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In Memoriam, Bill Hayhurst, BSc'46

[photo of Bill Hayhurst]WILLIAM HAYHURST, BSc’46, died Feb. 27 in Toronto. Cherished husband of Shirley for 63 years; father of Laurie Cruess, OT’75 (Alan, Meds’75), Gordon, Com’77 (Jackie Hushion), Alice, Com’82, and Daniel, Com’84 (Michele). Wonderful grandfather of 13. Upon graduation from Queen’s, Bill received the gold medal in electrical engineering. He was also a 1946 Tricolor Award recipient. In his graduating year, the Queen’s Journal published a message from Bill, as Sc’46 President. He wrote, “Queen’s Science’46 will be only a name, among hundreds of other such names, to Queen’smen of succeeding years. But to us who must soon leave, the words which make up that name signify much more than the time, place, and subject of our study. They mean the same to everyone, no matter what his year. Queen’s will always be remembered for the friendships it fostered, for the maturity it developed, and for the knowledge it imparted.” After obtaining a MSc from the California Institute of Technology, Bill taught electrical engineering at UBC. He then read law at Osgoode Hall, and was awarded the gold medal on graduation. He practised law at Ridout Maybee in Toronto for 40 years, specializing in intellectual property. He became Senior Partner and was counsel to the firm in retirement. For 21 years, he taught the courses on intellectual property in the Faculty of Law at the U of T. He was past president and honorary member of the Patent and Trademark Institute of Canada and past president and life member of the Canadian Group of the International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property.

The President’s Message

by W.L. Hayhurst
Queen’s Journal, February 15, 1946

“Queen’s Science ‘46” will only be a name, among hundreds of other such names, to Queen'smen of succeeding years. But to us who soon must leave, the words which make up that name signify much more than the time, place, and subject of our study. They mean the same to everyone, no matter what his year.

“Queen’s” will always be remembered for the friendships it fostered, for the maturity it developed, and for the knowledge it imparted. It has given us direct associations with men from ’43 to ’49; it has nurtured that spirit which, beginning to grow at the football stadium, manifests itself so strongly in the home or business place of an alumnus. It is with that same warm and friendly spirit that we welcome today former graduates and representatives from sister institutions who have come to Queen’s for the Science weekend.

We have built a city skyline, but have yet a great deal to learn before we can build the city, or fit ourselves into that city.

“Science” signifies study, investigation, and hard work which much continue long after graduation. Our knowledge now is very small. We have developed only a way of thinking, and have learned a few principles upon which to base our thought. We have built a city skyline, but have yet a great deal to learn before we can build the city, or fit ourselves into that city.

“Science” also stands for the high spirited, well-knit-together group of undergraduate engineers which makes up our Society…a grand bunch to work with, highly co-operative, and notably industrious.

“’46” rang in at New Year’s, and though we had waited for it for four long years, it seemed just as difficult to get used to as any other new year. We looked back to the days when were “fuzzy frosh” from Ottawa, Toronto, and Cobb’s Corners, and to when we “put away childish things,” smoked a pipe, and learned to like the smell of Gordon Hall, and to pull our hands away from 220V with a certain amount of composure. We have seen the end of a terrible war, and have welcomed to our institution several hundred veterans whose progressive outlook and wide experience will make a valuable contribution to student life.

“Queen’s Science ‘46” must soon move on, but we pass back to competent hands the great tradition that our name implies.

Queen's Alumni Review, 2011 Issue #2Queen's Alumni Review
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