Notable Alumni - Class of 1842
Announcing the newest inductee to "The Class of 1842"Charles F. Boyd was the recipient of “The Class of 1842” award at the 2017 Reunion Weekend dinner on Saturday, October 21, to honour his 50 years of selfless and tireless work at Pickering College, to recognize his deep and abiding dedication to the human spirit, as a Presbyterian Minister, a teacher, a mentor, a coach, a counsellor, and for his advocacy for all people, especially those with disabilities, in our community.
Charles hails from Ballyclare, Belfast. Charles graduated from Trinity College in Dublin as a Presbyterian Minister. Charles came to Canada to study Theology in 1958 and completed a B.D. He then decided to pursue teaching, and has never regretted his decision.
Charles Boyd has continued to be a minister for over 50 years, serving a variety of parishes throughout Ontario and officiating at hundreds of weddings and funerals over those years for the many people who value his kind, compassionate and thoughtful approach. He takes an almost Quakerly approach to religion, with an amazing and unshakeable belief in the goodness in every human being and the perfectability of the human spirit.
As a horse breeder and thoroughbred enthusiast, Charles saw the unique role horses and riding could play in benefiting people with disabilities and was Chairman of the Board of CARD – Canadian Association of Riders with Disabilities for many years. He also helped establish New Leaf: Living and Learning – an organization providing services and supports in the community to persons who have an intellectual disability and a dual diagnosis (developmental disability and accompanying mental health or behavioural issue).
Throughout all of this time, since 1967, he has also been a teacher and staff member, serving his one and only school, Pickering College. During his teaching years, he advised some 300 advisees and profoundly influenced somewhere in the neighbourhood of 5,000 students. He is remembered fondly by his students whom he coached, predominantly in soccer and rugby, leading his teams to numerous championships. More recently his donation of a 75 acre farm to Pickering College is not only the most generous gift any person has given to his school, but has also allowed Outdoor Education to become a focal point from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.
In September 2017, Charles Boyd will have completed 50 years at Pickering College, the longest tenure of any employee, ever. We are proud to honour this man, who has so profoundly influenced so many thousands of students, who is the heart and soul and spirit of the school, and who has had more impact than any staff, student, alumni or parent, by conferring to him “The Class of 1842 Award”. Charles Boyd upholds the mission and values of Pickering College by having the strength and commitment to make our community greater, better and more beautiful than he discovered it. Our congratulations go to Charles Boyd for earning a place in “The Class of 1842".
“Pickering College has become more than a place to work. It became a way of life where people have enriched my life and I trust in some small measure I may have enriched theirs. This is an institution which has burned its way into my life and I would not ask for it to be otherwise.” Charles Boyd
- John Wendell Holmes
- John Meisel '43
- Berners Archdale Wallace Jackson '33
- Ronald Harris Perry
- Gerard Nigel Tinling Widdrington
- Harry McWaters Beer '31
- Dixon S. Chant '31
- Charles Ritchie
- Fred Hagan
- Ward Cornell '43
- Martin Shubik '43
- T. Randle Ide
- The Hon. Hugh Edighoffer '47
- Duncan Ferguson Cameron '49
- James Douglas Reed '58
- Allan David Rogers '41
- Lt. Col. The Hon H. N. R. Jackman '45
- Isaac Williamson '41
- Peter Nigel Tinling Widdrington '48
- Ronald O. Moore '38
- Brian E. Purdy '56
- Alvin H. Jewell
- Kenneth W. McNaught
- Jane Zavitz Bond
- Jud Purdy
- Charles H. Beer '59
- Edward "Ted" J. Bond '48
- Peter J. Newbery '57
- Julian Tudor Hart '45
- Hugh Hanson Davidson '48
- Michael Mackenzie
- Dr. Gregory Dopulos '68
- James Brown '69
Former Faculty John Holmes was inducted into the Class of 1842 for his eminent contribution to Canada and the world community as a senior Canadian diplomat in the Department of External Affairs. At the time of his induction, John was Director-General of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and a Professor of International Relations at both the University of Toronto and York University.
John’s career in the public service included the following appointments: Canadian Chargé d’Affaires in Moscow during the Berlin blockade; Assistant Undersecretary of State for External Affairs; service in the High Commission in London during World War II; Claude T. Bissell Visiting Professor of Canadian-American Relations at the University of Toronto.
John was a close associate of former Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and gave invaluable assistance to him in resolving the Suez Crisis in 1956. John Holmes also wrote extensively on foreign affairs and his books include: The Better Part of Valour: Essays on Canadian Diplomacy, Canada: A Middle-Aged Power and the definitive two-volume work, The Shaping of Peace: Canada and the Search for World Order, 1943-1957.
Graduate of The Class of 1943 John Meisel was inducted into the Class of 1842 for distinguished service to Canada as an outstanding Professor of Political Science at Queen’s University and as an advisor to federal and provincial governments. At the time of his induction, John Meisel was on leave from Queen’s while serving as Chairman of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission.
John Meisel has served as the Hardy Professor of Political Science, and Head of the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; been a Visiting Professor at Yale University; and held for five years the Killam Award for study in depth of the Canadian political system.
Graduate of The Class of 1933
“Barney” Jackson was inducted into the Class of 1842 for his distinguished scholarship and service as a teacher at both Pickering College and as a Professor of English at McMaster University in Hamilton.
