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Chancellor’s son appears before judge
Photo by Peter Macdonald
No one likes to go before a judge, but Acadia Chancellor Libby Burnham’s son had to face the music June 29, 2011 in Toronto when he appeared before Justice James MacPherson. However, John Burnham Sedgwick (2000) wasn’t alone. He had a ‘partner in crime’ and it was, in fact, a day to celebrate. He married Leigh-Ann McGowan in a private family ceremony with MacPherson (’71), of the Ontario Court of Appeal and a member of Acadia University’s Board of Governors, performing the ceremony. Family attending on John’s side included sister Anne (2001) and brother Jamie (2002) and parents Libby Burnham (‘60), Chancellor of Acadia University, and retired Justice Gordon Sedgwick. Leigh-Ann’s parents Ralph and Breda McGowan were in attendance, as was Leigh-Ann’s sister Catherine, her husband Peter Macdonald and baby daughter Caroline. With Acadia connections in abundance, there was no question of a successful and happy outcome in the end. John and Leigh-Ann reside in Toronto, where he is employed with the NHL operation and Leigh-Ann is Assistant Director of Student Programs with the law firm of Cassels Brock and Blackwell LLP.
ACADIA BULLETIN Fall 2011
Four generations of Acadia graduates gathered recently. Pictured are: George U. McBay (’36); Elizabeth J. (Keddy) Harper (’83); Darlene E. (McBay) Keddy (’87); and Elisha M. Harper (2010/11).
Every spring the Amateur Winemakers of Nova Scotia hold a competition. This year the Winemaker of the Year and recipient of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia Trophy was ALAN BAKER, who lives in Wolfville. Alan is also Life President of the Class of 1954. PATRICIA (CROCKER) BECKER (’50) told us that while visiting her son and family in Austin, TX over the Christmas holidays, she contacted a classmate, CLAIRE KILLIAM RIGGS (‘50) and made arrangements to meet for lunch. Patricia says, “She and her husband have been faculty members at the University of Texas since they received their graduate degrees from Harvard in the early 1950s. Claire brought along The Axe for 1949 - she couldn’t find the one for 1950 - and my son took the picture of the two of us. We had not seen one another since the day we graduated in May 1950 and we had a grand time looking at the old pictures and talking about old friends and old times. And as you can imagine, we had no trouble filling in the time with conversation!” Calling all golfers! Des Killen (’58), Tom Prescott (’58), Bob Stoddard (’72) and Don Nickerson (’58) participated in the 1st Annual Axemen Florida Golf Tournament, held at East Lake Woodlands Golf Course just north of St. Petersburg, Florida. Any former Axemen or Axewomen wishing to take part in this fun tournament, scheduled for April 2012, should
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