Sir John William Dawon

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Sir John William Dawson and His Legacy

Ioan Grosuliac
Dawson College

Research Methods 300-300-DW
Prof. C.A. Ramsay
February 5, 2016
Introduction
More students are enrolled in Dawson College more than any other CEGEP in Québec province. Few however are aware about the building’s story and the man after who it was named. Its toponymy is relevant to the author because of his interest in Quebec politics and how its creation is tied to a reform in higher education in Quebec with the creation of the CEGEP system. The author’s bias towards the general topic comes from the fact that this is English-speaking CEGEP, which may make the people interviewed at the college favor the francophone side less. The research problem is to explain why Dawson’s College name is relevant as a part of a Montreal Landmark. Professors from the politics and history department of Dawson College as well as students from the CEGEP will be interviewed and the author will be expecting responses that show how John Dawson’s achievements make him eligible to have an English-speaking CEGEP named after him.

Literature review The majority of the building that now constitutes Dawson College started out as the Mother House of the Congregation de Notre Dame, built on ground bought from the Sulpicians and located at the northeast corner of Sherbrooke and Atwater (Breslaw, 2009, p.6). Designed by Canadian architect Jean Omer Marchand, its construction started in 1904 and finished in 1908 (Breslaw, 2009, p.6). In 1909, it opened within its doors a bilingual institution for higher learning addressed to women, the Notre-Dame Ladies’ College (Lindsay, 2009, p.8). According to Lindsay (2009), some notable alumni include Marie-Gérin Lajoie, who was the first graduate in 1911 (p.8). Jumping a few decades to 1945, there was a massive demobilization of the Canadian air crew which enrolled at McGill…...

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