Treated as a gentleman
Letter to the Editor:
Re: “A timely honour for an early benefactor”
In relation to Robert Sutherland’s donation to Queen’s, I found in my family history a quotation from the Alumni Review (unfortunately, I do not know the date) about Robert Sutherland’s friend, Justice James S. McLennan, my grandfather’s uncle, who was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Queen’s between 1890 and 1912.
The article read: “When Sutherland died at age 48 years in 1878, his executor James McLennan transmitted Sutherland’s bequest to Queen’s his entire estate, valued at $11,000. According to his will he gave the gift to his alma mater “because I was always treated like a gentleman there.”
The article mentioned above, which was written by Marissa Nelson, Artsci’98, appeared in the July-August 1998 issue of the Review. For more on the rededication of the School of Policy Studies as Sutherland Hall, please enter kleyword "Sutherland" in the search area – Ed.