As past President of The Advocates' Society, I was given a gift for my years of service on the Board and Executive.
Usually the gift is something personal; a painting or in one case, a signed baseball. I asked to have my gift money put into an award for Excellence in Advocacy at Queen's. I enhanced the award with my own money and my firm Dutton Brock contributed. As Queen's made a lasting and important impression on me, I wanted to return that in some way.
I hope the recipient will remember their years at Queen's as fondly as I have. As I am a litigator, I wanted the award to encourage and support good advocacy in keeping with my years at The Advocates' Society.
Established in memory of my parents and Dr. L.J. Austin, Professor of Surgery, whose deep interest in my welfare eventually led to my graduation. I could also mention with deep reverence and gratitude Dr. Jean Royce. The Prize donated by my wife Dorothy and I is a "give back" to Queen's who gave a desperate young man a university education in Ontario when Quebec ("my" province) refused.
Established by members of Science '44 in memory of Clyde Lendrum, Sc. '44. This Fund was funded from the Sc'44 40th year fund at a time when the province of Ontario severely cut back on grants and funding of Ontario universities.
The fund was established at the class reunion of 1984, celebrating our 40th anniversary (thus the name). The initiators included Clyde Lendrum, Arthur Holloway (permanent president) and others. We annually, through Dean Harris, fund the solar car program from fund interest. The Dean of Applied Science has discretionary judgement for use of the fund to improve equipment, etc, with approval from Sc'44 executive committee.
This fund was begun at our class' 40th reunion in 1984 in memory of members who were killed in World War II. Thus, the name - "The Science '44 40th Year Fund".
The organizer was Clyde Lendrum (Deceased). There were more than 100 graduating members of Science '44. The main fund is usable within the Faculty of Applied Science at the Dean's discretion, but with approval by the class rep.
The entrance bursary was spun off when the Ontario Government cut support of Universities drastically.
Established by the Class of Science ‘47. This Fund was created following graduation of the Class of Science '47 to help others attend Queen's.
Established by the Class of Science 1948.
Established by the class of Science '48 in honour of George A. Jewett to recognize his many years of service to Science '48.
Founded by the class of Science '48 in honour of Professor S. N. Graham. Awarded on the completion of the second year to a student with a sound academic record who has demonstrated outstanding performance in extra-curricular activities on campus.
Established with funds donated by the members of Science '54 and given in appreciation of the effort of Fred Siemonsen, Science '54, and his wife, Mary Lou Siemonsen.
At the 40th reunion of our class, Roly White announced the creation of a class fund to be presented to my wife and myself, to support any Queen's activity we wanted.
Mary Lou and I decided that we would like to establish a bursary for applied science students who had a need for support, and were academically qualified. The awards committee took this on.
Established by the class of Science 1956 at the 40th reunion so we may assist new students as they enter Queen's and have need of financial assistance. We are proud of our engineering degree and wish to share our success with new students.
Established to assist Applied Science students in their studies on the way to a wonderful career. The profession of engineering is not only interesting, but it contributes greatly to the welfare of mankind. We hope The Key has made your study slightly easier and welcome you to our community of engineers.
Science 1963 acknowledges the difficulties many students have in financing their Queen's education and we are now in a position where we can provide assistance. Our bursary is designed to be a gift that will keep on giving to second year students for years to come.
Established by the Class of Science '77. Science '77 was very active on campus and was particularly concerned with the cost of education. As an example, Sci. '77 decided to choose the lower cost nylon jackets since some classmates could not afford leather jackets.
It is very important, in our view, that Queen's be open to all qualified students and not just those able to afford the increasing costs of education. Queen's has always had students from remote parts of Canada (and the world) and we view this as important to continue.
This fund was set up at Queen's by members of Sheldon's graduating class in 1997.
Sheldon was born at the Grace Hospital in Ottawa on May 4, 1974, to Glen and Sheila McDonell of Munster, Ontario. Sheldon attended St. Philip Elementary School and St. Mark High School in Manotick. The family moved to Manotick in 1987. Sheldon has an older sister, Juliann, now residing in Kingston with her husband and two children, and older brother, Allan, residing in Markham with his wife and three children.
Sheldon always had a great many friends. The phone would ring constantly during the week before he would be coming home from Queen’s. He loved golf and hockey and played competitively in both sports. Sheldon’s other passion was politics and he loved both the courses and discussions at University. Sheldon was very proud of his Scottish heritage and enjoyed wearing the family tartan.
