Congratulations - 40 Northern Lights
Extraordinary men and women who have made a difference to the growth and development of Lakehead University
Many people have contributed to Lakehead University's success since it was established in 1965. To help celebrate our 40th Anniversary, Lakehead issued a call for the public to submit nominations for 40 Northern Lights: forty extraordinary men and women who have made a difference to the growth and development of Lakehead. All nominations received by July 1, 2005, were reviewed by the Internal Relations Committee of Lakehead University. The final selection was made by a group comprising representatives from staff, faculty, LUSU, the Board of Governors, the Alumni Association, the Office of Development, the Office of Communications, and the Administrative Executive Committee (AEC).
This list does not downplay the contributions of many others who have given their time, expertise, money, and influence to help Lakehead University in extraordinary ways. Rather, the individuals who have been identified here by people in the University and the community at large are deemed to have made a singular mark on the evolution of Lakehead University. On Lakehead's 40th Anniversary, we are proud to salute these extraordinary individuals.
Dr. Henry (Hank) Akervall
Lakehead's first Athletics Director and first Hockey Coach who was instrumental in starting the Physical Education program at Lakehead University, now the School of Kinesiology. Retired as Director of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism in 1997.
An exceptional ambassador who served on the Board of Governors from 1989 to 1995, was Co-Chair (with Syd Halter) of the Music and Visual Arts Centre Capital Campaign, and was named a Fellow of Lakehead University in 1995.
Dr. John Augustine
A specialist in general internal medicine in Thunder Bay who spearheaded the establishment of the Northwestern Ontario Medical Programme (NOMP) and was a tireless advocate for the creation of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
Dr. Melville (Mel) Bartley
A geologist influential in the development of the mining sector in Northwestern Ontario who was the Founding Principal of Lakehead Technical Institute and the first Chair of the Board of Governors from 1965 to 1969.
Principal of Lakehead Technical Institute, Principal of Lakehead College of Arts, Science and Technology, and the first Dean of University Schools at Lakehead University. Co-author with William Tamblyn of A Northern Vision: The Development of Lakehead University
A successful lawyer, long-time donor, fundraiser, and volunteer involved with Lakehead University's ATAC ~ Future of the North
Capital Campaign. The William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts on campus is named in honour of his uncle.
Dr. Anita Beltran Chen
Founding Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and subsequently of the Department of Sociology. Developed new courses in Sociology, and was involved in shaping the Interdisciplinary Master's program in Gerontology
Past President of the Lakehead University Alumni Association and a recipient of the 1997 Alumni Honour Award (awarded posthumously) who focused the Alumni Association in its efforts to establish a permanent home in the Avila Centre.
An outstanding Thunderwolves Wrestling Coach who has been named Coach of the Year five times by Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and twice by Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS). Recipient of a 3M Coaching Award from the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC).
Dr. Frederick Gilbert
President of Lakehead University since 1998. Responsible for positioning Lakehead as a leader in advanced technology for communications, teaching, and learning. Helped to spearhead the establishment of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Lakehead and Laurentian Universities.
Vice-Chair of the Lakehead University Foundation and former Chair of the Board of Governors from 1984 to 1986. Honorary Chair of the ATAC ~ Future of the North
Capital Campaign. Awarded the title Fellow of Lakehead University in 1990.
A business leader and sports enthusiast who served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1984 to 1990 and was named a Fellow of Lakehead University in 2002. Involved in countless community projects including Lakehead University's 40th Anniversary Celebration Weekend.
The first Aboriginal graduate of Lakehead's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program who went on to lead the development of the curriculum for the Native Nurses Entry Program. Named a Fellow of Lakehead University in 1996.
Mary Lou Kelley*
A passionate leader who has made exemplary contributions to the field of social work, gerontology, and palliative care over the course of a 30-year career at Lakehead University. Reinforced the connection between the University and its local, regional, and national communities.
Dr. Stephen Kinrade
An outstanding teacher and researcher in the field of aqueous silicon chemistry who has made contributions to inorganic/bioinorganic chemistry and materials science. Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Recipient of a Lakehead University Distinguished Researcher Award.
An exemplary staff member who, in his role as Director of Student Placement and Cooperative Education and later as Director of Corporate Relations, helped Lakehead students and graduates find employment and also built community connections for Lakehead University.
The first Mayor of the City of Thunder Bay when Port Arthur and Fort William amalgamated in 1970. Served on the Board of Governors for 15 years and received both an Honorary Doctorate and the title of Fellow of Lakehead University.
Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Bora Laskin
Joined the Supreme Court of Canada in 1970 and was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1973. Served as Lakehead University’s second Chancellor from 1971 to 1980 and received an Honorary Doctorate in 1982.
Developed the Native Teacher Education program at Lakehead University and served as the program's first Director. Influenced numerous Aboriginal teachers over the years, many of whom are now working in leadership positions across the country.
Dr. Gary Locker
Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, former Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, and founder of the Native Access Program for Engineering (NAPE) which won a Canada Post Corporation Post-Secondary Award and a Partnership Focus Award from the Conference Board of Canada.
Joe Logozzo* and Candace Logozzo
Joe Logozzo, through his affiliation with Iron Range Bus Lines, and his wife Candace have been generous supporters of Lakehead University and have helped to create numerous scholarships and awards. They both have contributed to various fundraising initiatives including the ATAC ~ Future of the North
Capital Campaign. Joe Logozzo was presented with the Alumni Honour Award in 1996.
