Excerpt from the press release:
Jean Drapeau more than any other individual best exemplified the spirit that imbued all Canadians during our country's Centennial Year. His dynamic philosophy coupled with endless enthusiasm and drive in seeing an "impossible dream" become a fantastic success stamps him as one of the outstanding men of the decade.
Expo '67 has left an indelible imprint on all Canadians, indeed all humanity. We are delighted that its inspiration has chosen to include The Loyola Medal among the multidunous honours extended him.
Read an excerpt from The Gazette article which appeared the following day:
With the opening of Man and His World a mere 16 days away, Jean Drapeau is just about the busiest man in this city.
So busy in fact that he nearly had to decline Loyola College's coveted Loyola Medal. He simply couldn't make it to the presentation scheduled to take place at the college in the city's West End.
An emergency meeting was held at the college and it was decided that Mr. Drapeau's excuse was legitimate and the whole event — complete with a gold medal, board directors and some 200 Loyola alumni — moved to City Hall.
When he came out of his office to accept the honor, the mayor apologized. "I couldn't find even a few hours to go to Loyola to receive it," he said. The applause told him there were no hard feelings.