Sheldon had been down to visit his family the week prior to the accident, especially to see Juliann, Andrew and Alexandra his nephew and niece. His parents went golfing with him at Eagle Creek in Kanata; Allan had driven down from Toronto to visit the day before he left on his camping trip. Although we did not know it, we were all given a chance to say goodbye.
Sheldon, his girlfriend, her father, and some friends of their family travelled by canoe to a secluded part of Algonquin Park for a few days of camping. They watched the perfect shower of shooting stars that week. On the 15th, a sudden storm came up. Although they all were struck by lightning, Sheldon was the only one to succumb. His girlfriend had just graduated at the top of her class in Respiratory Technology and worked diligently on him for over an hour. They made their way to the Ranger Station and took him to the hospital in Barry’s Bay, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Sheldon had worked part time at the Lone Star Café in Kingston and reveled in the atmosphere. The Lone Star had a golf tournament in his name on the second Monday of July every year for 9 years. Money raised from the tournament was donated to the Neo Natal Unit at Kingston General Hospital. There is also a bursary in his name at St. Mark High School, Manotick, ON, as well as the Memorial Bursary at Queen’s.
Sheldon was only 22 when he died. His family are all very proud of the legacy that he has left, which included the Queen’s Bursary. He would be very pleased to see you get this bit of help and would want you to be the best person you can be every day.
We are always glad to hear from recipients through the years. We all enjoy hearing who you are, and what your career plans are. It is also very special for his nephews and niece as they have so little memory of him.
Smirle, BA 1973, LLB 1976, was very proud to belong to Queen's University. While attending Queen's, he volunteered for Flora MacDonald, member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands.
After graduation, Smirle worked for Flora in Ottawa until he became Assistant to the Clerk of the Ontario Legislature. In this position, he travelled throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa and met a variety of people and lived a full life devoted to the Ontario political scene. In 1993 at the age of 42, Smirle died of cancer.
Established by Darla A. Wilson, B.A. '81, LL.B. '84, in memory of Sherri Campbell, B.A.(Hons.) '82, B.Ed. and M.A. (English) '84.
Sherri Campbell attended Queen's obtaining 3 degrees. She was a brilliant student in English, particularly the Renaissance period. She was involved as a don at Jean Royce in addition to her studies. She loved her years at Queen's.
After graduating with her Master's, she worked as a high school teacher in Brampton, where she was admired and respected by all. Tragically Sherri passed away in June 1988, just short of her 29th birthday.
The Stanley and Jean Pitt Distinguished Alumni Entrance Scholarship
Established in October 2006 from the estate of Jean Pitt, B.A. 1932, and Stanley Pitt, Sc. 1930, and awarded on the basis of financial need to students in any year in the School of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Born on a farm at Brinston Corners, Dundas County, Ontario. He was educated at Dixons Corners, Ontario Public School and Iroquois High School and Queen’s University.
Stanley was married for 65 years to Jean McLaughlin, Arts ’52. Stanley worked 42 years for Ontario Hydro at Niagara Falls and at the time of his retirement he was River Control Superintendent. Following retirement he traveled extensively to most countries of the world and spent his winters in Florida. He was a member of Kiwanis, the Ontario Hydro Pensioners Association and was Past President of both the local and Provincial Associations and the United Church.
His hobbies were taking pictures on his trips, bridge playing and reading.
Stanley moved from his home to Lundy’s Retirement Manor in 1995, living there until his death at 90 years of age.
Jean Elizabeth (McLaughlin) Pitt
Born on a farm at Dundela, Dundas County, Ontario, the original home of the McIntosh Apple. She was educated at Dundela Public School, Morrisburg High School and Queen’s University.
Jean was a member of the Niagara Falls University Women’s Club and was a Past President. She was also Past President of Niagara Falls Local Council of Women and was a member of the United Church.
Her hobbies were playing bridge, travel, reading, gardening and handicrafts. Winters were spent in Florida. Jean lived until 93 years of age.
Established in memory of Stanley F. Leavine, M.D. 1920, B.A. 1927. My father was a very wonderful and well respected person and I am also a Queen's Meds grad, so this Fund seemed appropriate.
I wanted to honour my mother Zelia Trzop, my wife Joan (Edmison) Trzop, and my in-laws J. Alex Edmison and Mrs. Alice Edmison; all of whom, greatly contributed their love, kindness and many words of wisdom for me to attend university.
