1966 Fredericton Convocation

Eaton, Cyrus Stephen

Doctor of Laws (LL.D.)

Orator: Cattley, Robert E.D.

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L to R: Sir Max Aitken, Cyrus Stephen Eaton
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Source: UA PC-5 no.8(27)


to be Doctor of Laws

To the unthinking and the uncharitable, to those who insist that Labour is East, Capitalism West, and that 'never the twain shall meet', Cyrus Eaton is a paradox, and dangerous. Paradox he is -- none delights more in the advertisement than he. But it is a tribute to North American democracy that it can accommodate such paradoxes as the Beaverbrooks, the Bennetts, and the Eatons, and to the Maritimes
that we seem to produce them.

Such men as Eaton make empire-building their profession. Within the law they excel at it. Finance is their realm, and they are the reigning emperors. When to Cyrus Eaton, as to the late Lord Beaverbrook, Providence has vouchsafed a greater than national vision, their powers for good are fantastic, and they are often our ablest ambassadors to the totalitarian states. There, untrammelled by parliamentary allegiances, they speak as giants to individual giants, each respecting the other's control of men and resources.

From the wisdom of his eighty-three years and his contacts with Soviet Russia, Eaton urges the need to trade not fight with the Communists. Most people, he says, are less likely to go to war if their bellies are full and they have some home comforts. It must give him satisfaction to know that the land of his birth has, since 1961, sold close on a billion bushels of grain behind the Iron and Bamboo curtains.

Two acts of his, each in its way significant, prove how genuine is his crusade for international harmony.

The major has been those conferences to which he has invited the world's leading authorities, especially those on nuclear science. Since 1954 there have been thirty of them, and so famous have they become that they all, wherever now held, go by the name of Pugwash, the scene of his birth and of the first momentous meeting. There has even been a Moscow Pugwash!

The other was his gift to a fellow farmer, Khruschev, of one of Eaton's prize Shorthorn bulls. "Better bulls" says Eaton, "than bullets". The Communist cows, like the Communist commissars, have found the bull a most productive Chargé d'Affaires.

Cattley, Robert E.D. Honoris causa: the effervescences of a university orator. Fredericton: UNB Associated Alumnae, 1968.

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