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Convocation date: May 12, 1969
Special Convocation: Diamond Jubilee convocation
Discipline / contribution: economics ; teaching
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent chancellor, I present to you Mabel F. Timlin.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Mabel Timlin was born in another country, in another century, and completed her first University training in 1912. After several years as a school teacher, she joined the staff of this university in 1921, and its faculty in 1935, rising to the rank of Professor of Economics. On her way Dr. Timlin acquired a Saskatchewan B.A. with great distinction, and a Washington Ph.D. She served as a consultant on several major public projects, and as an executive member of both the American Economic Association and the Canadian Political Science Association, of which she was president in 1959-60. The Royal Society of Canada elected Dr. Timlin as a Fellow in 1951, and the Canada Council awarded her a special fellowship on her retirement in 1959. Dr. Timlin contributed a score of articles to leading journals, and wrote two books, the first of which, 1pesian Economics, immediately won for her an international reputation.
So far, perhaps, this sounds like the typical career of a brilliant scholar. But Timmie’s career has been untypical in many ways. She had to make her way as a woman in a man’s world, in the field familiarly described as “the dismal science”. Her interest in her students went far beyond the call of duty, and many of them have kept in touch with her since they left here. Since she retired, she has produced an important study. And perhaps most untypically of all, Timmie joined this university as a secretary to a professor, gradually moved from the administrative side of the desk to the academic, and retired as a scholar of great stature, full of honours, and with the loving regard of her colleagues.
Eminent chancellor, I present to you Mabel F. Timlin, and ask that you confer on her the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: Norman Ward, professor of Political Science
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