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.


Portrait of Sylvia Fedoruk, 1986 (Photograph Collection, A-5138)
Name: Honorable Sylvia Olga Fedoruk, BA, MA
Convocation date: May 23, 2006
Discipline / contribution: science ; public service
Citation / biographical information:
Sylvia Fedoruk was born in Canora, Saskatchewan and obtained her B.A. (Great Distinction) 1949 for which she also received the Governor General's Gold Medal; B.A. (High Honours in Physics) 1950; and M.A. 1951 from the University of Saskatchewan.


Throughout her career, Dr. Fedoruk was associated with the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic, where she served as Chief Medical Physicist, and with the Saskatchewan Cancer Foundation, where she was Director of Physics Services. Dr. Fedoruk was also Professor of Oncology and an Associate Member in the Department of Physics. Her work specialized in the use of radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and the use of radionuclides in the diagnosis of disease. Most notably she was a key member of the Cobalt-60 research team that developed the so-called "Cobalt Bomb" in 1951, under the guidance of U of S scientist Harold Johns. A world first, the Cobalt 60 Therapy Unit used high energy radiation to treat cancer patients, and by the 1960s, had become the standard equipment of radiation therapists worldwide.
Dr. Fedoruk retired in 1986 as a Professor Emerita after 35 years of service with the University of Saskatchewan. From 1986-98 she was Chancellor and member of the University's Board of Governors, and served subsequent terms as a Board member from 1996-2005. In 2006, she was appointed Chancellor Emerita. In 1988, she was installed as the Province's 17th Lieutenant Governor and first woman Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and served eminently in this capacity from 1988-1994.
An outstanding student athlete and avid curler in her adult life, Sylvia has been inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Joyce McKee rink, and in 1986, into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame. In 2005, Dr. Fedoruk was awarded the L.B. "Mike" Pearson Award as exemplifying the ideals and purposes of amateur sport through interuniversity athletics.

Sylvia Fedoruk's awards mirror her many accomplishments. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada; member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and Dame of Grace, Order of St. john of jerusalem. She has been recognized with the Commemorative Medal, 125th Anniversary of Canada's Confederation; Order of Canada; Queen's Silver jubilee Medal, and has received numerous other awards and honours in recognition of her outstanding achievements. Exemplifying a lifetime of service, nationally and internationally, Dr. Fedoruk has served on the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada and as a consultant in nuclear medicine to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. Until her vice-regal appointment, she was a member of the Saskatchewan Commission on Direction in Health Care and has served on numerous other advisory boards contributing to the well being of others within the province.

Degree received: Doctor of Laws

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