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Convocation date: May 13, 1955
Discipline / contribution: public service ; journalism
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you a citizen of no mean city — Samuel Nathan Wynn, of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, for a full fifty years editor and publisher of the Yorkton Enterprise.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Mr.Wynn started his newspaper career as a printer's devil on the old West Toronto Weekly, at the princely wage of $1.50 a week. Quite early, he heeded the advice of a famous newspaper man, Horace Greeley, who said; "Go West, young man, and grow up with the country." He arrived in Yorkton as a printer, in 1904, aged eighteen; like Benjamin Franklin, also a printer, arriving in Philadelphia at about the same age, and walking down Market Street with a roll under each arm, one in his mouth, and very little money in his pocket.
Mr. Wynn edited an outstanding weekly paper. He wields a sharp, incisive pen, with abilities which would have made their mark in any branch of his profession, and not without a dash of that slightly cynical realism which is the hallmark of a good journalist. As I can testify from experience, he is a tolerant and tactful, but firm, employer, and he organized a good team. The Enterprise has not infrequently been placed at the top in the annual competitions of the organized weekly newspaper press of the province, and in the national competitions it has won the award for the best front page, and has consistently been placed among the top seven or eight weekly newspapers in the country. Mr. Wynn is the earliest past president of both the Saskatchewan and the Canadian Weekly Newspapers’ Association now living, and he has served on the executive for twenty-five years; last year he was named by the Canadian Association, "Mr. Weekly Editor of Canada". He is also vice-president of the Class "A" Newspapers' Association.
Mr. Wynn has been a leader in every community enterprise; for forty years a director of the Yorkton Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition Association, he has served on the Yorkton School Board, the City Council, as president of the Board of Trade and the Rotary Club of Yorkton, as chairman (now honorary president) of the Board of Governors of the Yorkton General Hospital, and a director and past president of the Saskatchewan Hospital Association. He has served on the advisory committee to the Health Services Planning Commission, also as a trustee of the Saskatchewan Anti-Tuberculosis League, and he recently represented Saskatchewan at the biennial meeting of the Canadian Hospital Council.
In conferring the degree of Doctor of Laws upon Samuel Nathan Wynn, you will recognize, Mr. Chancellor, the great contribution of the weekly press to the building of Canada's political consciousness and to the moulding of her public opinion. To quote: "The independent owner of a weekly newspaper is well known and respected. He is the upholder of values that count most in his community, the champion of every righteous cause, the proposer and supporter of changes that mark advancement over the old order of things, an anchor in time of storm and a troubler of the public conscience when it becomes too complacent. From him there issues ideas, solutions, and enthusiasm.”
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you for the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, Samuel Nathan Wynn.
Degree presented by: C.W. Lightbody, professor of history
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