Queen's and the Queen's Family provided the basis of my achievements for which I am thankful. May the Stanley F. Trzop Award help someone in the future at Queen's to be as fortunate as I.
Established by family, friends and fellow students in memory of Stephen Csatari, a third year honours History student at the International Study Centre in 2002, who died suddenly of a rare and undetected heart defect.
Stephen Csatari was a third year history student at Queen’s, attending the International Study Centre in Herstmonceux for the winter semester, January through April, 2002, fulfilling a wish he expressed at the beginning of first year – he knew early on that he wanted to study in England.
He had a passion for history from a very young age, especially anything related to the two World Wars of the last century. This led to a keen interest in modern European history, and he was very enthusiastic about his Military History courses at the I.S.C, with field trips to the Flanders battlefields in Belgium, the beaches of Normandy, and a visit to Vimy Ridge as some of the highlights. He was enthused about the many field studies taken in London, especially to the Imperial War Museum, a favourite destination. He was just as enthusiastic about the social excursions in London, taken with his girlfriend Avery Guthrie (also a third year history student at Queen’s) and many new friends from the Castle. Stephen had been to London prior to this trip, but it was a favourite destination and he always discovered something new and interesting – he loved to explore the city. He was equally as enthusiastic about the Art History course he took at the I.S.C., and wrote home often about the incredible wealth of galleries London has to offer.
Stephen felt that his experience at the Castle was the highlight of his academic life to date. The proximity to many historical sites made frequent field trips possible, not to mention the proximity to France and Belgium, the destinations for the mid-winter break for his year – he and his friends had an incredible time, and were especially enthusiastic about the cuisine! He also found the Castle and its grounds very beautiful and interesting – based on his reports home, his parents decided to visit in February and were very impressed with the beauty of the setting and surrounding area.
During the first week of April, the weather was beautiful – a real English spring, and Stephen decided to go for a run before dinner one evening along a country road outside the castle grounds – a favourite route for walks and jogging. When he didn’t return, his girlfriend and other friends went looking for him, only to find police at the spot where he had collapsed. He died of a fatal heart rhythm disturbance, brought on by exercise, as a result of a rare, hereditary heart defect he was not aware he had. He was twenty years old.
The staff and students at the I.S.C. have established several memorials to Stephen, and were incredibly supportive to his mother, father and sister during the days they stayed at Bader Hall following his death. A giant Sequoia Redwood tree was planted in the beautiful Rhododendron Gardens behind the castle during a tree planting ceremony attended by all the students and staff, chosen by the head gardener to reflect Stephen’s height – he was 6 ft., 8 in. tall. It will be the tallest tree in the area when it matures. A commemorative stone and plaque have been placed at the spot along the road where Stephen fell, along with a garden which will be tended by the Castle groundskeepers. There is also a memorial garden and sitting area being established along the pathway from Bader Hall to the castle, in a grove of trees the students pass by every day on their way to classes and meals.
Stephen was a tall, funny, very personable young man and a very good student – he was always at or near the top of his history classes. He was awarded his Degree in history posthumously at Spring Convocation, 2002. He loved his experience at the I.S.C., made great friends and enjoyed travelling through Britain and Europe while he was there. For this reason, and because of the tremendous support given by the staff and students there, his family decided to establish this memorial award in his name.
His family’s wish is that you will find it as enriching and rewarding an experience as he did, and that your studies will be greatly enhanced by such a wonderful international experience. We hope this award will help make it possible.
STEPHEN JOHN EDWIN CSATARI - September 14, 1981 – April 6, 2002
Established by the law firm of Stringer Brisbin and Humphrey to encourage and support students in pursuing studies and an interest in labour and employment law.
Established by Susan J. Serena, LL.B. '79. This Fund was created in order to permit one or more scholarships to be offered to law students at Queen's University. The ultimate goal of the scholarships is to provide financial assistance and encouragement to individuals who have and will continue to make contributions that go beyond the practice of law or other legal pursuits.
Established by Susan Nelles Pine, B.N.Sc. '78, a courageous and devoted paediatric nurse, in memory of her father James Nelles, Meds '50 and her brother David Nelles, Meds '78. James and David Nelles were dedicated paediatricians.