“Barney”, as he was affectionately known, served on McMaster’s University Senate and Board of Governors and was founder of the Stratford Shakespeare Seminars at the Ontario Stratford Festival. A well-known literary critic who was regarded as a Canadian authority on Shakespeare, much of Dr. Jackson’s work may be found in The Shakespeare Quarterly and the Journal of Canadian Studies. He edited Two Gentlemen of Verona and Antony and Cleopatra for the Penguin Shakespeare.
Ron “Pop” Perry was inducted into the Class of 1842 for his distinguished service to Independent school education in Canada. He taught at Pickering College for 13 years, served as Headmaster of Ashbury College in Ottawa for 16 years, founded Rousseau Lake College School and was its first Head for eight years.
In World War II, Ron served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Eastmoor, Yorkshire, England where he attained the rank of Squadron Leader. At the end of the War, he became Dean of Residence at the University of Toronto’s Ajax Centre for Veterans. In 1949, he was appointed Director of Education at University of Toronto’s Hart House in the University.
An avid outdoorsman, Ron is also the author of The Canoe and You.
“Gerry” Widdrington came to Pickering from St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, to assist Joe McCulley with the reopening of Pickering College in 1927. He was inducted into the Class of 1842 for his contribution to the development of Pickering’s distinctive philosophy of education.
“Gerry” served as Classics Master and Assistant Headmaster for 12 years before serving during the War Years with the YMCA and the Royal Canadian Air Force. Following the War, Gerry’s interest in International affairs led him to a position in the Secretariat of the fledgling United Nations Organization in New York.
During his time at the school, Gerry’s influence on the extracurricular life of the school and his contribution to its intangible morale and spirit led to the establishment of the Widdrington Award.
Graduate of the Class of 1931
French Master 1938 to 1953
Headmaster 1953 to 1978
Harry Beer was inducted into the Class of 1842 for his lifelong service to Independent school education at Pickering College and as “Dean” of the Canadian Headmaster’s Association.
Harry’s distinctive contribution to Pickering cannot be described in a few words. His legacy to the school is both practical and philosophical. To many generations of Pickering boys he is remembered as a “beloved teacher” or a “beloved Headmaster”, -- a formative influence on their lives, -- a man who believed in the individual’s potential for good even when others could not see it.
In the Canadian Headmasters’ Association, Harry championed two causes throughout his long career. The first, an accomplishment that he lived to see, was the abolition of corporal punishment as a means of discipline in Canadian schools. The second, the free election of student leaders by students in Canadian schools has yet to be achieved.
Graduate of The Class of 1931
“Dick” Chant was inducted into the Class of 1842 for his loyal service to Pickering as an alumnus, a member of the Corporation and a Board Member and for his leadership in the Canadian business community. At the time of his induction, Dick was President and Vice-Chairman of Argus Corporation.
Throughout his long, busy and successful career in industry, Dick took an active and highly supportive role in the affairs of his old school.
Charles Ritchie was inducted into the Class of 1842 for his distinguished service to Canada and the world as a diplomat. At the time of his induction, Mr. Ritchie was known as Canada’s foremost diarist, due to the publication of his memoirs.
During a long and distinguished career, Charles held most of the important diplomatic postings abroad. He served as Canadian High Commissioner in London, Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America and Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations.
Fred Hagan was inducted into the Class of 1842 for his achievement as an artist and as a teacher of art at Pickering College, at the Ontario College of Art and at other Canadian institutions.
A recipient of the Canadian Centennial Medal, Fred exhibited his work at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the Sarnia Art Gallery, the travelling exhibition of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Rodman Hall in St. Catharines, and at Mount St. Vincent in Halifax. Fred’s work is to be found in most substantial collections of Canadian art.
Canada Post issued the “Explorers of Canada” series of stamps based on Fred’s work.
Graduate of The Class of 1943
Ward Cornell was inducted into the Class of 1842 for his contribution to the life of the Province of Ontario as a broadcaster, business man and public servant. At the time of his induction, Ward was Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
His face and voice were familiar to generations of Canadians as a sportscaster because he helped to bring into our homes the drama of our national sport of hockey through his commentary on the original Hockey Night in Canada. Ward was also known as a commentator on the original broadcasts of the Canadian Football League and he was the voice of Canada on early CBC coverage of Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
“Corky” filled a variety of posts in the Ontario civil service: Ontario Agent General in London, Deputy Provincial Secretary for Social Development, and Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Culture.
Graduate of The Class of 1943
Martin Shubik was inducted into the Class of 1842 for his outstanding academic achievements and his service to his country, the United States of America, and to the global community in the application of his expertise. At the time of his induction, Martin was Seymour Knox Professor of Business at Yale University and Director of the Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics.
In his distinguished career, Martin has held appointments at the University of Toronto, Princeton University, The Centre of Advanced Study of Behavioural Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, University of Chile, Institute for Advanced Studies (Vienna), the University of Melbourne and, of course, Yale.
In addition, Martin is an Honorary Professor of the University of Vienna and holds the Medal of the College de France. He is a consultant to: The Ford Foundation, Rand Corporation, United Aircraft Company, the Central Bank of Uruguay, IBM, NASA, Nuclear Regulatory Commission and many other governmental agencies. Martin has written 13 books and published 191 scholarly articles. An expert in Game Theory, Martin’s key work is Strategy and Market Structure published in 1959.
Ran Ide was inducted into the Class of 1842 for his outstanding service to education in Ontario.
