Henry F. Hall



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1435 Drummond Street Montreal, Quebec.



I have the honour to submit herewith my sixth and final annual report as Principal of the University and Schools.

Following long established custom this annual report refers to the calendar year 1961 and, therefore, covers parts of two academic years, Registration statistics refer to the academic year 1960-61 and, therefore, are a year behind the current figures. For several reasons, including relationship to the Provincial Government, we have separated the University and the Schools into separate sections of the report. Our budget also has been divided in this way.

We have now operated for two full years under the name University following the amendment to our incorporation enacted late in 1959.

The great development of 1961 was, no doubt, the adoption of a policy of expansion, in common with that of other universities of the Province, in which we have been encouraged by the policy of the Govern- ment of the Province regarding this matter.

In June 1961 Sir George Williams was joint host (with McGill and the University of Montreal) to the annual meeting of the National Con- ference of Canadian Universities and Colleges together with the associated Learned Societies. Altogether, some thirty-two such societies met in Montreal and we were specifically the host institution to eight of them.

I cannot conclude my last report without a personal word of sincere appreciation. During my thirty-six years’ association with Sir George Williams, and particularly during the six years of my principalship, the understanding support of the members of the Board of Governors and the Corporation has been a matter of the most profound satisfaction.

For such leadership and guidance as well as personal friendship a formal message like this is a very poor tribute. I trust, however, that in

this matter it will be understood that I speak with deep feeling. Also

for the loyalty, hard work and cooperation of my colleagues on the staff and on the faculty, I am deeply grateful. In an institution such as

ours staff cooperation freely given is a fundamental necessity for progress and for the effective fulfillment of our task. In this as in other things

I have been greatly blessed. Respectfully submitted, Hono, Ftd

Henry F. Hall Principal and Vice-Chancellor


March 15, 1962,



The tendency to overcrowd our facilities noted last year has, of course, continued in 1961. This is due primarily to the fact that, having ad- mitted students to undergraduate status, we have a moral obligation to continue them through their programs of study as long as their status is satisfactory. In other words, the retention rate has increased in the past few years in spite of the fact that the failure rate has also slightly increased. We are, therefore, automatically faced with larger numbers unless we severely restrict our initial intake.

Fortunately, the problem of numbers has been somewhat relieved by the acquisition of certain rented space in a nearby building at 2015 Drummond Street. This space, while only about 12,000 square feet, oc- cupied in the fall of 1961, has proved on the whole a very helpful ad- dition.

In view of the forthcoming expansion it is important that the student body of the University be maintained or even advanced as much as possible. However, without added facilities we cannot admit more students at the first year level in either day or evening division. The greater retention rate referred to above will undoubtedly mean that increased facilities, through such temporary measures as rental, will be fully used in upper years,


Table I sets forth the registration in day and evening divisions for the academic year 1960-61 as compared with 1959-60. This shows an increase of 11.9% in the day division and one of 16.4% in the evening division. The latter figure is surprising in view of the fact that there has been a slight decrease in total evening registration in recent years owing to the greater number of undergraduates as compared with partials. The figures for 1960-61 would seem to indicate that stabili- zation has been reached in this respect.

Table II shows the summer term registration for 1961 compared with that of 1960. This also indicates an increase of 14.1%. In view of the fact that the summer term, which is confined to the evening division, has now reached the maximum of our accommodation unless we resort to Friday evenings and Saturday mornings (which would be very unpopular), consideration is being given to the possibility of operating a day program in the summer. Because of reorganization necessary if this were done it could not be put into operation before the summer of 1963.

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Total Registration - Winter Term

Da Evening Total

1960-61 1959~60 1960-61 1959-60 1960-6 1959-60

Arts, Science and Commerce 1707 1511 3973 3479 5680 4990 Engineering 58 61 65 70 123 131 Partial 10 14 1396 1116 1406 1130 Totals 1775 1586 5434 4665 7209 6251


Total Registration ~ Summer Term (evening only)

1961 1960

Arts, Science and Commerce 2034 1812 Partial 578 477 Totals 2612 2289


We have tried to maintain the essential parallelism between day and evening divisions which is perhaps the most unique feature of Sir George Williams University from the point of view of its basic organ- iztion. In order to maintain this parallelism it is necessary to insure that full-time instructional staff teach a fair proportion of both day and evening classes. This is a continuing concern involving, as it does, the whole question of the availability of well qualified faculty members on an increasing scale. We have been fortunate, indeed, in obtaining part-time teaching staff of ability; and this fact has been a major factor in the economic operation of the institution. However, as Dean Rae points out in his annual report, it is necessary to maintain and if possible extend the percentage of classes taught by full-time professors. As the University gets larger the tendency is to use full- time staff to a greater degree in the day division, leaving a larger percentage of evening classes for part-time teachers. Dean Rae goes on to say:

