Dr. Ronald Rompkey has received another award to add to his long list of honours. The professor in the Department of English Language and Literature has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
An officer of the Order of Canada, a Royal Society fellow and a Univeresity Research Professor, Dr. Rompkey was cited for his work as a scholar of Canadian studies, especially of Newfoundland and Labrador, and as an advocate for the arts and cultural industries. Dr. Rompkey also received the Order of Chivalry from the French government in 2004 for his contribution to the francophone community of Newfoundland and Labrador.
A native Newfoundlander, Dr. Rompkey holds a master's degree in English literature from Memorial and a doctorate from the University of London. His most recent book isGarrison Town to Commercial City, St. John’s, Newfoundland 1800-1900 (DRC Publishing, 2012).
The commemorative medal, created to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne as Queen of Canada, is a tangible way for Canada to honour significant contributions by Canadians. Sixty thousand Canadians are being recognized with the award.