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The Conn family boasts a full century of Queen’s alumni, beginning with the Rev. James R. Conn, MA 1898 (Theology), and his wife Edna (Millions) Conn, BA 1901. They were followed by their children, Elsie May, BA'26, Hugh Gordon, BSc'31, LLD'81, William, BA'32, MA'33, and Emma. In their studies, each younger sibling was helped by the others to ease the burden on the Reverend’s meager income.
Hugh was well known at Queen’s, first as a Professor in Mechanical Engineering, then as Dean of Applied Science and Vice Principal, Administration. He was a recipient of the OBE, the Engineering Medal (1965), and the Distinguished Service Award (1975). He received an honorary degree from Queen’s in 1981. The H.G. Conn Award is awarded to fourth year engineering students who have rendered valuable and exemplary service to the Engineering Society and the University.
Hugh was followed to Queen’s by his son David R. Conn, Sc'59, MSc’61, PHD’70 (Electrical Engineering), now Professor Emeritus at McMaster. The next generation was represented by David’s son Peter Conn, Sc’84, and niece Nancy Conn, Artsci’86. Peter was also a 1984 recipient of the H.G. Conn award, given by the Engineering Society to students who demonstrated exemplary service to the Society and the University. Peter married Dr. Rama Behki, Meds’86. Their son Frederick began his Engineering studies this fall at Queen’s. He joins his cousin, Mira Knox, who is in second year. Mira is the daughter of Nutan Behki, MSc’90, and the niece of Rama and Subita Behki, Artsci’89, Meds’91.