After teaching at Pickering, Ran served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and then resumed his career in the public school system as a teacher, vice-principal and principal at Port Arthur Collegiate. His teaching career included service in the Ontario Teacher’s Federation as a District Inspector for the Ministry of Education and as a Superintendent of Schools for the City of Port Arthur. After a quarter of a century in schools, Ran Ide decided to do something different and became involved in Educational Television as Director of Educational Television, a Branch of the Ministry of Education. That led him to invent the Ontario Educational Communications Authority, later called Channel 19 and now known as TV Ontario. As Chairman and CEO of Channel 19, Ran made Ontario’s educational television a world-class endeavour.
Ran made time for many interests in spite of a busy career. He served for seven years on the Science Council of Canada, was Chairman of its Committee on Computers and Communications, was a Trustee of the Forum for Young Canadians and was Chairman of the Communications Research Advisory Board of the federal Department of Communications. Elected a Fellow of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and a Fellow of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation, Ran held Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Queen’s University and from the University of Waterloo. He was one of the handful of North Americans who were honoured with membership in the Club of Rome. He also served as Chairman of the Donwood Institute in Toronto.
Graduate of The Class of 1947
Hugh Edighoffer was inducted into the Class of 1842 for a quarter century of service to the people of Ontario in the Provincial Legislative Assembly (Parliament). At the time of his induction, Hugh was the Speaker of the House.
Elected for eight terms to represent the people of the riding of Perth, Hugh has served the House in a variety of capacities. He has been Chairman of the Liberal Party Caucus, Critic for Culture in the Official Opposition, a member of the Standing Committee on Procedural Affairs, Deputy-Speaker of Legislature and Speaker of the 33rd and 34th Parliaments. He has also served as President of Ontario Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
Graduate of The Class of 1949
Dunc Cameron was inducted into the Class of 1842 for his contribution to the museums and art galleries of Canada. At the time of his induction, Dunc was Director-Emeritus of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, President of the Commonwealth Association of Museums and Immediate Past-President of the Canadian Art Museum Directors organization.
A Widdrington Award recipient on graduating from Pickering, Dunc began his professional career at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. From there, he went on to conceive and plan the Ontario Science Centre. After acting as curator of Canada’s first World Fair, Expo ‘67 in Montreal, Dunc was appointed Director of the Brooklyn Museumin New York City. In 1977, he returned to Canada as Director of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta. In 1988, he was elected a Fellow of the Museums Association of Great Britain.
In addition to a busy professional life, Dunc was a Knight of the Order of St. Lazarus, a charitable order founded during the Crusades.
Graduate of The Class of 1958
Doug Reed was inducted into the Class of 1842 as an exemplar of the school’s ideal of service to others. In particular, Doug was selected for his selfless and dedicated service to homeless and the hungry in the Huronia area of Ontario.
Doug followed a career in journalism after leaving school and worked for many years in progressively responsible positions. One day, some years ago, Doug gave up a career as a crusading newspaper editor because he began to see those he calls “the invisible people” -- those who sleep in underground parking garages, who have been beaten and abused, whose beds on cold winter nights are garbage dumpsters and subway grates, whose meals are foraged from trash cans and whose lives and careers are in shambles by force of circumstances.
Joining the Salvation Army, Doug founded Experience House in Midland, Ontario, a hostel for indigent and broken youths and men. Through his efforts, food, clothing, shelter and wise counsel have been given to hundreds of these folk. New and productive lives have often been the result. Experience House operates on a shoe-string budget and is a model hostel that is the blueprint for a number of such endeavours. On many dark nights, when the pantry was empty and the bank account drained, Experience House continued solely through the force of Doug Reed’s will to help others. Most recently at Experience House, Doug has pioneered a computerized housing registry to match available housing with those needing homes.
In recognition of Doug’s devoted service to “the least of our brethren” and of his personal witness to the ideal that one man can make a difference in the world, Doug was inducted into the Class of 1842.
Graduate of the Class of 1941
Allan Rogers was inducted into the Class of 1842 for his contribution to education in Ontario through his voluntary service to the welfare of Pickering College. From school days as Chairman of the Student Committee, a Widdrington Award winner and holder of the Garratt Cane, Allan Rogers served the welfare of the people of Pickering College and made them a priority in his life.
Since graduating, he devoted himself tirelessly as an active volunteer in the Pickering College Association, serving as Secretary, President and Past President and as a Director of the School’s Board of Management since 1954. During his board tenure, Allan has been Secretary, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board. His quiet peaceful dedication to Pickering College and his calm supportive style of leadership became an inspiration. Allan’s sureness, stability and strength in the face of the fire disaster of 1981 kept alive the vision of Pickering College at a time when it might easily have been lost. The buildings that surround us today, in which the vision of our school now lives and continues to be nurtured, are eloquent silent witnesses to Allan Rogers’ determination that this school, even as it lay in ashes, would continue “greater, better and more beautiful."
Graduate of The Class of 1945
His Honour Henry Jackman is a well-known figure in Canadian business and entrepreneurial circles. Prior to his appointment as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, he served as Chairman of the Board of nine prominent Canadian corporations, as President of four large companies and as Director of seven other firms. His Honour’s past success in the business world sets him apart.
To most Toronto people, however, His Honour’s familiar name of “Hal” Jackman, is recognized as philanthropist, volunteer, patron of the arts and advocate for worthy charitable causes. Recently, he has been closely identified with the Canadian Opera Company and the proposed Opera and Ballet House in Toronto. Over the years, many worthy causes have benefitted from His Honour’s interest and support: The Stratford Shakespearean Festival, Toronto Western Hospital, The Canadian Red Cross, Toronto Old Aged Men’s and Women’s Houses, Regent Park Community Health Centre, Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, The Empire Club Foundation, The Salvation Army, the Order of St. John, the Art Gallery of Ontario, York University, The Canadian Foundation for the Physically Disabled, the Shaw Festival, Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University and the Metropolitan United Church.
