|Honorary Degree Recipient, Dr. W.S. Lindsay, 1955 (Photograph Collection, A-1695)|
Convocation date: May 14, 1955
Special Convocation: Special Convocation held in connection with the formal opening of the University Hospital
Discipline / contribution: medical education ; medicine - pathology; community service
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you one who more than any other is responsible for the achievement which this occasion celebrates. A native Haligonian, reared in the tradition of Scottish scholarship, a graduate of Dalhousie University in arts and of Edinburgh in medicine, Stewart Lindsay has been to medical education in Western Canada a veritable Wise Man from the East.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
His destiny for leadership appeared even earlier, for while serving in France with British troops in World War I he commanded No. 13 Mobile Laboratory and was awarded the O.B.E. In 1919 he became the first professor of pathology and bacteriology at this university, a post for which he was well prepared by hospital work in London, Edinburgh and New York. Despite his rugged disdain for gardening, heroic indeed in an agricultural province, he sewed the seeds of the School of Medical Sciences, nurtured the sapling amid hazards of depression and war and, when the structure was sturdy and the time ripe, he arranged for the grafting on of clinical departments and a modern teaching hospital. That these are soon to bear fruit is due in large measure to Dr. Lindsay's determined purpose and painstaking husbandry.
Retirement from the deanship in 1952 brought no rest, for he has continued to exhibit statesmanship as Secretary of the Hospital Board amid blueprints, catalogues and invoices and at innumerable meetings. The value of his leadership and service in this phase is immeasurable.
Apart from medical education and pathology, however, Dr. Lindsay has meant much to his friends in other spheres — as Kiwanis clubman, as worker with Senior Citizens, as genial host accompanied by his charming wife, as gifted raconteur and writer of clever verse. In everything he does one sees quiet strength, intellectual integrity, the primacy of excellence and a nice balance of those qualities that make the complete gentleman.
Eminent Chancellor, I ask that you confer on Walker Stewart Lindsay the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: J.W. Macleod, Dean of Medicine
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