Proud Dal Alumnus Honors His Pictou Roots
September 7, 2010
By Joanne Ward-Jerrett
If you’re proud of your roots and want your community to succeed, funding education is a step in the right direction.
That’s the philosophy behind the R.C. Fraser Family Scholarship, an endowment established by R.C. (Robert Clifford) Fraser, a Pictou County boy who made it good, thanks to his business education at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Management.
“Dalhousie has always been very influential in my life,” said R.C. (Class of ’52), who spent much of his successful career in increasingly senior roles with Nova Scotia Power. “I am very proud of Dalhousie. It’s a tremendous institution of learning.”
R.C.’s ties to Dalhousie span many years. His aunt, Nellie May Campbell, was a Dalhousie graduate of 1925. His first cousin, Oliver Campbell, held an MSc in geology from Dalhousie. Oliver’s younger brother, a fighter pilot with the RCAF from 1939 to the end of the war, subsequently attended Dalhousie and graduated in Commerce.
More recently, his grand-niece, Dacia (MacQuarrie-MacDonald) completed a Master of Library Science at Dal and his granddaughter, Amanda, successfully defended her MSc thesis in experimental psychology. Another granddaughter, Brittany, has just completed her first year of a BSc, while niece Billijane Gallant is in her fourth year of the Bachelor of Science Nursing program.
“I have always valued my education at Dal,” said R.C., who was a student here at a time when the Faculty of Management was starting to emerge as a significant contributor to the world of business education. “As a proud Nova Scotian, I think of other kids coming from Pictou County. I want to help kids like myself succeed.”
Regretfully, R.C. passed away on September 26, 2010, content= shortly after establishing the R.C. Fraser Family Scholarship and providing the background content for this article. He will be missed.