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Trent University’s Lady Eaton College Turns 40 on January 24


Anniversary Celebrations to Include Unveiling of Coat of Arms

Thursday, January 22, 2009, Peterborough

Trent University’s Lady Eaton College (LEC) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its official opening on Saturday, January 24 at 3:00 p.m. in the LEC Dining Hall.

Gathering for this important occasion will be several notable figures from Trent’s history, including founding president and Vanier Professor Emeritus Thomas H.B. Symons, John David Eaton (the great grandson of Lady Flora Eaton who originally sponsored the college), and several former Chairs of the Board of Governors and members of the Board. His Worship Mayor Paul Ayotte will also be joining the festivities.

Alastair Grant, who designed the college within the architectural office of Ron Thom, will speak about the underlying concept of the college. Three Trent members of the original planning committee will be present along with several former principals, senior tutors, college assistants, dons, faculty members, alumni and friends of the colleges.

Roderick Cumming, former president of the LEC student cabinet, will recall his efforts to obtain the only ‘Coat of Arms’ at Trent University. The Coat of Arms was registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority some twenty years ago. Mr. Eaton will unveil a Coat of Arms - carved by the accomplished wood carver, John Ottewill from Warkworth, Ontario. The Coat of Arms is to be mounted above the founding stone of Lady Eaton College.

This gathering is at the same time a celebration of four decades of college life within a setting that has proven to be most congenial for the interaction of students, staff and faculty of the college.

A historical display will show materials from the Trent University Archives pertaining to the early days of the college, starting with ‘empty’ fields along the Westbank of the Otonabee, to various building stages and national and local newspaper reports about with the official opening of the Lady Eaton College on January 17, 1968.

At a reception following the speeches baked goods will be served prepared according to recipes from the Eaton Department store’s elegant dining rooms: The Georgian Room and the Round Room (renovated in 2003 as the “Carlu”).

The event is free and members of the community are welcome to attend.


For further information, please contact Professor Arndt Kruger, Principal of Lady Eaton College at (705) 748-1011, ext. 7625.