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Convocation date: May 23, 1990
Discipline / contribution: teaching ; research
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you Betty Ward, wife of the late Norman Ward.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Norman Ward’s remarkable contribution to the life and work of this university spanned four decades. Fresh from his undergraduate training in economics at McMaster University and his doctoral studies in political science at the University of Toronto, Norman Ward, together with his wife Betty, arrived in Saskatoon in 1945. Though subsequent offers from many other universities came his way, Dr. Ward chose never to part company with his adoptive city and the university honouring his memory today. A Central Canadian by birth, Norman Ward became a Western Canadian by choice. As a husband and as a father to six children, he appreciated fully the joys, friendships and opportunities that came with life in a small and stable community and from work in an institution dedicated to intellectual pursuits.
Dr. Ward’s commitment to excellence in teaching and research brought renown both to himself and to this university. He was a popular and demanding professor whose classes produced two generations of public servants, politicians and judges. Among his friends, Norman Ward counted politicians of all persuasions whose interest in public affairs had first been kindled in his classroom.
Professor Ward was a prodigious scholar whose careful and balanced research earned him the respect of professional colleagues in Canada and abroad. In addition to producing Canada's definitive book on representation, Norman Ward wrote on the office of the auditor-general, federal-provincial affairs and the House of Commons. He was widely regarded as the country's leading authority on Parliament. His latest of several books appeared a month following his death in February of this year and nearly five years after his retirement from the University of Saskatchewan. Written jointly with David Smith of the Department of Political Studies, the biography of Jimmy Gardiner touched many of the themes central to Norman Ward's scholarship: Parliament, cabinet, political parties and Western Canada.
To the general public, Norman Ward was as well-known for his humorous writings as for his scholarship. Winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour for his Mice in the Beer. Professor Ward was at home among writers, broadcasters and professional political scientists. A true man of letters and scholarship, Norman Ward was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1962 and named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1976. Honorary degrees were conferred on him by McMaster and Queens’ Universities and tomorrow he will be similarly honoured at the University of Regina’s Spring Convocation.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Betty Ward and ask that you confer posthumously on the late Norman Ward the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: John C. Courtney, professor of political science
Other notes: presented posthumously to Mrs. Betty Ward
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