A new blueprint for architecture at McGill

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On Sept. 26, Peter Fu, DipMinHous’91, returned to his alma mater to announce a landmark $12-million gift to the School of Architecture. It is a gift that will transform the lives of many architecture students, much like his own path was changed upon his arrival at McGill as a graduate student in 1990. It was Fu’s first time out of China, he didn’t know the language, and he was travelling to a city where he knew no one. “I was very nervous and I kept thinking, if no one picks me up, what will I do?” recalls Fu.

Reverend John Weir Foote: The hero of the Dieppe Raid

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August 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, a pivotal moment in the Second World War. John Weir Foote, a former McGill student, became a legend that day, saving dozens of wounded soldiers in the face or murderous enemy fire.

Helping grad students go the extra mile

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Faith and Kendall Wallis, both double McGill alumni who have spent their working lives at the University, give back through the creation of the History and Classical Studies Graduate Excellence Fund.

Unsung hero of Dunkirk evacuation a former McGill student

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A block buster film about the evacuation from the beach at Dunkirk doesn’t mention one of the most heroic naval officers there – a McGill engineering student from Pointe-Claire named James Campbell Clouston. Clouston played a key role in the evacuation of the beach and is credited with saving hundreds of thousands of lives. But his name is not generally known to McGillians or the world.

Thomas Roddick, antisepsis and the birth of modern surgery at McGill

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Dr. Thomas Roddick (1846-1923) is probably best known around McGill as the name behind the Roddick Gates, which his wife donated after his death. Perhaps less well known is that the former Dean of Medicine was the surgeon who brought antiseptic practices to Canada.

Hall of Fame athletic therapist set to retire after 35 years

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To say that this month has been a bit of an emotional roller-coaster for Lynn Bookalam would be an understatement. On June 3, at a conference held in Niagara Falls, Ont., the longtime manager of the McGill Sport Medicine Clinic was inducted to Canadian Athletic Therapists Association Hall of Fame. Two weeks from now, on June 21, she will be taking early retirement from her post after 35 years on the job at McGill.

John Lindsay: Food for thought

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John Lindsay, who graduated on June 2, leaves McGill with a degree in Environmental Science (Renewable Resource Management), an Emerald Key award, and a passion for… food. But not necessarily a love for pizza and poutine – the staples of many students. Lindsay’s hunger, so to speak, is to make the world a better place through more sustainable food practices and policies.

Life in the fast lane

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Last summer, U2 Engineering student Félix Lamy won the Infiniti Engineering Academy contest last August. He’s just finishing the first half of the prize – a six-month stint as an intern on the illustrious Renault Sport Formula One Team in Enstone, England. Lamy spoke to the Reporter about what life is like in the fast lane.

Carrie Derick: Pioneering educator

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In 1912, when the McGill Board of Governors appointed Carrie Derick as the Professor of Comparative Morphology and Genetics, she became the first woman in Canada to be appointed as a full professor. But most people know little about the life and work of Canada’s first woman geneticist, who was also a botanist, gardener, suffragette, social reformer and founder of McGill’s Genetics Department.

Leading medical device entrepreneur joins Dept. of Surgery

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Prominent McGill alumnus Steve Arless, returned to his alma mater this fall as Professor of Practice in the Faculty of Medicine as part of the new, cutting-edge, Surgical Innovation Program.