“This is not to deny the great contribution made by well qualified part-time faculty to this institution; indeed, it

has been a strength to us and really represents the only ef- fective way in which we may maintain our standards and our extensive offerings. This problem can be met by appointing

a sufficient number of full-time faculty members to maintain the balance between day and evening university instruction. This practice must be followed in view of our expansion plans which indicate that we have to build our teaching faculty in accordance with increased student enrollment, extended facil- ities, etc.”

In spite of attempts to increase the percentage of classes taught by full-time faculty members during the past few years by new faculty appointments no progress has been made in this direction. In fact, the increased number of full-time faculty members has been great enough only to maintain parity in this respect. This is illustrated by the fact that in the academic year 1958-59, 50.9% of our classes were taught by full-time staff whereas in 1961-62, exactly 50% are taught by full- time staff members. This is a problem to which the administration of the University must address itself as there are signs that increasing competition for the services of qualified faculty members is already upon us.

During the year under review attention has been given to the Uni- versity’s curriculum, In the first place, courses and course content in several departments have been reviewed. This is always a responsi- bility of faculty members, but only occasionally is it attempted in a systematic fashion because of obvious problems of time and other factors. Secondly, various groups, including Faculty Council, made studies and recommendations with regard to three areas of development; (a) Honours courses, (b) graduate work, (c) engineering.

After long consideration and much investigation and discussion, the Faculty Council approved the principle of offering honours degree programs in certain fields. For the present these are zoology, chemistry and mathematics-physics. It is worthy of note that the honours curriculum will not involve special courses for honours students only, but will demand a very high degree of performance. The pattern of courses will involve a greater degree of specializationthan our majors, which have been in operation for many years, but will still preserve the general core requirements in the field of the degree (arts, science or commerce).

Academic work at the graduate level was approved in principle only and on the understanding that it should only be undertaken if the extent and quality of the basic undergraduate programs will not suffer thereby. At present there is no intention of initiating graduate work until the physical development, accompanied by some degree of reorganization and extension, is accomplished.

Approval has been given to the extension of the present engineering certificate program to the full degree curriculum. The present thinking on this matter is that the first classes at the advanced level would commence with the opening of the projected new building.


With increased demand for admission of undergraduates to both day and evening divisions, the policy and also the detail of admitting students acquire added significance. Mr. D. E. Ayre, of the Registrar's staff, was appointed Director of Admissions. Hundreds of inquiries as well as applications, many of them from foreign countries, must be considered and answered. The Director of Admissions must also insure that policy with regard to admissions is being followed as closely as possible.

For example, the demand has become so great for admission to first year that there is danger of filling up the available places before new high school graduates in any given year receive their high school leaving results early in August. In this connection, we are watching the ex- periment of McGill University, in conducting special admission exami- nations in February, with a great deal of interest and the Registrar (Vice-Principal D. B. Clarke) has been able to maintain friendly and cooperative relationships with McGill and with other universities with regard to this matter. This is of great practical importance in our operation.

For many years we have maintained a system which we call "mature matriculation” by means of which mature persons, who may not have the academic requirements for admission, may nevertheless enter undergraduate courses, In this matter we are not peculiar as many other universities have practiced the same policy. However, the availability of our large evening division makes this practice of admission by mature matriculation relatively more popular than it would otherwise be. Under the leadership of our Director of Guidance Services (Mr. J. A. Sproule) and his pre- decessors and colleagues this policy has been well developed involving a rather extensive scholastic aptitude test. A few years ago the Gover- nors approved the policy of charging a fee for this test which last year was raised to $10.00. The fee, however, has not been a deterrent to its popularity and we now have several hundred people applying.

So great was this demand that last year group testing programs were

held periodically during the summer months in Birks Hall. A thorough study of the performance of students admitted by mature matriculation

is soon to be made, However, former studies and the general experience of staff indicate that those students who are able to pass the mature matriculation test achieve on the average an academic standard at least as high as those admitted by the more usual high school leaving standing. This may, of course, be largely due to increased maturity on the part

of those entering by this means.


