|Honorary Degree Recipient, C.H. Fisher, 1955 (Photograph Collection, A-1697)|
Convocation date: May 13, 1955
Discipline / contribution: public service
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Caleb Henry Fisher, soldier, farmer, public servant, pioneer, gentleman.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Charlie Fisher is a native of Kent, England. At a tender age, in 1899, he enlisted with the Imperial Cavalry. He saw service under Lord Kitchener in South Africa. Later he saw service in India.
In 1907 he came to Canada and homesteaded at Lipton, Saskatchewan. He tells me that we should not be despondent over present conditions. He survived several frozen crops in the first few years and simply took them in his stride.
Shortly after his arriving in this province he was elected a councilor of his rural municipality. He resigned to enlist in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the first World War. He was discharged as Captain Fisher.
On his return to his homestead in 1918 he re-entered municipal life and became reeve of his municipality in 1920. Since that time he has been identified with every worthy cause in the province and has held many important offices including the presidency of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities.
His interest in local government has continued until this day. Presently he is chairman of the Hospital Visiting Committee under the Mental Hygiene Act, a member of the Saskatchewan Cancer Commission, and the Saskatchewan Municipal Advisory Commission.
I regard Charlie Fisher as the salt of the earth. An intelligent, industrious, honest gentleman who has played a very large part in the development of the life of this province.
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I ask that you confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: F.C. Cronkite, Dean of Law
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