In 1981, I was charged with 4 counts of first degree murder as a result of my position as a pediatric nurse in the cardiology unit at the Hospital for Sick Children. After a preliminary hearing, I was discharged of all charges and subsequently was compensated by the Provincial government for my legal fees. As a result, I wanted to recognize the contributions of my father and brother to the pediatric profession. Since we are all Queen's graduates, I thought it would be most appropriate to assist a pediatric nursing student in the pursuit of their career.
Established by Gerald D. Sutton, B.Com. 1948, M.Com. 1949, and Margaret (Scally) Sutton, B.A. 1948. These were created to provide support to one or more students in need of assistance to continue at Queen's. Margaret won the Kingston Scholarship and I was supported by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, so we had help ourselves.
Established by Gerald D. Sutton, B.Comm. '48, M.Comm. '49, and Margaret (Scally) Sutton, B.A. '48, to help good students in need of financial assistance attend the School of Business and get international experience in final or post grad year.
Established by Gerald D. Sutton, B.Comm. '48, M.Comm. '49, and Margaret (Scally) Sutton, B.A. '48, to help good students in need of financial assistance attend the School of Business and get international experience in final or post grad year.
To help facilitate post-grad study by worthy recipients.
Established in memory of Sylvia C. Small who was one of the first women to receive a University Degree in mathematics (N.Y.U. in the mid 30's). She taught math and music in New York City and was an accomplished pianist . She also invented a system for transcribing the musical staff into braille, so that blind people could read music. She accompanied a string quartet or trio weekly. An unsung hero and modest person, she was a remarkable woman.
Established by family and friends in memory of Thomas Nugent, B.Com. 2000.
Established by Eric Clifton Tripp and Maria Louise Smith. It was created to give back to the university that most enriched our lives during the post-secondary education period.
My Mom (Gertrude Goodall) and my Dad (Mike Wiltshire) both had very different, but equally satisfying Queen's experiences.
My mother went to Queen's directly from high school. As her father had just passed away, the financial sacrifice to send her to university was considerable. However, my Mom was never a worrier and assumed everything would work itself out, which it did. She took from Queens a full life experience. She made life-long friends, took a wide range of courses (graduating with a pass in Spanish, psychology and biology - quite a range) and participated in all facets of student life. She lived at Ban Righ Hall, where she loved to "dress" for meals. She ran for student office and devised a plan whereby she would drop pamphlets on the campus from a small plane flying overhead, with the pilot telling her when to let the pamphlets go. She felt that this would guarantee her election. Unfortunately, every one of the brochures fell in Lake Ontario and, needless to say, she lost the election. She always maintained that her rival candidate had bribed the pilot.
After Queen's Mom went on to the School of Social Work and spent her working years with Children's Aid, the YMCA, and various other organizations that helped people. She was also very involved in city planning in Ottawa. She maintained that her Queen's experience gave her the skill set for a varied and interesting life. She felt that the strength of Queen's was in the rich and full opportunity that Queen's life offered and she wanted to help others have that same experience.
My father did not attend Queen's until after a long career in the Military. He joined the cadets in high school and then as soon as high school was over he joined Signals and married my Mom. During the war he went overseas, was wounded and ultimately lost part of his foot. He stayed in the Army of Occupation after the war, and when he finally returned home he continued his Military career. He and Mom moved from place to place with Signals - my brother was born in Halifax and I was born in the U.S. After over 30 years in the Military he retired and at age 50 was ready to start a new career. He attended Queen's as a mature student, leaving my Mom and the kids in Ottawa and received a B.A. in geography. For Dad, Queen's was all about the opportunity to learn.
After graduation he went on to a 15 year career as a high school teacher. He was totally ambidextrous and would win over his classes by going up to the chalk board on the first day and writing two completely different messages, one with each hand, at the same time. He was very devoted to helping students learn and even after he retired would volunteer to help students who were struggling the most. Dad felt that as many people as possible should have the opportunity to attend Queen's in order to learn.
Both my husband and I attended Queen's and feel that it is both a great place of learning and a great life experience.
This Fund was created by members of the University Council as part of the OSOTF program.
Established by the late Virginia Dillon (nee Parker) who was the head of the Health Science Library from 1967 until her retirement. She kindly made a generous donation to the Department of Psychiatry for my use. I persuaded her to allocate some of this money to the Faculty of Medicine to be used as a prize for a senior student. She agreed, and kindly honoured me in naming the prize. After Miss Parker left Kingston, we remained friends, corresponding and visiting.
