Peter F.

“In 1953 our family moved to Dartmouth. I had just completed Grade XI at Saint John High School, but one day my mother announced that I wouldn't be bothering with Grade XII but would go to Dalhousie instead, this despite the fact that she and generations of her family before her were all Acadia graduates. The next day we took the ferry to Halifax (no bridge then) and arranged matters with the Registrar, Beatrice R. E. Smith.  I enrolled in engineering, later switching to mathematics. The Engineers were in the habit of partying with the student nurses from the VG, but in the fall of 1956 I attended a dance in the old gym, music provided by Don Warner's band, and there met a "freshette" from Berwick, Anne Ellen Garvock. She had attended Teacher's College in Truro and then had taught for several years at home, saving her pay in order to attend Dalhousie. Later I took her to the Engineers' Ball, where as the President I crowned Ruth Murphy (later Pulsifer) our Queen. Anne Ellen reciprocated by taking me to the Sadie Hawkins dance at Shirreff Hall. Residents like her lived under the watchful eye of "the Warden", Miss Mowat, a doughty defender of their virtue. The usual curfew was 10 pm, but there were a few midnights and once a month a 2 am!  We kept in touch and in 1960 were married, a memorable summer wedding in Berwick. In Minnesota, where I was a grad student, Anne Ellen continued to teach to supplement my meagre stipend of $1200 per annum. In 1962 I became a postdoc at the University of Chicago, and in 1964 an assistant prof at Indiana University, returning in 1971 to Dal as a Killam Professor. Along the way we had three children, two of whom, Jennifer and Andy, attended Dal. The third, Julia, went to NSCAD, but later her daughter Ellen came from Maine to study at King's.  Our family has formed a firm connection with Dalhousie!”

Peter F.

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