Bob Rae, Ben Heppner and William Hutt among Queen’s honorary degree recipients

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Tuesday May 02, 2006 — A former premier, the world’s greatest tenor and a Shakespearian star are among Queen’s University’s newest graduates. The following recipients will receive honorary doctorates at spring convocation:

  • Rev. Wayne Hilliker, DD – Wednesday, May 10, 8:00 p.m.
  • Bob Rae, LLD – Thursday, May 25, 2:30 p.m.
  • Dr. Michael Schull, DSc – Friday, May 26, 9:30 a.m.
  • Ben Heppner, LLD – Friday, May 26, 2:30 p.m.
  • Nel Noddings, LLD – Thursday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.
  • Patterson Hume, DSc – Thursday, June 1, 2:30 p.m.
  • Rod Fraser, LLD – Friday, June 2, 9:30 a.m.
  • William Hutt , LLD – Friday, June 2, 2:30 p.m.

They join a long line of illustrious recipients including Margaret Atwood, LLD’74, Gerhard Herzberg, LLD’65, Stephen Leacock, LLD’74, Oscar Peterson, LLD’76, Pierre Trudeau, LLD’68, and Bob Rae’s Liberal leadership rival, Michael Ignatieff, LLD’01.

All ceremonies will take place at Queen’s Jock Harty arena.

Queen’s convocation information

For more information or to arrange an interview call Sarah Withrow 613-533-3280, Lorinda Peterson 613-533-3234, or Therese Greenwood 613-533-6907.

Below, find more details on the outstanding careers of the current recipients:

Wayne Hilliker

Recognized as one of the most clear and provocative voices in Canada’s liberal Christian community, Rev. C. Wayne Hilliker has 40 years of ministering behind him – 22 of them were spent serving Kington’s Chalmers United Church. He has preached sensitively and wisely on such subjects as natural disasters, the war in Iraq, separatism, same-sex marriage, and the ordination of lesbians and gays.
Bob Rae

The 21st Premier of Ontario, and current candidate for the leadership of the federal Liberal party, Bob Rae has been elected eight times to federal and provincial parliaments. Most recently he has acted as an advisor to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities on the design and funding of Ontario’s postsecondary education system.

Michael Schull

Dr. Michael Schull is a health services researcher at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and the incoming Director of the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. Now practicing out of Toronto’s Sunnybrook and Women’s College hospitals, Dr Schull has practiced at the King Edward VII hospital in Durban, South Africa, and with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, in Iraq, Bangladesh, Burundi, Rwanda, Uzbekistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2004, he joined the Board of Directors of Dignitas International, dedicated to the development of a community-based care model for HIV/AIDS treatment programs in resource-poor settings.

Ben Heppner

Ben Heppner is recognized worldwide as the finest dramatic tenor before the public today. He excels in the most challenging roles, from Wagner’s Tristan and Lohengrin to Verdi’s Otello and Berlioz’s Aeneas. Mr. Heppner’s career takes him regularly to the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Opéra National de Paris, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ben Heppner records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon. He can be heard on the Yellow Label as Bacchus in a complete recording of Ariadne auf Naxos and in a recently released CD of the songs of Tosti, entitled Ideale. He can also be heard on several solo recordings for RCA Red Seal, and complete operatic recordings for Decca, EMI, Sony, and Teldec.

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Nel Noddings

Closely identified with the promotion of the ethics of care – and the argument that caring should be a foundation for ethical decision-making – Nel Noddings is Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University. She is a past president of the Philosophy of Education Society and of the John Dewey Society. She is a member of the National Academy of Education, and has recently completed a four-year term as its president (2001-05). In addition to fifteen books—among them, Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education, Women and Evil, The Challenge to Care in Schools, Educating for Intelligent Belief or Unbelief, and Philosophy of Education—she is the author of some 200 articles and chapters on various topics ranging from the ethics of care to mathematical problem solving.

Patterson Hume

Patterson Hume helped create the Computer Science Department at the University of Toronto in 1964. He co-wrote many computing texts, particularly those promoting the Turing programming language. After serving as Chair of the Department, he went on to be the Master of Massey College for seven years. He co-produced a system whereby a computer could translate a simple programming language into machine code – called Transcode. It allowed scientists to write programs in just a few hours. With C.C. Gotlieb he co-authored the first-ever book on the business applications of computers. In 1958, he and Donald Ivey produced a television show on physics, which was expanded into a live-CBC series. This led to four films for the Physical Science Study Committee in Boston. One of them, Frames of Reference, has been dubbed the Casablanca of science films.

Rod Fraser

Rod Fraser’s 1995-05 tenure as President of the University of Alberta was marked by notable achievements in teaching, research and community service. Committed to the internationalization of the University, he entered into a number of institutional agreements with partners in China, Japan, Mexico and Europe. Dr. Fraser’s leadership also embraced service to the community, which he demonstrated through initiatives that serve the life-long learning needs of alumni and the community at large. Dr. Fraser was Vice-Principal (Resources) at Queen’s University in Kingston from 1988-94. He was also a Professor of Economics at Queen’s, and served as Dean of their Faculty of Arts and Science from 1983-88.

William Hutt

With more than 50 years in the theatre, William Hutt is one of Canada’s acclaimed actors. Making his stage debut in summer stock in 1948, he became a founding member of the Stratford Festival in 1953. Hutt played all Shakespeare’s lead characters on stage, radio and television. In 1996, he was in the film of the 1994 Stratford cast’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, for which he won a Genie Award. His role as John A Macdonald in the National Dream earned him both a Genie and an ACTRA Award, and in 1992 he received a Governor-General’s Performing Arts Award for his “indelible contribution to Canada’s cultural life.” In 2003, at the age of 83, he co-starred in Soulpepper’s production of Pinter’s No Man’s Land, and won a Dora Mavor Moore Award.

via Press Release from the Queen’s University News Centre