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In Memory of Alan McKenzie (1936-2020)

Many wonderful things have been written about Alan McKenzie’s life and legacy, and there is no doubt he leaves behind a hole in the hearts of all those who knew him, especially his loving family and friends. Alan will also be remembered here at Guelph with no small degree of fondness. As a founding member and former President of the Scottish Studies Foundation, he has been instrumental in the development and success of Guelph’s Centre for Scottish Studies. He played a key role in organizing the endowment for the university’s Chair of Scottish Studies, without which there would be no Centre and likely no Scottish Studies at the University. As a result of Alan’s dedication and unceasing support, our Centre has been firmly established as the foremost research centre of its kind in North America. Our activities are the legacy of Alan and his fellow SSF members, who believe in our purpose and mandate to research, write, and instill others with our love of Scottish Studies. [continue reading full memorial]

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.