Grant McOrmond Scholarship for English Literature

Grant McOrmond (1922-2005)

Born in Saskatoon, Grant McOrmond graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1942.  He served with the R.C.A.F. during the war and then moved to Victoria to accept a teaching position with Victoria College, which later became the University of Victoria.

Grant taught in the English department for 41 years, several of which were spent as master of Craigdarroch College and then Director of Freshman English.  Later, he became the Assistant Dean and Director of the Advising Centre until his retirement in 1987.  

Although Grant loved English literature, his real passion was sharing his knowledge with his students.  Even after retirement, he could remember the name of every student he had ever taught and one of his proudest achievements was being given a lifetime membership in the Student Council.

Phyllis McOrmond and her son, Gordon, believe that supporting talented students is one of the most meaningful ways to invest in the future. As a tribute to a husband and father and much-loved professor, they established this scholarship for students of English literature. The scholarship honours his memory and ensures that UVic students will continue to benefit from his commitment to education.

Phyllis attended the University of Saskatchewan where she obtained a Bachelor of Home Economics in 1944 and her teaching certificate in 1946. Phyllis taught Home Economics at Oak Bay High School in Victoria.

Gordon earned a BSc (Physics) from UVic in 1974 and a Diploma in Education in 1975, and then later attended UBC to earn an MBA in 1981.

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