To honour W.C. Good, father of donors:
Beth (Good) Latzer, Allen Good, Harold Good, (Norman Good), (Robert Good)
Harold Good was professors of Biology at Queen's from 1949 to 1983.
Allen Good's son Tom attended Queen's in the late 60's.
Beth Latzer, daughter Margie attended Queen's in the late 60's.
Established by family and friends in memory of Dr. Gordon Hamilton, M.D. 1913.
My maternal grandfather, Dr. William Gordon Hamilton practiced as a family doctor until his death in 1955 in Westport, Ontario. He was originally from Elgin, Ontario and grew up on a farm in the area with 6 brothers and one sister. He had 2 sons, Harry Hamilton (1949) and Greg Hamilton (1955), graduates from Queen's Medicine. As well, his son-in-law Maurice Farrell (1955) and grandson Chris Farrell (1982) also went to Queen's Medicine. I studied medicine in Toronto. Queen's and medicine have a special place in our family and we would like to honour my grandfather as a result!
He worked as a teacher to supplement his income while earning his degree. After interning at St. John's Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., he returned to Westport, Ontario where he worked as a family doctor until his death in 1955. His strong sense of family and pride in Queen's were passed on to his large family of ten children. This generation had 2 medical graduates of Queen's (Harry '49 and Greg '55), and a son-in-law as well: Maurice Farrell Meds '55 (my father). We hope this bursary can be used to help off set the soaring tuition costs for medical students, especially those from rural communities as my grandfather was.
Established in honour of W. Hugo Evans, Head of the French Department from 1948 to 1970. Hugo had this arranged by Colette Tonge for his 80th birthday. I am determined to continue this fund in his memory.
Established by family and friends in memory of William J. Abrams, B.Sc. '55. William J. "Bill" Abrams worked for Polysar in Sarnia, starting there in 1955 as a research chemist. Bill held many positions since then, including Technical Manager, Rubber Group-Americas. Bill died tragically on May 10th at the age of 56 years old.
Established by family, colleagues, former students, and friends of William Robert Thompson, Professor of Psychology at Queen's from 1966 to 1979, Head of Department from 1966 to 1972.
My husband and I both taught at Queen's. Our daughter playwright Judith Thompson graduated from Queen's ('77) and our son, Bill Thompson, got his MA ('82) and PHD ('86) here, so Queen's is something of a family affair. My husband came back to Queen's for the third time in 1966 as Head of the Psychology Department and stayed until his death at 55 in 1979. I think a Memorial prize is a wonderful way of keeping someone's memory alive.
I enjoy hearing back, not only from the beneficiaries, but also from faculty at other Universities who tell me that in hiring they always give special attention to the winners of the W.R. Thompson Prize.
The W. T. Pound Engineering Design Award was established in 1996 by the family of William Thomas (“Bill”) Pound (WTP) to honour the memory of their father. He is remembered with love and respect. WTP thought very highly of Queen’s University and spoke of his time there as very challenging, stimulating and formative. The family was pleased to initiate an award in his name which recognizes excellence, innovation and achievement.
WTP was born in Kingston, Ontario on September 6, 1907. His father, a baker, also ran a sailor’s mission at Kingston. His mother later operated a boarding house where many Queen’s University students were resident over the years.
Following graduation, WTP joined the Ontario Paper Company and began a long and distinguished career in the Canadian pulp and paper industry. One of his early assignments dealt with the periodic requirement to quantify the log-wood inventory at large storage sites. WTP considered the problem and proceeded to survey the log piles at each site. The ensuing inventory estimates were more reliable than any previous figures and the company adopted the procedure at all of its mills. He was recognized as an innovative and effective Engineer and worked for Ontario Paper with increasing responsibility until the outbreak of World War Two. WTP attempted to enlist in the Canadian armed forces but was rejected because of his age and his dependence on eye-glasses. During the war years he worked as an Engineer in a war production plant in Elora, Ontario.
On October 26, 1940, he married Jessie Edith Duncan Thom (JEP). Jessie was born on October 31, 1915 in St. Catharines, Ontario. Between 1942 and 1948, they had four children. From 1946 through 1948 the family lived in La Tuque, Québec where WTP was an Engineer with Brown Corporation.
