After completing grade 13 at Fort William Collegiate Institute 52 years ago, I entered Lakehead University in the Honors B.Sc. program. At FWCI I was a non-participant. At Lakehead I was inspired to join the science club, the Yearbook staff, the Squash and hockey team, etc. Shortly I was Editor in Chief of the Nor'Wester, Athlete of the Year and President of the 1966 Graduating Class. How did that happen?? When asked to give speeches I often give full credit to the personal inspiring comments of my Lakehead University faculty. As I look back I also give credit to the spirit of my fellow students. Their excitement, acceptance, creativity, dedication to their fellow students and sheer joy of being at Lakehead University was infectious. It was great fun and my modest honors project on the impacts of the Great Lakes Paper mill on the Kaministiquia River led to an international career in forensic pollution investigations. Of particular note was: Dr George Merrill, Prof Stan Magwood, President Bill Tamblyn, and Prof Harold Braun. Each to this day brings a special memory of warm support. I enlisted Jennifer "Pidge" Hawkins (Current River) from the Library staff to be our Nor'Wester secretary. Five decades later Jennifer and I are still married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren, living in Santa Barbara California.
The Lakehead University Alumni has played a major role in my career. I will always be deeply grateful. It was the Alumni that bestowed the Distinguished Alumni Award, and encouraged the Honorary Doctor of Science and Lakehead's 6th Chancellor honor. No Lakehead University Chancellor has held this position longer. I had the great pleasure of bestowed the first Medical Degrees and the first Orillia Campus degrees. The excitement in the eyes of the graduating students I will never forget.
Jennifer and I will attend, for the 28th year in a row, the Planetary Emergency meetings hosted by the World Federation of Scientists in Italy. As Chairman of the World Federation Panel on Pollution I give the annual report on Pollution to the General Assembly. The World Federation President is a Science Advisor to the Pope. In the fall we meet in the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican. Over 124 Nobel Laureates have participated in our meetings. I am honored to Chair this esteemed activity as Lakehead University Chancellor Emeritus.
Photo: This picture was taken by Jerry Hashiguchi, Nor’Wester student photographer, and appeared in the 1965 Nor’Wester. The first time I saw the Lakehead University Coat-of Arms I was overwhelmed and wanted to share the experience with my fellow students. Dr Harold Braun was kind enough to allow us into the Senate Chambers to take the picture. I put on the black robe and faced the Coat -of -Arms. Unfortunately my shoulders were too small to fill out the robe so Dr Braun took off his suit coat and I put it on to complete the picture. This memorial gives new meaning to the phrase, “We stand on the shoulders of giants who have come before us”.