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James Douglas
A Legacy of Lifelong Learning
and Innovation

At the southeast corner of the intersection of University Avenue and Union Street in Kingston, Ontario, stands a limestone edifice with climbing ivy and Gothic windows, which for almost a century has been central to the academic life of Queen's University: the Douglas Library. In southeastern Arizona, on the Mexican border, sits the city of Douglas: for almost a century this border town was at the heart of North American copper production. Both the city and the library are named in honour of James S. Douglas (Queen's College, 1858). The life journey that links these seemingly disparate places and endeavours is a prime example of what Queen's aspires to even today: multi-disciplinary education, innovation, a global perspective, lifelong learning, and service to society.

LAEEQUE AHMED KHAN DANESHMEND has held the Noranda-Falconbridge Chair in Mine-Mechanical Engineering, in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining, at Queen's University since 1995, and served as Deputy Provost from 2013 to 2015. When not dabbling in engineering, he devotes an inordinate amount of time to obscure historical and cultural interests.

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