bader celebrations

The Bader Legacy

The impact of donors at Queen’s is undeniable, and the generosity of the late Dr. Alfred Bader, BSc'45, BA'46, MSc'47, LLD'86, his wife, Isabel Bader, LLD’07, and Bader Philanthropies, Inc. has been nothing short of transformational.

To honour the legacy of the Bader family’s philanthropic impact, Queen’s held Bader Celebrations. Over the course of a month, stories of impact and new gifts were shared with the alumni and greater Queen’s community. The celebration led to Principal Patrick Deane’s declaration of Bader Day on Nov. 15 (appropriately, National Philanthropy Day), the 80th anniversary of Alfred Bader’s arrival on campus.

Additionally, the celebration included the latest series of gifts from Isabel Bader and Bader Philanthropies, Inc., including:

  • 12 paintings to Agnes Etherington Art Centre. The paintings, all from the Dutch 17th century, include still lifes, biblical scenes, and scenes from daily life.
  • Nine Leica S9i microscopes to help students in the Queen’s Art Conservation program examine and treat cultural artifacts.
  • Funding for the Outdoor Gathering Space, modelled after an Ojibway round house, and endowing a new full-time, permanent Curator, Indigenous Arts and Culture at Agnes.

Bader Celebrations were greatly supported by the Queen’s community, the Isabel, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Bader International Study Centre, and many other partners, as well as the alumni community. Queen’s also celebrated Isabel Bader’s 95th birthday on Nov. 1.

Queen’s is thankful to the alumni community for sharing how the Bader family had an impact on their journeys at Queen’s by commenting on our celebration posts or using #BaderCelebrations online.