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Convocation date: May 16, 1974
Discipline / contribution: public service ; history - western Canadian
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you the Honorable John Walter Grant MacEwan.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Born of parents who pioneered in farming at Brandon and at Melfort, Mr. MacEwan has displayed the venturesome spirit of his parents through his inter-weaving of careers as an academic, administrator, politician, writer and lecturer. In preparation for these careers he graduated from Ontario Agricultural College in 1926 and obtained a Master’s degree from Iowa State College in 1928.
In 1928 he was appointed Profess of Animal Husbandry at this University and in 1937 became Head of that Department as well as the First Director of the School of Agriculture. He accepted the Deanship of Manitoba’s Faculty of Agriculture and Home Economics in 1946.
Mr. MacEwan’s career as an academic terminated when he became a candidate in the 1951 Federal election. With characteristic wit he stated, “My opponent became an M.P. and I became a D.P.”
The MacEwan family then took up residence in Calgary. The lure of public office was in his system and in 1953 Mr. MacEwan was elected an Alderman in which capacity he served for nine years. He subsequently served as Mayor for 3 years. He was a member of the Alberta Legislature from 1955 to 1959 and served as Leader of the Opposition for part of that period.
On January sixth, 1966, he was installed as Lieutenant—Governor of Alberta which office he will vacate in June, 1974.
With careers that would have fully engaged the time and energy of most mortals, Grant MacEwan has combined a very productive career as a writer. He is author of 20 books, four of these being agricultural texts. The remainder dramatically present biographies of colorful personages in various walks of life on the prairies and aspects of the history of the development of Western Canada and, in particular, the agricultural development. His tremendous respect and fondness for the people who make up the agricultural community is abundantly evident in his writings.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you John Walter Grant MacEwan and ask that you will confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: W.J. White, Dean of Agriculture
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