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Distinguished Service Awards Citations S - Z

Citations of Distinguished Service Award Recipients who passed away prior to September 2011 are not available in electronic format.



Robert Silverman – 2006

As dean of the faculty of arts and science you served as its champion for a decade, propelling an impressive range of intellectual activities forward while advocating tirelessly for quality and excellence in teaching and research.

During a period of severe financial constraint your vision and considerate leadership protected and enhanced existing faculty strengths, consistently recognizing and supporting departments large and small, embracing the rich diversity provided by the creative arts, languages, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

You are a most effective, charming and welcome ambassador, who waved Queen’s tricolour from coast-to-coast and beyond in the company of alumni groups and other friends of the University.

And at the end of the rainbow you found a splendid response, increasing support for scholarships and bursaries, new academic chairs, the renovation of lecture theatres, and badly needed upgrades to classrooms.

Even more striking than plaudits earned by your enlightened leadership of the faculty is the ubiquitous affection and regard you secured through compassionate and genuine interest in an office staff you empower, praise and motivate.

And then there is your infectious enthusiasm for making the Queen’s experience the best it can be for students and parents, a passion and utmost priority through good times and tragedies.

Presence in student life, warm open-door access, and an unwavering dedication to students, sparked an innovative student initiatives fund and remarkable partnerships and initiatives - in leadership programs, enriched extra-curricular activities and even home-cooked meals with the dean.

Sharing your values and absolute belief in the importance of humour and humanity, Queen’s honours your accomplishments and proudly presents an award for distinguished service.

Nancy E. Simpson - 1991

A pioneering human geneticist who since 1965 has rendered signal service through cross-appointments in Biology, Paediatrics and Medical Genetics, and a committed Queen's citizen instrumental in shaping the University's first Grievance Procedure.

No lone researcher in an ivory tower, she quested after a hereditary killer gene through a collaborative, long-term, multinational and interdisciplinary effort, bringing great credit home to Queen's and winning herself the 1989 award for Excellence in Research.

From the frontier of ideas, she wrested a legacy of action. Her research on cancer, diabetes, and prenatal diagnosis has already affected untold thousands; she has launched many graduate students on careers in genetics; through service to the Marty/Royce memorial trusts, she has effectively encouraged Queen's women scholars, not least through her instigation of the substantial Lynett scholarship; and through years of selfless service as grievance officer, often at a cost to her personal and scholarly pursuits, she has won respect on all sides for her objectivity and fairness.

To this superb medical sleuth -- for her participation in professional councils, government boards and task forces, and for her lengthy devotion to Queen's and humankind -- this Council expresses profound gratitude.

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Duncan G. Sinclair - 1996

An outstanding academic administrator and scholar who has made extraordinary contributions to the life and work of this University. First in 1966 as an Assistant Professor of Physiology, earning his scholarly spurs in record time, winning an appointment as Dean of Arts and Science and serving the Faculty from 1974 until 1983, then appointed to three Vice-Principalships -- Institutional Relations, Services, and Health Sciences. The latter, we are happy to say, came with his second deanship, leading the Faculty of Medicine. This creative, untragically hip counsellor to students, faculty, alumni, Chancellors and Principals, gets the white glove treatment from Queen's medical classes.

From time to time we shared him with Canada's Medical Research Council, and with Prime Ministers and Premiers, and with scores of boards, groups, agencies, and committees he has advised, chaired or steered. Duncan is particularly good in a steering role, passengers are engaged, you get where you're going, riding over the bumps on innovation, confident the destination will answer critical needs.

Internationally recognized as a guru of healthcare reform, this keen cooperator played a key role in bringing into being North America's first alternative funding program for academic medicine, now considered a model for Ontario and Canada.

Sage of the JLC, architect of the AFP, midwife of the Southeastern Ontario Health Sciences Centre, we wish you well with your new challenge -- chairing Ontario's Health Services Restructuring Commission. We know and appreciate that your belief in the perfectibility of people and process serves us all.

Nadine Sloan - 1992

Who began her 30-year career at Queen's as a secretary in the Physics Department, moved to the Arts and Science office five years later, and retired last fall from an absolutely key position as overseer of that complex faculty's $40-million budget.

