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EDITORIAL 5 VoIcE OF THE GRADUATES 5

WILLIAM OsLer’s 100TH BIRTHDAY

Wilder Penfield, F.R.S. 6 YounGc McGitt WRITERS

May Ebbitt 8 Firt Sop TuRNED 10 Tue PRINCIPAL’S PAGE

Dr. F. Cyril James 11 THE FururE oF Our SOcIEty

Annual Meeting 12 LoyaL AND GENEROUS GRADUATE—P., D. Ross

Robert C. Berry 13 Tue ATHLETICS’ SCENE

Vic Obeck 14 NEWS FROM THE BRANCHES

D. Lorne Gales 15

FAITHFUL FRIEND or McGi_t—H. R. MorGan

Robert W. Jones 16 CLass REUNIONS 18 Tue Late Ernest Brown Prof. R. E. Jamieson 19 MontTrEAL BrANcH RIvER OUTING 20-21 New EXTENSION DEVELOPMENTS Dr. F. S. Howes 22 SUDDEN DEATH OF DEAN SMITH =i Vic OBECK’s APPOINTMENT Sil ALUMNAE DIAMOND JUBILEE Elizabeth McNab 32 WHERE THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY'RE Doinc—Personals 36 PLACEMENT SERVICE NOTES 44 ADVERTISERS’ INDEX 56-57 ATHLETICS’ SCHEDULES 58-59

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COVER PICTURE

The turning of the first sod for the Memorial Hall and Swimming Pool, for which grad- uates all over the world have subscribed, took place on Monday morning, July 4. Our cover picture shows McGill Principal and Vice- Chancellor, Dr. F. Cyril James, taking a tran- sit sight on the occasion, flanked on his right by J. D. Johnson, Governor, and the Chan- cellor, Chief Justice O. S. Tyndale, and at the principal’s left, F. G. Ferrabee, president of the Graduates’ Society.

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Voice of The Graduates

We Would Bear Up Under More Like This

Sir.

Having seen the peripatetic General Secretary, D. Lorne Gales, on two successive evenings at a western ice-cream parlour and not giving him the chance to ask questions, I thought I would just drop you this line to say, I like the News.

Yours truly, R. H. Stevenson, Com. ’42.

He’s Anxious To “Stick to McGill’ Sir,—

Having studied at McGill and now settled in the Netherlands, I feel very strong for the education I received at McGill. So I am all in favour for the Alma Mater Fund and would like to send my contribution . . . but there are some regulations on the inter- national exchange of money, especially over here. As you probably know, the Netherlands is short of $, consequently the law prohibits the exchange for per- sonal matters. This is very regret- table, because I like to stick to McGill.

If there is anything I can do over here in the Netherlands, please let me know.

Yours very truly, Hans Ten Herkel, D.D.S.’47. Wassenaar, Holland,

We Print Everything, Especially This One Sin

A group of us one evening this summer were talking about Mc- Gill and, inevitably, “The McGill News” came in for comment quite laudatory comment, may we hasten to add!

We were as one in the feeling that The News has been doing an increasingly good piece of work,

MONTREAL, AUTUMN, 1949

Using Heads to Get Ahead...

HATEVER else you may say about him, Ivan Sergeyevitch

Turgenev, who lived in the Russia of the Czars, has some pertinent observations to his credit. For example, in his “Fathers and Children”, he gave forth as follows:

“Yesterday I was walking under the fence; and I heard the peasant boys here, instead of some old ballad, bawling a street-song. That’s what progress is.”

We may be going far afield for our metaphor, but it just goes to show how determined we are to point up what we think has been the uncommon progress registered by the Graduates’ Society of McGill University in all its manifold undertakings since the war years. In this connection, unblushingly we include The News.

For those who have labored unselfishly in the cause of the Society, there is proof abundant in this present issue that their job has not only been well done but wonderfully worthwhile.

We don’t much care for annual meeting reports any more than the next fellow, but a glance at the digest of proceedings of the June annual meeting of the Society will give you more than an inkling of what has been happening. Mr. Ferrabee, the president, tells us of the record membership and of the encourag- ing strides being made in the Alma Mater Fund.

