Honours were heaped on his hometown’s famous school, Pictou Academy (PA), on completing its second century of educational excellence at the beginning of a week of get-togethers, reunion parties and seeking/bumping into old classmates and friends in Pictou at the beginning of July, 2016.
Dan MacDonald emceed the event which included words of praise from His Honour Brigadier-General J.J Grant, Nova Scotia’s Lieutenant Governor, several educational representatives, the usual clutter of politicians, culminating in the unveiling of a monument to mark the milestone. The monument was donated by major PA donor, Helen Scammell, in memory of her father, a strong, vivid supporter of his alma mater. The unveiling was performed by PA’s oldest graduate, Nan MacKean (105 years old).
Guest Speaker was Dr. Jock Murray, celebrated universally for his medical expertise as well as his historical research and writings, and recipient of many awards including our country’s Order of Canada. Dr. Murray is a more recent alumnus of PA, an institution known throughout the world for its prodigious production of top scholars and professors since it establishment in 1816.