Name: William Archibald Mackintosh, C.M.G., M.A., Ph.D., LL.D., D.C.L., F.R.S.C.
Convocation date: September 29, 1959
Special Convocation: Golden Jubilee Convocation
Discipline / contribution: public service ; economics
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Eminent Chancellor:Degree received: Doctor of Laws
I present to you for the award of an honorary degree a man who has already received many honors for his researches in economics, his statesmanship in higher education, and his services to governments. But it is especially appropriate that this university should honor Principal Mackintosh because he has made important contributions to the study of the economics of the prairie region, as shown by the titles of some of his published books: “Agricultural cooperation in Western Canada”, “Prairie Settlement”, “Economic Problems of the Prairie Region.” In addition he served as joint editor of the nine volumes published under the general title “Canadian Frontiers of Settlement.” In carrying on the studies on which these volumes are based he spent long periods on the prairies and particularly at this university. Other books of his include the two volume “Statistical Contributions to Canadian Economic History” and “The Economic Background of Dominion-Provincial Relations.
His educational statesmanship is based on a long and sound experience. He rose through all ranks at Queen’s University from assistant professor to principal, with five year periods as dean of arts and as vice-principal. He has served as chief executive officer of that university during the difficult and challenging period since 1951, and in that capacity has no doubt found frequent occasion to apply his expert knowledge of economics to university finance.
Dr. Mackintosh is a shining example of the academic in the service of government. In addition to serving as a member of several commissions and boards, he has been Special Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Finance, Acting Deputy Minister, and Director—General of Research for the Department of Reconstruction. His great influence on the economic policies of the government during the second world war is well recognized. Not the least valuable aspect of his service to government is that, unlike too many other academics, he refused to be enticed into the service permanently but insisted on returning to academic halls.
The numerous honors which he has received include the Fellowship of the Royal Economic Society, the Fellowship and Presidency of the Royal Society of Canada, the Presidency of the National Conference of Canadian Universities, the Chairmanship of the Association of Universities of the British Commonwealth.
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Senate of this university I ask that you confer on William Archibald Mackintosh the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: W.P. Thompson, President
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