On another page you will find pictorial evidence of the concrete work the graduates have been doing in regard to the construc- tion of the War Memorial and Swimming Pool. Into the bargain, there are reports of additional Graduate Society branches crop- ping up and an increased fervour on the part of existing branches.

No longer are we sitting back depending upon and warbling the “old ballads”. If we aren’t exactly “bawling street songs”,

we're reaching out towards newer and wider fields all 6,000 members of us and our Alma Mater is the better for it. D. M. L.

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both in the choice of articles and in the display of photographs of individuals and classes, reunions, Ele;

exercise a healthy effect not only upon the Society but upon the University generally.

How about it?

We felt quite sure that, after you had read the foregoing para- graphs, you would print this let- ter !

Now to our point. Why not devote greater space to letters from graduates? Why not print the “beefs’’ as well as the pats on the back? Why not build up the Letters to the Editor section? Do you not think that such a sec- tion would enliven an already im- proved magazine?

An exchange of views between graduates, be they members of the Society or not, is bound to

(Sgd.) Controversialists.

Ep. Note: How about? Certain- ly! We are ready and willing to devote all available space to “Voice of the Graduates” for rea- sons which should be obvious. And do not for one moment think that we relegate the “beefs” to the wastepaper basket. We'll print anything short of libel if it will help to stimulate the cause of the Society which is, of course, the cause of the University. More and more, let’s hear the “Voice of the Graduates”.

William Osler’s 100th Birthday

Distinguished Teacher, Beloved Physician, His

In fluence for Good was Enormous

by Wilder Penfield, F.R.S. him live again for you as he lives in my

memory.

It was late in his career, while he was Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford, that I knew him. But he was young in heart and mind a spare, swarthy, quick-moving man, with drooping moustache and an ever-present twinkle in his brown eyes. He was often elu-

Director, Montreal Neurological Institute.

N various catres all around the world, men

are recalliry the life of William Osler, the great Canadia physician, who was born ex actly 100 year ago in the Anglican parsonage at Bond Head.3ond Head was situated in what was then calle Upper Canada, when the wild- erness had ne yet been converted into the

sive, but always friendly and merry.

One might suspect that an elf, a “merry wanderer of the night”, a Canadian Puck, had come out of the deep woods of Upper Canada and crept into his cradle with him. At all events, that spirit went with him through life. It made him different. When he was hurt he seemed more gay. He whistled and perpetrated whimsical jokes at times when others might

farmlands of )ntario. He was born into the family of a rissionary clergyman, Feather- stone Osler, vho had been sent out into the new world by he “Society for the Propagation of the Gospeln Foreign Parts”, but the offi cers of the socety, in spite of their undoubted

foresight, proably never counted on Mrs. have wept.

Osler, never sspected the blessings that would . : He was somehow aloof and yet instantly

accrue to makind from the propagation of d f 5 young Oslers 1 the wilderness of Bond Head! accessible a saci po needed fim, 70% a My task is o tell simply what kind of man driving, SEMVOTIES, characteristic Bi love S this Bond Hed baby. grew up to be; to make his fellow men. Call it compassion, if you like. Compassion is the essential characteristic of all doctors; or it should be. That is what drives *Notes fromm a bihday broadcast, July 12th, 1949. young men into the practice of medicine ; or Mahe La ees that should be the reason. That is what made the family doctor of the past generation, and of the present too, the beloved friend, the un-

pretending altruist in our society.

But doctors and medical students seem to be, in general, a rather ordinary lot. A standard prescription for making an average doctor might read as follows:

i One part compassion for human suffering ; One part curiosity about the body and mind of man; Two parts willingness to work. Dissolve in a decade of time and decant!

