1966 Fredericton Convocation

Sherlock, Philip Manderson

Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.)

Orator: Cattley, Robert E.D.

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L to R: Sir Max Aitken, Philip Manderson Sherlock
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Source: 1966 Convocation Composite


to be Doctor of Civil Law

If at this University Convocation we are honouring an academic who, from concept to cornerstone, inspired the establishment of a university in and for his own country, let us be aware that our scarlet sits on the shoulders of a very practical person, who has identified himself with the progress to nationhood and to material sufficiency of the Caribbean peoples; who has written their history, told their folklore, and promoted their commerce; who in his own
island has been pupil, teacher, headmaster, professor, and Member of the Legislative Council; who is a Jamaican by mother-love, but a West Indian by every other tie.

Never was the C.B.E., which was his many years ago, better bestowed.

He thrives on problems. To draw into harmony a federation of cattered (and sometimes unruly) independencies is a problem that we in Canada share with him, and neither of us has yet quite solved. But where to find that pool of educated native manpower, from which must come the administrators, the legislators, aye, and the statesmen?

And so to this philosophic and modest man came the vision of a national university of the West Indies. At every stage in its realization he has played his indispensable part, from his membership on the Irvine Commission, which recommended its foundation, to the Vice Chancellorship, which he now holds.

What brings him literally home to us is that his University has joined our Association of Atlantic Universities. To this pioneer among Canadian institutions Dr. Sherlock, the pioneer of his own, will be a unique and respected contributor. But apart from the educational experience of a lifetime, he brings a children's sympathy for a certain Mr. Anansi Spider, creature of his folklore*, whose laziness and provocative antics strike a responsive chord in every reader's heart.

*West Indian Folk Tales, Oxford, 1966; Anansi the Spider Man, Macmillan (London) 1956.

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

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