Dean R. GC. Rae reports as follows:

"The academic life of the institution was marked by many achievements of academic quality and a number of our recent graduates distinguished themselves in post-graduate studies

at other universities in Canada, the U.S.A. and abroad. One hundred and two Day and Evening students were named to the Dean's Honour List published in the Fall of 1961. Three of

our students were awarded Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowships and other graduates received fine awards for further study

at the post-graduate level."


A matter of constant concern is that of bursaries and scholarships. However, a good deal of progress has been made in this during the year. The opening of the Provincial bursaries to arts students has greatly assisted many more of our students in the day division. We are grateful to friendly institutions and individuals who have established scholar- ships but many more can be used, The establishment of the J. H. Andrews Scholarship and those of the Royal Albert Lodge and Touche, Ross, Bailey and Smart are particularly appreciated. The Scholarship Committee spends much time and effort in attempting to administer our meager scholarship and bursary funds effectively. This is a time-consuming process involving many interviews and consultations. However, it is of assistance to many individuals, There are side effects of a counselling nature and many students receive aid in the solution of their problems which are not by any means always financial.


The number and variety of student activities in spite of the problem of restricted facilities which becomes more severe each month is, of course, very extensive. This is illustrated by the mere fact that during the academic year more than one hundred and fifty bookings for rooms per month are made by student organizations and related activities.

A highlight of the year was the formation of the International Association of Evening Students whose founding conference took place at our University and whose first President was one of our undergraduates, Mr. Tom Galley. The second conference was held in Chicago last fall. Another event

of the year was the International Seminar. This occasion was marked

by the presence of many well-known personalities including Dr. A. M. Schlesinger, Jr. The topic "The Causes of War" caused much press comment including favourable editorials in the leading English speaking papers.

The World Service campaign objective of $5,000.00 was again exceeded.

Student activities are never dull and are often matters of concern to the administration. However, the considered opinion is that in view of the great pressure of numbers and variety within our institution we have been most fortunate in that the number of serious problems has been minimal and that these activities have been the means of growth and development on the part of many students.

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With regard to the athletic program, Mr. Magnus Flynn, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, reports as follows:

“In athletics the student participation in intercollegiate and intramural program was at an all-time high with approximately 900 students being involved in some phase of the programs.

The Basketball, Water Polo and Golf teams won Ottawa-St. Lawrence Championships in a banner year in intercollegiate competition."


Much interest has been developed in the field of educational tele- vision and some of our staff members have been related to this field which for us is a new operation. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has invited the University to present certain programs and has urged us to cooperate in the presentation of courses. A seven week series entitled “University” in the fall of 1961 gave our staff considerable experience, while individuals have participated in several other programs. Plans are now being developed for the offering of a credit course in the fall of 1962, This will probably be a course ‘in Shakespeare. In connection with educational television, Assistant Dean J. W. O'Brien has been most active and hard working. It is believed that with its long tradition of part-time education Sir George Williams should at least experiment in attempting to meet educational needs through this new medium.


In addition to the rented quarters, mentioned previously, some other important changes in physical facilities were developed in the year 1961. These include: (a) a new suite of offices for the Principal's and Dean's staffs together with a faculty room for part-time instructors, (b) revision of the basement area and installation of new offices for those concerned with student activities, (c) extensive revision of the ground floor ad- ministrative area, giving more space to the Registrar's staff and par- ticularly the records office as well as much more adequate office space for the Bursar and the accounts department, (d) a small but much needed engineering laboratory, (e) extensive revision of the large physics laboratory to allow for much increased capacity.


The more important staff changes involved seven new appointments to the full-time faculty which became effective in the fall of 1961. In this connection should be mentioned the important attempt in orien- tation and in-service training in the form of a Teachers’ Workshop. The work of Associate Professor W. P. Francis in directing this project is especially appreciated.


Dean R. CG. Rae was appointed Vice-Principal and Dean from January 1, 1961. Associate Professor J. W. O'Brien was appointed Assistant Dean from August 15, 1961, and Mr. Fred Denton was engaged as Counsellor to replace Mr. G. R. Lowe who resigned from the staff. Mr. R. A. Fraser, formerly Assistant Registrar, was appointed Secretary of the Faculty and Director of Examinations.


The Alumni have had a most active year under the leadership of their Board of Directors with Mr. John M. Ferguson, Executive Director. Outstanding events during the year were: (a) the Library Expansion Cam- paign which is still in progress and which has served not only to raise considerable money for the library but also to provide a project on which many members have worked, (b) the K. E. Norris Memorial Lecture was inaugurated on November 9, the lecturer being the Right Honourable Louis St. Laurent, P.C., (c) a recognition banquet held in June at which the Chancellor, the Principal and Professor Emeritus C. W, Thompson were made honorary members of the Association, (d) extensive plans were developed for the reunion of alumni marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first graduating class, to be held in April 1962. In addition to these special events, the Alumni held receptions following both the spring and fall convocation ceremonies.


