Carleton community bids farewell to a founding father

On October 23, the Carleton community lost one of its founding members. Dr. James Gibson, former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science (1951-1955), and past Acting President (1955-1956) died in Ottawa, at the age of 91.

Dr. Gibson was a historian, Rhodes scholar, graduate of Oxford University, and recipient of the Order of Canada. Before beginning his career at Carleton College in 1947, he worked as a private secretary for the former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.

In 1963, Dr. Gibson again took on the role as a founding member of a second Ontario university, accepting the position as the first President of Brock University in St. Catherine’s, Ontario. He remained in the role until his retirement in 1973.

Dr. Gibson remained involved with Carleton University, and was on campus as recently as last November to attend the grand re-opening of the Tory Building, the first building completed on the Carleton campus.

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