Without computers or electronic spreadsheets, using just an adding machine, a sharp pencil and some ledgers, combined with her keen mind and total dedication to the continuing welfare of the university, she could at any moment provide a meticulous accounting of human and financial resources.

She has been outstanding among those who enable Queen's to protect a valuable tradition of "academic" senior administrators rather than corporate professionals. To five deans, their associates and innumerable department heads, she has been indispensable as the principal repository of precedents and data, often "saving them from themselves" as their collective memory and financial conscience.

In the glowing words of her many and grateful nominators. Nadine Sloan has been credited with unfailing promptness, cheerful accessibility, quiet competence, disciplined professionalism, integrity, judgment, and warm humanity. Her commitment went well beyond five-day weeks and seven-hour days, and the extra was always given with grace and good humour.

Her contributions have been called distinguished, enormous, unstinting, and till now -- by her own choice -- almost invisible outside her faculty. We are hereby pleased to make Queen's recognition a matter of record.

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Mary Smith - 1994

Whose family tree boasts an eminent economist, a dedicated teacher, and the head of a respected university -- and that was before her marriage!

Her success in theological studies has been an inspiration to mature students, especially women called to ministry, as she herself was to Kingston's Sydenham Street United Church; her strong pastoral sense has made her a treasured Field Education Supervisor and kindly mentor to successive Theology students; and her commitment to the greater good -- instilled by her father and shared with her husband -- has led to seven years' service on her alma mater's Board of Management, the last four as chair of its nominating committee. For many years she has also been a sparkplug of the Faculty Women's Club, sharing her organizational skills, hospitality, and quicksilver grasp of literature, politics and the challenges of being a grandparent.

Imbued with the Baptist and liberal traditions of her youth, she has touched everyone crossing the "first family's" path with her genuine appreciation of their individuality, diversity and gifts. Particularly as chatelaine of Summerhill, her managerial competence -- her gift for making things work, and work nicely-has seen a host of visitors, students and officials comforted by good food and stimulated by good company.

We appreciate her as the smiling shaker of countless hands in endless receiving lines, a gracious sayer of graces, a frequent flyer and queen of the road, eating the ubiquitous chicken and sipping the mandatory sherry on the alumni dinner Mary-go-round.

We have it on the word of the 16th Principal that she is simply "a wonderful person," and we see for ourselves she has been a true partner, unfailingly supportive of his seven-day work weeks (which inevitably escalated to nine early in their term). With this award we acknowledge her gifts to Queen's in her own right, but also as "the wind beneath his wings", the extra helping hand, sharp eye and strong, loving heart in partnership with the Principal's.

Frances K. Smith - 1987

Curator Emeritus of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, she is widely recognized throughout the land as a skilful and tenacious organizer and cataloguer of important, ground-breaking exhibitions, much honoured by her peers for outstanding service to the arts in Canada.

Art historian and biographer of André Biéler, her notable contributions to the literature of Canadian art have advanced the nationwide renown of "The Agnes" and the recognition of Queen's as wellspring of its excellent endeavours.

As factotum extraordinary, she nurtured every aspect of the Art Centre's development since it opened in 1957 with inexhaustable enthusiasm, total dedication and prodigious energy. She was assiduous and inventive in promoting community involvement and participation in the programs of "The Agnes". A pervading presence, her knowledge and assistance was generously available to all comers.

In her so-called retirement, with undiminished zip, she has continued to write, to organize exhibitions, and is mastering the martial art of arm twisting as fund-raiser in chief for Kingston's latest heritage project, the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum.

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Kim Sturgess - 1999

Generous friend and magnetic Queen's booster, quintessential volunteer, professional engineer, successful business leader and entrepreneur, we recognize her special gifts of service to all the comers of Queen's University.

An enthusiastic alumni branch supporter, class agent, campaigner for Queen's, and University Councillor, her four terms of active membership on the Board of Trustees point to countless hours of thoughtful financial stewardship and leadership on the big decisions involving the University's fiscal well-being. As the purse strings have tightened, she brings her own indomitable brand of Queen's spirit and her analytical talent to these Queen's team moments, to ensure the best information is available, to clarify and communicate it and thus help refine decisions on the thorny issues. On these issues she is a welcome positive presence among Queen's decision-makers. The "can do" attitude she brings is pure warm western Chinook, welcome indeed among the often bleak columns of numbers and challenges to meet.

