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A Beaverbrook friendship remembered


Jewett Scholarship

Siblings establish award in memory of parents

The late Dr. Beverly L. (Bud) Jewett (BSc’40), a noted Fredericton physician and surgeon, and his wife, Dr. Marie Copeman Jewett, who dedicated her practice to the treatment of allergies, were beloved community members, proud supporters of UNB, and close friends of Lord Beaverbrook.

They met Lord Beaverbrook in the early 1950s, shortly after which Dr. Jewett became Beaverbrook’s personal physician, a capacity in which he continued through Beaverbrook’s last illness in 1964.

Over the course of more than a decade of friendship, medical advice and treatment, Dr. Jewett steadfastly refused to accept payment from his friend for his services – a source of much good-natured sparring between the two. In lieu, Lord Beaverbrook took it upon himself to recognize those services in other ways. Among the more significant of these was the gift of a nine-piece, New Brunswick-made dining suite originally owned by Peter Mitchell, also a son of the Miramichi and premier of New Brunswick at the time of Canada’s confederation.

Lord Beaverbrook was well aware of the significance of his “Peter Mitchell heirlooms,” and when the Jewetts began furnishing their cottage on the St. John River above Fredericton, he took the opportunity to make a gift of the furniture. The pieces took pride of place in the cottage, near a fireplace that Beaverbrook also took it upon himself to have built.

The Jewetts shared with Lord Beaverbrook a strong attachment to UNB. Dr. Jewett was very committed to the university throughout his life, serving as president of the Alumni Association, member of the University Senate/Board of Governors for more than 25 years, and as physician to UNB sports teams. His other community commitments included chair of the Lady Beaverbrook Rink Committee and The Playhouse.

Bud passed away in 1989, and Marie in 2014. In keeping with their parents’ generosity and love for UNB, the Jewett children – all UNB alumni – carry on their legacy of support for their alma mater. The Peter Mitchell furniture, once owned by Lord Beaverbrook, was gifted to UNB for use in Somerville House, itself Lord Beaverbrook’s former home. The Beaverbrook/Jewett correspondence has been donated to the UNB Archives.

Additionally, the Jewett siblings – Mark Jewett, QC (BA’66, LLB’69); Lawrence Jewett, MD (BA‘69, BSc’70); Elizabeth Kitchen (BN’70, MEd’91); Beverly Jewett (BScEng’73); and Anne Jewett, CA (BBA’76) – have established an endowment to fund a scholarship in honour of their late parents. The Drs. Beverly and Marie Jewett Family Scholarship is awarded each year to a New Brunswick resident enrolled in an undergraduate degree program on the Fredericton campus. This annual award of $10,000 is among the university’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarships.

In endowing the scholarship, the Jewett siblings say, “Our parents instilled in us the value and importance of education from a very young age. We owe our careers and success to the inspiration, motivation and guidance we received from our parents, and for the education, we received at UNB.”

UNB President Paul Mazerolle has expressed his appreciation to the Jewett siblings for celebrating their parents’ memory in this way.

“A scholarship is a permanent legacy with the potential to change lives. When you establish a memorial scholarship, you honour a person’s unique mark on the world while carrying their legacy forward to future generations.”