|Convocation Address - F.C. Cronkite, 1967 (Photograph Collection, A-4112)|
Convocation date: November 4, 1967
Discipline / contribution: legal education ; public service
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Dean Emeritus of Law, Dr. F.C. Cronkite.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Dean Cronkite received his early education, including a Bachelor of Arts degree, from the University of New Brunswick. He later attended Harvard University, obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Economics and Government and a Bachelor of Laws degree.
After graduation in law he was called to the Bar of New Brunswick and practiced law in Woodstock, N.B. He was appointed to the Faculty of Law, University of Saskatchewan, in 1924 and became Dean in 1929. He was called to the Bar of Saskatchewan in 1926 and named a King’s Counsel in 1934.
Dean Cronkite has taken an active interest in civic affairs, having served as an alderman of the City of Saskatoon for ten years. Among other civic positions, he served as President of the Children’s Aid Society for several years.
His interest in legal education is evidenced by the fact that he acted as Chairman of the Legal Education Committee of the Canadian Bar Association for six years beginning in 1932.
During Dean Cronkite’s tenure at the University, a course in Labour Law was added to the law curriculum and was conducted by him for several years. He also had a very practical interest in collective bargaining and acted as chairman of dozens of conciliation and arbitration boards for the settlement of industrial disputes.
Other public services of Dean Cronkite included a major part in the preparation of the case for Saskatchewan before the Rowell—Sirois Royal Commission on Dominion—Provincial Relations. He has acted as a member of several Royal Commissions, Chairman of several important committees such as the Prairie Regional Employment Committee, and the Saskatchewan Municipal Advisory Commission, and counsel for the Province in the Dominion—Provincial Constitutional Conference.
Dean Cronkite retired in 1961 but has continued to be very active in public life. We honour him particularly today for his major role in the development of our Law School. Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate of this University, I ask that you confer the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on Fred C. Cronkite, Dean Emeritus of Law.
Degree presented by: J.W.T. Spinks, President
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