If that makes an ordinary doctor, then how was Osler different? One difference was that from the outset he was consumed by desire to ‘discover the causes of things. ;

His family moved to Dundas, and he came eventually to be a pupil at Trinity College School, became the first head boy, in fact. But the important fact for him was that the warden, the Reverend W. A. Johnson, was an

enthusiastic biologist. On week ends he was

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joined by a physician from Toronto, Dr. James Sovell. Together they went in quest of speci- mens to examine with microscopes, and Willie Osler became their willing slave.

So he tramped through the woods and swamps about his school, collecting, cata- loguing, studying the things that lived and grew in the freshwater pools of the wilderness. One might think that the Puckish spirit within him would exult in all this and might lead him astray, ever deeper into the forest. But his interest had been caught instead by a minute class of animal organisms, the polyzoa, that he found in the water and about which he later published the substance of his schoolboy notes.

After that, he went to Trinity College, Toronto, thinking that he would enter the ministry, like many another doctor. But, in- stead he passed into medical school, beginning at Toronto and finishing at McGill; then abroad for two years of graduate study in England and Germany.

Nothing very unusual in all that, except that he was a good student and he was actually urged to take charge of the Department of Botany at McGill. But he refused the offer and returned to his home at Dundas to prac- tice medicine. The first entry in his account book was “Speck” removed from “cornea” 50 cents. He took another doctor’s practice for one month and was said to have received $25.00 for his services, with a pair of old- fashioned elastic-sided shoes thrown in for good measure.

At last, through his Montreal patron, Pro- fessor Palmer Howard, he was called back to McGill to join the Faculty of Medicine. Then it was that he showed that he was not like other young physicians of those days. He plunged into the study of the causes of disease and human derangements, igncring, for the time being, the methods of treatment then in voyue.

It so happened that the Professor of the “Institutes of Medicine” at McGill died at the end of Osler’s first year there. Osler took over his work, and shortly thereafter his chair. He was only 25, but it became his task to study and teach histology, or the mocroscopic struc- ture of the human body, and also its physiol- ogy, that is, the way its hidden parts worked under normal conditions.

His early experiences in botany stood him in good stead; but his zest for work knew no bounds. He also became pathologist to the Montreal General Hospital so that he could

MONTREAL, AUTUMN, 1949

OSLER LIBRARY CURATOR: Dr. W. W. “rancis, a nephew of Sir William Osler. Dr. Francis livedfor a number of years in the Osler home in Baltimore ad studied medi- cine under the famous teacher.

study the diseased body and the vay its hidden parts worked (or did not work) under abnor- mal conditions. He was really tle first patho- logist to that hospital, for pr:viously each physician and surgeon had done lis own autop- sies, when autopsies were don at all. Now Osler did the post-mortem exaninations for all the others.

During 10 years he studied, ecorded, col- lected records and published his :onclusions in a series of biilliant papers. His pivate patients were few in number. He left pratice to others in that stage of his career, and he occasional dollars that made their way ino his pocket found no hiding place down there If they were not passed on for the necessitie: of life, they were used for books and instriments in his department.

To understand the contributin that Osler made to medicine, you must see nedicine as it was in 1874. The causes of diseise were not known, and, although a multitide of treat- ments were in use, few of them vere specific.

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NOVELISTS DISCUSS WORK: Pegg

y Goodin (left), author of the best-seller,

“Clementine”, and Constance Beresford

Howe, whose third novel, “The Invisible Gate”, will be published this fall, discuss a manuscript with Professor Harold

G. Files, chairman of the Department of English.

Young Mcbill Writers

Course on the Novel Established and Conduiel by Dr. Files Sets Encouraging Note

by May Ebbitt, Alumnae Representative.

as tendency of most nations is to find ways of strengthening their weak points, but Canadians seem to do the opposite in at least one area of intellectual endeavor. For, while the government, industry and private individuals contribute generously to academic research in the physical and social sciences, they have all but ignored sponsorship of liter- ary efforts. Yet it is in the sciences that the Canadian record of achievement is already impressive, while our literature falls far short of what might be expected of a nation of our standard of living and size of population.

Pioneer Project At McGill Deserving Of Support

Because of this, the stimulus given student writing at McGill in recent years is in a way a pioneer project in this country, and one de- serving of the support, interest and encourage- ment of graduates.

