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Convocation date: May 14, 1954
Discipline / contribution: public service ; public broadcasting; arts and culture
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor: I present to you Arnold Davidson Dunton, Doctor of Science.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Dr. Dunton was born in Montreal, and after his college days were over took up newspaper work in that city, and within a very few years was appointed editor of the Montreal "Standard." After the outbreak of the war, he joined the Wartime Information Board and again within a very short space became its general manager. His achievements in this exacting work made such a profound impression that in 1945 he was appointed chairman of the board of governors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, although still in his early thirties.
It has been said that "unlike the large networks of the United States, which try to please most of the people most of the time, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ties to please all of the people part of the time." This being no mean task, Dr. Dunton has acquitted himself nobly in answering the barrage of criticism leveled at these policies.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in accepting its high responsibility, has courageously presented to us the music of the great men of our day, beautifully performed by Canadian artists. Last year the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation won more American awards than any network in the United States.
There are few Canadian composers who have not had the opportunity of obtaining, what one might call, a realization of their own music, through performances and commissions offered by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and from recordings made by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's International Short Wave Service. The corporation is also the largest single contributor to symphony orchestras in Canada. In fact, the valuable contributions made towards culture in Canada are too numerous to mention. It is, therefore, specially fitting that we should honor the chairman of the board of governors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for this concrete evidence of high achievements.
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate I ask that you confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: Murray Adaskin, professor of Music
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