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Heritage Society and President’s Circle plaque recipients pose with Dalhousie President Tom Traves. From left to right: Leslie Stewart, Margaret Stewart, John Montgomerie, Barbara O’Shea, David Bell, Diane Bell, Curtis Cartmill, Anne Bastedo, Dr. Traves, Blair Eavis, Richard Goldbloom, Ruth Goldbloom, Karl Von Holtzhousen-Brikkels, J.C. Hyndman. (Photo: Danny Abriel)

With Heartfelt Appreciation

December 17, 2010
By Marilyn Smulders

Arriving at Dal 47 years ago, John (Joe) Hyndman gets misty-eyed thinking of all the fun he had and the friendships he made. 

“I was not a good student. I was more interested in hockey,” said Dr. Hyndman at a reception honoring Dalhousie’s donors. “But that was an evolution. It turns out I became a good student, actually a better student than a hockey player.” 

He says he’ll be forever grateful, not only for his time at Dal as a student in the 1960s but as a faculty member. The professor of surgery at Dalhousie and head of orthopedics at the IWK Health Centre has worked at Dalhousie for 40 years. At Thursday’s reception, he was acknowledged for his financial contributions over those years, a cumulative total of more than $100,000 dollars. Also recognized were David and Diane Bell, who joined him as members of the President’s Circle. 

It was a warm and festive gathering at the Sculpture Court, attended by about 350 people. Organized by the Office of External Relations, the reception thanked Dalhousie supporters and celebrated breaking the $50-million mark in annual fundraising efforts. 

These achievements are possible in part because of the “tremendous support Dalhousie receives from our community,” says Tom Traves, Dalhousie President. “We couldn’t do all the things we do without you who contribute so magnificently.” 

Members of the Heritage Society were also recognized at the donor celebration. The Heritage Society comprises about 180 alumni and friends who plan to remember Dalhousie in their wills. Some of the society’s newest members include Anne Bastedo, Curtis Cartmill, Blair Eavis, Ruth and Richard Goldbloom, John Montgomerie, Barbara O’Shea, Leslie and Margaret Stewart and Karl Holtzhousen-Brikkels. Dr. Goldbloom, Dalhousie’s chancellor emeritus, beamed widely as the assemblage broke into Happy Birthday in acknowledgement of his 86th birthday. 

At the age of 35, Curtis Cartmill says he gives to Dalhousie annually and has included

Dalhousie in his will for more than a decade. The1998 graduate says his time at Dalhousie was formative; “it really defined who I am.” He was shaped not only by his academic study—in computer science before there was a separate faculty—but by his extracurricular activities. He was involved in the Dalhousie Student Union, the Board of Governors and Shinerama on a national level. 

After working for seven years with IBM in Vancouver, Mr. Cartmill returned to Halifax and joined the family business, LED Roadway Lighting Limited. It allows him to not only contribute financially to Dalhousie, but also give the university his time. He volunteers on an advisory committee to the Dean of Computer Science. 

“Dalhousie gave me the opportunity to do great things and gave me great skills to take with me,” he said.

To learn more contact:

Dalhousie University
Office of External Relations
Macdonald Building
Halifax NS B3H 3J5 Canada
Toll Free: 800 565 9969