Robert E. Burridge
Vice-President (Academic) Emeritus
Convocation: October 13, 1991
In recognition of his outstanding contribution and dedicated service to the University of New Brunswick, Robert E. Burridge was named vice-president (academic) emeritus.
He retired in the summer of 1991 with 36 years of service, the last 11 as vice-president (academic).
A native of Plaster Rock, N.B., Dr. Burridge received his early education in that community and earned a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from UNB in 1953. After two years in England as an Athlone Fellow with the British Thomson-Houston Co., he joined UNB's department of electrical engineering in 1955. He received an MScEE from Wisconsin University in 1962 and a PhD from McGill in 1969.
First appointed as vice-president (academic) in 1980, Dr. Burridge had already served as chairperson of his department from 1970 to 1975 and as dean of the faculty of engineering from 1976 to 1980. In 1985 he was appointed to a second vice-presidential term following an overwhelmingly positive response to his first. James Downey, UNB's president for 10 of Dr. Burridge's 11 years as vice-president, called him an outstanding colleague. "His personal integrity, institutional commitment, sound judgment, good humour and prodigious capacity for hard work were important factors in the success and stability UNB enjoyed during his years in office."
Throughout a demanding administrative career, Dr. Burridge continued to teach one or two courses a year. "To me, teaching is the real business of the institution," he enthused. "Apart from that, I enjoy it. Even after all these years I still get excited before going into the classroom and generally require five or 10 minutes to recover after a class, simply because of the pitch of interest and the level of activity it requires."