We honour Kim for her constant and unfailing interest in making sure that Queen's remains among the lantern-bearers, keeping it that special place where so many elements come together to invigorate the intellect, awaken the heart, and teach what a transcending sense of purpose can mean.

Peter Taylor - 2014

You have served the Queen’s community as a teacher, scholar and administrator for more than 45 years.

You are viewed as a world leader in the field of mathematical biology, to which you have made many contributions. In fact, your work has helped establish Queen’s as a leading centre for research in the area.

But you have not allowed that to limit your research. Just as you have held cross appointments in the departments of biology and education, your publications straddle the humanities, the sciences and literature on learning.

You have been widely recognized and honoured as an outstanding teacher, just as you have been for your contributions to the development of innovative curricula. Your ideas have had a widespread impact on students at all levels – from high school to graduate school – have been shared nationally. You have been praised for creating a thoughtful and vibrant teaching culture wherever you have worked.

While some faculty members take on administrative work with reluctance, you have gone above and beyond to contribute to the running of Queen’s, serving on countless committees over the course of your tenure, as well as in other important roles, including as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Your colleagues have commended your civility, thoughtfulness and boundless energy, as well as your habit of always making yourself available to those who need your help. You represent the values and principles this university holds dear.

It is for these and many other reasons that we are pleased to present you with a Distinguished Service Award.

Barbara Teatero - 2014

With a career spanning 45 years and several roles, you have made a tremendous contribution to Queen’s.

As a senior library administrator, you have had a far-reaching and long-term impact on the research environment and on the student learning experience at Queen’s. During your tenure you have also managed a number of major projects seen as critical to the library’s future.

While disinclined to seek out the limelight, you continually demonstrate exemplary leadership nonetheless -- from playing an instrumental role in realizing the vision of the Task Force on the Library in the early 1990s, to more recently assisting with the development of the Library and Archives Master Plan. You have also worked to ensure the ongoing development of the library’s collections and services.

You have also earned a reputation for your ability to work with donors. If they had any doubts about parting with cherished collections, those doubts were soon laid to rest once they caught wind of your love for the library and its collections. Thanks to your efforts, the library acquired a great number of significant artifacts.

Your colleagues have described you as a gifted administrator with a supportive and encouraging manner, highlighting your ability to speak with people in all circumstances and in all walks of life.

For these many reasons, among others, we are pleased to present you with a Distinguished Service Award.

Manuel Teves - 1991

Who for most of his 22 years in Campus Engineering has carried the official title "Groundskeeper" and the affectionate sobriquet "Mr. Campus".

From a family farm in Portugal, he brought to Canada and Queen's a great love of working outside, working hard, and working in soil not only with his hands, but also his heart.

With unfailing geniality despite failing resources, he has striven, sometimes single-handedly, to keep Queen's environment inviting and humane. While tending plants both indoors and out, keeping lawns green and flowers at their blooming best, he has exuded kindness and bonhommie to Principals and passers-by alike.

When asked to supervise students as summer helpers, he patiently trained them, smilingly pulled them from job to job in a pink-painted tool cart behind his tractor, and planted the seeds of enduring friendships. With loving commitment, he has also nurtured three transplanted sons and cultivated a Queen's alumni family of his own.

For years of conscientious work, for his patent affection for Queen's and all its people, and for his proprietorial pride in keeping the campus green, may he long reap a harvest of his University's appreciation.

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Tom Thayer - 2000

A gifted accountant, wise resource analyst, master of self-deprecation, and far-sighted financial wizard, whose utterly remarkable gifts of fiscal dexterity and judgment have strengthened the foundations of Queen's University, and given leadership and counsel to students, staff, faculty, trustees and to professional colleagues across Canada.