In 1948 WTP was recruited by Pacific Mills Limited as Plant Engineer at their Ocean Falls, B.C. site. The company operated a pulp and paper mill and supporting town-site on the Pacific coast 500 kilometers north of Vancouver. The town of 3,000 people was not connected to the provincial power grid or highway system and was accessible only by boat or seaplane. The wide variety of responsibilities and experiences at Ocean Falls were invaluable to WTP professionally and personally. Crown Zellerbach took over the company in 1953. WTP was promoted to Assistant Resident Manager in 1954.
In 1956 WTP joined St. Lawrence Corporation Limited as Assistant Manager at their pulp and paper mill in Trois Rivières, Québec with manufacturing responsibilities at other St. Lawrence Corporation mills. In 1957 the family moved to Montréal, when WTP was promoted to Vice President, Manufacturing with responsibility for the operation of the company’s pulp and paper mills. St. Lawrence Corporation was taken over in 1961 by what is now Domtar Limited. One of its subsidiaries was Domtar Newsprint Limited and WTP was promoted to Vice President, Manufacturing of this company, with responsibility for the planning and operation of mills including Red Rock (Ontario), Trois Rivières, Dolbeau, East Angus and Donnacona (Québec). In 1965 he was promoted to Vice President and General Manager, Domtar Pulp Sales. The over-leaf image is from a picture taken during the Domtar years.
WTP elected to take early retirement from Domtar in 1967 following a mild heart attack. Thereafter he acted as a consultant and worked with companies in Canada and England through 1968. In 1969, WTP accepted a position with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Initially based in Rome, he and JEP then lived in Athens for two years. As a Project Manager, he managed two United Nations Development Programs projects designed to assess and plan development of forest products industries in Greece.
Even at the peak of his career WTP made time for his family and other commitments. He volunteered time as a member of the Board of Stewards of his church, as an official at Canadian Amateur Swimming Association swim meets and was the Referee-in-Charge of the Canadian Swimming Championships in 1961. He enjoyed curling and served as a Director and then President of Thistle Curling Club in Montréal, one of the oldest curling clubs in Canada. During the years 1962 through 1964, he served on the Executive Council of the Technical Section of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association.
WTP and JEP retired to St. Catharines in 1973. They doted on their grand-children, one of them named William. WTP died in his sleep in August 18, 1989, at the age of 82. His beloved wife Jessie died of cancer two years later.
WTP was an avid fisherman and once caught a 75 pound (34kg) spring salmon at River Inlet, B.C. That year the family Christmas card showed a picture of him with the fish, including a small, but unmistakable, notation about its weight. He enjoyed watching baseball, football and hockey, which he played as a youth. He was a skilled card player and played the banjo and ukulele at home, having experience in amateur bands and productions. He had an excellent sense of humour, as illustrated by a comment he made after representing Domtar during an intense labour contract negotiation at Red Rock, Ontario. When the contract was finally signed, the paper-makers made him an honorary member of their union. To the amusement of everyone, WTP observed: “This is the first thing anyone has given me all week”.
He and JEP created a warm and civilized home. She was an excellent home-maker and a particularly good cook. WTP moderated discussion at the dining room table with considerable skill and insight. Both parents encouraged their children to pursue higher education and all four have at least one university degree.
WTP was an intelligent, thoughtful and constructive man possessed of considerable vigor and good humour. He set an admirable example for all of his family and displayed an unshakable integrity and work ethic. Throughout the pulp and paper industry he was recognized as an authority and a highly effective executive. WTP gave great credit to his wife regarding his achievements and success, the companionship and family life they shared was a joy to him.
Established by his family and friends in memory of Walter Thumm, Professor at Queen's until his death in 1977.
Continuing a tradition of hard work and a sense of community...
The Wasmund family first came to Canada from Germany in 1859, settling in Wilberforce Township, and several generations later descendants of those early pioneers endowed a generous scholarship for assisting students in the Upper Ottawa Valley to attend Queen’s University.
The period from 1858-1890 saw a wave of German immigrants settle in the Ottawa Valley. At the time, Germany was going through severe hardships, the result of the German wars of unification. In Canada, officials were looking to Germany and much of Eastern Europe for immigrants to help settle Canada’s expansive landmass. One of these areas was the Upper Ottawa Valley region, which forms an arc swinging west through Renfrew and Eganville, stretching to Barry’s Bay, and then south to Bancroft in North Hastings.
