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Grad to write 3rd volume of Queen's history

Queen's alumnus Duncan McDowall, retired from teaching at Carleton University and recently appointed University Historian, is now hard at work writing the third volume of the history of Queen's.

Historian Duncan McDowall, Arts’72, MA’74, will write the third volume of Queen's official history. The University has commissioned the third volume of Queen’s official history to be published in time for the University’s 175th anniversary in 2016.

University historian Duncan McDowallUniversity historian Duncan McDowall (Photo by Mark Kerr)

McDowall, who is retired after a teaching career at Carleton University in Ottawa, is the author of several books and earned the National Business Book Award in 1994 for his history of the Royal Bank of Canada, Quick to the Frontier. In addition, McDowall is quite familiar with Queen’s after having earned two degrees here and having a great, great, great grandfather, Rev. Robert McDowall, who was one of the local citizens who pushed for a charter for a Presbyterian college in Kingston in the 1840s.

The project has been made possible by a generous and vital donation from the Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund. As a result, the history will require no contribution from the University’s operating budget.

McDowall, who will be spending a lot of his time in the Queen's University Arcives, will hold the title of “University Historian” while he completes the project over the next three years and will also be an adjunct professor in the Department of History.

McDowall says he welcomes input and questions from alumni. To contact him, please email mcdowall@queensu.ca.


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