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Convocation date: May 9, 1952
Discipline / contribution: education ; research - humanities; theology
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you the leader of Roman Catholic education in Canada.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
As professor and Superior of St. Michael's College, Father Carr took the lead in making a reality of what had previously been only a dream, a real functioning federation of the Arts colleges of Toronto University, and thereby established a pattern which has been widely copied elsewhere. As Superior General of the Basilian Fathers he built up, both in Canada and the United States, a group of widely scattered colleges characterized by the highest academic standards and educational ideals. As organizer and President of the Institute of Medieval Studies he gave our country one of its most outstanding institutions for research in the humanities, and brought to Canada such scholars as Sir Bertam Windle, Etienne Gilson, and Jacques Maritain. As founder and Principal of our own St. Thomas More College he demonstrated in masterly fashion the ideal relations which should exist between a Catholic college and a state university.
During all these and other activities his qualities of the heart made him the centre of an immense circle of devoted friends and pupils.
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Senate of the University, I ask you to confer on Father Henry Carr the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: W.P. Thompson, President
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