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Convocation date: May 14, 1971
Discipline / contribution: education ; community service
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate I present to you Harry S. Hay.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
An optometrist in Saskatoon since 1922, Mr. Hay has given outstanding leadership in art, music and education and has served in numerous charitable organizations. He was a member of the Saskatoon Collegiate Institute Board from 1950 to 1969. He served as president of both the Saskatchewan School Trustees’ Association and the Canadian School Trustees’ Association.
He was a member of the University Senate from 1959 to 1962 and was active in the University’s Golden Jubilee Fund campaign. He was president of the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association, a member of the Board of Managers of the Saskatoon Art Center and a member of the committee for a Saskatoon City Auditorium.
For ten years he served as provincial chairman of the Easter Seal Committee for Crippled Children and Adults.
During World War I he was a member of the University of Saskatchewan’s Tank Battalion. During World War II he was chairman of the Canadian Army Show, and chairman of the “Milk for Britain” Committee. He was awarded an M.B.E. for auxiliary war services.
Mr. Hay was President of the Saskatoon Rotary Club, District Governor and a member of the Rotary International Board of Directors.
Mr. Hay married Beulah Bridgeman. Mr. and Mrs. Hay have two children - a daughter, Sandra (Mrs. Robert Staples) of Massachusetts, and a son, Stewart, Assistant Trade Commissioner with the Department of Trade and Commerce in Ottawa.
Indeed, Mr. Hay has exemplified the ideal of service at the local, provincial, national and international levels.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Harry S. Hay and ask that you will confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: J.G. Egnatoff, Head of Educational Administration
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