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4 Events and Gatherings
6 Campus Beat
8 Student Spotlight
24 Bleacher Feature
29 JUMP Update
30 In Memoriam
31 Class Notes
12 — Making news
Peter Mansbridge presides
over his first Convocation
14 Aim high
Retired Lt.-Gen. William “Bill” Carr (’42) has
transformed the Canadian Air Force into what
it is today and left his mark on the world in
16 Portrait of a painter’s life
Christan Nicholson (’73) has painted promi-
nent business people, politicians, leading
Canadian authors, as well as university
presidents and chancellors.
18 Seriously into sports
Michael Grange (’90) is a columnist, best-
selling author, and television / radio sports
20 Justice has been served
The Honourable Justice Nancy Bateman
(’72) has spent the past 20 years as a
judge in federally-appointed courts,
mainly with the Court of Appeal.
22 In-Flight Safety
Mount Allison-born alternative-pop band
on a roll since leaving Mount Allison.
Mount Allison Record Summer 2010 No. 94 — New
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niversity rituals and traditions signify and nurture vital social processes by which
the history, culture, and consciousness of its community is reproduced. Their
unique nature carries a special aura that is not reproduced at any other time or place.
This was quite evident over Reunion Weekend as spectacle and ceremony were the
order of the day. As a first-time witness to Mount Allison’s festivities, all I could do was
sit back and marvel at it all.
Fromclass cheers echoing throughout Jennings Dining Hall to intricate banners hang-
ing in the Wallace McCain Student Centre; the deliciously casual BBQ to the formal
pin ceremony; the campus tour to the campus lecture; and of course the celebrated
Garnet and Gold Gala where Allisonians of all ages mixed; the sights and sounds of
Reunion were simply stunning.
I listened transfixed as larger-than-life personalities with outrageous nicknames shared
quips and tall tales that prompted tears, cheers, and endless laughter. And by the way,
why don’t we use nicknames anymore? Have you noticed that stories always sound
better when they feature people called “Tuna,” “Big Al,” “Bubbles,” and “Grinder?”
Of course not everything was overt spectacle. You could see Reunion’s magic take hold
of people in quiet ways too. The University was filled with people slowly walking
around campus, staring with misty, faraway eyes as they reminisced about friends and
events from long ago.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the Class of 2010 and their incredible achieve-
ment. What great memories they will take away from the day — proudly taking their
place in the annual Convocation procession; Peter Mansbridge installed as Chancellor;
and a riveting valedictorian speech by Fraser Harland (can anybody say future PM?).
Yes, Reunion and Convocation were a smash hit that provided an opportunity for
alumni to reconnect with the place and friends that shared a transformative moment
in their lives. The trouble, I can’t wait for next year.
Of course there is always Homecoming. See you in September!
Editor of the Mount Allison Record, University Advancement
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Continuing the dialogue
with Mount Allison
ne of the hardest things I have ever had to do was pack up my bags as a teenager,
leave the comforts of home, and head cross country to Sackville. However, this
was nothing compared to what I felt when it came time to leave Mount Allison. My
four years were rich and varied with moments of frustration, challenge, stimula-
tion, and joy. In the spring of 1998 I stood, degree in hand, ready to take on the
world. And yet a bittersweet feeling fell over me as I strode from Convocation Hall
for I knew that a very special time in my life had ended.
Like so many others the roots of my affinity with Mount Allison were planted for
nostalgic reasons —remembering buildings, classes, professors, residence life, sports
teams, the town of Sackville, and most importantly, the friends that provided the
narrative to my Mount A story. Yet over time the nature of my relationship with the
University changed. I took the view that it had given me so much, that I had a
responsibility to give something back, not necessarily with time or money but
through engagement. Without minimizing the value of nostalgia or sentiment I
began to understand that my need to stay connected was as much about the future
as it was about the past. As one member of the Class of 1945 put it over the recent
Convocation Weekend, “it’s important to look back, but don’t stare.”
Mount Allison is a wonderful place and alumni have played a significant role in put-
ting it on solid footing; we are amongst the most supportive in the country and this
connection has helped ensure the University is well positioned for the challenges that
lie ahead. If we are to stay on top, however, we need more of you to connect, inter-
act, and engage with the University. By doing so we will ensure that present and
future students have those same bittersweet feelings when they leave Sackville.
Andrew Clark (’98)
During Reunion Weekend Dr. Seth Greenwald (’59) of Cleveland, OH
received the Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing outstanding
achievement by alumni in their community and celebrating their life-
time achievements. Greenwald, left, is presented with his award by for-
mer Mount Allison roommate and long-time friend Lt.-Col. (ret.)
Walter “Bubbles” Peters (’59).
Dr. Nonie Lesaux (’99) received the Contemporary Achievement
Award, but was unable to attend the ceremony.
Bill Bishop (’70), right, of Charlottetown received the Charles
Frederick Allison Award, recognizing outstanding contribution to
Mount Allison during Reunion Weekend celebrations. Bishop is shown
with Vice-President, University Advancement Gloria Jollymore (’77).
Mount Allison Alumni
Board of Directors
Andrew Clark ’98
Anne-Katherine Dionne ’88
Barbie Smith ’75
Louise (Oates) Cooke ’70
Sean M. Connors ’81
Layton Fisher ’57
Harriet Leggett ’61
Amy MacAdam ’02
Harriet Meacher ’60
Margaret (Doane) Poole ’87
Jill (Hemeon) Rafuse ’73
David Rose ’90
Charles Scott ’83
Colin Tippett ’97
Christina Vroom ’96
Danny Williamson ’03
Carolle de Ste-Croix ’90
Tel: 506-364-2348 Fax: 506-364-2262
Nominations Call —Nominations are open for the
Alumni Board. The Board works to promote and motivate
the participation of alumni and friends of Mount Allison
with the University, through effective communication,
events, and special initiatives.
Address nominations to:
Carolle de Ste-Croix, Alumni Office
65 York St., Sackville, NB E4L 1E4
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UK Alumni Gathering at home of Dr. Ian and Carla Newbould
Presidential Tour Reception
at Moncton City Hall
Bermuda alumni reception
For more photos from the events listed below, or for information about
upcoming events, please visit Alumni Online:
usain, Bill N
(’08), Paul Pergau
harles Scott (’46)
Alumni and the women’s soccer team
honoured Ralph Marshall
(’50) and Robert Barritt (’50) during a gathering at the home of
Jack (’74) and Lisa (McPhee) Rhind (’74)
From left to right are: June (Bowman) MacEachern
(’55), Nan (Wilson) Miller (’48), Roland
Hutchinson (’69), Carol (Joyce) Proctor (’48), and
Douglas “Stretch” MacEachern (’54)
FRONT (l-r): Matt Stanley (’04), Brendan McGloin (’06), Eileen
Smith (former faculty), Keti Cross, Joanne Dabir-Alai, Gloria
Jollymore (’77), Carmen Moreira (’08), Joey Peake (’59), Patricia
(O’Brien) Nichols (’51), Myra Landsburg (’83), Barb Crowther
(’79), Carla Newbould, Marylin (Russell) Smith (’61) BACK:
John Smith (former faculty), Donald Cross (former faculty), Dara
MacDonald (’08), Kim
Pryde (’86), Ron Dawson (’59), Colin
Nichols, Dale Edgar (’88), David Henry (’74), Eric Brown (’77),
Karen (Langmead-Smith) Edgar (’89), Ian Newbould (former
Mount Allison President)
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Tokyo, Japan Alumni/MASSIE event at DEN
In February Dr. Robert Campbell, President and Vice-Chancellor; Ron Byrne, Vice-President,
International and Student Affairs; Dr. Stephen McClatchie, Vice-President and Provost, Academic and
Research; and Adam Christie, manager of International Affairs and MASSIE Program co-ordinator
travelled to Asia to take part in a number of events:
Dr. Elizabeth Wells, Music professor and department head, has
been awarded a prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship.
The award is widely regarded as Canada’s top teaching honour
and recognizes teaching excellence and educational leadership.
Wells has developed some of Mount Allison’s most innovative
and provocative Arts courses that explore the cultural impact of
modernmusicians, womenandmusic, andmusic anddifference.
