John Smith and Donald Dewar commemorated

Published: 13 July 2001

Commemorative inscriptions on the University's Memorial Gates were unveiled on Sunday, in the presence of Baroness Smith and Iain Dewar.

The University of Glasgow has commemorated two political giants of their time, the late John Smith and the late Donald Dewar, by incribing their names in a permanent memorial on the University's Memorial Gates.

During their lives, both made outstanding contributions to the political and cultural life of Scotland, showing a dedication and commitment to their political ideals that had its roots in their student days at the University of Glasgow. They continued to support the University throughout their careers, and number amongst its most fondly-remembered alumni.

Only the names of the most illustrious University figures are inscribed in the wrought iron Memorial Gates, which were gifted to the University in 1951 by the General Council.

On Sunday 15 July the Chancellor, Sir William Kerr Fraser, unveiled the plaques for John Smith and Donald Dewar, in the presence of Baroness Smith and Iain Dewar. The Very Reverend Dr Sandy McDonald, General Secretary of the Board of Ministry, Church of Scotland, offered a prayer of dedication to conclude a moving ceremony.


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Journalists are welcome to attend. There will be a photo opportunity after the ceremony at approx 12.15pm.
For further details contact the University Press Office on 0141 330 3535

First published: 13 July 2001

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