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The international experience

Congratulations on the international focus of the latest Review. I like the principal's message, "It's time to quicken the pace." I was lucky to serve on the Board of Trustees when Dr. Bader first brought the Herstmonceux Castle to our attention, and it is encouraging to realize that the International Study Centre is now only one of scores of study abroad opportunities. The rapid growth of international students on campus is a further indication of the ambitions of Queen's to be a leader in global research, teaching and community service. I was also pleased that "The Last Word" went to Wayne Myles who, for over 30 years, was the heart and soul of Queen's international commitment. At national conferences of the Canadian Bureau for International Education, I observed that Wayne was highly respected all over Canada for his leadership and innovative training programs. He set high standards which I am sure Queen's will maintain and enhance in the future.

Stewart Goodings, Arts '62

It was entirely appropriate to give Wayne Myles the 'Last Word' in Issue 4, 2014 (The Queen's Interanational Experience). In his 32 years as Director of the Queen's University International Centre (QUIC), Wayne brought distinction to the international dimension at Queen's. At his 2014 retirement he was the dean of international officers in Canadian universities, well known and highly regarded and admired across Canada (and beyond) for his leadership in promoting the international/global perspective in higher education. His international training workshops at Queen's, his publications on international risk management for students and faculty (in collaboration with Guelph's Dr Lynne Mitchell), and his personal cross-cultural experience and sensitivity were exemplary.

Wayne's strong advocacy of "inclusive internationalization" (the title of his piece in the Review) needs to be taken much more seriously in those universities in which 'international' is increasingly viewed in business terms - branding, marketing, recruiting, income. The comprehensive and balanced approach, by contrast, guided his work at Queen's. His observations in the "Last Word" should be required reading in all Canadian university international offices and especially by the senior administrators to whom they report. Job well done, Wayne Myles.

James Shute, Arts'59
University Professor Emeritus
University of Guelph

The Kingston connection

|I enjoyed the feature on the Queen’s grads involved in “Finding Franklin’s ship,” (issue 4, 2014) but thought you might like to add a bit more Kingston connection to the story. Jonathan Moore has spent a significant part of his career investigating the shipwrecks around Kingston. In fact, in the summer of 2012 he could be seen with a team from Parks Canada diving from RV Investigator in the waters around Kingston. In the process he produced a very accessible pamphlet, "Shipwrecks from the War of 1812 at Kingston, Ontario” in conjunction with the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation. This expanded into two chapters in Coffins of the Brave: Lake Shipwrecks of the War of 1812 (Texas A & M University Press, 2014). In addition, his chapter in The Archaeology of Watercraft Abandonment (Springer, 2013) surveys the "ships’ graveyards” in the Kingston region. The documentation of Kingston’s submerged cultural resources has been well served by Jonathan.

I would also note that Dr. John Rae, whose acquisition of some of the Franklin artifacts from the Inuit was the first solid evidence of the fate of the expedition, had commissioned a vessel, built in Kingston and launched in the spring of 1857 as the Iceberg. It disappeared on Lake Ontario that summer before Rae could use it to return to the Arctic. Another lost vessel on Lake Ontario, whose remains have never been identified.

In a further Kingston connection, HMS Investigator, one of the vessels taking part in the search for the Franklin expedition, was abandoned [in 1853] in the Arctic off Banks Island and discovered by the same Parks Canada team in 2010. The captain of HMS Investigator was Robert McCLure, whose résumé included service under Captain Sandom at Kingston in the wake of the Upper Canada rebellions.

Walter Lewis
Artsci’79, MA’83 (History)

A.B.C. Throop

In issue 4, 2014, you asked for information about people in a photo from the 1917 yearbook. One of the names of those shown in the photo rang a bell with me. A.B.C. Throop was the very imposing man who was the principal of Renfrew Collegiate and Vocational Institute when I ventured into those halls as a grade nine student in 1950. You can find Mr. Throop mentioned a number of times in the Centennial Harpooner, a publication created to honour the 100th anniversary of the school... I'll quote a few sentences to give you the gist of what I found in that book. “Throop's unique personality added colour and variety to the school day. His penchant for unusual words inspired awe in grade niners and intrigued the more sophisticated senior students. His somewhat unpredictable temperament was an asset to discipline because it kept the boys guessing."

Allan Headrick, Arts '63, MA'65

Editor's note:
The 1917 yearbook tells us that Albert Burton Cyrus Throop (“Bert” to his Queen’s friends) was “the best hearted and most jovial fellow you would meet on life’s journey.” Originally a member of Arts 1917, that year, he became a lieutenant in an artillery brigade. He returned to Queen’s after the war and finished his BA in 1919, and followed this up with a BSc in 1922.

Remembering Dr. Reginald W. Smith

I had a deep sadness overwhelm me, when I read the In Memoriam column in the 2014 Issue 3 of the Queen's Alumni Review, of the passing of Dr. Reginald W. Smith. I had graduated from Queen's with a BSc (Eng) Electrical in 1980. In 1979 and 1980, I had as technical electives Materials Science for Electrical Engineers I & II from the Department of Metallurgical Engineering. Both of these courses were taught by Dr. Smith, class and lab sizes were small, three (3) students.

In both of these courses we had learned about metal alloys, thermodynamics of molecular structures, semiconductor crystal growing for electronics, lasers, superconductivity, corrosion of metals, heat and electron conductivity, thermoelectric generators etc. I was fascinated by all of these topics, and in the manner that Dr. Smith taught them. He was knowledgeable and erudite in his field of teaching and research. His place of birth was the UK, and he struck me as an epitomy of an English science teacher of higher learning.

I had a very deep respect for him. My best memories of him were as follows:

1. In one (1) of the superconductivity labs, a printed circuit board in an instrumentation device ( I am unable to remember the exact purpose of this device ), had a failed ( burnt ) component ( unable to remember the component, I think it was a transistor ). Dr. Smith said to me that since I was an electrical engineering student that I must know about soldering components onto printed circuit boards, and could I replace the failed component? Yes, I said to both of this statements. I had replaced the burnt component, he had turned the device on, and it had functioned properly. As a reward for my assistance he offered me a mug of tea in his office. I began to drink the tea, when Dr. Smith said in a jocular manner, that I drink tea like a colonial; tea should be drank with the elbow held upright at almost the same height as the shoulder, I was drinking the tea with my elbow down. We both laughed at my social tea faux pas.

2. Near the end of each academic year in the Spring, Dr. Smith invited his students to his mid-nineteenth century farm north of Kingston for dinner, his wife made homemade bread in a stone oven. Since Dr. Smith taught and researched in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, all of these students were from that Department. In the Spring of 1980, Dr, Smith invited me, an Electrical Engineering student, to this dinner, the only student outside of Metallurgical Engineering, I felt honoured to attend this sumptuous home-cooked meal.

My deepest condolences to his surviving family, students, and faculty associates. I raise a mug of tea, shoulder height of course, to his memory.

John C. Faello, P.Eng
Department of National Defence
Engineering Support Squadron
4 CDSB Petawawa, Ontario

[cover of Queen's Review 2015-1]