Source: University of Saskatchewan
Honorary and Earned Degree Recipients Announced at U of S
October 18, 2006
yearís recipients of honorary and earned degrees were announced by the
University of Saskatchewan and will be presented at Fall Convocation on
Saturday, October 28, 2006.
Honorary degrees will be awarded to:
Martha Blum is a multilingual writer, pianist, singer, and voice teacher who
pursued her artistic and cultural work through decades of work as a
pharmacist. Born in 1913 in the former Czernowitz in the Austro-Hungarian
Empire, Martha and her mathematician husband, Richard Blum (now deceased)
immigrated to Canada in 1951, and subsequently to Saskatoon. Martha
participated in theatre, and was a co-founder of the Opera Association of
Saskatoon and also of the Alliance Francaise.
Her first novel, The Walnut Tree, was published in 1999, when she was 86
years old. Her second book, Children of Paper, was published in 2002, and
her second novel (and third book), The Apothecary, was published in August
2006. Martha considers writing "an absolute necessity" something which she
has done her entire life, even under "the most wrenching historical
circumstances." In 1998, Martha received the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights Award from Human Rights Canada, recognizing her contributions to the
cultural development of and cultural life in Canada.
Dr. Menard Gertler
Dr. Menard Gertler, a native of Saskatoon, has lived for many years in New
York, NY where he is currently a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill
Medical College at Cornell University. A distinguished cardiologist, Dr.
Gertler obtained his pre-medical education at the University of Saskatchewan
(MEDí40 and BAí40). He then received his M.D. in 1943 and M.Sc in 1949 from
McGill University. Dr. Gertler completed his Fellowship at the Massachusetts
General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Gertler believes in giving back to his alma maters as well as to medical
education. At the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Gertler established the
Clara & Frank Gertler Lectureship in Medicine in honour of his parents. Its
purpose is to support the College of Medicine in presenting an annual
lecture to promote strategic directions of the College.
"Martha Blumís and Dr. Gertlerís numerous professional endeavours are
exemplary," said U or S President Peter MacKinnon. "Their work in the
cultural and medical communities respectively, is a great legacy that fully
justifies honorary degrees."
Dr. Menard Gertler will receive an honorary doctor of science degree at 9:00
a.m. and Martha Blum will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree at
2:00 p.m. on October 28 at TCU Place, Saskatoon.
An earned degree will be presented to:
Dr. Randall Gillies
Dr. Randall Gillies went to the University of Saskatchewan where he obtained
a B.E. (Chemical Engineering) in 1973 and an M.Sc. in 1975. He joined the
staff of the Saskatchewan Research Council in 1975 and became the manager of
the SRCís Pipe Flow Technology Centre in 1980. Dr. Gillies returned to the
University of Saskatchewan as a part-time student and obtained a Ph.D. in
His research has continued to focus on the transport of mixtures in
pipelines. The Canadian oil sand industry has been the major supporter of
the work carried out by Dr. Gillies and his fellow researchers. His previous
honours have included a Distinguished Engineer appointment by the
Saskatchewan Research Council and an Alberta Science and Technology Award
for work that he and his team carried out in developing slurry pipelining
technologies for the oil sand industry.
"Dr. Gillies and his team of researchers have received international
recognition for the design and operation of pipeline transport systems,"
said U of S President Peter MacKinnon.
Dr. Gillies will receive an earned doctor of science degree at 9:00 a.m. on
October 28 at TCU Place.
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University of Saskatchewan
Tel: (306) 966-6607