Dr. David Harpp has seen a lot of McGill since his arrival in 1966 – “and ever since that first day I’ve been treated extremely well in my department, Chemistry, and in the Faculty of Science,” he says. “I have had exposure to excellent students who are smart, motivated and polite.”
Dr. Harpp, now the Sir William Macdonald Professor of Chemistry and Tomlinson Chair in Science Education, has had a distinguished career by any standard: full professor, esteemed researcher, Department Chair, winner of numerous teaching awards, pioneer in multimedia science education, regular participant on important University committees, and co-founder of the Office of Science and Society. His impact on McGill has been immense, and shows no evidence of diminishing.
Throughout his career, Dr. Harpp has also supported the University financially, usually targeting his gifts to benefit the Department of Chemistry. He is also a member of the Campus Community Organizing Committee, a collection of volunteer faculty and staff who work to build support for McGill among their fellow employees.
“My years at McGill have given me the best experiences I could have imagined. I’ve had a wonderful time here,” he says. “How would it not be possible to give back and extol the virtues of a place that has treated me so well?”