“My job is the easiest in the world because I teach the most
interesting subject — music history,” she says. “Music remains
a fundamental human mystery, considered by many the
highest manifestation of human expression. I am thrilled to be
named a 3M Teaching Fellow and to join a group of
distinguished professors across Canada who are dedicated to
teaching excellence. Mount Allison rewards and supports
teaching, and it is this encouraging environment that has
allowed me to develop my teaching practice.”
Wells embodies the concept of teacher-scholar. Devoted to the
study of her discipline, she is equally committed to creating a
vibrant learning experience for her students and to sharing her
passion with others. She has inspired teaching colleagues at Mount Allison and beyond. Wells is the fifth Mount
Allison professor to receive the 3M Fellowship, giving the University the best record per capita in Atlantic Canada.
Music professor awarded prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship
Mount Allison University opened its doors for a campus-wide Open
House in March, where more than 100 students and their families
spent “ADay at Mount A.”
“Our Open House program continues to provide students, parents,
and other family members with an opportunity to learn why Mount
Allison is Canada’s best primarily undergraduate university,” says
Ron Byrne, Vice-President, International and Student Affairs. “We
received overwhelmingly positive feedback fromall involved that this
year’s Open House exceeded their expectations and confirmed for
many that Mount Allison University would be their university start-
ing in September 2010.”
Exit surveys reported that 90 per cent of parents were more likely to
recommend Mount Allison to their children as a result of attending
the Open House.
The Open House offered participants a fun-filled day of activity,
including a parent informationsession, a free lunchat the award-win-
ning Jennings Dining Hall, and customized campus tours that visited
areas such as the library, student residences, labs, the Owens Art
Gallery (the oldest university art gallery in Canada), classrooms, and
the athletics and fitness centres.
A Day at Mount A
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Three Mount Allison students have been selected to
participate in one of the most competitive and prestigious
internship programs in Canada.
Hanna Button (international relations), Fraser Harland
(political science), and Stephen Middleton (biology) —
all from the Class of 2010 — will travel to Ottawa in
September to work on Parliament Hill for 10 months as
part of the Parliamentary Internship Programme (PIP).
They were chosen from an applicant pool made up of 97
of the country’s best university graduates for a program
that accepts only 10 people each year.
“Mount Allison is a small school that provides its
students with big opportunities, and arms them with the
tools to become leaders,” says University President and
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell. “To have three of
our undergraduates chosen for such a prominent and
selective national program is a breathtaking accomplish-
ment. I am extremely proud of Hanna, Fraser, and
Stephen, and I knowthey will be excellent representatives
of the University and the Programme.”
PIP Director Dr. Garth Williams says this is the first time
he is aware of that three individuals fromthe same school
have been invited to participate in the Programme.
“Mount Allison’s reputation for excellence in the liberal
arts is well earned. These are extremely demanding
positions and candidates must possess both a depth of
knowledge and a breadth of experience to be selected.
Hanna, Fraser, and Stephen stood out for the selection
committee because of their range of experience and level
of community engagement.”
Mount Allison students to work on Parliament Hill
On May 17th, 396 graduates donned their caps and
gowns to receive their degrees at Mount Allison’s
Convocation ceremonies. One hundred and forty-five
Science and Commerce students graduated during the
morning ceremony and 251 Arts, Fine Arts, and Music
students in the afternoon.
Peter Mansbridge, chief correspondent and anchor of
CBC’s The National and host of CBC’s Mansbridge: One
on One, was installed as Mount Allison’s eighth
Chancellor. Mansbridge conferred all degrees and
addressed both the morning and afternoon graduates.
The University also honoured six Canadians who are
leaders in their respective fields. Lieutenant-Governor
of New Brunswick and First Nations advocate, Hon.
Graydon Nicholas; founder and CEOof Indigo Books &
Music Inc., Heather Reisman; Chairman and CEO
Emeritus, Sobeys Inc., David Sobey; senior pastor,
Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, Rev. Dr.
Brent Hawkes (’72); professional educator and former
Mount Allison Chancellor, Jim Keith; and founder and
executive director of War Child Canada, Dr. Samantha
Nutt received honorary degrees during the 2010
Fraser Harland, a political science graduate from
Camrose, AB, was selected by his peers as Valedictorian.
His final message to the Class of 2010 — hope.
From left to right are PIP interns Stephen Middleton,
Fraser Harland, and Hanna Button.
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By Melissa Lombard
Honours biology graduate Dominique Piche (’10) is the
perfect mix of both science and art. She has wanted to be
a medical doctor since she was 10, when she and her sis-
ter began raising money for a Rotary International cam-
paign called Polio Plus. She has also nurtured a love for
acting, which began when she was only in kindergarten.
She has performed in musicals and plays ever since.
Piche recently completed her honours thesis in the area
of genetics, specifically studying fruit flies.
“To be able to research genetics at this level as an under-
graduate is really rare andit is something I amreally glad
I came to a smaller university to do.”
Biology professor Dr. Vett Lloyd has worked with Piche
extensively during her time at Mount Allison, including
supervising her honours thesis.
“Dominique is passionate about human health and
health research and with her ability to communicate she
is someone who is certain to make as much of an impact
on the greater world as she has here at Mount Allison,”
When she is not in the lab, she is likely to be found act-
ing with Mount Allison’s bilingual theatre troupe,
“It’s great,” she says. “After being inmy laball day study-
ing flies, it’s really nice to be able to play and be creative
in another language. I have really found why I love
French through Tintamarre.”
Hailing all the way from Fort Collins, Colorado, Piche
says that Tintamarre was really what sold her on the
“I’m Canadian and always wanted to come back to
Canada for university. To be able to study science and
perform in French theatre at the same time sounded
like a dream, so that’s why I chose Mount Allison and
I’m really glad I did,” she says.
Piche has performed in five plays and has toured three
times with Tintamarre in her four years at Mount
Allison. Tintamarre director Alex Fancy says the troupe
will definitely miss Piche.
“In addition to being an accomplished and dedicated
actor, Dominique loves to solve every artistic and logis-
tical problemthat comes along. For the past four years,
our lives and work have been enriched by her many tal-
ents and by her fearlessness in the face of risk,” says
For two summers Piche has returned to Colorado to
work on a computer-based model to predict Dengue
Virus epidemics at Colorado State University’s
Infectious Disease Labs. This past summer she worked
towards developing a vaccine for the deadly Dengue
Virus with the Fort Collins’ U.S. Center for Disease
Control (CDC) in the Arboviral Diseases Branch.
“Each year an estimated 2.5 billion people are at risk of
contracting the Dengue Virus and there are up to
22,000 deaths annually, the majority of which are chil-
dren. It is pretty devastating, but the vaccine is looking
promising,” she says.
Inthe fall Piche will be starting a Master’s inbiomedical
science at Colorado State University. During this time
she will also be working on the actual production of the
Dengue vaccine with the CDC. Her plan is to become a
doctor specializing in infectious diseases and tropical
medicine, with a little community theatre on the side.
To be able to
study science and
perform in French
like a dream.
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Your boss’ leadership style can predict cardiovascular
outcomes, how safe you are at work, and even
whether you engage in healthy lifestyle choices.
By Raine Phythian
Many of us at one point in our careers, perhaps
even at many points, have had to endure “the boss
from hell.” They can range from the subtle manip-
ulator to the screaming, hammer-throwing bully.
As an unwitting participant you know how stressful
these events can be. The trauma may have cascaded
into other parts of your life — your morale was
negatively affected, your sleep was disrupted and,
most of all, you felt dread each morning as you
emerged from the shower knowing that the next
episode in the drama was about to unfold.
Inevitably you asked yourself “Is this normal?” or
perhaps even “Is there something wrong with me?”
The answers to these questions are “yes” and
“probably not” according to Commerce professor
and researcher Dr. Jane Mullen. Mullen’s study of
behaviour in the workplace finds that the degree of
stress initiated by an authoritative figure is far more
extensive than was previously thought and could be
hazardous to your health. She also finds that these
are not isolated events, but are far more common
than you might realize.
“What may be surprising is just how extensive the
effects of leadership are on your wellbeing. In addi-
tion to the well-documented effects of poor leader-
ship on employee stress, your boss’ leadership style
can predict cardiovascular outcomes, how safe you
are at work, and even whether you engage in
healthy lifestyle choices,” Mullen says.