We are grateful for the persistent common sense questioning instincts of our doubting Thomas. They engender extraordinary confidence. We know the mysteries of market fluctuation and revenue prediction will be resolved. We see the light hidden under the bushel revealing the Renaissance man and his considerable diversity, unquenchable interests, and thoughtfulness of others.

And beyond all the core contributions and the service to committees and councils, symphonies and cinemas, we recognize the talents of a manager who has led his own office operations through a period of unprecedented change. From punch card technology to 21st century analytical tools and systems, he has guided this accomplishment always with a warm caring personal approach toward his staff, going many extra miles on the journey to help others sort through things and understand.

With the frequently heard chorus of caution and appreciation echoing in our ears, "better run that by Tom Thayer," we celebrate two decades of pivotal participation in every major financial initiative at Queen's and we honour this exemplary service with an award for distinction.

Lee Tierney - 1997

Coordinator and planner without peer in her ability to organize splendid events. Her talent for getting the best out of people makes Queen's ceremonials shine, pipers pipe, and Boo Hoo bear hugs to Peter Lougheed.

Behind-the-scenes installer of Principals and Chancellors, architect of building openings and royal convocations, arranger of special Trustee moments, our Associate Secretary of the Board and convocation pilot designs and choreographs Queen's institutional milestones. Maestro and coach, her artistic touch, and her extraordinary grace and dignity encourages event teams to go for excellence.

In good times and tough times, Lee's role in making special occasions into consistent winners has helped to bond the Queen's community together and confirm values symbolized by the University.

For her distinguished service we celebrate the exceptional effort and creative contributions of a person who doesn't usually get to take the bow and hear the applause.

George O. Toller - 1985

Whose graduation vow to cherish a generous loyalty to his university has been a motivating principle of his life for 35 years.

As former President of the general Alumni Association, a member of its Board of Directors, Chairman of its Fund Committee, president of branches in Toronto and Ottawa, and a charter member of the Cha Gheill Society, he has given unstintingly of his time, energy, inspiration and talents as a professional investment analyst. As Alumni President he oversaw the computerization of graduate records, the launching of a new constitutional framework for the association's growing role in the life of Queen's, and the laying of groundwork for the secretariat's eventual move to permanent quarters in historic Summerhill. He worked indefatigably in four major fund-raising campaigns, and, thanks to the support of his peers, was able to give the University Council the benefit of his experience for 18 years.

Concurrently, this man of faith has served on the Board of Management of Queen's Theological College, successfully applying the Biblical mustard seed dynamic as Chairman of its Investment Committee.

We salute his unfaltering, optimistic devotion to the ideals of his alma mater, his sincere interest in its workings and its workers, and the innate sense of responsibility, hospitality, courtesy and confidence that have inspired others to work at his side, leaving this University and all Queen's alumni his debtors.

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Bernard F. Trotter - 1988

Nationally esteemed author, broadcast guru, policy analyst and guardian of Canadian culture;

For his vital role in the evolution of University policies and academic development during the seething sixties, surging seventies, and earnest eighties;

For using a family legacy of history scholarship first to shape a 15-year career as world-roving Public Affairs specialist for the CBC and then to enhance a 25-year role as Queen's policy watchdog and Principals' precentor;

For his mastery of stagecraft since student days -- setting the scene for the Formula Funding system through which all Ontario universities have been funded since 1967; juggling academic reports for the various purposes of Queen's Senate, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and government ministries; turning the spotlight on the Queen's family's achievements in teaching, research and public service as Director of Communications; calling many of the tunes heard in Kingston concert halls, and devising ways to pay the piper; decorating the scene by supporting art and art galleries; raising a supporting cast of two young alumni; being impresario of this University Council from 1984 through '87; and quietly, from a prompter's place in the wings, helping to cue Alex Corry and three successive Principals as they delivered their lines in the unfolding drama of his beloved Queen's.

David Walker - 2011

Ever since you stepped foot on campus in the 1960s to begin pre-medicine studies, you have been a highly visible supporter of Queen’s. You blend a democratic and inspirational leadership style that explains why so much was achieved during your tenure as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Recognized for your wisdom and eloquence, you identify and distill the issues that are most meaningful for your constituents and stakeholders. In weighing what was good for your faculty in the short term, and the University in the long-term, you considered the Big Picture. Your support of the University in such situations was unfailing. You recognized that compromise was necessary in all things, and that ultimately, your Faculty would succeed if the University flourished. Students have always been at the centre of your world. Even with all the pressures on your time, you have always been available to them, listening to their concerns and dispensing wise advice.

