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Convocation date: October 28, 1972
Discipline / contribution: dentistry ; peridontics
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you William Gordon McIntosh.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
It is a great personal pleasure for me to be able to present the first member of the dental profession to be recognized by the University of Saskatchewan by the awarding of an Honorary Degree. Dr. McIntosh, a most distinguished Canadian dentist, is well qualified for such honour. He is a native of Saskatchewan, having been born in Hanley some 57 years ago. He grew up in Prince Albert, where he received his early education. He attended this University in 1932-33, and obtained his pre-dental qualifications. Dr. McIntosh, a scholarship student, received his Degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Toronto in 1937. While at university he fell under the spell of one of Canada’s first teachers and researchers in the field of Periodontics, Dr. H.K. Box, and this relatively new clinical field became Dr. McIntosh’s major interest in dentistry. During the last war, as a member of the Royal Canadian Dental Corps, Dr. McIntosh carried out highly significant research into the management of periodontal diseases. He has successfully conducted a practice for many years, primarily in Toronto, specializing in the field of Periodontics. He was a valued contributor to the teaching programme in his specialty at the University of Toronto, and has been a consultant to both Sunnybrook Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He has held positions of great responsibility in the Canadian Dental Association, - the largest and most influential dental organization in Canada. He was Chairman of the Research Committee of the Association during its early formative years; he was a member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Dental Association from 1957-1961; and he was the Association President in 1959-60.
In 1965 Dr. McIntosh accepted the position of Secretary (now Executive Director) of the Canadian Dental Association, and it is in this role that the impact of his wisdom, vision, stubborness and tact will be most influential. His is the chief responsibility for guiding the development of policies in dentistry in this country, - policies that will continue to sustain the excellent international reputation of Canadian dentistry, - imaginative policies directed toward the development of improvements in the dental health care system aimed at better health care for all. As the chief administrative representative of Canadian dentistry internationally, Dr. McIntosh’s influence is strongly felt in the development of international policies as well.
Dr. McIntosh is a splendid example of another Saskatchewan son who made good. Eminent Chancellor, I present to you William Gordon McIntosh, D.D.S., MScD., F.R.C.D., and ask that you will confer on him the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: K.J. Paynter, Dean of Dentistry
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