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.


Presentation of an Honorary Degree to Mendel, F.S., May 20, 1965 (Photograph Collection, A-4438)
Name: Frederick S. Mendel
Convocation date: May 20, 1965
Discipline / contribution: business and industry ; arts and culture
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Frederick S. Mendel. Fred Mendel, as he is affectionately known to many, came to Canada and to Saskatoon in 1940 as a refugee. While he left behind in Europe much that was dear to him, he brought much with him — his wife and daughters; part of a substantial fortune; an intimate and effective knowledge of the meat-packing business; a love of sport and, in particular, of horses and horse racing; an interest in painting and painters that was distinguished for its range and discernment; and a quick, warm friendliness. With this beginning, much could be expected and much has been achieved. His business now stands among the largest of its kind in Canada; his private collection of paintings is widely admired; his gaiety and zest for living have brought him a wide circle of friends; his patronage of the arts has been constant and judicious; his benefactions, both public and private, have earned him great esteem in this University, in this City, and in the whole of Canada. His generous gift, which made possible the Mendel Art Gallery, has earned for him the deep and enduring gratitude of this community. Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and the Senate, I ask you to confer on Frederick S. Mendel — eminent industrialist, generous patron and good friend of this community and its people — the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: A.C. McEown, VP Administration

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