James Low, six alumni named to Order of Canada
By Anne Craig, Communications Officer
Queen’s University emeritus professor James Low has been named a member of the Order of Canada for his contributions as an academic and as the founder of the Museum of Health Care.
The award is the second highest honour of merit in Canada and is given to those who make a major difference in Canada through lifelong contributions in their field.
“The award is actually more for the museum than for me,” says the ever-humble Dr. Low, who has volunteered at the museum since it opened as a non-profit institution in 1991, served as its executive director until the end of 2012, and now works as its advancement officer. “We have created a unique cultural resource.”
Dr. Low was also the head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Queen’s from 1965 to 1985.
“This is the only mission-specific museum of health care in Canada,” says Dr. Low. “We have two missions: develop a complete collection highlighting all health care disciplines, and tell the health care story to enhance public understanding. The past is the foundation on which the present is built. Preserving the health care legacy is important.”
In his role as advancement Officer, Dr Low works with the museum's Board of Directors to find new patrons and donors which help preserve the museum's history.
“James Low has contributed greatly to Queen’s University and its medical program since coming to Kingston nearly 50 years ago,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “Earning the Order of Canada is a true honour and rewards the years Dr. Low spent establishing the Museum of Health Care, the only one of its kind in Canada.”
Six Queen’s alumni were also appointed to the Order of Canada. Named as officers of the order are:
Harold Jennings, OC, MSc’61, PhD’64 (Chemistry), Distinguished Research Scientist, National Research Council of Canada, for his contributions to carbohydrate chemistry, notably in the development of a pediatric vaccine used internationally to prevent the most common strain of meningitis.
Veena Rawat, OC, PhD’73 (Electrical Engineering), past president of the Communications Research Centre, for her contributions to telecommunications engineering and for her leadership in establishing the global regulatory framework for radio spectrum management.
Shirley Tilghman, OC, Artsci’68 (Chemistry), DSc’02, a molecular biologist and past president of Princeton University, for her contributions to molecular biology, for her leadership in university education and for her influential efforts to champion women in science and engineering.
Named as members of the order are:
Jim Leech, CM, MBA’73, former president and CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and current Queen’s chancellor, for his contributions as an innovator in pension management, for his writings on the subject of retirement funding, and for his community involvement.
Bruce McNiven, CM, Artsci’76 (History), lawyer and founding member and treasurer of the Trudeau Foundation, for his broad and sustained commitment to the preservation and flourishing of Montreal culture and heritage.
Donna Stewart, CM, Meds’67, chair of women’s health for the University Health Network and U of T, for her contributions to women’s health as a nationally renowned leader in the field.