Included in the early waves of German immigrants to Canada was a farming family headed by Peter Christian Wasmund. Peter came to Canada along with his family, who were originally from near Greifswald, a small city on the Baltic Sea in northern Germany. Peter and his family, which included his 21-year old son Theodor and two younger daughters, settled in Wilberforce Township, near Golden Lake in North Renfrew County, along with a growing vanguard of other German emigrants.
Considerable co-operation and many unions quickly developed amongst the emigrants, as evidenced by the marriage of Theodor Wasmund to Elizabeth Budarick in early 1860. This long and fruitful union produced 14 children that became the genesis of the Wasmund family in the North Renfrew and Hastings counties.
Rocky terrain, limited infrastructure, and the harsh climate made life in the unsettled Ottawa Valley challenging. Hard work was a necessity to meet the exceptional challenges of developing the area and overcoming these hardships. A strong sense of community quickly developed amongst the settlers, as everyone, particularly those in the most isolated communities, had to work together to create new, mutually beneficial opportunities. The relationships between these families was critical not only for their own survival, but for the development of a key part of the Canadian hinterland.
Bert Wasmund, great-grandson of Theodor Wasmund, was raised in North Hastings County and grew up with the same values as his hard-working ancestors. Born to Theodore and Esther Wasmund, Bert spent his early years working on the family farm in Monteagle. Here, he learned through his parents and neighbours of diverse ancestral, cultural, and religious backgrounds, that the key to unlocking opportunities was through the same values as those that preceded him — hard work and cooperation with others in your community. He attended Queen’s University for both his undergraduate and master’s degrees before earning his doctorate from the University of Toronto. Professionally, he has since become a cornerstone of Hatch Ltd., one of the largest engineering, procurement, and construction management firms in the world. Throughout his successful educational and professional career, Bert has never lost sight of how these important communal principles shaped his career. The
Wasmund Family Memorial Scholarship, set up in honour of his parents, reflects those same values of the Wasmund family, all of whom possessed a deep love of the North Country, valued hard work, and worked to provide more opportunities for those in their communities.
Since the inception of the Wasmund Family Memorial Scholarship eleven years ago, 32 students have been awarded the endowment scholarship, with each student receiving $7,000 per year for the four years required to earn an honours degree at Queen’s. Twenty of these students have since graduated, with a considerable number proceeding into post-graduate studies in such fields as biology, medicine, economics, linguistics, public administration, law, and music. Many more have found lasting employment in the engineering, teaching, nursing, and social work fields. The scholarship has helped unlock opportunities for students of North Hastings High School, Madawaska Valley District High School, Opeongo High School, and Renfrew Collegiate Institute to attend Queen’s University. Queen’s University is one of the most prestigious universities in Canada, and just like the communities in the Upper Ottawa Valley, is proud of its sense of community well-being and uplift.
From the perspective of the award recipients, the Wasmund Family Memorial Scholarship provides deserving students with the opportunity to attend post-secondary education that otherwise might not be possible. In addition to it rewarding hardworking students who have a passion for their communities, the award also inspires local high school students to consider a future where post-secondary education is achievable. Knowing that financing of a career-building post-secondary education is possible is often the key for some students in the region to compete and excel. Prospective students can apply directly through Queen’s, who responsibly facilitates the application and awarding of the scholarships.
An alumni community has also been created from among the former recipients of the award. This network allows students and recent alumni to reach out to past winners who have begun their careers, to receive advice and support.
Ultimately, the goal of the award is to help the young people of the region to become successful so that just as the original Wasmunds served as pioneers in the development of the North Renfrew and Hastings counties, they too can aspire to make important achievements and be pioneers in their respective fields.
The Wes and Dorletta Curran Memorial Award
Established by former research assistants, Curran family members, friends and colleagues in honour of Wes and Dorletta Curran. Dr. Curran was a professor in Biology and founder and Director of Queen's University Biological Station near Chaffey's Locks. The station was started in 1946. Dr. Curran was an excellent teacher and organizer and very involved in the community in Kingston, Elgin and Chaffey's locks. He was highly respected for all his contributions and the family atmosphere at the Q.U.B.S.
This fund was created by Stanley Gerow, B.Sc. Civil Engineering, Science '14, Queen's University to honor his parents Wesley and Margaret Gerow (deceased) Rossmore, Ontario.