Mullen has spent the past few years looking at how
positive leadership can affect workplace safety for
young workers in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
She is particularly interested in young workers as
they are especially vulnerable to poor leadership.
The study, for which she received $90,000 in Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council
funding, found that there is no neutral position for
organizational leaders. If leaders do not promote a
safe working environment, they are indicating to
young workers that the organization does not value
safety. This directly influences workers’ attitudes
and behaviour towards safety.
Mullen is now turning her attention to the darker
side of leadership —howa leader’s abusive practices
can make you feel miserable or, at worst, lead to
serious physical injuries. She is conducting a large-
scale survey with researchers from four universities
in Atlantic Canada, one from each province, of
young workers and their experiences of violence and
aggression at work. The group wants to examine the
effects of leadership on safety attitudes and behav-
iour, psychological wellbeing, and lifestyle.
As for future research, Mullen says the next
step is to extend her current study to meas-
ure psychological, behavioral, andphysio-
“Using multiple indices of strain will
provide a richer assessment of the range of
effects of workplace violence. For exam-
ple, self-reporting to assess psy-
chological and behavioural
strains as well as physiological
measures to assess the
potential risk for coro-
nary heart disease.”
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Dr. Jane Mullen examines workplace behaviour
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Mansbridge installed as eighth Chancellor
And chase that feeling
for the rest of your life.
You can recapture it
every time you
do the right thing.
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By Tracy Bell
For Mount Allison’s talented students, Convocation is the
culmination of four years of work. Hard work. Exhausting
at times. But worthwhile — especially as they walk across
the stage, shake hands with the Chancellor, and receive
For the Class of 2010 this already monumental day was
made even more memorable by the opportunity to go “one
on one” with Canadian icon Peter Mansbridge.
The man best known for his position as anchor of CBC’s
The National says he is honoured to assume the role of
Chancellor at Mount Allison.
“I like this better than my day job already. I get to sit in a
chair. A nice chair too,” he jokes.
Mansbridge’s Convocation address was teeming with wit.
His message — inspiring. He challenged the University’s
396 graduands tocontinue tomake a meaningful difference.
“Your parents are investing in you, and so am I — as a
Canadian. So many of us are looking to you to become, in
a way, heroes. Quiet heroes. Aside from the great work I
know you will accomplish in your chosen profession,
search for ways to give back to your society, to your com-
munity. Believe in your country and give it something.
There are many worthy causes. There are many injustices.
Pick your spots. But, please, pick something.”
Conferring degrees at Convocation, inspiring greatness in
students, and sharing the University’s message of excellence
with new audiences are tasks Mansbridge takes seriously.
And while the role of Chancellor is certainly a detour from
his day job, conversing with leaders, visionaries, and aca-
demics is something the renowned journalist does better
than almost anyone else.
In his 40-year career with the CBC, Mansbridge has
covered the most significant events of our time and inter-
viewed the most influential people in the world such as
business giant Bill Gates, sporting hero Sidney Crosby, holy
leader the Dalai Lama, cultural icon Diana Krall, and
human rights champion Desmond Tutu (LLD’88). He has
had conversations with every Canadian Prime Minister
of the past two decades, and remains the only Canadian
journalist to interview U.S. President Barack Obama.
Mansbridge’s association with Mount Allison began in
1988 when he participated in the Students’ Administrative
Council Speaker Series. He has been actively associated
since then, delivering the inaugural Canadian Studies lec-
ture in 1997, accepting an honorary doctorate in 1999, and
serving on the University’s National Advisory Council.
“I amthrilled to further cement my long-standing relation-
ship with Mount Allison, and I feel so privileged to be
Chancellor. I followin the footsteps of such a distinguished
gentleman. John Bragg was a superb Chancellor. He has
done so much for the University, and for the region as a
whole. He has set the bar very high — especially for an
ordinary guy like me.”
Ordinary is hardly the word most would use to describe
But approachable, genuine, gracious — and funny — were
all sides of himself that Mansbridge shared with Mount
Allison’s students, staff, faculty, and friends on
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By Melissa Lombard
Retired Lt.-Gen. William “Bill” Carr has led a life worth
celebrating. He served an illustrious 39-year military
career as part of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF),
and was a top-selling marketing executive with
Bombardier/Canadair. He has had a life-long association
with the Boy Scouts of Canada, eventually serving as its
National Commissioner for five years. And that’s just
scratching the surface.
Now87, Carr shies away fromthe limelight, avoiding any-
thing that makes him sound like a “hot shot”— but his
enormous success is evident.
Carr joinedthe CanadianOfficers Training Corps at the age
of 16 while attending Mount Allison University. He joined
the RCAF in 1941 and went to war the next year, flying
unarmed photo reconnaissance Spitfires overseas on 142
operational missions out of England, Malta, and Italy.
With only 12 per cent of Canadian airmen returning
home unharmed — not wounded, mentally affected, or a
prisoner of war — Carr feels lucky to have survived.
“I was young and pretty scared most of the time and I’m
not afraid to admit that,” he says.
Throughout his career Carr flew more than 100 different
types of aircrafts and eventually accumulated 16,000
hours as a pilot.
The legendary life of retired Lt.-Gen. William Carr (’42)
University | 15
In 1974 he was appointed deputy chief of the Defense Staff.
He convinced the Canadian Defense Staff and the govern-
ment that the Canadian Military Air Force resources
should be unified into a new, single Air Command. As the
founder, Carr became its first commander. For this
achievement Carr has been deemed “the father of the
modern air force” — a title he emphatically denies.
“I was simply in a position to do something about recreating
and unifying the Air Force and I couldn’t have done it
without a lot of help,” he says.
He was also involved in the mapping of Canada’s North.
Two thirds of the country had not been adequately
mapped by 1945 and the only way to do this was by air and
photography. During this time a lake in the NWT was
named Carr Lake in his honour.
His amazing aviation career was recognized in 2001 when
he was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame; an
honour he humbly cherishes.
“It means a lot to me. I know I’m not the equal of some of
the people on that list but I’m greatly honoured to have
been chosen,” he says.
With an incredible record of achievement, Carr has left his
mark on the world in many ways. And yet he remains
modest about his accomplishments.
“I was a lucky guy who was given opportunities to survive
and do things. The successes were due entirely to the sup-
port I was provided by the people I worked with — many
a hell of a lot smarter than I. Much was a matter of being
in the right place at the right time.”
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Portrait of a
Christan Nicholson (’73)
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Christan Nicholson certainly believes in fate. It has inter-
vened, he says, at a number of crucial times in his life.
When he was 18 his mother bought him a box of oil
paints. Soon after he won a prize at the Atlantic National
Exhibition and decided to attend a weeklong art work-
shop at Mount Allison, where his life took a huge turn.
Nicholson improved so much during that week; he
decided to leave behind his two years of classes at UNBSJ,
and plans to be a math teacher, to enter the Mount
Allison Fine Arts program.
“It was the best thing that ever happened to me,” he says.
After four years of completing two projects for every one
assignment, Nicholson graduated as the first Fine Arts
honours student at Mount Allison. He then moved to
Ottawa. Fate stepped in again when Nicholson landed a
job in Algonquin College’s Library just as he had decided
to move back home. He credits this moment as one of the
most pivotal of his career. Nearly five years later he relo-
cated to Vancouver to take a similar library position. In
1980 he took the plunge into painting full time.
He says without his training at Mount Allison he would
not be where he is now. Today many consider Nicholson
Canada’s leading portrait painter. He has painted promi-
nent business people, politicians, leading Canadian
authors, as well as university presidents and chancellors.
One of his most celebrated paintings to date is his repre-
sentation of former Governor General Roméo LeBlanc.
In the portrait LeBlanc is wearing Nicholson’s old cardi-
gan, instead of the anticipated suit and tie. The portrait is
renowned, in particular by his family, for its true repre-
sentation of LeBlanc, the man. Canada Post has trans-
formed the portrait into a commemorative stamp — a
first for Nicholson.
Nicholson says his ability to capture the “real” person in
his portraits is what makes him unique.
“That is the thing you can’t buy but I happen to have.
