Honorary Degrees

N.B.: The detail displayed about each honorary degree recipient varies, as the database was compiled from a variety of sources. However, more information may be available at the University Archives.


Honorary Degrees - A.W. Trueman, May 14, 1966 (Photograph Collection, A-4502)
Name: Albert William Trueman, BA, MA, DLitt, LLD
Convocation date: May 14, 1966
Discipline / contribution: university administration ; public service
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor: On behalf of the University Council and Senate I present to you Albert William Trueman, BA, MA, D Litt, and LLD, whose work in, and on behalf of Canadian Universities and Canadian culture has been honourable, and distinguished, and historically important. Born in Pennsylvania in 1902, Dr. Trueman came with his family to Canada in 1913. He was educated at Mount Allison University, where he took his BA in 1927, and at Oxford University, where he was awarded the MA in 1932. Later he did additional postgraduate work at the Universities of Chicago and Columbia. He was awarded the Honorary D Litt. by his Alma Mater, Mount Allison, in 1945, and was distinguished again with the same degree by St. Francis Xavier. He has been awarded the LLD by the Universities of Manitoba, New Brunswick, Laval, Dalhousie, Victoria, and Memorial. Dr. Trueman taught English for some years at Mount Allison, where he was Head of the English Department from 1937 to 1942. He became Commissioner of the National Film Board in 1953 and served there until 1957. He served as President of the University of Manitoba from 1945 to 1948, and later, of the University of New Brunswick, 1948 to 1953. He is the author of two books: “The United Empire Loyalists”, published in 1946 and “The Canadian University of New Brunswick”. It may well be that Dr. Trueman’s most significant contribution to Canadian life began in 1957, when Parliament established the Canada Council for the Encouragement of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Dr. Trueman became the first director of the Canada Council and guided its activities brilliantly from 1957 to 1965. In those years, under Dr. Trueman’s directorship, the Canada Council awarded over 950 scholarships to writers, painters, singers, dancers, and other creative and performing artists for study or creative work. These grants have contributed substantially to the encouragement of arts and letters, not only through assistance to individual artists and theatres and journals, but in helping to create in Canada an atmosphere in which the arts have been made to seem important, in which they have come to create for themselves higher standards of excellence, in which they have become a more meaningful part of the experience of countless Canadians. In addition to that work, the Canada Council awarded thousands of scholarships to assist students in earning graduate degrees and in pursuing postdoctoral research. It awarded many grants to universities which enabled them to bring to their campuses distinguished scholars and lecturers from other parts of the world. Some 54 million dollars was awarded to Canadian universities and other centres of higher learning for libraries and additional teaching facilities in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Dr. Trueman has helped immeasurably to establish a tradition of service to Canadian universities and culture that will surely be one of the happiest and most reassuring chapters in all future histories of 20th century Canada. Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Albert William Trueman and ask that you confer on him the Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: Alwyn Berland, chair of the English Committee of Instruction, Regina Campus
Degree presented at: University of Saskatchewan Regina Campus

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