The usual spring and fall convocation ceremonies were held and were presided over by the Chancellor. The spring convocation took place at the Hussars’ Armoury on May 26, the speaker being Professor David Munroe, Director of the Institute of Education, McGill University. The fall convocation took place on November 24, in the Salvation Army Citadel. The speaker was Dr. Ogden Glass, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Bishop's University.

The following table shows the number of degrees and diplomas granted

during the calendar year 1961 compared with previous years:


Degrees and Diplomas Granted

Bachelor degrees 545 486 466 401 408 410 Associate diplomas 29 18 23 23 28 32 Diplomas in Association Science 6 3 5 8 5 2

Certificates in Engineering 26 16 10 - - -


During the year the library occupied its new location on the sixth floor and is already approaching maximum use. The special capital grant, in addition to the budgeted amount, has enabled the accession rate to be greatly increased, The administration of the library has been placed under the direction of a library commission, consisting of Messrs. J. W. O'Brien, M. Flynn, J. H. Whitelaw and H. G. Worrell, whose services in this matter are appreciated.


Owing to increases in registration the tuition income as well as the government grant, under the Act respecting financial assistance to the universities of the Province (Bill 58), were considerably in- creased over the previous year. In spite of rising cost, therefore, the consolidated accounts of the University and Schools were balanced at the end of the fiscal year. The total of all income for the year was $2,414,497,00. It is to be noted that with the forthcoming expan- sion considerable attention will have to be directed to increasing the sources of income in order to meeting greatly enlarged staff and over- head costs.

The Bursar, Mr. H. G. Worrell, and his colleagues handle not only the complexity of budgeting and accounting but also the more personal matters having to do with student accounts. In our organization this matter often involves relationships and individual problems of consider- able importance.


As the University grows in size its relationship with other insti- tions including the press becomes increasingly important. In general, we have been very fortunate in this area although our relationships could, no doubt, be considerably improved.

Contacts with other educational institutions, particularly in our own area, seem to be on an increasingly cordial and cooperative basis. The growing number of our graduates who are teachers in the various schools as well as in universities will have a very beneficial long term effect. In this connection it is interesting to notice that this year over 550 teachers in the public schools of our district are attending the evening division.

Another successful summer school was held at Geneva Park, Ontario, by the National Council of YMCA'’s with our cooperation. Dean Rae and Professor Sinyard were on the staff. This is an important project to the YMCA’s of Canada as it enables young secretaries to secure quali-

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fication for certification and professional advancement.

The course in driver education, under the auspices of the West End Traffic League, was operated once more in our building in the month of July. This was reported as the most successful of a series of such courses,

Although the greater proportion of our students live in the Montreal area a significant number in the day division come from other countries, This year some one hundred and seventy persons on student visas are in attendance. These come from twenty-eight different countries, but chiefly from the Carribean area and Hong Kong. We also receive an in- creasing number of applications for admission from other parts of Canada. Outstanding in this group are the fellowship students who come from nearly all provinces of Canada with the intention of entering upon the professional service of the YMCA secretaryship. We now have over forty such students who are notable not only for their number but also for their personal qualities and influence.

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If the four Schools related to Sir George Williams University were a separate institution by themselves they would perhaps be more widely recognized as an important educational institution. It used to be said that the College was overshadowed by the Schools, but it is now readily recognized that the Schools may be somewhat hidden by the University. However, many younger and middle-aged people of the Montreal area are still dependent upon the Sir George Williams Schools either for basic education in the evenings or for special training in either day or evening divisions.


The following tables show the registration of the Schools in 1960- 61 compared with the previous year. In spite of severe restrictions of space and, in some cases at least, a mild policy of retrenchment in order to give more space to the University, some degree of expansion has taken place. The evening division of the Schools in 1960-61 shows an increase of 7.1% over the previous year and the day division a slight decrease of 0.9%.


