacy, for the restoration of the athletics fields, and the new Richardson Stadium. He was also the president of the Queen's Football Club for many years.