Somewhere along the line I capture an aspect of the
person’s personality that says something about them,”
On May 25 Nicholson unveiled his portrait of former
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, which will hang
permanently in the south corridor of the Parliament
Buildings. The portrait took five iterations and nearly two
years to complete. The final portrait is a formal represen-
tation of Chrétien the politician. Chrétien’s wife, Aline,
said it is a painting of which his father would be proud.
Nicholson’s portraits generally take six months and now
sell for up to $50,000 a piece. Not bad considering his first
painting sold for 15 dollars.
“It is shocking, shocking, shocking,” he says. “I am still
that little guy from Saint John. It’s almost beyond my
comprehension that someone would pay that much for
He has recently been selected by the Canadian Secretary
to the Queen to submit a portfolio to paint a portrait of
Queen Elizabeth II. Ten painters were chosen from
around the country, with a winner to be selected this
summer. The portrait will commemorate the 60th
anniversary of the Queen’s coronation in 2012. The last
time a Canadian painter painted the Queen was in 1957.
“In my wildest imagination I never would have imagined
such a thing,” he says. “It’s like the Academy Awards, it’s
a great honour just to be nominated. There is nobody else
bigger than the Queen to paint.”
By Melissa Lombard
Nicholson stands with the original and copy of the Chrétien
portrait, reproduced for Chrétien’s family. Even Nicholson
could barely tell the two paintings apart.
18 | SUMMER 2010 RECORD
I have been
lucky a handful
of times to be in
a place that
feels like the
Michael Grange (’90)
Seriously into sports
By Melissa Lombard
Globe and Mail sports reporter Michael Grange (’90)
has covered everything from the Super Bowl to Formula
One Racing — he even drank a beer with Canadian golf
icon Mike Weir the night he won the Masters. On any
given day he is most likely to be covering basketball and
chatting with the likes of superstars Chris Bosh and
Steve Nash. And this year he reported on the ultimate
sporting event, the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Blogging for CTV’s Olympic web site, Grange wrote two
or three stories a day for 25 days, trying to capture a side
of the story nobody else was covering.
“During the Canada vs. Norway hockey game I went
downtown and interviewed seal protestors who were
being ignored because everyone was watching the hockey
game. It was definitely my goal to do something
different,” he says.
The Vancouver Olympics proved to be an immensely
proud moment for this country, Grange, and the media
as a whole.
“Being part of an amazing moment in our country’s
recent history was a real professional highlight for me,”
he says. “It was the biggest undertaking our Canadian
media has ever made and it was exciting to be on the
cutting edge of it, with stories being posted almost
instantly after the events.”
During his time at Mount Allison Grange was a star
basketball player, participated in student government,
and wrote for the student newspaper The Argosy — his
first foray into journalism.
“It was the first time I’d done any writing that didn’t
have a mark attached to it,” he jokes. “The Argosy was
welcoming and fun and I could just jump into it and see
if I liked it. There was a lot of value in that. If I went to
a bigger school where I had to do it at the expense of
other things, I might not have tried.”
Grange’s regular routine with friend Jay Foster (’90) and
others was to rush to the library when the newspapers
came out about 11 a.m. Weekly he and floormate James
Rae (’91) delivered The Argosy to the library and would
sit and pore over The Globe and Mail, even if it was two
days old. Grange would religiously read features by then
up-and-coming sports writer Stephen Brunt, now the
premier sports columnist in the country.
Coming full circle, Grange and Brunt are now colleagues,
having worked together at The Globe and Mail for 15 years.
Grange is also a bestselling
co-author of the book,
Leafs AbomiNation: The
dismayed fan’s handbook to
why the Leafs stink and how
they can rise again.
He has freelanced for
virtually every sports
publication in Canada
and regularly appears on
television and radio as
a sports commentator
and expert. His experi-
ences have brought him
a great appreciation
for professional ath-
letes and the world
in which they live.
And he’s just happy
to be a part of it.
“I have been lucky a
handful of times to be in
a place that feels like the
centre of the universe,”
he says. “Those are rare
moments that I don’t take
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20 | SUMMER 2010 RECORD
By Melissa Lombard
The Honourable Justice Nancy Bateman,
Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, is winding down
an esteemed judicial career. After practicing
family law for 13 years, she has spent the past 20
years as a judge in federally appointed courts,
mainly with the Court of Appeal.
Looking back, Bateman modestly hopes she has
met people’s expectations.
“I will have been a success if my tenure is viewed as
one of a judge who worked hard, stayed abreast of
the law, and gave people a fair hearing,” she says.
When first appointed to the Bench she began as a
trial judge working predominantly in criminal
law. Bateman was the first woman ever to be
appointed to county court.
For the past 15 years she has been a Court of
Appeal judge, dealing with a wide range of civil
and criminal cases. In this court three judges
review the record from the previous trial and
decide if there was legal error.
“It is a great systemof checks andbalances,” she says.
Currently there are nine Mount Allison alumni in
various Nova Scotia courts, including the Court
of Appeal’s Chief Justice Michael MacDonald.
“Mount Allison allows you to develop in a really
comfortable and nurturing environment and it is
academically rigorous. It helps you mature and
gain confidence and optimism about what you
can do in life,” says Bateman.
Bateman has been involved in many aspects of
the legal world. Two of her most significant
projects have been the award-winning Courts of
Nova Scotia web site and subsequently the
Courts’ Decision Database.
“When I came into the courts in 1990 the only
publishers of court decisions were law book
companies like the Nova Scotia Reports or the
Dominion Law Reports. It troubled me from the
get go that our only product is these decisions,
yet we don’t control them,” says Bateman.
Judges, journalists, and the public used to wait for
a paper decision to be produced at the courthouse.
Bateman believes this project is an important ele-
ment in opening up the courts to the public.
After 20 years in the business of making decisions,
Bateman has seen it all. There have been moments
of levity and others that are hugely tragic and hard
“Sometimes there are just bad people who do bad
things, but more often than not you can explain
why the person is in the situation they are in and
I worry that nothing will pull them out,” she says.
When she retires in August Bateman looks for-
ward to not getting up at her usual 4:45 a.m. and
to actually reading a whole newspaper.
“I am not running out the door. It was a tough
decision to leave because I really like the people I
work with. You give up a lot when you retire, but
there comes a time to do it,” she says.
The Honourable Nancy Bateman (’72) presiding
University | 21
I will have been a
success if my tenure
is viewed as one of a
judge who worked
hard, stayed abreast
of the law, and gave
people a fair hearing.
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Clockwise from top: Glen Nicholson, Daniel
Ledwell, Brad Goodsell, John Mullane.
University | 23
By Melissa Lombard
It has been eight years since alternative-pop band In-
Flight Safety began making music in Sackville.
Originally with a slightly different line-up, the band
now has four members who met at Mount Allison in the
early part of the decade.
John Mullane (’00) vocals, guitar; Glen Nicholson (’03)
drums; Daniel Ledwell (’02) piano, guitar, keyboard;
and Brad Goodsell (’03) bass, were initially drawn
together by a similar taste in music — bands such as
Radiohead and The Cardigans. They wrote the songs on
their debut CD, Vacation Land, in Sackville and recorded
them in a house on Pleasant Street.
After all the members had graduated, the band moved
to Halifax to continue playing music.
“We knew we wanted to play in Halifax and meet other
bands, so that’s just what we did,” says Nicholson.
The band recently finished its fifth cross-Canada tour,
traveling mostly by van. Nicholson says this trip was a
lot more enjoyable than their first, four years ago.
“We have a way nicer van and a trailer so we can hold all
our gear and everyone can lay horizontally in the van
and sleep,” says Nicholson laughingly. “Every single time
we go the crowds get bigger and the bands get better.”
Like any job touring has its ups and downs. Nicholson
and Mullane count lack of sleep, having to sit for hours,
limited food choices at gas stations, and the vastness of
the country amongst the worst.
“To go from St. John’s, NF to Victoria, BC is something
that I don’t think a lot of people could conceive of in
terms of traveling in a vehicle,” says Mullane.
It has been a great last couple of years for the group.
They earned JUNO and MuchMusic Video Award
nominations and three East Coast Music Awards
(ECMA) in 2007. This year they received six nomina-
tions, and won Alternative Album of the Year for their
third album, we are an empire, my dear, and Group of
the Year at the ECMAs.
Mullane and Nicholson credit the JUNO nomination
for “ushering the group into another stratosphere.”