Pickering College is honoured to number amongst its alumni, Lieutenant Colonel The Honorable Henry Newton Rowell Jackman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, not only for the high office that he has achieved, but also for his concern for others as exhibited in the many worthy causes that he has supported and championed.
Graduate of The Class of 1941
After graduation from Pickering College in 1941, Ike Williamson enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps where he flew in the European theatre of operations for the Allies during World War II. On his return home, Ike enrolled in the Business School of the University of Western Ontario, of which he is an alumnus. He then went to work for Nabisco Brands and, starting in sales, began a steady rise through the company ranks. Completing 38 years of loyal service, Ike retired in 1982 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Ike Williamson’s professionalism and sense of integrity led to his involvement in efforts by the advertising world to become self-regulating. He served with distinction on the Board of the Canadian Advertising Standards Council and on the Board of Directors of the Association of Canadian Advertisers Incorporated. Ike also made time to be a volunteer at St. John’s Church, York Mills, and served the Toronto Humane Society as Chairman of its 1982 Building Fund campaign.
Ike also made time in his life for his old school. Starting as a Phonathon volunteer in 1983, he joined in the activities of the Pickering College Association and became its Chairman from 1985 through 1989. In 1986, he was appointed to the Corporation and Board of Management and served as Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee. The renovation of Firth House to modern standards and Pickering’s expansion as a day school are some of the results of that effort. Becoming Chairman of the Board of Management in 1990, Ike’s stewardship in very challenging times led to even more radical changes in the school he loved and served -- from the reintroduction of the Junior Grades 4, 5 and 6 to the re-establishment of Pickering College as a coeducational day and boarding school.
Graduate of The Class of 1948
Peter Widdrington is the first child of a Class of 1842 member to be honoured in this way. A resident of the school from birth and a student at Pickering from grades 4 until graduation, Peter studied at Queen’s University in Kingston and Harvard Business School.
From 1955 to 1973, he rose from salesman for Labatt’s Breweries to President and Chief Executive Officer of John Labatt Limited, the company that owned Labatt’s Breweries and many other subsidiaries. He was a leader in Canadian Business until 1987 when he retired to become Chairman of the Board of John Labatt Limited. In his career, Peter has held executive responsibility for over 100 companies, 75 manufacturing facilities and 17,000 employees. He presided over an organization whose sales grew from $500 million (US) annually to more than $4 billion. A key force in founding of TSN cable TV sports network, Peter’s efforts were instrumental in winning a major league baseball franchise for Toronto.
In 1991, Peter became Chairman of the Board of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club. Fittingly, the Jay’s two World Series Championships occurred while at least one founder was Chairman. Presently, Peter was also Chairman of Major League Baseball, professional baseball’s licensing and marketing arm, and Chairman of Laidlaw Incorporated. Peter was honoured by the Sales and Marketing Executives Association of Toronto, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Western Ontario and became the first Canadian ever to be President of North America’s Chief Executives Organization.
Despite pressures and challenges, Peter always made time for things important to him on the human level. Probably the only major CEO ever to play in an employees hockey league, he has also made time for Pickering College and was a faithful and loyal contributor to its growth and success.
Graduate of The Class of 1938
Ron Moore was honoured with the Class of 1842 Award to recognize not only his high standards of professional performance, but also his willingness to use his substantial gifts in unpaid volunteer service to others.
As a Chartered Accountant, Ron Moore’s career with Woods, Gordon resulted in his election as Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. After retiring in 1979, he continued to practice on a consulting basis for the Auditor General of Canada, the Auditor General for the Province of Ontario and was named to the Provincial Auditor’s Independent Advisory Committee. Beyond his professional work, Ron served for 14 years on the Board of the Children’s Aid Society of Metropolitan Toronto, including terms as Treasurer and President, and was also the Chair of several committees of the United Way of Greater Toronto. As well as performing outstanding service on the initial Pickering College Long Range Planning Committee and on the Board of Directors as Treasurer, Ron has been active on the Board of Goodwill Industries in Toronto.
Graduate of The Class of 1956
Brian Purdy is an alumnus of 1956, a Corporation and Board Member whose achievement as an award winning (26) television producer and director has earned both national and international recognition for creativity in production and broadcasting.
Brian was involved with the technical and creative aspects of stage, radio, television, multi-media and satellite communications. After graduation from Pickering, he studied at Ryerson University in Toronto and went on to become a pioneer in the formative years of Canadian Television. He logged more than 2500 hours of ‘live’ television in the 1960’s producing the first ever videotape animation in Canada, and negotiating the first barter program contract with CBC for the “Wild Kingdom” series. He produced shows like Toronto Today, Worldbeat News for CFTO, CTV; CTV News, CountryMusic Hall, It’s Happening, CBC; The Musical Offering, YTV; Wild Guess. A transition to advertising production saw Brian become Senior Producer at two national advertising agencies in the 1970’s. He was the recipient of 6 creative awards for television commercials in Canada and the US. For two years he co-produced the Chrysler New Car Road Show. It prompted Brian to found Broadcast Productions Inc. producing TV programs, commercials and corporate videos for such prestigious clients as IBM, Texaco Chrysler, Kodak, McDonalds, The Bay, Goodyear, Nestle, Honeywell, Maconi and several national banks. He owns another company, MEDIAIMAGE Communications Group which produces electronic animation messages on outdoor billboards for Goodyear, Molson Breweries, Sony, BellCanada, Air Canada, Chrysler, TSN, The Weather Network and Skydome.
