Honouring Douglas Jay as Emeritus Principal at Emmanuel College
On Thursday September 30, 2010 we honoured C. Douglas Jay with a formal appointment to the office of Emeritus Principal at Emmanuel College at a reception held at Alumni Hall. Family, friends, faculty and alumni/ae gathered to celebrate and recognize Doug's life work and contributions to Emmanuel College and the Toronto School of Theology.
Douglas Jay graduated from Victoria University in 1946 and from Emmanuel College in 1950. In 1952 he earned a PhD from Edinburgh, and he holds four honourary doctorates from Queen's, Regis, St. Michael's, and Vic. Doug returned to Victoria University in 1956 when he joined the faculty of Emmanuel College as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Christian Ethics. Douglas Jay was a pivotal leader in the development of the Toronto School of Theology before returning to serve as principal in Emmanuel College, from 1981-1990.
In keeping with a long-standing tradition at Victoria University, Emmanuel will place the book John MacMurray: A Biography
in the Emmanuel College library in honour of the formal appointment of Douglas Jay as Emeritus Principal. The book was presented by author and longtime friend and colleague Father Jack Costello, adjunct Professor at Regis College. Doug Jay studied with MacMurray at Edinburgh and viewed him as a mentor. The College also presented Doug Jay with a framed print of the front of the Emmanuel College building, originally sketched by Elizabeth Chalmers.
President of Victoria University Dr. Paul W. Gooch and Principal of Emmanuel College Mark G. Toulouse both offered their own personal reflections on Doug's achievements as a scholar and leader in theological education in Canada and their appreciation for his guidance and the standard of excellence in university administration he established at Victoria University.
Doug Jay receives a standing ovation from his family and friends.