Sir George Williams Schools - Registration

Day Evening Total 1960-61 1959-60 1960-61 1959-60 1960-61 1959-60 High School - - 2710 2369 2710 2369 Elementary School - - 125 144 125 Business School 241 264 670 777 911 1041 School of Art 78 65 118 94 196 School of Retailing 56 63 ~ - 56 Totals 375 392 3623 3384 3998 3776 TABLE II

Sir George Williams Schools - Summer Term Registration

Day Evening Total

1961 1960 1961 1960 196 1960

High School - - 1145 973 1145 973 Business School 109 86 317 270 426 356

Totals 109 86 1462 1243 1571 1329

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Among evening educational institutions our High School must be al- most unique in Canada including, as it does, the four high school years plus an elementary program for those who have not attained high school admission. It has a student body of some 3,000 persons and a staff of only two full-time officers with a corps of seventy-nine trained and qualified teachers on a part-time basis. The Headmaster, Mr. A. Saunders, and the Assistant Headmaster, Mr. G. M. Cameron, manage to supervise this extensive organization and to maintain a remarkable degree of personal contact with students and their problems. It is interesting that the demand for this service seems to be maintained rather than to decline in spite of the fact of an increased rate of retention of pupils in the public school system in recent years. An achievement of this School in recent years was a marked increase in the retention rate. For a school of its type it has a surprisingly low percentage of drop outs during the year. The Headmaster has submitted an interesting report which it is regretted cannot be extensively quoted.

The annual graduation of the High School was held on October 27. Mr. Peter F. Kerrigan represented the Governors as chairman and the speaker was Mr. T. H. G. Jackson. Diplomas and certificates awarded over the past few years are as follows:

1961 1960 1959 1958 1957

High School diplomas 275 236 212 196 166 Elementary School certificates 77 71 73 57 66


The Business School, which operates both day and evening divisions throughout the year, is, of course, the oldest of the units which now make up this institution. The increase in the Business School, previously referred to, has been somewhat restricted due to development of the University. However, Mr. R. N. Elliot, the Director, and his staff still continue to make a very valuable contribution in training a large number of stenographers, secretaries and bookkeepers for the business community of Montreal and to the distinct advantage of the pupils them- selves,

The annual graduation of the Business School was held on June 26, with Mr. Roy Campbell as chairman and Mr. W. M. Ford (former Director of the School) as speaker. Diplomas and certificates awarded in recent years are as follows:

1961 1960 1959 1958 1957

Business School diplomas (day) 91 103 #100 43 49 Business School certificates (evening) 92 93 78 76 72

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The School of Art has continued to increase slightly in spite of restrictions referred to previously. As indicated in the registration table, seventy-eight day students and one hundred and eighteen evening students were registered during the year 1960-61. The annual exhibition in May closed the academic year satisfactorily. The Director, Mr. John Stewart, is on leave of absence for the year 1961-62. However, his place is admirably filled by Mr. Leslie Smith. For many years Mr. Orson Wheeler has served as a distinguished member of our staff in the School of Art. His well known competence in the fields of sculpture and archi- tecture has been widely recognized.


Miss Patricia Dunton continues to direct this interesting program of practical education. It is becoming more widely recognized, having students from as far afield as Newfoundland and Manitoba. However, in securing students the School is in competition with the universities, as admission standards are maintained at a high level. In 1960-61 the registration was just slightly below that of the previous year. The employment of students by the Cooperating Stores places a limit on the number of students who can be admitted.

The graduation ceremony of the School was held on May 12, with Mr. Arthur Atkins representing the Board of Governors as chairman. The speaker was Major-General A. E. Walford. The number of students graduating from the School in the past few years is as follows: 1961 1960 1959 1958 1957 Diplomas 24 20 * 16 25

* No graduation due to change to two year course.


We were all saddened by the death of Mr. W. Taylor-Bailey on February 28. He became a member of the Board of Governors in 1946 and had served as Vice-Chairman of the Board since 1954. He was Chairman of the Planning Committee during the im- portant period when the present building was being planned.

Older men recording the history of an insti- tution are naturally apt to cherish it for its own sake and to look upon a record of growth and develop- ment with considerable satisfaction. This, no doubt, is justifiable and right. However, the now famous statement, to the effect that the past is prelude, should also be remembered. The record of the past year, or of many years, is good insofar as it pro- vides experience and inspiration for the future.

Many, both within and without our University, regard its rapid growth as phenomenal and its ser- vice to the community and the country as helpful and worthy. These are kind sentiments greatly ap- preciated by all who are associated with us. How- ever, those who know the situation are sure that a far better job can be done and that the work of Sir George Williams University and its Schools can increase not only in numbers and quantity but also in depth and quality. As we are thankful to Divine Providence for guidance and blessings of the past, may we ask for humility, consecration and inspiration as we take up the challenge of the greater task which lies before us.