By Wade Kearley
and presenters for the 2003 Alumni Tribute Awards gather
in the Junior Common room prior to the 2003 Alumni Tribute
Awards, a highlight of Celebrate Memorial festivities.
(L-R) Dr. J. D. Eaton, Harry Steele, Kevin Major, Dr.
David Jewer, Lt.-Gen. Rick Hillier, Wayne Thistle, Alex
Hickman, Stephen Kent, Audrey and Dom Howse (parents
of Maj. Dr. G. Dawn Howse) and Gerald Tilley.
Former chief justice Alex Hickman was the featured speaker
at the Alumni Tribute Awards, Oct. 16, at R. Gushue Hall,
St. John's Campus. After briefly recounting his memories from
Memorial University College, he told the 280 guests: “As
I approach the 60th anniversary of my graduation from Memorial
University College – which makes me an endangered species
– I continue to be grateful to that institution for
affording me the opportunity to study at a college where scholarship
was emphasized and where we were taught by learned professors
who were dedicated to improving the lot of Newfoundlanders.”
Mr. Hickman cautioned that while Memorial as a degree-granting
university is an outstanding institution of learning “we
should never lose sight of the foundation laid by those who
worked and taught in the early years of the university college.”
The Alumni Tribute Awards, expanded last year to celebrate
five alumni annually, is in its 22nd year. This year the recipients
included Mr. Hickman, MUC ’44, LLD, for lifetime achievement;
Stephen Kent, BBA'01, for achievement under age 35; Wayne
Thistle, B.Ed.’68, B.Sc.(Hons)’68, MA ’71,
for volunteer service to Memorial; Maj. Dr. G. Dawn Howse,
B.Med.Sc.’76, MD’78 for volunteer service to the
community; and Lt.-Gen. Rick Hillier, B.Sc.’76 for professional
achievement. Of these, only Dr. Howse, who is based in Zimbabwe,
was unable to attend.
The awards plaques, designed specifically for the event, were
presented by Kevin Major, B.Sc.’73, and 1997 alumnus
of the year; Gerald Tilley, B.Comm.’68 and 1987 alumnus
of the year; Dr. J. D. Eaton, LLD; 1993 alumnus of the year
Dr. David Jewer, B.Sc.(Hons.)’75, B.Med.Sc.’79,
MD'81; and 1982 alumnus of the year Harry Steele, B.Ed.’53.
He also presented Dr. Hickman with an original pewter starfish
bowl created by alumni Ray and Delia Will.
Gary Peddle, B.Comm. (Hons)’82, MBA ’85, president
of the alumni association, had praise for the high calibre
of Memorial alumni.
“Each year, as part of this program, we hear about the
accomplishments of our alumni and I am always in awe of the
work and careers of Memorial graduates.” He also thanked
the corporate sponsors, especially Newfoundland Power and
the Telegram for their generous support of the event.
Awards chairperson, was emcee the evening Dr. Linda Inkpen,
B.Sc.’69, B.Ed.’70, B.Med.Sc.’72, MD ’74,
and the 1988 Alumna of the Year used the opportunity to encourage
guests and other Memorial alumni to nominate their friends,
colleagues and relatives for the award. “There are so
many alumni out there doing such remarkable things that we
must depend on you to bring them to our attention. By completing
a nomination form you have the opportunity to garner the kind
of recognition that every graduate of Memorial would be proud
To nominate your favourite alumnus contact Laura Edwards at
Alumni Affairs and Development, 737-4354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org