Honorary degree citation - Douglas Tushingham*
By: Anthony Emery, June 1982
Mr. Chancellor, I have the honour to present to you Douglas Tushingham, distinguished archaeologist, scholar and administrator. During a career which has spanned more than 40 years he has applied his exceptional talents to various aspects of the study of man's past, both at home in Canada, and abroad.
As an archaeologist, he has brought his keen powers of observation and his outstanding organizational abilities to bear on such complex sites as Jericho and Jerusalem. He has not only presented the results of these and other research projects in excellent scholarly books and articles, but through lucidly written contributions to such publications as the National Geographic, he has also aroused the interest of the general public in his material.
For many years he has served the archaeological community and the public as an administrator. In this rôle, he has made use of an extraordinary talent for making others overcome differences of opinion to work together. His service in this area is varied. He is a former President of the Canadian Museums Association, former Chairman and member of the Advisory Council of the Toronto Historical Board, and a former Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Archaeological Institute at Athens. Perhaps his most significant contribution as an administrator has been his combined 25 year term as Head of the Art and Archaeology Division and then as Chief Archaeologist at the Royal Ontario Museum.
These accomplishments have not gone unrecognized. Douglas Tushingham holds the Silver Service Medal and the Gold Award of Merit from the City of Toronto, a Silver Jubilee Medal, and a Gold medal from the Government of Iran. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London, and of the Royal Society of Canada.
And now, Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a privilege to present to you, on behalf of the Senate and by the authority of the Board of Governors, Douglas Tushingham, that you may confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.