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Convocation date: May 12, 1969
Special Convocation: Diamond Jubilee convocation
Discipline / contribution: medical research
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Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate I present to you George Malcolm Brown, Doctor of Medicine, Master of Surgery, Doctor of Philosophy, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, The Royal College of Physicians of England, the American College of Physicians, the Royal Society of Canada.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
A son of the manse, Dr. Brown completed the medical course at Queen’s University in l93, was elected Rhodes Scholar and after receiving his D. Phil. at Oxford served for the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in Europe. Returning to Queen’s, he served his University as Professor of Medicine from 1951 to 1965. Since 1965 Dr. Brown has been Chairman of the Medical Research Council of Canada.
From his student days at Queen’s University Dr. Brown has been actively associated with medical research. I recall in 1934, when both he and I were younger than members of the medical class graduating today, meeting him almost each morning in the Surgery of the Banting-Best Department of Medical Research In Toronto when he and Dr. Armstrong collected daily blood samples for determination of P.B.I. To the present medical class these initials, indicating plasma-protein bound iodine, suggest a routine laboratory determination. I can assure them that in l93l these letters, if they meant anything to most people in Medicine, they meant “poor bloody infantry” but to the laboratory worker meant a laboratory determination to tax the powers of the most skilled technician. This indicates the level of Dr. Brown’s apprenticeship in research.
The confidence of his fellow medical researchers in Dr. Brown’s knowledge and abilities in medical research led early to his selection for the responsibilities associated with the allotment of funds. He became a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Research Council, which became the Medical Research Council of Canada in 1960. With the death of the first Chairman, Dr. Ray Farquharson, Dr. Malcolm Brown was the natural choice as Dr. Farquharson’s successor. Dr. Brown has made a unique contribution to the successful support and development of medical research in Canada in the past 20 years. I feel this is best expressed by a quotation, from the daily journal written by General Wolfe before Quebec. On June 25, 1759 General Wolfe wrote, “Capt. M-ll’s ideas on that subject nearly drove me into expressing my mind with some Freedom. Carleton’s great good sense and management averted this”. In the early days of the development of the Advisory Committee into the Medical Research Council of Canada, it was Malcolm Brown’s “great good sense and management” which time and again averted what could have been serious mistakes, causing definite set-backs in our growth and development. At the same time whenever was needed leadership and particularly that flare for seizing the opportune moment, which characterized James Wolfe’s operations, it was Malcolm Brown who showed us the way.
Coming from a smaller Canadian University which has always maintained a reputation for the importance of scholarship as a part of Medical education, Dr. Malcolm Brown has had a lively sympathy and appreciation for the smaller medical schools across this country, of the contribution they have made and will continue to make to medical scholarship, and of their striving for excellence which is a characteristic of our own University of Saskatchewan.
Eminent Chancellor I present to you George Malcolm Brown and ask that you will confer on him the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: L.B. Jaques, Head of Physiology and Pharmacology
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