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Next meeting: April 30, 2018

The Iron Chancellor: Sir Edward Beatty & McGill University, presented by Professor Don Nerbas

Sir Edward Beatty

James McGill Society One-Hundred and Eighty-First Meeting and the Maysie MacSporran Annual Lecture

Sir Edward Beatty (1877 – 1943) President of the Canadian Pacific Railway (1918-1943) was a major 20th century business leader.

As Chancellor (1920-1943) Beatty was an active force at McGill. During the Great Depression of the 1930s,“the decade of the Chancellor,”Beatty played a decisive role in the University’s operation.

Professor Don Nerbas, Dept. of History & Classical Studies, is the first incumbent of McGill’s Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies.

181st Meeting - Monday, April 30th in the Main Dining Room of the McGill Faculty Club. Reception: 5:00pm; Presentation: 5:30pm. ALL ARE WELCOMEMaysie MacSporranMaysie MacSporran Image source: "Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School, 1909-1984 : a retrospect" Westmount, Québec : Old Girls' Association of Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School, 1984]


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The James McGill Society was formed in 1975. Its primary concern is to foster interest and appreciation of McGill University's history and personalities, which are interpreted broadly to include current activities and impending developments - that is both past history and history in the making.

The Society covers the entire spectrum of McGill life: academic and research activities, student life, and administrative activities. Arts, Science, Medicine, and all the other faculties have been discussed in rotation over the years. Macdonald College is an area of continuing interest.

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