Brian also holds one of Canada’s coveted GEMINI AWARDS for Best Technical Achievement along with six other international awards for his video “2 ½ Years in 2 ½ Minutes” the time-lapse chronicle of the building of SkyDome (Roger’s Centre) in Toronto.
Widely respected in the industry, he shared his knowledge with the younger generation as Course Director of the Radio & Television Production Course for the Institute of Canadian Advertising from 1992-1993.
He is a charter member of the Canadian Film & TV Production Association, and was inducted into the Half Century Club of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters in 2007.
Brian’s father, Rai Purdy, also a pioneer in Radio and Television was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007.
His son, Marc, an alumnus of Pickering (’86), carries on the tradition as an IATSE member on major film productions in Canada.
Brian produced and directed the Pickering promotional videos: “1842”, “Sesquicentennial” and “Pursuit of Excellence”. He has always made time for Pickering. A member of the Executive of Pickering College Association since it was established in 1981, he has served as Annual Fund Chair, as Associate Chair, as a member of the Corporation and as a member of the Board from 1992 to 2005.
Director of Firth House 1965
Assistant Headmaster 1986
Director of Admissions 1993
After graduating from the Toronto Normal School in 1946, Al Jewell taught at Balsam Lake Public School for two years before deciding to accept a position at PickeringCollege in the fall of 1948. So began a love affair that lasted throughout his entire adult life. The great affection that Al Jewell had for Pickering College was equalled only by the esteem in which he was held by the people of Pickering generally, and especially by those many students and colleagues who shared even one of Al’s many and varied interests and were numbered amongst his many friends as a result.
Over the years, Al Jewell played many roles at Pickering College. He was: a meticulous and professional teacher of Music, Art, Mathematics, History, Geography and English, a wise and understanding counsellor; an encouraging coach; a talented stage set designer; advisor to the Thirty Club; Housemaster of Firth House; Director of the Junior School; Artist-in-Residence; Assistant Headmaster; kitchen and Dining Hall coordinator; leader and instructor of a staff water colour group, Director of Admissions. These are the public and well-known things about Al Jewell’s years at Pickering. But his contributions to Pickering also included some less well known roles; Al Jewell set many tables; was the confidante of new teachers; he helped to cook and serve meals in the kitchen; he designed our beautiful Dining Hall; his friendly concern won smiles from homesick youngsters; he picked up more than his share of trash in 48 years; he shared his artistic vision freely in wonderful shows of his paintings in the Faculty Common Room; Al Jewell even made beds and swept floors. In short, Alvin H. Jewell modestly played many behind-the-scenes roles -- not because they were assigned to him -- but because they were things that his sense of propriety said needed to be done for the school.
As impressive as the catalogue of Al’s activities may be, it fails to capture what Al Jewell’s contribution to PickeringCollege truly was. Those who were privileged to work with Al Jewell know that it was not so much what Al did, as it is how Al did it, that was so special.
For example, for many years the gracious hospitality of Pickering College was legendary because, whenever the school formally entertained, every little detail -- from the room’s ambiance to the menu to the table settings -- was lovingly and carefully overseen with flair by Al Jewell, who, in addition to owning great common sense, was sociable, gregarious and generous, a gourmet cook and a talented professional artist.
Whatever Al Jewell undertook, he did fully without reservation and with a whole heart. That was what made him so special as a gifted artist, a fine teacher, a valued colleague and the special friend of so many.
Kenneth McNaught was a dynamic and significant Canadian educator for virtually his entire life. A graduate of the University ofToronto, a young Kenneth McNaught accepted a first teaching post from Pickering’s Headmaster, Joseph McCulley. After a year at Pickering College, which included coaching the Firth House (JuniorSchool) Hockey Team, like so many other young men of his generation he responded to a world at war and left Pickering College to enlist in the Canadian Army. After three years of military service, he returned home and resumed his study of history finishing a doctorate in 1950. He joined the History Department of theUniversity of Toronto in 1958, remaining there until his retirement in 1984. One of the earliest Canadian spokesmen from the intellectual left, with others of his generation, Professor McNaught helped to establish and perpetuate a credible social-democratic tradition within Canada. His intellectual reach extended well beyond his immediate classroom and lecture theatre, and influenced how several generations of history students here and broad regarded Canada. The Penguin History of Canada is still a mainstay of Canadian Studies programs around the world.
Professor McNaught’s professional career was recognized by many awards and fellowships and in 1996, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest distinctions. Professor McNaught’s accomplishments as an historian, a thinker, a scholar, a writer, a communicator and a public affairs commentator were all expressions of the one role in which he truly excelled – that of teacher.
Faculty 1976 - 1996
The “Class of 1842" award is presented to Jane V. Zavitz-Bond in recognition of a lifetime given in faithful service to others. She followed the Light Within and the Lamp of Learning, supporting education in Friends schools for over 40 years.
Blessed with a rich heritage and a full personal life, including marriage and a family of six children, Jane graduated from Earlham College, B.A. ‘52, and then taught at Olney Friends School for 20 years. Following her husband Paul’s death, she continued at Olney. In 1976, having completed her Master’s degree in Library Science at the University of Western Ontario, Jane came to Pickering College to teach English and to preside over the tiny crowded Library. The Rogers House fire in 1981 created the opportunity to plan the Pickering Sifton Library which will continue to serve students for many years to come. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Canadian Yearly Meeting Archives, including the A.G. Dorland Friends Historical Research Collection, at Pickering College. This Quaker research centre for Canada provides a place for researchers, from elementary students to post doctoral scholars, who are working in Quaker related history, sociology and religion.