Your thorough understanding of the University, its practices, and traditions do not bind you to the past, but rather inform and influence your ability to look to the future in ways that are both sensitive and strategic. A new Medical School building, whose “conception and gestation” began during your time as Dean, will serve as a lasting reminder of your leadership skills.

For your loyalty to Queen’s, the University Council is proud to present to you a Distinguished Service Award.

Donna C. D. Watts - 1984

Manitoban by birth, Ontarian by upbringing, she is the living proof of the virtues of federalism.

Educated at Trinity College, University of Toronto, she was an outstanding student in English and History and a prize-winning athlete. Today, as a high school teacher par excellence, Donna instills in her students the virtues of scholarship and sportsmanship. Chatelaine of Summerhill, sparkplug of KCVI, her bicycle joins her two careers together.

Enthusiastic team supporter, gregarious hostess and keen sportswoman, Donna's boundless energies are balanced by her capacity to sit patiently through endless functions. Quick to ease the discomfort of those who are shy, sensitive to the concerns of the elderly, willing to lend a sympathetic ear to importunate students, Donna brings a lively mind, a friendly nature, and an informal presence to Queen's that makes her a 24 karat golden Gael.

A firm believer in the principle of things, her commonsense and practicality have carried her through ten years of hard work, long hours, and constant activity. Sailor, skier, tennis and squash player, history scholar, drama buff, hiker, traveller, seamstress and gourmet cook, Donna is a mega watt generator of the spirit of Queen's.

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Ronald L. Watts - 1984

Teacher, advisor, author, administrator skilled in diplomacy - "main frame" of the university.

Born in Japan, educated in Port Hope, Toronto, and Oxford, his encyclopaedic knowledge of federal systems and broad understanding of political philosophy have made him the counselor of governments, mentor of students and champion of universities.

Skipper of the good ship, "Queen's", Dr. Watts has skillfully navigated her through the straits of full accessibility, across the shoals of fiscal constraint and past the reefs of underfunding to bring her to port with all flags flying.

Rhodes Scholar, Officer of the Order of Canada; participant in such important government studies as The Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, The Task Force on Canadian Unity, and most recently, the Bovey Commission on the development of the Ontario university system; member of so great a number of committees that their acronyms would fill a dictionary, Dr. Watts has brought honour and prestige to Queen's through these notable accomplishments.

Ally of faculty and staff, friend of students, supporter of alumni, staunch fan of every tricolour team/ he has proudly donned Queen's colours and waved them near and far with spirit, stamina and goodwill. This university under his stewardship is distinguished by excellence in its appeal.

David G. Whiting - 1999

Who lives the alumni mission, with his own Queen's family, ever reaching out to others to join him in a lifelong association with Queen's, engaging alumni in the life and work of the University, and serving the alumni community in all its wonderful diversity.

Moved to 30 years of service by the inspiration gained from his years in Science '65, David is a devoted volunteer, constant point of light, and class reunion wizard. His quiet infectious enthusiasm keeps friendships alive and ensures that the Queen's experience will be available for generations to come.

The epitome of alumni volunteerism, active in every imaginable way, a campaign volunteer and adviser to University officers, he has served as national alumni president, worked to build local branch activities, and given his time and his energy to University Council, and Alumni Board and Assembly. He has taken his successes in business and in his life beyond, and offered these gifts to strengthen Queen's, most recently, breathing life into a new strategic plan improving Alumni Association governance.

With this award for distinguished service we honour a lifetime labour of love for alma mater and celebrate a man of insight and caring whose university is in his heart, remembered always, and shared with others.

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Tom Williams - 1995

On behalf of the Queen's and Kingston communities who owe him such gratitude as the David who slew two Goliaths -- the wild Orientation and the rampaging Street Party -- during nine complex years as the Vice-Principal who coped with parading protesters, ghetto garbage, dissident students, recalcitrant committees, pub licences, heritage vigilantes, crumbling limestone, falling trees, shrinking resources and rising admissions.

