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Convocation date: May 14, 1954
Discipline / contribution: agricultural marketing ; community service
Citation / biographical information:
Mr. President: I present to you in your capacity as Vice-Chancellor of this university Mr. George Wilson Robertson.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Though Scotland was his birthplace and he obtained his formal education there, the greater part of Mr. Robertson's adult life has been spent in Saskatchewan where his talents have been dedicated generously to the service of Saskatchewan agriculture with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool the chief object of his service.
It is probable that we are still too close to that unique grain marketing revolution in which prairie farmers pioneered so successfully during the early years of this century to appraise its full significance and implications. All must agree, however, that Mr. Robertson's association for three decades with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool as its first and, as yet, its only secretary constitutes a rare record of service in the development of a producer-owned grain-marketing institution unmatched anywhere in size and influence.
In that capacity Mr. Robertson has been an active participant in every important international conference primarily concerned with the orderly marketing of wheat. In his adopted country he has strongly supported the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the development of agricultural co-operation generally.
But many other organizations have benefited from his wise counsel. He has served on several with a national outlook and on a number of local boards designed to promote educational and social welfare. He has been and is still chairman simultaneously of the Board of Managers of the First Presbyterian Church, Regina; the advisory Board of the Grey Nuns' Hospital in Regina and the new University Hospital in Saskatoon.
In serving until recently for twelve consecutive years as a member of the Board of Governors of this university and for a portion of that time as its vice-chairman Mr. Robertson amply demonstrated the value of his sound advice and practical assistance to this institution.
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Senate and Council of this university I ask that you confer the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on Mr. George Wilson Robertson - native Scot, Canadian immigrant, one-time Saskatchewan legislator, agricultural statesman, and world citizen in recognition of his varied and distinguished services.
Degree presented by: F.H. Auld
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