“We never in a million years would have expected it. I
think that is one we will always cherish because who
would have thought that a band from Sackville would
even be attending that awards ceremony,” says Mullane.
The band’s self-proclaimed biggest success has been the
music’s popularity in movies and television. Their songs
have appeared on episodes of The Vampire Diaries,
NBC’s Chuck, Degrassi: The Next Generation, and the
trailer of Dear John.
With award-winning music, cross-country tours, and
their own record label, In-Flight Safety has come a long
way since they left Sackville and Mount Allison.
“We have hit a level now where we are competing with
bands on a national level. I never would have expected to
have accomplished as much as we have,” says Mullane.
In Flight Safety
Mount Allison-born band making musical inroads across the country
24 | SUMMER 2010 RECORD
Carrie’s height (4’11”) was
perfect for measuring the
top of our nets — but with
Carrie it was always more
about possessing great
attitude than great altitude.
— Janet Robinson, Coach, Badminton Mounties
Team Rookie | ACAA Rookie | 2x League All-Star |
Team MVP | League MVP | All-Canadian
Team Rookie | 2x Team MVP | 3x League All-Star |
University Outstanding Senior Athlete
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By Sue Seaborn
They say good things come in small packages. One
could say Mount Allison is one of those things —
though small in size, it punches well above its weight.
The same goes for Mounties Carrie (’10) and Heather
Murray (’12). The siblings from Belleisle, NS excel at the
sport of badminton and have found a way to succeed
despite their diminutive size.
Their badminton careers began with another small, but
big-hearted athlete — Edie (Ross) Murray (’71), their
mother, who helped show them the way to the top.
With the three boasting a combined total height of only
181 inches, they have always pushed each other to be
technically better than their taller opponents.
As a 23-year-old Edie took the sport up and when Carrie
and Heather were eight and six years old, they made the
trip to the gym to learn the sport of badminton with
their mother, friend, and coach.
Carrie and Heather pushed one another to excel. They
battled against each other, but they cheered the other on
against any opposition. On some days they even joined
forces to battle against their mother, who still had a trick
or two up her sleeve.
Through their earlier years Heather and Carrie excelled
in the Nova Scotia Badminton Association before play-
ing at Mount Allison. Though each of the sisters out-
rivaled most of their opponents individually, the two
really stood out when they joined forces to compete in
the women’s doubles categories of the Atlantic Colleges
Athletic Association (ACAA) and the Canadian Colleges
Athletic Association (CCAA). Over their careers they
played with sisterly “synchronization” and always with a
calm and coordinated demeanor, defeating most of
their opponents and capturing numerous fair play and
coach’s choice awards along the way.
Both sisters have represented Mount Allison at the
CCAA nationals — Heather twice and Carrie three
times. And for the past two seasons they have dominated
the women’s doubles scene in the ACAA. Occasionally
the two split apart to play with fellow Mountie siblings
on the University team, Justin and Brent Barkhouse
from Hantsport, NS, also champions in their respective
men’s doubles categories.
The women ended their 2010 season as league champions,
finishing fifth at the Canadian championships and captur-
ing the national Fair Play Award. It was a fitting end for
Carrie, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, major in
Englishthis past May, andwas honouredas the University’s
Outstanding Senior Athlete and a league all-star.
Also a conference all-star, sister Heather was recognized
as MVP of this year’s Mounties and is now entering
third-year Science. In her final two seasons she will have
to carry on alone or find a new partner — one who will
continue to push her, compete with her, support her, and
understand her completely — just as Carrie did.
But her unknown partner will have big shoes to fill —
despite their size-6 only measurement.
Left to right: Heather, Justin, Carrie, and Brent.
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Class of 45
First Row: Sandy (Somerville) Smith, Evelyn (Jones) Salsman
Second Row: Marion (Coffey) Elliot, John Williamson
Class of 50
First Row: Wallace Read, Robert Butt, John P. Pike, Bob Barritt,
Mary F. (MacGregor) Alexander, Mary (Bennett) Mordy, Isabel
(Ewing) Hildebrand Second Row: Tom Wells, Clifford Moase,
Angus MacDonald, Joyce (MacPherson) Knapp, George Warr, Fran
(Gaskin) Wade Third Row: Marie Coffin Kean, Beatrice Heine
Prince, Ruth (Schafheitlin) Bulmer, Margaret (MacDonald)
Hamilton, Don Cameron, Jean King, Lindsay G. King
Class of 55
First Row: Peggy (MacLeod) Hawkes, David Latimer, Donald
MacGowan, Les Parrott, Alma (Trevors) Baker, Ron Dempsey,
Marlene (Johnson) Jackson, June (Bowman) MacEachern Second
Row: Bill Naylor, George Parker, Carole (Gillis) Spicer, Erna
(Bagnell) Leadbeater, Elizabeth (Rafuse) Frank, Marion Thomson,
Floyd Ross, Baird Judson, Anne Dodge, Graham Langley, Joan
Forshner Third Row: Glen Perry Flemming, Warren Hall, Ian
Johnstone, Robert J. MacDonald, Nancy Bentley, Clarene (Avard)
White, Louie Johnston, Nancy Innes Harries, Brian Fluhmann
Class of 60
First Row: Bob Johnson, Don Hopkins, Daniel Chadwick, Bob
Taylor, Preston Leavitt, Roger Ackman, Peter Jollymore, Bill
MacDonald Second Row: Ron Porter, Ann (Keating) Porter, David
Coates, Maida Rogerson, Margaret Flack, Penny Annand, Ivan
Duvar, Barbara (West) Cross, Eileen (Stavert) Meillon Third Row:
Bob Rose, Chris Young, Doug Hoddinott, Alex Cummings, Jane
Cummings, Pat (Pollett) McClelland, Harriet (Campbell) Meacher,
Carolyn (Manzer) McMullen, Flora (MacGregor) Beckett, Ann
Ferguson Howe, Barbara Archibald, Patty (Gurd) Pryde, Janet
Whitehead, Barbara (Moir) MacBeth Fourth Row: Robin
Nasmith, Bev (Boyle) O’Gorman, Donna (Cox) Simon, Jean
(Malcom) Brown, Margaret (Burrill) Franklin, Elinor (Hamilton)
Leach, Kathy (Murray) Johnston, Janet (Glassey) Patterson Fifth
Row: William Brown, Graeme Fraser, Merlyn Royea, Herb Beal,
David Hennigar, Gary Brooks, Bob White Sixth Row: Bruce Hoyt,
Wilbur Touchie, Doug Pryde, Dave Wells
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Class of 65
First Row: Allan H. Adams, Margaret Anne MacBeath, Rick
DesBrisay, Sally Norcott, Cate Bird, Cairine McCann, Frank Powell
Second Row: Debby Johns, Karen (MacDonald) Angel, Fern
(MacLeod) Mollon, Marjorie (MacDonald) Trenholm, Brian
Trenholm, Margaret Bateman Ellison, Claudia Radford, Terry
Thompson, Bob Trevors, Darrell Mesheau, Marg Forbes Third
Row: Robert Angel, Doug Smith, Mike Norcott, Duncan MacLeod,
Al Smith, Jeff Fenwick, Anne Fawcett
Class of 70
First Row: Cathy (MacLennan) Snow, Marilyn (Cook) Mullett,
Marilyn Read-Stark, Louise (Oates) Cooke, Alana (Milne) Robb,
Nora (Baker) Fillier, Rob Watt Second Row: Ann (Goodyear)
Harvie, Barb (Jardine) Mutch, Joan Calder, Ann Cauty, Pam Love,
Debbie (Terris) Kervin, Bill Bishop, Gary Miller, Ron Rondeau, Rob
Miller Third Row: Marion Holder, Mac MacLeod, Dale Ellis, Ron
Kervin, Lorne Goodman, Jack Countryman, Michael Hatfield
Class of 75
First Row: Marilyn MacDonald, Pinie (Leighton) Oulton, Shelley
(Barnes) Arsenault, Janet (Wadlyn) Trites, Harry Lamont, Rita
(Hudson) Kean, Anne (Shirley) Campbell Second Row: Iain D.
