Shapiros fêted on the Hill

Under the patronage of Minister Herb Gray, BCom'52, McGill's Principal Bernard Shapiro, BA'56, LLD'88, and his brother Harold Shapiro, BCom'56, LLD'88, President of Princeton University, were honoured at a gala dinner-dance on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on November 8.

Back row: Harold Shapiro, BCom'56, LLD'88; Vivian Shapiro, BA'59; Margaret Roth; John Roth, BEng'64, MEng'66, President of Nortel; Fran Ross, BA'68, MEd'72, Gala Chair; Mort Ross, BArch'64. Front row: Herb Gray, BCom'52; Sharon Gray, BSc'63, BCL'66; Bernard Shapiro, BA'56, LLD'88; and Phyllis Shapiro, DipEd'56.

Left: Dinner dance at the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill.

Congratulations on a successful first event!

More than 50 people attended the first event hosted by the Netherlands branch on November 14, held at, and sponsored by, Coopers & Lybrand.

Left to right: Robert Juhasz, LLB'95; Honora Shaughnessy, MLS'73; Marcel van Oosten, Partner, Coopers & Lybrand, Legal Services.

A New York Moment

The New York Branch hosted a successful Holiday Party at Quebec House in the heart of Manhattan on December 11. Over 100 people attended the festivities.

Left to right: Tom Baldwin, BCom'91; Anton Angelich, BSc'73; Honora Shaughnessy, MLS'73; Arthur Coleman, BA'77, Lloyd Olson, BSc'83.

Friends in Germany

Madeline Cathcart-Bohr, BA'71, McGill's representative in Germany, set up a series of events for Alumni Association President Jim Robb's visit this past September. Twenty-five McGill graduates and friends of McGill from Germany and Canada enjoyed an afternoon in the vineyards surrounding Rudesheim.

Left to right: Marlena Bruski and children; Johannes Bruski, LLM'89; Stefan Bohr; Piero Martonara, MSc'67; Heather Martonara; Madeline Cathcart-Bohr, BA'71; Berthold Kusserow, LLM'89; and Dagmar Kusserow.

A Sunny Hello from Victoria

Warm November weather and much sun were the order of the day for the event held by the Alumni Association of Victoria, B.C. Dr. Norm Goodwin and Mrs. Elizabeth Holloway arranged a delicious and plentiful luncheon where Professor Abe Fuks brought the Victoria Alumni up-to-date on their alma mater.

From left: Gerry Kelly, BEd'64; Abraham Fuks, BSc'68, MD'70; Norm Goodwin, MD'47; Isabel Wilson, BA'32; Ann (Wilson) Kelly, BEd'64; Robert Holloway; and Elizabeth Holloway, BSc'68.

Poutine to go

A Montreal-style buffet was the setting for Dean of Medicine Abraham Fuks, BSc'68, MD'70, when he spoke to Vancouver-area alumni about McGill and Montreal. Poutine was indeed served, but, alas, no smoked meat. The buffet drew an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd, and they had the Dean of Medicine on hand to come to the aid of any poutine-stunned arteries.

Letter from Panama

PANAMA CITY. There were no winter boots or heavy overcoats left at the door, nor were there any bagels on hand when the McGill Alumni Association of Panama held its inaugural meeting on December 9, 1997, at the Plaza Paitilla Inn, located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

What was present was an abiding love and nostalgia for Old McGill, as alumni from the classes of '36 to '92 recalled wonderful days spent in Montreal. Whether it was the residence days at RVC, or the beauty of the campus, the assembled enjoyed reminiscing about McGill.

Fred Denton, BCom'36, who was elected president of the fledgling association, organized the meeting after he heard there were more and more McGill graduates in Panama. Nancy Anayansi Vizor, BSc(PT)'66, and James Stewart, BA'92, BEd'94, were elected to serve as vice-presidents after more than a dozen graduates enjoyed dinner together.

The first meeting of the new association was held to coincide with the visits of Professors Catherine Potvin, Biology, and Robert Bonnell, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, BSc(Agr)'83, MSc'85, PhD'93, who were in Panama City to continue organizing an interesting McGill initiative that will see 25 McGill undergraduates study the "Neo-tropics" in Panama for one full semester, beginning in January 1999. The students, who will study with 10 Panamanian students from the Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua, will be instructed by a rotation of six McGill professors. Students who come to Panama City will be sure to receive a warm welcome from the McGill contingent here. It's bound to be even warmer if one of them can bring a few bagels in the carry-on luggage.
-- James Stewart, BA'92,BEd'94

Front row from left: Clarita Malca, BA'71, Nancy Anayansi Vizor, Fred Denton, BCom'36, James Stewart, BA'92, BEd'94, Prof. Catherine Potvin, Biology. Back row from left: Maria de Antoniadis, BPhysTher'72, Miriam R. de Castrellón, Sonia Heckadon, Prof. Robert Bonnell, BSc (Agr)'83, MSc'85, PhD'93, Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering, Luis E. Vergara Icaza, Luis Santanach, MEng'92.

Annual Dinner in Hong Kong

Over 145 graduates and guests attended the Annual Holiday Party at the Hong Kong Jockey Club on December 4, 1997. Bill Chan, Vice-Principal (Academic), highlighted the impact of the support received from Hong Kong graduates over the years. Vice-Principal (Development and Alumni Relations) Derek Drummond's slide show provided the opportunity for graduates to reminisce about days at McGill and in Montreal.

From left: Barbara Chan, BCom'77; Elizabeth Law, BCom'76; Milton Leong, BSc'66, MD'70; Derek Drummond, BArch'62; Susie Leong, BSc'69, MSc'73; Bill Chan; Lily Chu, BSc'72, MSc'74; Anne Drummond, BA'61, MA'86; and Christina Chan, BPhysTher'69, MSc'74, PhD'79.