A born teacher, an active scholar, and an outstanding former Dean of Education, he has brought Queen's distinction as a North American expert in the administration of public education and the management of conflict. Students count on his frankness, fairness and abhorrence of prejudice. Colleagues rely on the thoroughness of his research, the humanity of his administration, and his courage in a crisis.

In the depth of his involvement with the Board, Senate and University Council, he has had a marked influence on Queen's fiscal planning, campus development, academic change, admissions policy, town-gown relations, student government, physical plant, and campus security.

The monuments to his special skills in campus planning will include the renewal of yesterday's limestone, today's magnificent Stauffer Library and tomorrow's exciting BioSciences Complex.

As one of his earliest publications proves, he has always known the difference between leaders and lemmings. Fortunately for Queen's, his career has always been among the former. In gratitude, we salute Tom Williams' vision and practice of leadership and the selflessness with which he has always put the higher ideals of this University before his own interests.

Brian Yealland - 2010

Your kindness and devotion are known to thousands of Queen’s and broader community members. Over your 27 years as Queen’s Chaplain, you have provided countless invocations at official Queen’s events, and have presided over life’s milestones; commemorating births, weddings, funerals and memorial services with poignant reflection and spirituality. You have a unique gift for relating to people in all of their diversity.

Although much of your work is public, your finest talents are hidden in the quiet conversations; the support and sympathy you give to people behind the scenes. Your intuitive and calm presence quells fear, eases sadness and accentuates joy. In the face of tragedy, we turn first to you, knowing you will be the last to leave our side when we are in need of comfort. You navigate seamlessly between practical details and broader philosophical or spiritual concerns. You make time for people, no matter how busy you are, day or night, weekdays or weekends, on- or off-campus. From throwing a curling rock to playing squash, your spirit and determination shines through in everything that you do.

One supporter summed up your profound and positive effect on Queen’s collective morale with the following quote by Albert Schweitzer: “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame with us.”

For your compassion and understanding, the University is honoured this evening to present you with this award for distinguished service.

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William Young - 2012

After 16 years of service to the Board of Trustees, the last six as Chair, your resilience and dedication is remarkable. A diplomatic, strong and thoughtful leader, you have capably led the Board of Trustees through an exceptionally complex time in Queen’s history, fraught with financial challenges. Under your watch, the Board made a landmark decision to restructure from 44to 25 members. Through this process, your ability to drive change, particularly in a large institution such as Queen’s, is exemplary. Your ability to build consensus while respecting the importance of all opinions and perspectives is appreciated by all of us who work toward promoting the University’s mission.

You have always been a huge supporter of Queen’s students; accessible and personable; a leader by example.

The commitment of time and energy that you have given to your alma mater is a model for all. Although based in Massachusetts, the distance never impeded your ability and enthusiasm to serve. You always give the impression that anything to do with Queen’s comes first.

In recognition of your outstanding and enduring contributions to Queen’s, we proudly present to you this award for distinguished service.

Joyce Zakos - 1999

A most exceptional Queen's person. The "first among equals" and "premiere role model" are unanimous sentiments expressed by her peers in a community where responsibility and extraordinary commitment to the job are commonplace. Mentor by example, she is admired and respected by co-workers all.

Joyce is proof that performance counts -- travelling many "extra miles" on her journey from part-time clerical staffer in the 60's, upward to Principal's executive assistant in the 90's. Her 32-year album of administrative contributions and smiling memories is chock full. In retirement she makes room for more, vice-chairing a division of the new campaign for Queen's and bringing her talents to the management of Summerhill.

Because she has untangled so many of them, Joyce knows the pathways to the ropes. And although she rarely leaves fingerprints, her deft handling of intricate issues and cryptic conundrums has helped to save the day, and the night, for Principals, Chancellors, Trustees, staff colleagues, faculty members, students, and scores of University visitors.

With this award we honour the warmth, good humour, humanity, and the quiet integrity of a life lived with enthusiasm and purpose, a life of service, distinguished by dignity and concern for others.

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