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(October 18, 2001, Gazette)

Noel Veitch named Alumnus of the Year

The Memorial University Alumni Association has named retired professor and campus food bank co-founder Noel Veitch its Alumnus of the Year for 2001. A familiar face around campus and at convocation for over 30 years, Mr. Veitch will be fêted at a special celebration at the School of Music on Nov. 7.

Tribute 2001: A Celebration of Alumni Spirit marks a departure from past alumni awards dinners. The event will be produced and hosted by Spirit of Newfoundland productions, and will include a program of music, skits and special tributes to the guest of honour.

Noel Veitch graduated from Memorial in 1959 with a BA (Ed.) and returned a few years later to join the Faculty of Education, where he taught speech communication. He also holds a M.Ed. from St. Francis Xavier University and an MA from the University of Michigan.

A popular professor, he retired from the faculty after 31 years, and has spent much of his retirement continuing the tireless volunteer work that he began at Memorial.

Mr. Veitch is the co-founder of the campus food bank and maintains a very active role as coordinator of that organization. He is a volunteer driver with Meals on Wheels, a member of the board of directors of the Positive Thinkers Club, member of the St. John’s Metro chapter of the Memorial Alumni Association, and the MUN pensioners’ representative on the advisory committee of the Employee Assistance Program.

Mr. Veitch has also been marshal of convocation at Memorial since 1997 and is a founding member (violin and viola) of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (NSO). Earlier this year he won The Telegram/Hotel Newfoundland NSO Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding contribution and dedication to the NSO. He also garnered the 2001 MUN Volunteer Award of Exemplary Service.

Tribute 2001 will celebrate the many facets of Mr. Veitch’s life and work. In a “tip of the hat” to his musical contributions, the evening will include performances by students from the School of Music as well as members of Spirit of Newfoundland. Significantly, since 2001 is also the International Year of the Volunteer, Tribute 2001 will toast the volunteer spirit of the Memorial community in general.

Colleagues, former students, fellow volunteers and the general public are all welcome to attend Tribute 2001 at the D. F. Cook Recital Hall on Nov. 7. For more details or to purchase tickets, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development at 737-4354, toll-free at 1-877-700-4081 or There are a limited number of tickets available.