- Nominated as a Couple
Aboriginal Elder and instructor respected for his lifelong commitment to stimulating interest and pride in Aboriginal culture. Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 1991 and participated in many Lakehead University Convocation ceremonies offering prayers in his Native language.
A community leader who supported Lakehead University throughout her political career as MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, as Minister of Colleges and Universities, and as Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. Received the Alumni Honour Award in 1993.
Mayor of Thunder Bay from 1978 to 1980, former President of the Alumni Association, and a member of the Board of Governors from 1987 to 1998. Recipient of the Alumni Honour Award and the title Fellow of Lakehead University.
Dr. Tom Miller
A widely respected and, at times, provocative faculty member who joined the staff of Lakehead Technical Institute (LTI) and helped guide Lakehead in its evolution to become a full-fledged University in 1965.
Dr. Sher Ali Mirza
Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and a recipient of both the Lakehead University Distinguished Instructor Award and the Lakehead University Distinguished Researcher Award. A Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the highest engineering honor in Canada.
Dr. Roger Mitchell
Professor Emeritus of Geology, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and holder of the largest Discovery Research Grant at Lakehead University from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Dr. El Molto
An internationally prominent biological anthropologist and a pioneer in the application of ancient DNA studies who spearheaded the founding of the Paleo-DNA Laboratory. Developed courses in genetics and human biology. An early advocate of the medical school.
Dr. Bruce Muirhead
A historian known for his groundbreaking work on Canada’s foreign trade policy, recipient of a Lakehead University Distinguished Researcher Award, and author of several books including one on Louis Rasminsky, the first Jewish governor of the Bank of Canada.
Dr. John Naysmith and Etoile (Toie) Naysmith
John Naysmith, Professor Emeritus of Forestry, was the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Forestry and is well known for his leadership in securing Lakehead's place on the international forestry scene. He and his wife Toie are generous donors to Lakehead University. The Jean McNulty Recital Hall located on the ground floor of the William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts on campus is named in honor of Toie's mother.
- Nominated as a Couple
Professor Emerita of Nursing, Fellow of Lakehead University, recipient of the 2000 Alumni Honour Award, and an active supporter of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University. Played a significant role in the evolution of the School of Nursing.
The Hon. Norman Paterson
Business leader, senator, philanthropist, and the first Chancellor of Lakehead University from 1965 to 1971. Established The Paterson Foundation which has contributed funds to many important campus projects including the Advanced Technology & Academic Centre (ATAC).
Chair of the Lakehead University Foundation and a former member and Chair of the Board of Governors. An energetic supporter of Lakehead University along with other members of the Paterson family.
A dedicated volunteer and supporter of Lakehead University who served as Registrar from 1979 to 2004. Was the first person, in 2002, to receive the Lakehead University Award to Staff for Outstanding Performance and/or Contributions.
Dr. Penny Petrone*
Professor Emerita of Education whose book Native Literature in Canada was the first book-length history of the literature of Canada’s First Peoples. Recipient of the 1988 Lakehead University Distinguished Instructor Award. Donated her collection of papers to The Chancellor Paterson Library.
Dr. Robert Rosehart
President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University from 1984 to 1997. Initiated the $32.4-million Share Our Northern Vision
fundraising campaign and fostered the development of campus expansions, international exchange programs, and Native access programs.
William (Bill) Tamblyn
The first President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University from 1965 to 1972 who oversaw the dynamic growth of the institution in its early years. Co-author with Harold Braun of A Northern Vision: The Development of Lakehead University
Muk kee Queh (Frog Lady), Elder-in-Residence, Storyteller, Assistant Professor of Education, and a promoter and innovator of Aboriginal Education. Honored by Lakehead University and the Aboriginal community in July 2005 for 30 years of service to Lakehead University.
Dr. John Whitfield
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics who served as Vice-President (Academic), Interim President (1997-1998), and Vice-President Research and Development at Lakehead University. Played a key role in establishing the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
The Hon. The Very Rev. Lois Wilson
Chancellor of Lakehead University from 1991 to 2000, now a Senior Fellow at Massey College in Toronto. The first woman to hold the office of Moderator of the United Church of Canada. A Member of the Canadian Senate from 1998 to 2002.
History of Lakehead University
Lakehead University evolved from the Lakehead Technical Institute which was established on June 4, 1946, by an
Order-in-Council of the Province of Ontario. Classes commenced in January 1948, in temporary rented quarters in
downtown Port Arthur. In September, the first university courses were added to the curriculum.
The Lakehead College of Arts, Science and Technology was established by an Act of the Ontario Legislature assented
to on March 28, 1956, and proclaimed on August 1, 1957. The governance and the control of Lakehead Technical
Institute were transferred to the Board of Governors of Lakehead College. The present University site, donated by the
City of Port Arthur, was occupied on October 2, 1957.
Second-year Arts courses were added in 1960-61, and on March 3, 1962, the original Lakehead College of Arts,
Science and Technology Act was amended to give the College "university powers" to establish faculties, and "to confer
university degrees" in Arts and Science. The first degrees in Arts and Science were granted on May 5, 1965.
The Lakehead University Act, 1965, was given royal assent by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario on June 22, 1965,
and came into force on July 1, 1965. The Lakehead College of Arts, Science and Technology, thereafter known as
"Lakehead University," was continued under this new charter.