William (Bill) A. Davis grew up poor, in a tiny dirt floor school house; the only one to go to University. That is why he is so thankful to Queen's for his education certainly changed his life and lifestyle. He spent his career with Ontario Hydro, retiring when he was 55 to enjoy that which truly made him happy: travel, curling and lawn bowling. He was 76 at his passing, at the beginning stages of alzeihmers, living at home alone. He passed away in his home, and was buried in a tiny northern Ontario cemetery with his parents.
It was my father's bequest to have a fund set up in his memory in Electrical and Applied Science. My father was very proud of earning his degree from Queen's University and he would be proud to know that his fund will continue to help a number of students to pursue their dreams of becoming Electrical Engineers. On behalf of my father, I would like to wish every student who has received financial support from this fund, continued success in their studies.
Established by graduates in memory of William Coombs Baker, formerly the Robert Waddell Professor of Experimental Physics at Queen's University.
My first degree was in humanities. I subsequently pursued a career in science. This fund recognizes by debt to the richness my humanities education brings to my life, and the reality of the security of graduate financial support in the humanities.
During the 1930's and 1940's, Queen's offered summer courses and the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree by studying exclusively during the summer.
For 17 consecutive summers, my Uncle Leonard and his younger brother (my dad, John McNeil, also BA 1949) studied and earned credits toward their Bachelor of Arts degrees. During the academic year, Uncle Leonard (and my dad) taught school. Neither man had the financial resources to study "full-time". They were from a farming family and had themselves and their families to support.
By offering this summertime undergraduate opportunity, Uncle Leonard (and my dad) earned the ticket to their future successes in the field of education. Uncle Leonard became a provincial school inspector for Independent Schools (based in Halton County) and my dad was the first director of education in Prince Edward County.
Uncle Leonard was a loyal man, remembered his benefactors and although he adored his wife of 62 years, did not have offspring. Uncle Leonard acquired a Queen's tam, and my dad taught his 3 children the Queen's cheers, even though neither Leonard nor John were directly able to participate in Welcome Week or football spectating. Uncle Leonard wanted to fund a scholarship in order to advance future generations of Queen's students. He chose geography because of the pride he felt in receiving 100% in a Queen's geology course. As for my dad, he launched his three daughters towards undergraduate education.
All three of his daughters achieved undergraduate degrees. I am the only one to graduate from Queen's. My dad died suddenly of a heart attack three months before I completed my B.Ed. in 1979. I followed his footsteps into education, and retired in June 2010 following a 31 year career in education.
"Paddy" Doolan was a lecture room demonstrator in the Chemistry Department from immediately after World War I to 1956. He was an expert at his job, and quite a showman, and alumni remembered Paddy and his demonstrations even if all else was forgotten. The Fund was started by three retired professors who knew Paddy in the 40's and 50's. Two of these professors were Applied Science students at Queen's immediately after World War II. The third joined the staff in 1954 in time to learn much of Paddy's art and was thus able to carry on the tradition.
Established by Melissa Smith in memory of her parents Winston, B.Sc. 1954, and Elizabeth Newman - in particular my father, Winston Kerry Newman.
My father completed his degree in Mining Engineering in 1954 (he was the class president). My parents had married in December 1953 so my mom could join my dad in Kingston. My mother worked at the Kingston General Hospital to support my dad. The loved their time in Kingston/Queen's. My father worked for INCO in Sudbury, Thompson (President of Manitoba Division) and back to Sudbury where he retired as President of Ontario Division in 1981.
Established by John W. Wong, M.D. 1959, and Lily Y. Wong in memory of Dr. Min Sam Wong, who was born in Victoria B.C. in 1896 and practiced dentistry in China and of Lau Yee Fern of Hong Kong.
I am deeply grateful to Canada and to Queen's where I studied between 1953 and 1959 to become a physician. It is my hope that the recipients of this bursary will add to the friendship between the Chinese and Canadian people throughout their lives.
Established by Mr. L.H. Tepper, Q.C., a Kingston lawyer, in memory of William S. O'Hara, a gold medalist of Dalhousie University Faculty of Law, whose brief career as a member of the Kingston Bar showed great promise.
This Fund was created because of his graduation at Dalhousie with a gold medal from its law faculty and his ability to practice with great distinction as a lawyer in Kingston for the few years before his untimely death.
He loved his country and served with the allied force that invaded France toward the end of world War II and was severely wounded in the "Battle of the Bulge". He died suddenly in the summer of 1955.
I created this Fund to keep his name alive.