During the past four years alone, ten novels have been completed Ly McGill students, and five of them have already been published or are scheduled for publication in the near future. This is no mediocre performance, when the time, talent and sustained effort required in novel writing are taken into consideration.

Credit for this new enterprise at the Uni- versity belongs chiefly to Professor Harold G.

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Files, chairman of the Department of English. But the University has given him some official support by agreeing to grant M.A. degrees for meritorious novels; under the system, the novel substitutes for a thesis in partial fulfill- ment of the master’s requirements. McGill is the first university in Canada to adopt this plan, and thus far four such M.A.’s have been awarded.

Two Outstanding Writers Have Been Produced

In recent years the two outstanding young writers at McGill have been Constance Beres- ford Howe and Peggy Goodin.

Miss Beresford Howe’s first novel, “The Un- reasoning Heart”, was completed in 1945 when she was 22 and still an undergraduate at Mc- Gill. It won for her the Dodd Mead College Award of $1,200 and publication of her novel in magazine and book form. She was the first, and so far, the only Canadian to receive that award. Recently, her third novel, ‘The Invi- sible Gate”, was accepted for publication; it is scheduled to appear this Fall.

It was the University’s decision to grant master’s degrees for novels of merit that at- tracted Peggy Goodin of Bluffton, Indiana, to McGill. Her first novel, “Clementine”, was written while she was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. It told the story of a teen-age tomboy in the middle west, and be came an immediate best-seller in the United States. Hollywood bought movie rights to it at a reputed sum of $45,000 and it was made into the technicolor film, “Mickey”. It has been made into a play, translated into three foreign languages, published in pocket edition, and now in its ninth printing, it seems to have won a secure place as a teen-age classic.

Miss Goodin wrote her second novel, an expose of American college sororities entitled “Take Care of My Little Girl” at McGill, and received an M.A. for it at last spring’s con- vocation. The book is scheduled for publication in the United States this winter.

Veteran Enrolment Has Brought Out Prospects

The veteran enrolment, bringing as it did a more mature group of students to McGill, also added to the list of student novelists. Notable among them has been Norman Levine, Wallace Gowdey, and Donald Purcell. The first two wrote of their war experiences. Mr. Levine’s novel which is now being considered by a Can-

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AT LAST UNDER WAY: Among those present at sod-turn- ing ceremony, were, left to right, Wm. F. Macklaer, K.C., B.C.L. 23; John Kendall, owner of the steam shovel ; F. G. Ferrabee, B.Sc. ’24, President of the Graduates Society, (partially hidden) ; Dr. F. Cyril James, Douglas Anglin, contractor ; The Chancellor, Chief Justice O. S. Tyndale, B.A. 08, M.A. ’09 B.C.L. ’15; Mrs. George Savage, B.A. ’21, President of the Alwmnae Sorcety of McGill; Mrs. EB. C. Common, B.A. ’28, Vice-President of the Alumnae Society of McGill; George Savage (in rear); J. D. Johnson, Governor; Jeff Skelton and Doug Roberton, two members of the Scarlet Key; A. J. C. Paine, B-Arch.’10, Architect ; Colin McCallum, President of the Students Society; and J. Donald Smith, B.Sc. ’28.

First Sod Turned

for Great Centre

ORE than 8,000 graduates of McGill Uni- M versity who contributed funds for the building of the McGill University War Memo- rial Hall and Swimming Pool received deep thanks of the university at an historic cere- mony on July 4th when the first sod in the project was turned by Chief Justice O. S. Tyn- dale, Chancellor of the university.

The long-envisioned Athletics’ Centre, which will provide some of the finest physical deve- lopment and recreational facilities on the con- tinent, will cost nearly $750,000. The money was donated by graduates of the university in memory of McGill men and women who served in the first and second Great Wars.

The ceremony was held on the site of the new structure, which is to be erected on the east side of the present Sir Arthur Currie Memorial Gymnasium Armory.

