U of S alumni, professor, and former chancellor recieve province’s highest honour

Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield announced Oct. 23 that two U of S alumni, one alumnus who is also chancellor emeritus, and one professor emeritus will be invested into the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

The U of S recipients of this honour include:
Chancellor Emeritus Tom Molloy (S.M.O.M., O.C., S.O.M., Q.C.), a Saskatoon-based lawyer who has served as chief federal negotiator for the Government of Canada for nearly 30 years. Molloy is recognized for his community involvement and his award-winning book, The World is Our Witness, about land reclamation and treaties in Canada. He received his BA and LLB in 1964 and was awarded an honorary doctor of laws (LLD) at convocation 2009.

Professor Emeritus Brian Rossnagel (S.O.M), began working at the U of S in 1977, and since then he has helped produce over 94 varieties of oats and barley. He received the U of S Award for Distinguished Outreach and Engagement in 2004.


David Thauberger (C.M., S.O.M.) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the U of S in 1971. According to his bio, Thauberger has been an advocate of prairie folk art and recognized internationally for his colourful paintings of prairie store fronts.


William Brett Wilson (C.M., S.O.M.) received his Bachelor of Engineering in 1979 and went on to become a successful businessman and entrepreneur in Alberta. In 2007, he established the W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence in the Edwards School of Business with a donation of $2 million.


The Saskatchewan Order of Merit is the province's highest honour, recognizing individuals who have contributed significantly to the well-being of the province and its residents. Including the eight new members, there have been 193 appointments to the Order of Merit since its inception in 1985.

The recipients will be officially invested into the Saskatchewan Order of Merit during a ceremony to be held on Nov. 27 in Saskatoon.

For more information on the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and its members, or the Saskatchewan Honours and Awards Program, please visit www.ops.gov.sk.ca/som.
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