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50 years of giving


Gordon Alexander (BSc '48) with his son, Charles (BScE '83), at the Lady Beaverbrook Residence in 2015. Photo: Submitted

 

His UNB education changed his life, so for 50 years Gordon Tracy Alexander (BScE ’48) has shown his gratitude by giving back to UNB.

Gordon came to UNB in 1944, aged 17, from a tiny school in Fredericton Junction. He credits the Lord Beaverbook Entrance Scholarship with opening the door to a university education, giving him the opportunity to fulfil his dream of becoming a civil engineer.

He loved his time at UNB and immersed himself in the university community, playing intramural hockey and forming lifelong friendships. He graduated with honours in 1948, well prepared for his coming international career.

Upon graduation, Gordon began work as a field construction engineer with the Montreal Engineering Company (later Monenco). His career with Monenco spanned 44 years and saw him move from its construction division to mining, progressing in 1982 to the role of senior vice-president, mining. He was vital to the success of mining developments around the world, for clients that included the United Nations and the World Bank. After his retirement in 1992, he continued to offer his highly sought-after skills as a consultant.

Gordon made his first donation to UNB in 1971, and has given every year since. “The Beaverbrook Scholarship broadened his horizons, and shaped him as a person and as a professional,” said Gordon’s daughter, Jill Alexander. “He was and still is today so grateful, and wants others to benefit from similar opportunities.”

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