A few minutes after Chief Justice Tyndale turned the first sod, in the presence of mem- bers of the Board of Governors of the uni- versity, officials of the Graduates’ Society and

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NONCHALANT STEAM SHOVELLER: F. G. (“Sox”) Fer- rabee, president of the Graduates’ Society, poses at the throttle of the giant shovel which gouged out the first piece of turf where the Memorial is being built.

friends, excavation for the new structure was started in earnest.

Dr. F. Cyril James, principal and vice-chan- cellor, presided at the ceremony, and F. G. Ferrabee, president of the McGill Graduates’ Society, asked the Chancellor, on behalf of all

the graduates of the university, to turn the first sod.

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THE PRINCIPAL’S PAGE...

Men Make McGill

by Dr. F. Cyril James

HIS year, when all the world joins with McGill in celebrating the birth of Sir William Osler, we are more than ever conscious of the fact that great men not buildings or endowments make a great University. Build- ings and endowments are important only because they make it possible to provide the salaries and physical facilities that attract out- standing scholars and scientists to McGill, but the future development of the University, as well as its present work, depend in the last resort on the appointment of outstanding men and women to our staff.

To some extent, this is true of every business enterprise and every governmental body, but business is more inclined to remedy its mis- taken appointments by the discharge of the individual who does not measure up to expec- tations, and governments are subject to periodic review by the electorate. Because security of academic tenure is essential to good teaching and research, all Universities are reluctant to terminate the appointment of any member of the staff, while full professors enjoy life tenure (to the retiring age of 65) under the terms of their contract. Only in the most flagrant cases of utter incompetence does any University discharge a member of its teaching staff, so that unwise appointments in the first instance tend to produce a dull level of mediocrity that strangles the reputation of the University and reduces its usefulness to the community.

Making of Appointments Most Important Function

For those reasons, the making of appoint- ments is the most important function of the Board of Governors and the administrative officers of McGill University and, entirely apart from the question of the Department of Athle- tics (which was referred in a letter in the last issue), I should like to describe our procedure for the benefit of Law ’36 and any other grad- uates who are interested.

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In the case of appointments or promotions to positions below the rank of professor, the initial recommendation comes from the Chair- man of the Department-concerned. He explores the field, studying the qualifications of appro- priate people in his own Department and in other Universities, in order that he can demon- strate to. the Dean of the Faculty that his nominee is more suitable than any other pos- sible candidate. If the Dean is convinced of this, he makes a recommendation to the Principal who, after studying the recommendation to satisfy himself that no better candidate is available, makes an appropriate recommenda- tion to the Board of Governors.

Procedure At McGill Involves Careful Scrutiny

In the case of appointments to the rank of professor, where the individual will enjoy life tenure, the procedure at McGill involves an even more careful scrutiny of the candidates available inside the University or in other in- stitutions. The initial survey is carried out by the Dean of the Faculty and the Chairman of the Department concerned, who prepare a list showing the detailed qualifications of all the candidates available for consideration. This list is then placed before a statutory Selection Committee composed of the Principal, as Chair- man, the Deans of the Faculties in which the new professor will carry on his work, two members of the Board of Governors appointed by the Chancellor and two members of the academic staff appointed by the Senate. This membership is statutory but, in the case of clinical appointments in the Faculty of Medi- cine, the Medical Board of the appropriate teaching hospital is asked to appoint three additional members, and in the case of appoint- ments in the Department of Athletics the Board of Directors of the Graduates Society is asked to appoint two members.

Such a Selection Committee may hold several meetings and interview many candidates, even in those cases where a member of the Uni- versity staff is ultimately appointed. This pro- cedure makes it possible to compare the quali- fications of our own candidates with those of candidates from outside McGill so that when the Committee reaches a conclusion, which is

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HONORED BY SOCIETY: At the annual meeting of the Graduates’ S

ociety in June monorary memversiuips were presenved

to several outstanding graduates, including, in the above group, left to right, W. K. Dunn, ’82, honorary life member ; Dr. Alfred T. Bazin, ’94, honorary life member; Mrs. W. Roland Kennedy, 724, honorary life member; Mr. Justice

G. Gordon Mackinnon, 703, honorary life member; F. ¢

7. Ferrabee, president of the Society, who made the presenta-

tions; Edward Darling, ’94, emeritus member; and Principal and Vice-Chancellor F. Cyril James, who had been

made an honorary life member in 1940.