Jane has been a member of Yonge Street Monthly Meeting of Friends and of Yarmouth Meeting in Ontario. She has contributed to the Religious Society of Friends’ presence in world affairs through the Quaker Office at the United Nations in New York City, served the Friends Council on Education, Pendle Hill Friends Study Centre inPennsylvania, and Canadian Yearly Meeting on committees and as archivist. She is on the Executive of the Canadian Friends Historical Association and has written for and edited its Journal. She represented Canada at the Friends World Committee Triennial in 1982 in Kenya. She also has been a Quaker representative on the Canadian and World Council of Churches Human Rights Committee. Professionally, Jane worked in the Ontario and Canadian Library and Archival bodies.
Her connections to Pickering go back over many years. Her family is a part of Pickering. In her retirement, she continues as a Member of the Corporation of Pickering College, works in the Yearly Meeting archives and in establishing the Elgin-St. Thomas Archives. Her purpose in life remains making the world a better place. Each daily encounter and activity matters. Jane believes education is the key to the future, which rests on passing the vision to our youth - the students she loves.
Faculty 1956 - 1968
The faculty of Pickering College awarded Jud Purdy the “Class of 1842" award for his exemplary service to education.
He was an inspiring and dynamic Canadian educator for his entire life. That was so because people were important to Jud. After graduating from the University of New Brunswick in 1953 with B.A. and M.A. degrees in Canadian History, Jud was enticed to Upper Canada by the prospect of studying the life of the Rt. Rev. John Strachan, first Bishop of Toronto. At Trinity College in the University of Toronto, Jud became the James Cumming Fellow. His doctoral studies culminated in a thesis on the impact of John Strachan on Canadian Education. Jud continued his studies as a Fellow of the Social Sciences Research Council until he accepted an appointment as a History Master at Pickering College in 1956.
For 12 years as History Master and a housemaster, Jud was a popular and inspiring teacher, much loved by students who learned to love history because history was about people and people were fun. Departing from Pickering in 1968, Jud accepted an appointment as a Professor of the History of Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario, where he remained until retirement in 1993. The author of two books, many articles and numerous reviews, Jud has participated in the professional training of thousands of history teachers who now practise in schools throughout Ontario, across Canada and around the world.
Jud Purdy’s lifelong interest in people was also reflected in his record of community service at Pickering and at Western, where he served on a variety of faculty planning, policy and appointments committees, and served two terms as Chairman of the Faculty Council. In the wider academic world, Jud held membership in many professional organizations and served as President of the Canadian History of Education Association.
Graduate of The Class of 1959
Pickering College is pleased to present the Class of 1842 Award to Charles H. Beer, former Faculty, Corporation and Board member, in recognition of his faithful stewardship and use of his gifts for others at Pickering, in Ontario, across Canada and around the world.
Having grown up on the Hilltop, Charles is a living exemplar of Pickering’s highest ideal, service to others. During his school days, he participated on many athletic teams, was involved in student government on The School Committee, contributed to the school intellectual life in the Polikon (debating) Club and enlivened school culture through performances for the Drama Club. Holding both the Garratt Cane and Widdrington Award, Charles continued his studies at the University of Toronto before post-graduate work at Laval University in Quebec City, at the National Defence College in Kingston and at York University.
Charles’ professional career reflects his deep commitment to the ideal of service to others by serving the wider community. The first Executive Director of the Ontario-Quebec Permanent Commission, he also served as Director of Citizenship for the Province of Ontario. From 1987 to 1995, Charles represented the riding of York Mackenzie in the Ontario Legislature. As Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, and then Minister of Community and Social Services and Minister for Francophone Affairs, Charles contributed to the life of this province as a member of the Government. In Opposition, he served as Opposition Critic for Education and Children’s Services and as Chair of several key legislative committees.
In between his stint as a civil servant and as an elected official, Charles returned to Pickering College where he is remembered as a much beloved teacher, counselor, coach and advisor by a generation of Pickering students. He completed his active ‘teaching days’ by becoming the founding Executive Director of the Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI), the body that audits and accredits Canada’s Independent Schools. After retiring from politics, Charles continued to work on behalf of young people by accepting an appointment as Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Youth Employment Centres. In 1998 Charles became President of Canadian Executive Services Organization (CESO) and served in that capacity until 2003.
Graduate of The Class of 1948
Ted Bond is a model intellectual, a model citizen and a model graduate of Pickering College, Class of 1948. He combines his intellectual endeavours with a concern for his fellow human beings, adjucating peace, compassion and respect. To honour his lifelong service to his academic discipline as a “working philosopher” and to the education of generations of students in this discipline, the faculty of Pickering College are pleased to present Ted with the “Class of 1842” award.
Ted continued his studies at Queen's University (Philosophy and English) and later became a pillar of their highly regarded philosophy department where he worked for almost 40 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy fromCornell University. Over the course of his distinguished career Ted held a number of prestigious fellowships, including two at Cambridge 1978-9 and 1985-6), one at Oxford (1989-90) and was a Fellow of the Centre for Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews (1993).
A man of immensely wide interests, Ted has done important work in such diverse sub-disciplines as ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics and epistemology. He has published two books: Reason and Value, (Cambridge, 1983) and Ethics and Human Well-Being: An Introduction to Moral Philosophy (Blackwell Publishers, 1996). He has had numerous articles and papers widely published, has given a number of public lectures, and published a significant number of formal, written responses to papers, authored by philosophers of consequence.
