Elizabeth visited the St. John’s campus in July
1978 to turn the sod symbolizing the start of construction
of the library named in her honour. The Queen Elizabeth
II Library would officially open in May 1982. Here she
strolls the campus grounds with Dr. George Alain Frecker,
Chancellor of Memorial University.
30 years ago
First engineering degrees awarded
May 1974 – Memorial marks another milestone
in its history when the first bachelor and PhD degrees in
engineering are conferred.
25 years ago
Grenfell college named
May 1979 – The provincial government has announced
that the regional college in Corner Brook has been named the
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. Dr. Cyril Poole, principal of
the college, said the name is fitting because the school serves
the area in which Dr. Grenfell did most of his work.
20 years ago
Archaeologist a fine fellow
May 1984 – Dr. James A. Tuck, chairman of the
Anthropology Department’s Archaeology Unit, has been
elected to fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, recognizing
his extraordinary contributions to the study of prehistory
and history of Newfoundland and Labrador and adjacent areas.
15 years ago
Science fair largest ever
May 1989 – The 1989 Canada-wide Science Fair
was the largest Canadian science fair ever. In one day alone,
5,000 Newfoundland students toured the fair.
10 years ago
May 1994 – The death of Dr. George Morley Story
on May 9 is keenly felt at Memorial. Dr. Story is known to
many Newfoundlanders as co-author of the Dictionary of Newfoundland
Five years ago
May 1999 – A concrete canoe designed by Term
7 civil engineering students Jason Phillips and Trevor Bolt
was awarded first place for presentation and innovation at
the national concrete canoe competition in Sherbrooke, Quebec.