R. Howard Webster, BA’31, was not only a far-sighted and astute businessman, he delighted in helping worthy causes and worthy people, very often anonymously. Over his lifetime, he carefully reinvested his wealth back into the community, supporting everything from agricultural research to hospitals to the homeless.
On the 100th anniversary of his birth, Webster’s descendants are now continuing his legacy into a second century. Thanks to new support from the R. Howard Webster Foundation, McGill’s community building on the front lines has been given a major boost. McGill programs and services which benefit include:
* The Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE) in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
* The Nurse Practitioner program in the School of Nursing.
*The Faculty of Dentistry, for satellite clinics to serve the most vulnerable members of the community.
* The Faculty of Education, for community outreach with schools in areas of bullying and gambling, as well as sport education programs.
*The School of Social Work, in support of its First Nations and Inuit students.
*The McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement (MILR) to promote programs for seniors.
The foundation’s recent giving has also allowed the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital to purchase Canada’s first 640-resolution 320-slice CT scanner, which revolutionizes patient care by reducing exposure to radiation and shortening diagnostic time to mere minutes.
This generous new support builds on the foundation’s transformative legacy across multiple areas of the University for more than half a century.