The Future of (ur society

President Reviens Past Year and Holds Out Hope for Great Annual Giving Expansion

66 WORD about the future. We have

made the change from annual dues to annual giving. We have nearly 6,000 graduates who have contributed, and, I firmly believe, we can go on from here to 7,000, 8,000 and 10,000 members if the work is spread out by branches, particularly through the class organ- ization. In getting this far, you have heard from the Treasurer’s report, we have almost exhausted our surplus. This is, in my opinion, a perfectly proper way to invest this money if we are ‘over the hump’ and slated for an ever increasing number of members. But we must not neglect the furrow from which we expect the harvest. We must see to it that the grad- uate and the branches have ample opportunity

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to get some pleasure and benefit out of their membership.

“T hope the day is not too far distant when we can exact less from the newer branches and leave the executives less hampered by financial worries. I hope we can expand the distribution of The McGill News. This will all be possible as our membership grows, and we apportion properly the actual Alma Mater Fund budget and the budget for Society activi- ties. We are addressing ourselves to these matters and, with your continued helpful back- ing, we should be further ahead when I report to you in 1950.”

These were the closing observations in the

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THE McGILL NEWS

Loyal and Generous Graduate

P. D. Ross Was One of the Most Distinguished Leaders in History of Canadian Journalism

by Robert C. Berry, 13,

Past President, Ottawa Valley Graduates’ Society.

N July 15th, 1949, the City of Ottawa

mourned the loss of her most distin- guished citizen, in the person of Philip Dansken Ross, B.Sc.’79, LL.D. °36(McGill). To write a few words about Mr. Ross, as he pre- ferred to be called, is to describe a man whose life was filled to his death with deeds which can only be a great example to students and grad- uates of McGill.

Mr. Ross was born

Karsh Photo THE LATE P. D. ROSS

in Montreal on Jan. 1, 1858, one of five sons of P. S. Ross, chartered accountant, and Christina Dansken of Montreal. Entering McGill in 1875 he graduated as an engineer with honors in 1879, During his years at McGill he edited the McGill Bulletin. He played on the McGill football fifteen in his first year and captained the team for two years during which it played the Dominion first international foot- ball match against Harvard. He also became one of the fathers of hockey, organizing and playing right wing for the first McGill hockey team. Besides this he won the single shell championship of Quebec, starred as a lacrosse player, paddler in war canoes and as an expert gymnast, fencer and boxer. He has stated on numerous occasions that properly timed parti- cipation in sports helps, rather than hinders success in life. Started In Journalism Nearly 70 Years Ago

On graduation he received a position with the Montreal Harbour Board at $100 per month, but in 1880 took a position as reporter with the Montreal Star at $5 a week, launching a career which was eventually to make him one of, if

MONTREAL, AUTUMN, 1949

not the most distinguished journalist in the Dominion. After six months he was promoted to city editor. In 1882 he became the sports editor of the Toronto News where he achieved national prominence and stroked a Toronto crew to a Dominion title and won the Toronto Bay single shell title himself. In 1885 he re- turned as managing editor of the Montreal Star which was the highest news post on Canada’s largest English newspaper, and took part in all major sports, winning many hard victories on the water, track and gymnasium, including the stroking of a Lachine crew to a Dominion title.

In 1886 he bought a half interest in the Ottawa Journal for $4,000, the bulk of the money being borrowed on a promissory note. He struggled for five years to make his news- paper a success and never wavered in his devo- tion to sport, and in 1891 purchased the Jour- nal outright. More and more the Journal be- came a paper with a personality, quoted far and wide, and has led the quotations by other papers in Canada for some years. In the earlier years Mr. Ross wrote most of the editorials and even wrote them a few months before his death. He organized the ‘Rebels’ hockey team in Ottawa in 1889 and played right wing for five years during three of which it won the O.H.A. title, and still was Ottawa’s best oars- man in singles and fours.

