1971 Fredericton Encaenia

Andrew, Geoffrey Clement

Doctor of Laws (LL.D.)

Orator: Condon, Thomas J.

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L to R: Sir Max Aitken, Geoffrey Clement Andrew
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Source: Joe Stone fonds-UA RG340, 1971 (#8892A)


to be Doctor of Laws

While it is difficult enough to be responsible for one University, imagine if you can the task of looking after the welfare of the many universities and colleges of Canada. For the past decade this is what Geoffrey Andrew has done, with imagination and responsibility, with grace and wit, in English and in French. More than any man he has forged the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and as its Executive Director he has honed it into an instrument for projecting the voice of higher education in this country. As he retires, he leaves behind a strong and effective organization capable of responding to the problems of the seventies.

A maritimer who graduated from King’s College, Dalhousie University and from Oxford, he has taught English at Rothesay Collegiate School, Upper Canada College, and the University of British Columbia. A detour from academia during World War II brought him to Ottawa where he served as Secretary of the Wartime Information Board and Director of the Canadian Information Service and where his talents for communicating and coordinating were discovered. Though he returned to UBC to teach, to dean, and to assist its President in the post-war expansion of that institution, he could not resist the call that came in 1962 to employ his scholarly and organizational abilities on the national higher education scene. The AUCC embodies the vision and the hard labours of this remarkable educator.

Geoffrey Andrew has long been a friend to UNB and to many members of this university community. It is with great pride that we honour him this afternoon.

From: Honoris Causa - UA Case 70, Box 1

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