As befits a graduate of Pickering College, Ted Bond has not been satisfied with pursuing merely academic interests. A brilliant musicologist, he has written in various media a great deal on musical themes and has been an active reviewer, administrator, broadcaster, and impresario. As if responding to the words of the Athenian Youth, Ted has been an exemplary citizen, becoming involved in a number of political movements seeking the amelioration of public life and well being.
Graduate of The Class of 1957
Pickering College is pleased to present the Class of 1842 Award to Peter J. Newbery ’57 for his passion to his cause, high principles, vision, compassion, creativity, courage, integrity, concern for others, acceptance and service to his fellow human being.
Peter Newbery studied at Pickering College for two years and then spent an additional year as a tutor at the school. While at Pickering College he participated in almost every activity imaginable joining the football, basketball and track teams - earning a First Colour in the process; contributing to the Rooters Club, the Glee Club, the Drama Club, the Quaker Cracker, the Student Committee and The Voyageur yearbook. Upon graduation, he was the recipient of both the Widdrington Award and the Garratt Cane.
He began pre-med training in 1958 at the University of Toronto, followed by a degree in Philosophy in 1961 and a Master of Divinity in 1966. He obtained his M.D. from McMaster University in 1976, completed his residency and certification in family medicine in 1978 and obtained the College of Family Physicians of Canada Fellowship in 1989.
Peter’s career has been varied, incorporating working as a social worker, a minister, a physician, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia and an administrator. He is also a pilot earning his license during his time at Pickering.
Peter Newbery has devoted his career to training physicians for rural practice. He has helped to create a system of support for practicing rural doctors and for training new doctors which has resulted in improved health for thousands of people across rural British Columbia and Canada. He has been active in recruiting health care professionals and has been responsible for locating and placing hundreds of physicians, nurses and other health professionals. He has taught medical students and family physicians, served on boards, spoken to hundreds at national and international conferences.
For his considerable contribution to the improvement of the lives of Canadians, Peter Newbery has been recognized with numerous distinctions and awards, including, the UBC Faculty of Medicine Golden Jubilee Medal, a Doctor of Divinity from the Vancouver School of Theology, appointment to the Order of British Columbia and, in 2002 he was appointed to the Order of Canada.
Graduate of The Class of 1945
Julian Tudor Hart is recognized for his outstanding career as a family doctor in the mining village of Glyncorrwg in West Glamorgan, Wales, and as an epidemiologist, scientist, author and social advocate.
Julian studied at Pickering College for five years, graduating in 1945, and then studied medicine from 1947 to 1952, first at Queens College, Cambridge and then at St. George's Hyde Park Corner Hospital, in London, England. After working for five years as a general practitioner in Notting Hill, he trained in epidemiological research. Although part of a renowned research team, he found this work unsatisfying, as he was unable as a researcher to address the needs of the people he was studying. So he left to become a single-handed general practitioner with his wife and partner, Mary Thomas, in the mining village of Glyncorrwg in West Glamorgan, Wales.
After five years of hard work putting the practice in order, they began to use the epidemiological methods they had learned to apply a population approach to the care and prevention of clinical problems. He was the first doctor in the world not only to measure the blood pressure of all his patients but also to treat and follow up the high-risk patients he had found. After 25 years of applying this approach to hypertensive and other high-risk patients, he was able to report in the British Medical Journal a 30% reduction in premature mortality. This paper is unique in demonstrating that over a lifetime practice a general practitioner can influence mortality in the population at large. His key papers on anticipatory care, the rule of halves, the measurement of omission and patients as co-producers provided key concepts and practical guidance for health improvement as part of primary care.
Julian Tudor Hart remained a General Practitioner for 30 years, where his research and innovative organization of community care won him an international reputation.
He has published several books and over 160 papers in peer-reviewed medical journals and has been an invited lecturer at most UK universities and in 25 other countries. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow and is a professor developing primary medical care policy at the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care at the University of Glamorgan, Poltypridd.
Not only a model scientist and doctor, Julian Tudor Hart is a model citizen and a model graduate of Pickering College. As if responding to the words of the Athenian Youth, he has been an exemplar citizen, combining his intellectual endeavours with a deep personal concern for his fellow human beings and social responsibility. The Class of 1842 Award to Julian Tudor Hart honours his lifelong service to his patients, to science, to the education of new generations of doctors and scientists, and to the betterment of the broader community.
Graduate of The Class of 1948
We recognize Hugh Hanson Davidson with a Class of 1842 Award to honour his lifelong service to music and the arts in Canada and abroad.
A man of immensely wide talents and interests, Mr. Davidson has composed piano works, ballets, chamber music, songs, choral works, and incidental music for the theatre, including His Eminence of England (1953, for the Canterbury Coronation Festival) and Cymbeline (1954, for the Bristol Old Vic). He has written reviews for newspapers and journals and was the music consultant for the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 67 and the head of the music selection committee for Festival Canada during Centennial year.
Mr. Davidson moved to the BBC in London in 1969, returning to Canada in 1971 as music administrator of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. He became head of music at the Canada Council in 1973 and served there until 1978, when he was named Cultural Councillor to the Canadian High Commission in London. He was general manager 1981 - 1988 of the Canada Council's Touring Office, then moved to Vancouver where he has continued to serve as an active consultant to a variety of arts organizations.
