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Convocation date: October 26, 1974
Discipline / contribution: northern governance
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you ALFRED WILLIAM ROOKE CARROTHERS, B.A., L.L.B., L.L.M., S.I.D.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
"The north is full of dilemmas unresolvable without the guidance of value judgments, and not easily resolvable ... even then."
Alfred Carrothers, who wrote these words, is a man who more often than most of us had to pass such value judgments. They concerned not only the development of government in Canada's North but also the settling of labor disputes. In each case he was called upon, Alfred Carrothers, after a thorough review of all facts and a judicial weighing of the evidence, drew on his own life experience, philosophy, and acquired wisdom to find a modus vivendi acceptable to the disputants. That his successes far outweigh his failures is testimony to the integrity of his character, to his innate sense of proportion, and to his immutable fairness.
Fred Carrothers was born in Saskatoon, where his father then was a Professor of Economics at the University of Saskatchewan. After his boyhood here he moved about Canada and the United States a great deal, first with his parents, then as a student, and later still as lawyer, teacher, and administrator. Most recently he left the University of Calgary, where he was President and Vice-Chancellor, to become the head of the "Institute for Research into Public Policy," based in Montreal. During these years of moving he continually added to his knowledge and understanding of the interactions between the Law, Government, and the Individual; that is, those parts of the Law that affect all of us most in our daily life, dealing as they do with work and our ever-increasing contacts with officialdom.
Among his many accomplishments we single out today Alfred Carrothers' contribution to leading the Northwest Territories from colonial status to a democratic governmental structure more closely in tune with that enjoyed by other Canadians. It was the Advisory Commission on the Development of Government in the Northwest Territories, chaired by A.W.R. Carrothers, which brought about many fundamental and much needed changes from which all those living in Canada's most remote region will benefit for a long time to come.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Alfred William Rooke Carrothers, and ask that you will confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: Walter Kupsch, professor of Geology
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