Hon. Dr. Gordon Winter, former regent and chairman of the
Board of Regents and an honorary graduate of Memorial University,
passed away at home on Aug. 1.
A strong supporter of Confederation with Canada, Dr. Winter
was one of six signatories to the final terms of union between
Newfoundland and Canada.
Dr. Winter was appointed to Memorial University’s first
Board of Regents, in 1949, and served as chairman of the board
for six years. He retired from the board in 1974.
Dr. Winter was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from
Memorial in 1970 and was appointed an Officer of the Order
of Canada in 1974.
On receiving his honorary degree, the university orator said
of Dr. Winter, “No chairman could devote more time or
more energy to the university whose destiny he guides: he
is endlessly available, endlessly interested.”
Dr. Winter became Newfoundland’s sixth lieutenant-governor
in 1974, a position he held for seven years.