Smith, Rory Francis, Gaelyne Norris, Steve Ridlington, Cam
Hartling, Donna (Minard) Hartling, Shirley (MacInnis) Carras,
Stuart MacFarlane Third Row: John Trites, Mark Dickie, Rob
Hart, George Inman, John Boyle, Barbie Smith, Ed Betts
Class of 80
First Row: Dave MacLeod, Blair Lawrence, Chris Fraser, Gerry
Lunn, Rob Latimer, Jol Hunter Second Row: Susan Paterson,
Susan Beaubien, Dale Darling, Diane Ross, Heather (Milton)
Hennigar, Lana MacLean, Beth (Heckman) Kavanagh, Diana
(Friesen) Sonnichson Third Row: Steve McCallum, Sandy
MacMullin, Smith Wells, Ian Kennedy, Doug Coleman, Christy
Demont, Kathie Wheadon, J. Ryan Wiggin
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Class of 85
First Row: Laura Quatermain, Lesley Rogers, Mary Murdoch, Jude
Robertson, Marva Sweeney Second Row: Craig Wilmot, Janice
Brown, Sue MacLean, Kate (Houston) Brooks, Marsha (Simmons)
Wilson, Margot E. MacDonald Third Row: Alan Atkinson, Sarah
Jane Lake-Conklin, Sonya (Saunders) Annear, Alanna (Keough)
MacVittie, Shelley Nicholson, Scott Campbell
Class of 90
First Row: Laurie Goodine Sheehan, Catherine Gray, Sue Johnston,
Sara Carson, Kelly Grant, Gordon Calder, Carolyn Fisher, Melanie
Harper, Karen Cameron Second Row: Brenda Stewart Duplisea,
Andrea Johnston, Janet Piers, Marlene Myers, Sarah Shephard,
Catherine Decarie, Tracy (Crowley) Black, Carolle de Ste-Croix, Merle
Robertson, Peter Hanson, Carol Wilson Third Row: Eric Russell, Tony
Robichaud, Tara Milburn, Wade Taylor, Denise Schofield, Victor
Cormier, Steve Viola, Richard Veffer, Aaron Lloyd Fourth Row: Tim
Milburn, Dan Nowlan, Charles Thompson, Dave Rose
Class of 00
Rhonda McIver, Shannon (Casey) Black, Ben Black
Class of 05
University | 29
In 2009-2010 internationalization took centre stage as
Mount Allison celebrated its Year of International
Engagement. An exciting year culminated with an
extraordinary and transformative gift from Hong Kong
alumnus Michael Wu (’61) to support the University
and its more than 200 international students, who rep-
resent over 40 countries around the world.
Wu, who was the longtime Chairman of Wing Lung
Bank Ltd., donated $1,000,000 to his alma mater in
February to create an endowment that will support
international students for generations to come.
Mount Allison’s Vice-President, International and
Student Affairs Ron Byrne says Wu’s philanthropy will
provide immense benefit to those students who choose
to attend Mount Allison from outside Canada.
“Mr. Wu came to Mount Allison from Hong Kong and
he quickly discovered that many international students
found the transition difficult because our Canadian cul-
ture — socially and academically — was so different
from their own. He would like to see these funds used to
build on our existing supports to students and to create
new initiatives that will enable all of our international
students to maximize their potential,” says Byrne.
Mount Allison will use Wu’s generous gift to support its
international students in the following ways:
This is to establish a relationship with students before
they ever set foot on campus. Developing comprehen-
sive and interactive materials, such as language-specific
videos and testimonials, will go a long way in preparing
students and their families for the Mount Allison expe-
rience and easing any concerns they might have.
From the day they arrive, international students are
encouraged to become part of the University’s close-
knit community. The plan is to build on the current
mentorship program, which sees new students from
abroad paired with peers (domestic or non-domestic)
who help introduce them to Mount Allison’s dynamic
extracurricular offerings and to more fully engage them
in campus life.
ACADEMIC SUCCESS PROGRAM
Providing academic supports to these students is of crit-
ical importance, considering they come to Mount
Allison from school systems around the world, where
the curriculum and academic culture can be vastly dif-
ferent. Taking what is now a temporarily-funded base
program and expanding it into a sustainable and exten-
sive project that incorporates needs analysis, one-on-
one mentorship, and systemic supports, will arm inter-
national students with the resources they need to suc-
ceed in their studies.
Establishing an exceptional suite of supports to engage
and encourage international students re-affirms Mount
Allison’s mission to attract the best and brightest minds
from around the world. Providing important opportu-
nities for interaction and achievement will help them
become creative and critical-thinkers, ready to make
meaningful contributions in communities around the
globe after graduation.
JUMP Campaign total as of May 2010: over $76 million
Our goal: $86 million
Thank you for your continued support. Together we
will reach our goal. www.mta.ca/jumpcampaign
Michael Wu (back row, third from left) hosted a group of Allisonians at his home in Hong Kong, while several of the
University’s senior administrators were in Asia in February.
Landmark million-dollar gift to support international students
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Ronald F. George 1926
Beatrice I. (Maxwell) MacPherson 1929
Ronald B. Baird 1934
John H. Baldwin 1937
Lesmere Kirkpatrick 1937
Kathleen (Fraser) Cameron 1939
Agnes B. (MacQuarrie) Hicks 1940
Dorothy (Allen) Profitt 1940
Fred Schafheitlin 1940
Keith Leighton 1943
Allison Coll 1945
George H. Thompson 1945
Marian L. Worthen 1945
Patricia (Kerr) Lawson 1946
Joseph A. Atkinson 1947
Robert M. Baxter 1947
John H. Boyce 1947
Sherman D. Estabrooks 1947
C. Alexander Reader 1947
Marion (Farquhar) LeMesurier 1948
Joyce (Peake) MacNab 1948
W. Heward Grafftey 1949
Hazel (Henderson) Hazlehurst 1949
Catherine (Stewart) Kendall 1949
Jean R. (Atkinson) Allen 1950
Robert A. Coffell 1950
Rachael (McLean) Healy 1951
Sarah (Sally) (Hopkins) Regan 1951
Sheila M. (Reid) MacKinnon 1952
Doreen (Gillen) Havey 1953
Kaye M. (Cosman) Nath 1955
Peter S. Dickey 1959
Donald Skeffington 1959
David G. Gilroy 1960
Roy Pilgrim 1960
Gary D. Wheeler 1961
James A. Bird 1963
Peter L. Manderson 1967
Beverley (Milligan) Gale 1973
A. Guy Eldridge 1984
Claudette V. Hammock 1991
Lloyd Duchemin Former Faculty
Gerald (Gerry) Cook Former Staff
Peter G. Hume Former Staff
Shirley M. Johnson Former Staff
Arthur H. Crockett Honorary Degree
Livingston B. Johnson Honorary Degree
Mary (MacDougall) McEnery Friend
Clifford Warner Friend
JOHN (JACK) HENRY BALDWIN (’37)
Submitted by his daughter Dianne Pink
Jack slipped gently away under the loving
care of family. After RCAF service he and
wife Betty moved to Nanaimo where he
practiced family medicine and surgery
until his retirement in 1987. A founder of
Caledonia Clinic, he lived his nearly 94
years with integrity, humility, dignity,
and grace. He was gentle, kind, honest,
and had a wry and crazy sense of
humour. While proud of his Maritime
roots, Jack loved Nanaimo. A founding
member of the Nanaimo Lions Club,
he was active in the yacht club, ski club,
tennis club, and golf club.
PETER DICKEY (’59)
Submitted by Dawn McNutt (’57)
Peter Dickey, beloved husband, father,
grandfather, brother, and friend, died
suddenly in December due to cancer-
related complications at the age of 71.
Peter, with his wife Heather (Rice) (’57)
by his side, lived each day to the fullest —
whether travelling, hiking, skiing, working,
or enjoying his family and friends. He was
a guide and mentor to many, using his vast
knowledge and keen interests to engage
those around him. He was an avid volun-
teer and received the Emerald Reward for
his tireless environmental work.
GUY ELDRIDGE (’84)
Submitted by his wife Sue-Ellyn Eldridge
Guy Eldridge died suddenly on March 26
in the U.S. Virgin Islands, from a fall
while sailing. Guy, a Bermudian, com-
pleted his BA at Mount Allison with first-
class honours in economics and political
science, while living in the Monastery.
