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.


Honorary Degree Recipient, L.B. Pearson (Photograph Collection, A-10659)
Name: The Right Honorable Lester Bowles Pearson
Convocation date: May 17, 1965
Discipline / contribution: public service
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the University Council and Senate, I present to you Lester Bowles Pearson, a distinguished and much honored Canadian. Within the limits of a single citation it is impossible to encompass any substantial portion of the record of his accomplishments. Born and reared in Canada, apart from two minor deviations - once, to become a sausage-stuffer in Hamilton and once to become a student-stuffer at the University of Toronto (occupations sometimes regarded by the academic mind as being not wholly dissimilar) the course of his adult life has been spent in the public service: as a member of the armed forces, a diplomat, a bureaucrat, and a politician. Recruited to the public service of Canada in 1928 as on of Dr. O.D. Skelton’s “bright young men” in the Department of External Affairs, his career progressed and flourished with his country’s developing role as a power in world affairs. In his chosen field of diplomacy he served as Canada’s first Ambassador to the United States; later as Deputy Minister of the Department of External Affairs; and, later still, as Minister of that Department. His name is closely associated if not synonymous with Canada’s finest ventures into the realm of constructive world politics and international relations. It is apparent that in serving his own country he has sought to serve equally well the wider constituency of mankind itself, a fact best recognized and signalized by the award to him in 1957 of the Nobel Peace Prize. More recently he has chosen to serve his country by entering the realm of practical politics, a realm wherein he has succeeded sufficiently well to become the Prime Minister of Canada. In all of this he has found time to pursue at least some of his personal interests. He has established a reputation both as an author and as an authority on the more obscure statistical aspects of the game of baseball. His perpetual youthfulness is most characterized by a sense of humor which has been commonly described as “boyish - a description that was, in all probability, not regarded as apt by his superiors in the days when he had superiors. But such times are long since past. Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Lester Bowles Pearson and ask that you confer on him the Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa.
Degree received: Doctor of Civil Law
Degree presented by: T.H. McLeod, vice-principal Regina Campus
Degree presented at: University of Saskatchewan Regina Campus

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