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St. Thomas University News Release

Office of University Advancement
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
Tel (506) 452-0522, Fax (506) 460-0335


April 28, 2004

Honourary Degree Recipients

St. Thomas University will grant honorary degrees to three distinguished Canadians, Sally Armstrong, Professor Jock Murray, M.D. and Gertrude Duffie at its 2004 convocation ceremony on May 10, 2004.

Sally ArmstrongHuman rights activist, documentary filmmaker and award-winning author Sally Armstrong is currently the editor-at-large of Chatelaine magazine and a contributing editor at Maclean's magazine. She was editor-in-chief of Homemaker's magazine from 1988 to 1999. Ms. Armstrong has covered stories about women and girls in zones of conflict all over the world, from Bosnia
and Somalia to Rwanda and Afghanistan and is the co-producer and host of many documentaries.

Her eye-witness reports have earned her awards including the Gold Award from the National Magazine Awards Foundation and the Author's Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters. She received the Amnesty International Media Award in 2000 and again in 2002. In 1998 she was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2002, her book, Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan was published by Penguin Books. She and her husband Ross Armstrong (now deceased) have two daughters and one son.

T.J. MurrayProfessor T.J. (Jock) Murray, M.D. is a former Dean of Medicine at Dalhousie University and recently retired as a Professor of Medical Humanities. He currently holds a post-retirement position as Professor of Medicine (Neurology) and continues his clinical work and research on multiple sclerosis. Dr. Murray has held 81 funded research grants.

Dr. Murray has more than 200 medical publications including a textbook of neurology in its 4th edition, 35 text book chapters and numerous books, including one for newly-diagnosed MS patients. He also co-authored, with his wife Janet, a biography of the 19th century physician-politician, Sir Charles Tupper, and co-authored a reference book on the history of medicine
through quotations, and a compendium of the quotations of Sir William Osler. Dr. Murray is the recipient of many awards, including being made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He and his wife Janet have four children and six grandchildren.

Gertrude DuffieGertrude Duffie is a respected New Brunswick painter whose work is included in the NB Provincial Art Bank and in many private collections across Canada. Mrs. Duffie was born in Chatham, NB and studied at St. Mary's Academy, Teachers College and the University of Vermont. She received her art education at the University of Ottawa, Holland College, and through extension courses at the University of New Brunswick. She also studied under Molly Lamb Bobak and Fred Ross.

In 1983, Mrs. Duffie was commissioned to research and prepare drawings on the history of Fredericton which were woven into 24 colorful tapestries by Dr. Ivan Crowell. The tapestries are permanently on display at Fredericton City Hall. In 1986, she received the City of Fredericton Distinguished Citizens Award. Mrs. Duffie has donated her time and her artwork to many
local charitable organizations. She and her husband, J Darrell (now deceased) have three sons and one daughter.

Ms. Sally Armstrong will deliver the Convocation address and Mr. Mike Morrison will present the Valedictory address. The Convocation ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the courtyard of St. Thomas University on the north side of George Martin Hall.

Media contact:

Mary McIntosh
Director of Communications and Media Relations
St. Thomas University
(506) 452-0522
Email: marymc@stu.ca