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Quid Novi: what's new on campus this November

This portrait of Principal Emeritus Ronald L Watts by Cleeve Horne hangs in Wallace Hall.

In memory of Principal Emeritus Ronald L. Watts

Ronald Lampman Watts, the 15th principal of Queen’s University, died Oct. 9. Dr. Watts, who served as Queen’s principal from 1974 to 1984, was also one of Canada’s leading experts on federalism.

“Dr. Watts was a beloved and respected member of the Queen’s community, and will be sorely missed,” said Principal Daniel Woolf. “He was also an enormously influential figure in the debates on federalism in Canada over several decades, a greatly respected international consultant on governance, and a fine teacher, many of whose students went on to successful careers in academe, the private sector and the public service.”

Born in Japan to Canadian Anglican missionary parents in 1929, he was educated at the University of Toronto and Oxford University. He arrived at Queen’s University in 1955 as a lecturer in philosophy, but moved to the Department of Political and Economic Science in 1961. Dr. Watts took an interest in the administration and students of Queen’s, serving as a residence don in McNeill House and helping to plan the many residences built during the 1960s.

He was appointed dean of Arts and Science in 1969 before becoming principal five years later. At 45, he was the youngest principal since George Monro Grant assumed the office nearly 100 years earlier. During his time as principal, several buildings were expanded, including Botterell Hall.

Faced with reductions in government funding, Dr. Watts also launched a campaign to cut costs, such as reducing energy consumption, while also maintaining the quality of teaching and research at Queen’s. His second five-year term was highlighted by laying the plans for the Queen's National Scholars program to attract outstanding young faculty members as well as starting the planning for the establishment of the School of Policy Studies.

Dr. Watts’ main academic interest was the comparative study of federal political systems. After retiring as principal, he served as director of Queen’s Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, senior adviser to the federal government on constitutional affairs, and consultant to governments all over the world, including Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom.

A memorial service was held on campus Oct. 30. Donations in memory of Dr. Watts may be made to the J.A. Corry Memorial Fund (Intergovernmental Relations).

In Memoriam

Brian Hope, MSc’59, PhD’62, Professor Emeritus, Civil Engineering, died June 15.

Roger Browse, Associate Professor, Computing and Information Science, Psychology, died July 18.

Michael Bristow, former professor, Biology, died Sept. 25.

Mary Balanchuk, BA’49, a professor emerita in the Faculty of Education, died Sept. 29.

Read an In memoriam piece about Dr. Hope by his colleague Dr. Mark F. Green.

Brant House opens

[Marlene Brant]
Dr. Marlene Brant Castellano at the opening of Brant House.
(Photo by Bernard Clark)

Queen’s celebrated the opening of Brant House, one of two new student residences, on Oct. 3. The building is named in honour of Dr. Marlene Brant Castellano and Dr. Clare Clifton Brant  – Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, members of the Wolf Clan, and Queen’s graduates.

Dr. Marlene Brant Castellano (Arts’55, LLD’91) is a leader in Aboriginal education and research who has dedicated her life to the rights and well-being of Indigenous students. Her late brother, Dr. Clare Clifton Brant, MD’65, was Canada’s first Aboriginal psychiatrist and worked to advance Aboriginal mental health issues.

The residence, which accommodates 271 students, is located on Lower Albert Street. Queen’s campus is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory.

Honorary degree recipients

Two distinguished individuals will receive honorary degrees at fall convocation ceremonies.

  • Nellie Cournoyea, Doctor of Laws: in recognition of her distinguished career in political governance and outstanding record of commitment in stimulating the economic, social and cultural development for Aboriginal people
  • Richard W. Battarbee, Doctor of Science: in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the reconstruction of environmental changes that have become critical tools for lake managers and policy makers
[Queen's Alumni Review 2015 Issue 4 cover]