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Edmund de Rothschild
Edmund de Rothschild, who was among the first people to receive an honorary doctorate from Memorial University, passed away Jan. 17, 2009, at aged 93. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree in October 1961. Dr. de Rothschild was a merchant banker from the renowned banking family’s British branch who led the development of a major hydroelectric project at Churchill Falls, Labrador. In 2003, Dr. de Rothschild donated two bottles of a superb wine, the 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, to Dr. Edward Roberts, Newfoundland’s Lieutenant Governor and former chair of the University’s Board of Regents. Worth more than $1,200 per bottle, Dr. Roberts generously suggested donating the bottles to the university as a fund-raiser. Dr. de Rothschild agreed, and a special Wine of the Century lottery was held which raised $20,000 for the Harlow Bursary Fund.

Dr. Mario Duschenes
Flautist, conductor and music educator Mario Duschenes died peacefully in hospital on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009. Dr. Duschenes was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Memorial in May 1991. He also held an honorary doctorate from Concordia University in Montreal and received the Order of Canada in 1985.