His passion for music was evident almost every waking moment during his time at Pickering College (1944 – 1948). In 1945 his composition Three Preludes, for piano, won a CAPAC (Composers, Authors and Publishers Association of Canada) award – all this as a Grade 11 student at Pickering.
In his time at Pickering, he made huge contributions to the life of the school as chapel pianist, member of the Polikon Club and Dramatic Club, and at his commencement, was presented with the prestigious Widdrington Award for his contribution to the school and to the lives of his fellow students.
Hugh Davidson is a model graduate of Pickering College, and a model citizen of Canada. He combines his passion for music and the arts with deep respect for the importance of serving his community and creating a better world through the joy of music.
We recognize Michael Mackenzie with a Class of 1842 Award to honour his lifelong service to leadership in the regulation of financial services in Canada and abroad.
While a counsellor at Camp Mazinaw under the direction of Bob Rourke and Reg “Blackie” Blackstock, Mr. Mackenzie was persuaded by Joe McCulley to come to Pickering College as a math tutor for the 1944-45 school year. This pivotal year for Mr. Mackenzie encouraged him to be a proud and engaged Canadian.
Mr. Mackenzie moved on to the University of Toronto and established himself as a Chartered Accountant with Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst & Young). He earned his MBA from Harvard while practising in Toronto and Montreal. In 1987, Mr. Mackenzie was appointed as the Government of Canada’s first Superintendent of Financial Institutions, reporting directly to the Minister of Finance. He became Canada’s top financial regulator, and in this role was responsible for establishing the guiding principles for this new office, which is recognized as a leader in banking supervision and regulation throughout the world.
Mr. Mackenzie has acted as an advisor both to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and has served on the board of ING Canada. As a consultant to the World Bank on Banking Supervision and Risk Management, Mr. Mackenzie participated in missions to the Philippines, Brazil, Poland, South Korea, Mexico and the United States.
It was his driving force that helped create the Toronto International Centre for Financial Sector Supervision in 1998. The Centre’s mission is to bring financial and regulatory expertise to regulators from a variety of countries, particularly in the developing world. The resulting collaboration involved the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Canadian Department of Finance, Schulich School of Business at York University, and a number of Canadian banks with international operations.
Mr. Mackenzie has served in a number of senior positions in organizations including Cancer Care Ontario, C.M. Hincks Centre, Toronto Free Theatre, Palliative Care Foundations, Canadian Institute on Public Affairs, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Art Gallery of Ontario, and he was an Executive-in-Residence in the Financial Services Program at the Schulich School of Business at York University.Mr. Mackenzie’s work demonstrates a commitment to service to others and to ensure transparency and honesty in financial services worldwide. His legacy is recognized for contributing to a sound path for Canada’s banking sector, helping it survive the 2008 global recession. He upholds the mission and values of Pickering College by having the courage and skill to make our global community greater, better and more beautiful than he discovered it.
Graduate of The Class of 1968
We recognize Dr. Gregory Dopulos with the “Class of 1842” Award to honour his selfless and tireless work in applying his medical skills to help disadvantaged individuals in communities all over the world.
Dr. Dopulos graduated from Michigan State University and received a PhD from Wayne State University. He received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico and worked for 20 years providing primary care. He currently specializes in emergency care medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Inspired by his Christian faith, since 1996 Dr. Dopulos has dedicated his energy, time and money as a medical outreach doctor. He has travelled extensively to Russia with “Youth with a Mission”, volunteering in orphanages and hospitals offering medicine, advice and training to doctors and nurses, and help and relief to those in need. Dr. Dopulos continues to support four families in Russia through “Youth with a Mission” to this day.
In 2006 Dr. Dopulos began volunteering with Amazon Promise which takes medical and non-medical volunteers into remote villages in the Amazon Basin. The group with whom Dr. Dopulos has travelled includes medical and dental professionals from around the world who offer their services to those in need, and he provides inspiring leadership to this cadre.
Dr. Dopulos supports many organizations including: Joseph Connection, which helps set up food banks around the world and small medical labs in the parts of the world where they are needed most; the Albuquerque Rescue Mission, which feeds and cares for the homeless in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area; and Agape Distribution which collects and ships effective, usable, but outdated medical equipment and medicine overseas to hospitals in impoverished countries. One of his friends has said of him, “Dr. Dopulos is a true philanthropist, giving freely, not only in a monetary way but also of his talents as a physician to create a better world and improve the quality of life for those less fortunate than himself.”
Our congratulations go to Dr. Gregory Dopulos for earning a place in the "Class of 1842". He uses his skills to care for the human body and the human spirit, restoring dignity to those he serves, and inspiring others to good works. Dr. Dopulos upholds the mission and values of Pickering College by having the courage and skill to make our global community greater, better and more beautiful than he discovered it --- one patient at a time.
Graduate of The Class of 1969
He believes strongly that positive things happen when ordinary people believe that they are able to make a difference, and by working together one can create extraordinary results.”
In addition to his successful career in his family's business, Brown Foods, Jim found success and personal satisfaction in his deep and abiding commitment to working for and in his community. From his early support for Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope, Jim went on to helping disadvantaged youth in Kingston, through Pathways to Education, the Pacific Institute, with Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Sisters and others. He is an active advocate for the Kingston Community Foundation, Community Health Centre, lending his support to others who are also doing the most to make this community and this Canada an inclusive, loving place. Numbering first in this community are friends amongst First Peoples, Islamic Centre Kingston and Rideau Heights, the neighborhood of his youth, who act with caring and compassion despite challenges of the moment.