Flags lowered for “Padre” Marshall Laverty
Flags on campus are lowered in honour of A. Marshall Laverty, who served as University Chaplain for almost four decades.
Affectionately known to generations of Queen’s students, staff and faculty as “the Padre” – a nickname he acquired during the Second World War while serving as chaplain in the Canadian army – Rev. Dr. Laverty was considered a campus institution. His appointment as Queen’s Chaplain in 1947 was the first of its kind to a Canadian university.
An ordained minister of the United Church of Canada, Padre Laverty performed countless baptisms, marriage ceremonies and funeral services for Queen’s people during his tenure and after retirement. At a time when Queen’s was a much smaller place, he personally connected with a large proportion of the community, assisting with queries and requests for help, and welcoming many into the home he shared with his wife, Frances, near campus.
“Queen’s has lost one of its most cherished and loyal friends in Padre Marshall Laverty, whom I remember from my time as a student,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “Known for his kindness, his dedication to the University and his amazing memory for faces and names, he will be sadly missed.”
Among Dr. Laverty’s honours for service to both Queen’s and the Kingston community are: Member of the Order of Canada, a Queen’s honorary LLD, the University Council’s Distinguished Service Award, the John Orr Award, the Montreal Medal as a Maker of Queen’s, and the Alumni Association’s Kingston Award, which was renamed in his honour in 1991.
Memorial plans are pending and will be posted as they become available.