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Stuart Lyon Smith

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Stuart Lyon Smith

Award Received

Honorary Degree

Convocation Ceremony

Spring 2000 Convocation

Dr. Stuart Lyon Smith is a many of many careers and leader of singular abilities. To each of the disciplines he’s contributed to – from the media, to politics, science, business, education, and environmentalism, he demonstrates his belief that policy must be tied to action, words to credibility in deeds and that knowledge is the foundation for a good society.

Born in Montreal in 1938, Smith is a graduate of McGill University where he earned a Gold Key and Cup for Debating. He earned his doctorate in medicine in 1962 at McGill and began practising as a resident at Montreal General Hospital. From 1967 to 1975 he lived and worked in Hamilton, Ontario where he also was a professor at McMaster University’s medical school. He was elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1975 as the member for Hamilton West.

Two years later he was the leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in Ontario, a post he held until 1982.