Guy then studied law and became a part-
ner for Conyers, Dill and Pearman, mov-
ing to the BVI to open their law office
there. An avid sailor from his earliest
days, Guy continued this passion in the
BVI, winning a number of international
regattas. His memorial service was a
celebration of his short life, complete
with laughter, rum, and cannon fire.
ROBERT JOHN “SPOTTY” GRAY (’34)
Submitted by his granddaughter Catherine
A tribute to my grandfather — a man of
honour, distinction, and love — on the
two-year anniversary of his death. John,
or “Spotty” as he was called in reference
to his freckles, played hockey at Mount
Allison and graduated with a BSc. It was
there he met and later married Margaret
(Grey) (’35). A veteran of WWII, he
served with the RCAF from 1938-64,
retiring with the rank of air commodore.
He completed his MBA at Western in
1959 and joined P.S. Ross & Partners in
Ottawa, becoming a partner in 1967.
Responsible for operations in Eastern
Canada, he moved to Halifax where he
retired in 1977. He returned to Amherst
in 1985, and spent the duration of his life
PAULA (HART) MANN (’69)
Submitted by Pam (Steeves) Bowman (’68)
Paula arrived at Mount Allison in 1965
and we became instant friends. After
graduation we taught music in Halifax,
shared an apartment, performed and par-
tied together, and enjoyed many laughs
and special moments. Her marriage to
David resulted in moves to Calgary and
Burlington, where Paula exhibited flair as
a home decorator and hostess, and was a
devoted wife and mother. Paula and
David moved back to Halifax upon
retirement, and enjoyed re-establishing
close connections with family and
friends. Paula was diagnosed with a rare
degenerative neurological illness, and
passed away in November. Through it all
she retained her grace, humour, and
This list is compiled from information sent to University Advancement from December 16, 2009 to May 19, 2010. Please feel welcome
to submit memories of departed Allisonians, and we will be happy to print short versions in the Record and longer versions online
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Dr. Donald Wiles (’46) recently published his
second book in the field of nuclear chemistry,
entitled Radioactivity: What it is and what it does
(Presses Internationales Polytechnique). After
Mount Allison Don did graduate study at
McMaster and MIT and then postdoctoral study
in Norway, before moving to UBC in 1955. In
1959 he moved to Carleton. Although he retired
in 1990, Don still teaches several courses each
year. He is pictured here with his granddaughter
Holly Mason (’10) who graduated fromMount
Allison in May. Holly will pursue her Master’s of
Library and Information Science next year.
Molly (Simmons) Critchley (’48) is pho-
tographed here at the great Stonehenge monu-
ment in southern England.
A series of commemorative stamps have been
released in Bermuda, honouring those involved
in the country’s famous 1959 Theatre Boycott.
The stamp collection contains images from
painter Bob Barritt (’50), among others.
Retired minister Robert S. Latimer (’51) has
just completed his “History of Orangedale
Church and Community.” This is the last in
a quartet of congregational histories Robert
prepared, which also includes Marble
Mountain, Malagawatch, and River Denys, all in
Cape Breton. Robert began his ministry in this
pastoral charge 50 years ago.
Don Moore’s (’59) second novel, The Red Cloud
Papers, is at the publisher and his third, The Alpha
Contention, will be published later this summer.
The response to his first novel, The Surratt
Revelation, has resultedina large number of book
signings throughout southwestern Ontario.
On Dec. 12 ’09 at 6:19 a.m., Allan H. Adams
(’65) reached the summit of Kilimanjaro. Allan
writes, “As dawn broke and the rim of the sun
crept above the vivid red, yellow, orange, and
azure blue horizon, my congenial Tanzanian
guide and I slowly and methodically made our
way up the icy slope to the top, Uhuru Peak, at
5,895 metres. This was my fourth time at Uhuru
— my fifth ascent of ‘Kili’ — and while per-
haps something of an achievement, the true
rewards are the indescribable views from the
summit, the challenge, and the thrill of the
ascent.” Allan, right, and his guide are seen
here atop Uhuru Peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Colin Leonard (’67) and Veronica “Ronnie”
(Morgan) (’69), after 46 years are leaving the
Maritimes for Belleville, ON to be nearer to their
family: Zoe (’97) and Dan Beaulac and son
Aiden; Bronwen and Jacques Gagné and daugh-
ter Morgan; and son Geoffrey. Colin retired in
2001 as a principal from NB District 2 and
Ronnie retired in 2009 as a Nova Scotia regional
consultant from Service Canada. Veronica’s
byline will continue to be seen on magazine
articles with photographs by Colin.
So hard to be sad
in this sweet
Too much laughter,
too much bird song swirling
in morning mist,
too many drivers slowing so
you can cross the street,
too many characters,
too much conversation,
too many ﬁddle tunes,
too many people who can
sing Henry Purcell,
too many chickadees,
too many interesting women,
too many understanding men,
too much fair trade coffee and
West African peanut soup,
too much art, too many poets,
too many people writing plays,
too many people acting in them,
too many people strolling
on the marsh,
too many people falling in love,
too many people falling in
the Swan Pond,
Over 365 events go on every year
in sweet little Sackville.
Makes it so darn hard to be sad.
So come back to see us,
and rewind your creative
Sweet little Sackville
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The Cultural Crossroads of the Maritimes
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Mount Allison alumni enjoyed getting together
on Sanibel Island, FL in March. In the photo are
(left to right) Elaine (Steeves) Smith (’68),
Liz (Beveridge) Lebrun (’68), Pam
(Steeves) Bowman (’68), and Ibel (van
Zwol) Scammell (’68).
Bob Cunningham (’73) has been selected to
the President’s Club for his company Right
Management. Right Management is a global
leader in aligning business and talent manage-
ment strategies. This is Bob’s third selection to
the President’s Club, the highest level of recog-
nition for employees. He is Vice-President,
Client Services and is based in Vancouver. He
welcomes contact with old friends.
Steve Heckbert (’73) recently gave his 700th
blood donation in Calgary, then fled the coun-
try. He and Linda Rasmussen (’74) have
moved to Houston, TX on a three-year assign-
ment with Chevron, where Steve is advising
major capital projects on field integration.
Having learned to say “y’all” with a straight
face, Linda and Steve invite Mount Allison
friends to drop by for laughs or sleepovers.
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Gerald S. Smith’s (’76) latest exhibit, Face to
Face, features nine new portraits in his ongoing
series of large paintings of heads, which he has
been working on since 2002. In total he has com-
pleted 25 portraits in the series. All of these are
people he knows and respects. They were chosen
because he was intrigued by their features, their
positive outlook on life, and their vitality.
Judy Cumming (’76) writes, “I am living in
Victoria and selling real estate. I have lived here
for 30 years. I amalso actively involved with the
equestrian community and teach riding and
judge at horse shows.”
David Fox (’77) is a senior associate in the
healthcare design studio of Hord Coplan Macht,
a 100-person architecture and landscape archi-
tecture firm in Baltimore, MD. David is the
architect for the first stand-alone emergency
department building in Maryland, presently
under construction in Queen Anne’s County.
Jo-Ann Roberts (’77) writes, “I was recently in
Vancouver as part of the CBC team covering the
Olympics. I was doing the CBC Radio hourly
sports updates. At least three of the CBC team
were connected to Mount Allison: Ian
Hanomansing (’83), Peter Mansbridge
(Chancellor), and myself, so we decided to get
together for a photo. We were joined by my
daughter, Claire Kelly (’09) who was working
as a security screener at the games.”
Dave MacLeod (’81) is now working in
Kingston as the Army’s command chief stan-
dards officer, working on his Master’s and hop-
ing to go to Afghanistan in August.
TomMcCauley (’82) writes, “It has been quite
the year for me. In May I met Herménégilde
Chiasson (’72) at the opening of Grace
Presbyterian Church. I was selected to do one of
the readings for the service. His Honour, in one
of his last functions as Lieutenant-Governor of
New Brunswick, was our guest speaker. Last
August I celebrated 20 years with Canada
Revenue Agency. In October I received a three-
year term appointment to the provincial
Psychiatric Patient Advocate Services Review
Board. And in November I was an Olympic
Torchbearer in Rothesay, NB.”
