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Honorary degree citation - Wilfred Whyte McCutcheon*

By: Richard Schmid, June 1996

Mr. Chancellor, I have the honor to present to you the eminent education scholar Wilfred Whyte McCutcheon. Dr. McCutcheon's distinguished career in education has spanned 40 years, 29 of which were devoted to Brandon College (in Manitoba, now Brandon University), the Ottawa Teachers College and the University of Ottawa. In 1989, he received an honorary doctorate from Brandon University in recognition of his 12 years of service as professor, director and dean of the Faculty of Education.

McCutcheon holds several university degrees, including a BSc in agriculture from McGill University in 1942, a BSc (1943) and a BA (1944) from Sir George Williams University, a BEd from Acadia University (1946), an MSA in agriculture from the University of Toronto (1948), and a EdD in education from Cornell University (1951). He did postdoctoral work in education at the London Institute of Education (1951-52), and was made an associate of the University of London Institute of Education.

Active in his profession, he initiated the establishment of the Canadian College of Teachers Trust Fund and served on the national executive of the Canadian College of Teachers. He was made a fellow of the Canadian College of Teachers (FCCT). Over his long career, Dr. McCutcheon received many grants and awards for his work, which includes more that 50 articles.

In 1993, Dr. McCutcheon was honored with the Commemorative Medal for the 125th anniversary of Confederation for his service to the community, and, in particular, for his valuable contributions to the Heritage Canada Foundation.

Dr. McCutcheon has had an important influence on many educators today. I borrow these words from the eloquent testimony of fellow educator Alice Little: "for your integrity and personal warmth, your enduring loyalty and selfless service, your careful and well-informed mind. For yourself - a most earnest, thorough and scholarly person."

Mr. le Chancelier, j'ai le privilège et le plaisir de vous présenter, au nom du Sénat et avec l'autorisation du Conseil d'administration, M. Wilfred Whyte McCutcheon afin qu'il se voie conférer par vos soins le grade honorifique de Docteur en droit, honoris causa.

* deceased

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