One Of Founders Of The Ottawa Valley Society

In 1889 he joined with Sir Wilfred Laurier, Dr. H. M. Ami, J. H. Burland and Dr. H .B. Small in the organization of the Ottawa Valley Graduates Society of McGill University. He gave generously of space in his newspaper to the activities of the Society. In 1892 he be- came its president and in 1917 succeeded Sir Wilfred Laurier on his death as Honorary President which position he still held at the time of his death. The generosity of Mr. Ross to the affairs of his Alma Mater is probably not known to many. He loved McGill and al- ways wished he could do more for her.

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THE ATHLETICS’ SCENE

Tf Enthusiasm Counts, It Should Be a Good Football Year

by Vie Obeck, through these gaps left by graduation. We cer- tainly are in no position to feel that we are loaded with stars, but I do sincerely feel that NCE again the fall of the year is here we have a group of boys this year who have

with its mellow burning leaves, the start- the youthful zest and enthusiasm to make up

ing of school amid the bright sunshiny crisp for what they lack in technique and experience, I realize it does not do much good to write a

prognosis of this type about a football season because it is only the results after the season

Director, Intercollegiate Athletics.

afternoons, and most important of all another football season.

As most of you already know, we lost fifteen seniors from last year’s team through gradua- is over that will tell the story. I do want to say, tion. Naturally it is a blow to lose this many however, that we all fully realize, that is, the men at once but we are not throwing away all players, the rest of the coaching staff, and my- hopes because of the great enthusiasm of the self, just how important this year is to McGill. many young ball players who are realizing We will have to make a better showing than their first chance to make the senior team (Continued on page 50)

Loan Fund Comes Into Being

OOTBALL players and other athletes from ‘below the track’ who have

dreamed of the chance to play for McGill’s senior Redmen, can realize this ambition in the future if they have the academic ability to go along with their athletic prowess.

At a caucus of prominent businessmen in Montreal recently, a Student Loan Fund was created, with the purpose of helping boys, by means of loans, who want to obtain an education at McGill but who lack money. For a start, the Fund will be directed to students who have football ability. But a spokes- man for the group said that “in time, we hope that the fund will become large enough to take in others.”

The Fund Group does not represent any official group within the Uni- versity but top business men who are anxious to help those who want help. The idea is patterned somewhat after the Rotary Club Student Fund, which also goes towards helping boys and girls who want an education but lack sufficient money. This plan has existed in the U.S. for years with outstanding success.

Students applying for such aid are screened by a special committee of the Loan Fund, and if they receive help are only honor bound to pay it back.

Coach Vic Obeck has been urging such a move as this, ever since taking over his duties at McGill. He said that in the U.S., and parts of Canada colleges and universities have such a plan and figures show that students who have received any education via this method have turned out to be outstanding pupils and worthy citizens.

The loan fund idea meets with the approval of the Canadian Intercolelgiate Athletic Union which this spring sanctioned that financial aid could be given to students by means of a loan.

THE McGILL NEWS

AT SASKATOON: A McGill Medical Alumni dinner, held in June, included, left to right, above, Dr. Cluny McPherson St. John’s, Newfoundland; Dr. D. Sclater Lewis, Montreal; Dr. J. C. Meakins, Montreal; Dr. R. H. Macdonald,

Saskatoon; and Dr. John Armour, Montreal.

News from the Branches...

Graduate Actinities Continue Through the Summer; Many Plans for Autumn

by D. Lorne Gales, General Secretary.

ACH summer The Graduates’ Society

meetings seem to become more popular with enthusiastic graduates having more fun at their summer sessions, and the early sum- mer of 1949 has seen some excellent branch meetings.

Amongst those visited, and incidentally thoroughly enjoyed by your peripatetic Gen- eral Secretary, was the District of Bedford Branch meeting held at Sweetsburg on May 27, with that genial, witty graduate of Mac-