Walter ’65, ’67

One of our favourite remembrances of our time at McMaster University resides in the fact that we forecasted certain future events that would take place at the university.

During my graduate school days at McMaster, my wife Mary and I took regular walks to the campus with our two children since we lived on Rifle Range Road, not too distant from McMaster University.  In August of 1964, our two sons, Michael and Geoffrey posed in the sunken botanical garden that has since sadly disappeared and upon which the hospital now sits.  The boys were wearing prescient t-shirts with a forecast of their futures printed boldly on the front.  It read “McMaster 19??” and anticipated their eventual graduation from the university from which their father obtained a M.Eng. degree in 1965 and a Ph.D. degree in 1967.

Michael obtained his B. Eng. in Chemical Engineering (1983) and Geoffrey obtained his B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering (1985).  Eventually our third son, Allan, who was born during these years, was to obtain his Engineering and Management degree in 1990 and our grandson, Stephen, his Electrical Engineering degree in 2011 so we became a “McMaster University family”.

The memory of this event is one of my favourites from the time that I spent in the chemical engineering graduate school from September, 1963 to January, 1967.


George ’60, ’67

Entering the McMaster campus from Main Street and the Sunken Gardens in 1956, when Mac had so few buildings and so much open green space, was an idyllic experience for someone who had known only inner-city schools. It was the start of a love affair with nature.

Earl ’64

I’m a grad of ’64 and vividly recall the great bed push in the spring of 1961.
Relay teams pushed a bed from north of Orillia to Hamilton-along the way it was high jacked by students from the University of Guelph. Our bed push was covered by Life magazine and a number of us had our pictures in the magazine.


David ’64

Although McMaster was established by an act of the Ontario legislature passed in 1887, it did not admit its first students until 1890, and it graduated its first class in 1894. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1940. It celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1987, 47 years after celebrating its 50th anniversary. It looks as if the 125th anniversary celebration is following in the same tradition. As to my favourite McMaster thing, I suppose it is the front of University Hall, the building where I now have my office. I have been walking its stairs since September 1959, with only a brief interruption during my four years of graduate school.