The Castle is a legacy made possible by the generosity of one of Queen’s University’s most distinguished alumni, Dr. Alfred Bader, and his wife Isabel.
After receiving undergraduate degrees in Engineering Chemistry and History, and a Masters degree in Chemistry at Queen’s, Dr. Bader went on to graduate studies at Harvard, formed his own international chemical company, and became a world-renowned philanthropist and art collector. Among his many gifts to Queen’s was Herstmonceux Castle.
As a Jewish teenager escaping the Nazis, Dr. Alfred Bader fled to England in 1938, from where he was sent to an internment camp near Montreal, Quebec. There, the young Austrian native continued his studies and, once released, applied to several well-known Canadian universities. Queen’s was the only one to offer him admission. “I was determined to do my best,” he later wrote. “Two years in the camp, education without distraction, followed by four years at Queen’s, was a great beginning for a successful life.”
The vision which underlies the Bader International Study Centre reflects the Baders’ commitment to offering students a challenging global education infused with social justice, a thirst for knowledge, and civic responsibility.
Read about Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader in the Queen’s Encyclopedia for more information about their lives and involvement at Queen’s University and the BISC.