Queen's mourns the loss of former chancellor Peter Lougheed
Peter Lougheed, LLD'96, who served as the university's chancellor from 1996-2002 and was the premier of Alberta from 1971-1985, has passed away at the age of 84.
"Peter Lougheed was a great Canadian leader as well as a distinguished chancellor for our university,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “I met him a number of times during my years in Alberta and he was a remarkably humble, generous and wise elder statesman. On behalf of the entire Queen's community I would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Lougheed family.”
Born on July 26, 1928, in Calgary, Alberta, Mr. Lougheed was educated in Calgary. He founded a Student's Union at Central High School and served as its first president. He then went on to study at the University of Alberta, from which he obtained his BA in 1950 and his LLB in 1952.
During his time at the U of A, Mr. Lougheed was a noted athlete and his efforts on the Golden Bears football team earned him a place in the University's sports hall of fame. He was also the president of the Students' Union and he edited a page for the school newspaper. During his later university years, he played professional football with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.
In 1965, Mr. Lougheed was elected leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party. Two years later he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as a representative of Calgary West and he was the Leader of the Official Opposition from 1967-1971. In 1971, he began a 14-year run as the Premier of Alberta.
“This is a sad day for the province of Alberta and for Canada,” says Jim Campbell, manager of Queen's Western Regional Office. “For those of us who came of age in Peter Lougheed’s era as Premier we will always recall the sense of exuberance and optimism and pride that he instilled in each of us. Leaders such as he are so very rare.”
After a highly successful term as Premier, he resigned on November 1, 1985 and concentrated all his energies on his business and legal interests.
Mr. Lougheed received an honorary degree from Queen's in 1996 and served two three-year terms as chancellor. He was a dedicated and respected member of the Queen's family. His sons Joe, Arts'88, and Stephen, Comm'77, are both Queen's alumni.
Flags on campus have been lowered in Mr. Lougheed's memory. A campus memorial will be held later this term, and details will be announced as they become available.
A group of Queen's representatives that includes Principal Woolf will attend Mr. Lougheed's funeral in Calgary on September 21. At the request of the family, commemorative gifts are invited, in lieu of flowers, to the Peter Lougheed Award at Queen’s.