Alumni Activities Winter 2005-2006
Leacock leaves them laughing
Among those at the head table who shared the mirth (left to right): McGill doctoral student and star athlete Sarah Ali-Khan, CBC president and McGill board of governors chair Robert Rabinovitch, BCom’64, Quebec Superior Court justice John Gomery, BA’53, BCL’56 (the star of Canada’s version of Court TV, said Drummond), Chancellor Richard Pound, BCom’62, BCL’67, author and politician Michael Ignatieff and CBC News: Sunday co-host Evan Solomon.
Homecoming’s Leacock Luncheon again smashed attendance records last year, attracting more than 1,000. Emeritus architecture professor Derek Drummond, BArch’62, the event’s perennial and irreplaceable master of ceremonies, had the audience in stitches, as usual. Recalling his time as McGill’s chief fundraiser, Drummond observed, “When it comes to giving, some people will stop at nothing.” Evan Solomon, BA’90, MA’92, who served as this year’s Leacock Lecturer, observed, “Following Drummond is like being the body at an Irish wake.”
Drummond with Solomon. In the foreground is Stephen Lloyd, BCL’93, LLB’93, chair of Homecoming ’05.
It doesn’t seem that long ago
Among the attendees for Homecoming’s James McGill Dinner, which paid tribute to alumni who graduated from McGill at least 55 years ago, were (left to right) Henry (Pat) Patterson, BA’40, John Tebbutt, BCom’40, Principal Heather Munroe-Blum, George Grande, BA’40, Chancellor Richard Pound, BCom’62, BCL’67, Doug Gilmour, BA’40, and Jim Fitzpatrick, BCom’40, CA’41.
Bookish, not boring
More than 75 Homecoming attendees turned out for the annual Lunch et Livres event featuring authorial alumni. Members of the audience, including the three in this photo, clearly enjoyed hearing first-hand about the writing process from the co-authors of Dreams Have No Expiry Date, Deanna Rosenswig, BCom’67, MBA’69, and McGill nursing professor Laurie Gottlieb, BN’69, MSc’74, PhD’85 (below left).
Jacques Bouchard, BEng’55, DipM&BA’63, spent much of Homecoming trying not to let enthusiastic embraces from old classmates knock him off his crutches. The engineering class of ’55 travelled from near and far for their Homecoming reunion – more proof that engineers are always game for a good party.
Mac jackets never out of style
Graduates of McGill’s Macdonald Campus gathered at Ste. Anne de Bellevue during Homecoming to meet the new dean of their old faculty, Professor Chandra Madramootoo, BSc(AgrEng)’77, MSc’81, PhD’85. Proudly displaying their Macdonald jackets from three different decades were (from left) McGill Alumni Association Macdonald Campus Branch vice president Mike Schofield, BSc(Agr)’74, Tom Clapp, BSc(Agr)’65, and a self-effacing Don Cole, BSc(Agr)’55.
Jocks for the ages
Homecoming witnessed the induction of some new members into the McGill Sports Hall of Fame, including Georges Pouliot, BCL’49, a three-time intercollegiate fencing champion who competed for Canada at the 1948 London Olympics; swimmer John Hawes, BSc’72, a bronze medalist at the 1973 World University Games and an Olympian at the 1972 Munich Games; distance runner Linda Thyer, MDCM’94, Canada’s top female athlete in university sports in 1995; the late Harry Griffiths, BCom’33, a two-time diving champ during his student days and McGill’s director of athletics for 20 years; and the 1946 Redmen tennis team, winners of the Canadian intercollegiate championship that year.
Nicely done, New Yorkers
New York-based McGill graduates did their alma mater proud at a Terry Fox run held in Central Park. Forty-five McGill New York alumni and friends took part, raising more than $14,000 to help support cancer research, the second-highest amount raised by any team participating in the event.
Helping out at the food bank
Pictured are (front row, left to right): Jacqueline Jordan, BA’96, Nadine Broude, BSW’79, and Debbie Levy, BA’89, (back row) Lindsay Cook, BA’75, Liz Winiarz, BSc’75, MLS’78, Ian Pilarczyk, BA’92, LLM’97, DCL’03, and Paul Broude.
Boston-based alumni got together recently to volunteer an afternoon of their time to help out the Greater Boston Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization in New England.
Strolling through Chinatown
Last fall, the McGill Alumni Association of Northern California organized a walking tour through San Franciso’s world-famous Chinatown – the city’s oldest neighbourhood.
Cracking up in Calgary
Economics professor William Watson, BA’74, well known for the dry wit he exhibits as a syndicated newspaper columnist and a past winner of a National Magazine Award for humour writing, recently ventured to Stampede City to serve as the lecturer for the Calgary Leacock Luncheon. Over 250 people turned out to brave quip-lash from Watson and moderator Derek Drummond.
(Left to right): Rayna Rabin, BA’63, DipEd’64, Kendy Bentley, BSc(N)’ 71, Albert Frydman, BSc’67, DDS’71, and Joyce Gauthier, BSc(N)’71.
Moderator Derek Drummond (back row, left) with head table guests Diane Howard, BA’78, Miranda Keating Erickson, BCom’95, Bryce Nimmo and (front row) William Watson and Kathy Sendall.
In tune with fellow alums
Soojin Yu, BA’98 (at extreme right), likes to sing and she likes company while she’s doing it. So last year, the music lover started up the Ottawa McGill Alumni Choir. The choir now numbers over 20 members and has been performing at seniors’ residences and other venues. Anyone interested in finding out more can contact Soojin.