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Letters to the editor November 2019

Letters to the editor November 2019

[1962 photo of Queen's International House]

Our flashback photo in issue 2 featured Ed Churchill (second from the left), a member of the Kingston Rotary Club who helped to create International House, a gathering place for international students at Queen’s, in 1962.

The Rotary Club of Kingston, including many Queen’s alumni, was particularly gratified to see two items in Issue 2 of the Alumni Review. Page 24 featured the 1962 opening of the first International House which was donated by the late Rotarian Ed Churchill. Also seen in the photo is Queen’s Chaplain and Rotarian Padre Marsh Laverty. This was the beginning of a long Rotary history with International House and international students. The second item was the memorial to Rotarian Bob Burnside, BSc’56. Bob was a valued member of our club for many years and continued to attend meetings until a few weeks before his death. He would come to meetings by wheelchair with his Queen’s cap on. All three were longtime members of our Rotary club: Ed for 40 years, Padre Marsh for over 50 years, and Bob for 27 years.

Recently Kingston Rotary celebrated 56 years of collaboration with Queen’s Engineering frosh selling nuts in the “Go Nuts” campaign, one of our major fundraisers, helping us finance local and international service. The Queen’s Rotaract Club is a vibrant service club consisting entirely of Queen’s students. And Dr. Daniel Woolf, at one of his last events as principal, spoke to our club on June 13. That memorable meeting concluded with Principal Woolf and Rotarians doing a spirited Oil Thigh.

As Rotary prepares to celebrate 100 years of service to the Kingston and international communities in 2020–21, we invite local alumni to join us in our motto of “Service Above Self.” Rotary continues to do great work in the world, including our campaign to end polio in the world …almost complete. Queen’s alumni, staff, and students can help.

Bob Mallette, Sc’61
Past President and Secretary of the Rotary Club of Kingston

Trevor Dagilis, Sc’92
Past President

Young chemist identified

[photo of chemistry student  Catherine Manning]
Credit: Queen’s University Archives 2210 3-AA-010

I believe that the young chemist in the photo that appeared in Issue 3 is Catherine Depew (née Manning) BA’72, PhD’76 (Chemistry). If the photo was taken in 1969, she was probably in her first year.

Cathy and I were classmates in Dr. Breck's very popular marine chemistry course. I came to Queen’s in the fall of 1973 to pursue a PhD in chemistry under Dr. Breck’s supervision. In fact, I had met Cathy a few years prior to 1973, when we both attended the Ontario Youth Music Camp in Beaverton, Ont. (She played the oboe, I the trumpet.)

After completing my PhD in 1976, I joined the National Research Council, where I had a 35-year career as a research scientist and manager before retiring in 2012. One of my post-doctoral fellows was Dr. Diane Beauchemin [now professor in the Queen’s Department of Chemistry].

James W. McLaren, PhD’76 (Chemistry)

The identity of the chemistry student, Mary Catherine Manning, BA’72, PhD’76, was verified by her husband, William Depew, Sc’69, Meds’73, who also let us know that Cathy completed her PhD at Queen’s with Walter Szarek.  Dr. Manning joined the Department of Chemistry as an adjunct professor, working with Jeff Wan, in the 1970s. She died in 2011.


[cover illustration of The language issue of the Queen's Alumni Review]