My Mother died in a house fire in Calgary on the afternoon of Friday Oct. 13, 1961. I was in the first year of my MBA at Queen's. At the time of her death I had just boarded a train to Toronto for a Queen's football weekend neglecting to inform my family of my plans. Padre Laverty took on the job of locating me; a task overshadowed by a deadline imposed by NORAD's Exercise Skyshield which banned all commercial and private aviation flights effective at midnight that Friday for the next 12 hours. A fellow student responded to a radio appeal that I might have gone to Toronto. Padre Laverty found me in the early evening at a party in a room at the King Edward Hotel! He accepted the task of informing me of my Mother's death and arranged to get me on the last westward flight out of Toronto. We meet when I returned to Queen's and Padre Laverty continued to be a source of help to me over the next two years.
Doug Stanley - MBA 1963
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