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CAUT Bulletin Archives

February 1999

Honourary Life Member Percy Smith Passes Away

CAUT honourary life member J. Percy Smith passed away on December 10 at the age of 84. Dr. Smith taught English at the University of Saskatchewan before being appointed as CAUT's second executive secretary in 1964, a position he filled until 1969. He left CAUT for the University of Guelph in 1970, serving as vice-president, academic, until 1976. He was professor of drama at Guelph from 1976 until his retirement in 1980, was awarded the title of university professor emeritus in 1981 and became honourary fellow in 1984. He received the Milner Memorial Award, the greatest recognition that CAUT can give, in 1973. Dr. Smith was active in the work of CAUT since its beginning in the early 1950s. He was the first secretary of the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association, secretary of CAUT and the editor of the Bulletin from 1955-57, and served as a member of the CAUT Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure from 1959 until his appointment as executive secretary in 1964. Dr. Smith was presented with an Honourary Life Membership in CAUT at the annual general meeting of the association on May 22, 1969.