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Convocation date: May 29, 1972
Discipline / contribution: business and industry ; community service; university administration
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Senate and Council, I present to you Mr. Allan Tubby.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Mr. Tubby is a distinguished alumnus of this University who has had an outstanding career as a devoted citizen and member of the local business community.
He was born and educated in Saskatoon, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1932. Being without work on graduating he went to Toronto and for transportation was chaperone to a carload of livestock. He found employment selling building materials and became manager of Currie Products plant and their Ottawa district. During this period he was active with the Toronto branch of the University of Saskatchewan Alumni and in the formation of the Southern Ontario Saskatchewan Engineers Club.
In 1942 Mr. Tubby joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and was placed in charge of building construction in the Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton areas. He was discharged as a Flight Lieutenant in 1945 and subsequently was resident Engineer at the Chalk River townsite. He returned to Saskatoon in 1947 and joined the well established family firm of H. J. Tubby and Son, Contractors and Engineers, a well respected business of deep integrity in the Saskatoon building industry and of which he is now President.
Al married an alumnus of this University - the former Madge Mundell - who has been a constant aid to him and they have two lovely daughters. He has been very active in many clubs, societies and associations, generally being elected to the highest position. Among these he is a past president of the Association of Professional Engineers of Saskatchewan; a past chairman of the Saskatchewan branch of the Engineering Institute of Canada; a pest president of the Saskatoon Board of Trade; and is a past master of his Masonic Lodge. He has served twice on the associate committee of the National Research Council for preparation of the Canadian Building Code, being one o few westerners appointed to this committee. He is presently vice-president for Saskatchewan on the Canadian Construction Association executive and is in his second term on the executive of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
As a community-minded citizen Mr. Tubby spent seventeen years on the Board of Directors of the Saskatoon City Hospital. For eight years as chairman he guided the various groups through the construction of the new Centennial Wing, proving his ability as a coordinator and at financing. In recognition of this service he was awarded the eighteenth Certificate of Distinguished Service by the city of Saskatoon and was awarded a Centennial Medal by the Government of Canada.
He spent six years on the Board of Governors of this University, one as vice-chairman and four as chairman. The first two buildings on the new Regina campus were opened during his early tenure and many problems of expansion became his lot. He was very able at bringing about definite decisions and at translating University problems to an understandable basis. He believed that most things could be accomplished if you didn’t care who got the credit. He governed without managing - he set the goals but did not direct the operation. He co-ordinated the Board members by his genial nature, clarity of thought and ability to understand problems all of which made him an outstanding chairman and credit to this University.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Mr. Allan Tubby and ask that you will bestow on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: W.R. Staples, Assistant Dean of Engineering
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