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See us at
we have had a special relationship
with the people of Mount Allison
University. We have welcomed
prospective students and parents;
celebrated graduations; hosted
reunions; and accommodated
alumni, visiting lecturers, hon-
orees, and board members. We are
a pre-Confederation Victorian
home with 18 rooms and a fine
dining room. We are a proud sup-
porter of Mount Allison.
Why get a room,
when you can get a home?”
WilliamKierstead (’82) has been seconded by
the New Brunswick Department of Education as
the director of the 21st Century Research Office.
Brian Seaman (’83) made a presentation
about Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act and
Charter of Rights issues at a conference in
Buenos Aires in December. The conference was
at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and was
sponsored by UNICEF to celebrate the 20th
anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights
of the Child. Brian is working with an
Argentinean colleague on a paper about child
sex prostitution in Argentina for the UBA Law
Review. Anyone with an interest in this area can
contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate (Roach) Zabell (’83) is living on the west
coast and had the privilege of carrying the 2010
Olympic Torch in Hope, BC. Married to a won-
derful guy named Arne, they have two beauti-
ful children (Alexa and AJ), and are blessed to
have a granddaughter, Kylee.
Norma Johnson (’86) is getting married to
Stephen Strum this summer and having all four
kids involved in the ceremony. She writes,
“There are quite a number of Mount Allison
alumni invited so it is going to be a sweet
reunion.” The wedding will take place July 25 in
Annette Comeau (’86) and Cathy (Gavin)
MacIntosh (’86) traveled to Paris for a won-
derful reunion in May ’09. Pictured left to right
are Jill (not a grad), Cathy, and Annette, toast-
ing the City of Lights at L’Avenue on
Montaigne. Annette, as CEO of an international
training organization, travels regularly to
Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean, often run-
ning into members of the Mount Allison family.
Photographed here are five Commerce gradu-
ates who all are now working together at
McIsaac Darragh Chartered Accountants in
Amherst. Fromleft to right are Susan McIsaac
(’88), Vicki Darragh (’94), Lisa Kinnear
(’08), Selena MacDonald (’06), and Cindy
LisaWilliams (’93) is the owner and manager of
UNICARE Home Health Care Inc. in Miramichi, NB.
Diana Richmond (’95) writes, “I’m a family
lawlawyer in Calgary, where I’ve resided for the
past 11 years. Oct. ’08 in St. Andrews By the
Sea, I married a fellow Maritimer (from Cape
Breton), who I met out here through road bik-
ing and triathlon, an activity that I've been very
active in over the past eight years. I completed
Ironman Canada in 2006 along with many other
Olympic and half ironman races. I’m a partner
at Foster Richmond LLP and love my career. No
children yet, but we are thinking about it. Our
cats are our babies for now. This is a photo of
my husband and me at a triathlon camp in
Allison Wood (’96) and husband Colin Gillis
would like to announce the arrival in Halifax
of their second son, Ewan Charles Wood Gillis,
born on Nov. 15 ’09. She writes, “A little
brother for Reid. Always interested in hearing
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Lee Cameron Surrette (’98) writes, “I was
married to James Surrette in 2002 and we have
two beautiful children. I have a small archi-
tecture studio and work out of Halifax.
April MacKinnon’s (’98) company Nurtured
Products for Parenting Inc. was recently named
2010 Small Business of the Year (Silver) by the
Halifax Chamber of Commerce. Learn more
about her business, which offers products for
babies and families that are environmentally
responsible and Canadian made whenever
Brad McBride (’99) writes, “In February I
graduated with a Master of Arts in Public
Administration from Carleton University in
Jennifer Caines (’99) acquired a PhD in music
history fromthe University of Alberta inJune 2007.
Becky McEachern (’02) writes, “After a won-
derful year teaching abroad in Japan with the
JET program, I returned to Winnipeg in 2008
where I am an employment counsellor working
with immigrant and refugee youth. I met the
love of my life, Eric Lett, and we are now
engaged to be married. An April 2011 wedding
is planned. As we are also in the process of buy-
ing a house, Mounties passing through
Winnipeg are welcome to look me up as we’ll
have some extra room!”
Amanda (Coady) Butler (’02) and Uriah
Butler were wed on Sept. 2 ’06 in Donkin, NS.
They celebrated with family and friends.
Amanda graduated from Acadia in 2004 with
her BEd, and in May 2010 from St.F.X. with her
MEd. They live in Manitoba, where Amanda is
employed as an elementary music teacher and
Uriah is with the RCMP.
Three of the four musicians performing at the
daily songwriters’ circle at Atlantic Canada
House during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics
attended Mount Allison. They include (l-r)
Newfoundland’s Daniel Payne (’99), New
Brunswick’s David Myles (’03), and PEI’s
Meaghan Blanchard (’10), photographed
here with Claire Kelly (’09), who was working
as a security screener.
Mireille Eagan (’04) finished her Master’s in
art history at Concordia in 2008, and is currently
curator at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery
Colleen Furlotte (’04) writes, “I live in
Riverview where I write and record music, and
am in the process of working on a development
project for a documentary series that will chal-
lenge beauty stereotypes.”
TomWatt (’05) recently wrote an article about
his trip to Cyprus to visit a living Sufi saint by the
name of Shaykh Nazim. Tom says, “My time at
Mount Allison was really special and helped
round me into the eclectic, socially concerned,
inquisitive, and curious person that I am today.
I’m married and have a small son and am run-
ning my own recycle bike shop in Montreal
while teaching and working with special needs
kids in the public school system.”
In Dec. ’09 Josephine Wieczorek (’06)
achieved her chartered accounting designation
in Calgary, by passing the Canadian Institute of
Chartered Accountants’ uniform evaluation.
Charles Furlotte (’06) recently completed a
Master’s of Social Work fromCarleton. Charles is
currently research co-coordinator and team
manager of the HIV and Hepatitis C Prevention
Research Team in the Department of
Epidemiology and Community Medicine at
University of Ottawa, and is also a social worker
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He recently had several articles published on
mindfulness and on housing experiences of
older adults living with HIV.
Elisabeth Wallace (’08) and John Frost (’08)
were married at Salem Baptist Church on July
25 ’09. Alumni in attendance included: Mary-
Ellen Peckham (’08), Eva Lane (’08),
Caroline McRae (’08), Miriam Coulthard
(’09), Niel McIntyre (’09), Pat Foley (’07),
Peter Bates (’08), and biology professor Dr.
Diana Hamilton. Pictures followed at the
Swan Pond and Waterfowl Park.
Bess Winter Kosinec (’08) writes, “I’m the
newly-appointed special projects editor of the
Mid-American Review, an international literary
journal that has published work by David Foster
Wallace, Richard Russo, and Rita Dove, as well
as talented emerging writers. Thanks to 7
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ising costs, the downturn in
the economy, and struggling
endowments mean that many
Canadian universities are facing
financial challenges, with reports of
cutbacks and layoffs. Fortunately,
Mount Allison is not among them.
Twenty years ago the situation was
different. Then our financial chal-
lenges were so serious that some
questioned our long-term prospects.
Fortunately those responsible for
protecting Mount Allison’s future
understood that to be successful not
only did the budget need to be
balanced, but services had to be
provided over the short term in a
way that did not threaten our ability
to provide them over the long term.
As a result certain principles were
adopted and decisions made to follow
them even if doing so proved diffi-
cult. Those principles are still in place
today and include the following:
• The budget must be balanced.
• Short-term funds must not be used
to cover long-term commitments.
• The value of endowment funds
must be maintained.
• The current generation must cover
the costs of the services it receives.
• Budgets must be adequate to
maintain facilities, teaching envi-
ronments, and other equipment.
• The budget must have adequate
reserves to deal with short-term
The President is responsible for
ensuring that these principles are
followed and each year external
auditors report on whether this is
It is worth noting that when the
University was experiencing financial
difficulties it had accumulated signif-
icant external debt. I am pleased to
report that Mount Allison has had no
external debt for many years.
Today’s students get the education
they pay for; their tuition does not
contribute either to paying for
services received by past generations
or to paying for services that will be
received by future generations. We
call this “intergenerational equity”
and, simply put, it means that each
generation of students is treated
fairly — that future Allisonians will
be afforded all of the experiences
that make a Mount Allison education
second to none.
Our financial strategy also puts us in
a position to capitalize on opportu-
nities that build on our successes,
and helps us achieve our goal
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