Peter McGahan

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Plaque in the Peter McGahan Seminar Room at UNB. PR; Series 2; Sub-series 3; File 590; Item 5.

Name of Memorial/Commemoration: Plaque commemorating the Peter McGahan Seminar Room

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Location: Tilley Hall, Seminar Room 13

Date Unveiled: 11 December 1998


Named for: Dr. Peter McGahan

Event/Occasion/Significance: Faculty from Fredericton and Saint John University of New Brunswick campuses gathered to attend the unveiling of the plaque, honouring McGahan's contributions to UNB and dedicating the seminar space to him. McGahan is remembered for his ongoing devotion in research and teaching at the university, for which he received numerous awards.

Plaque Inscription/Text Associated: In recognition of a Most Distinguished Academic Career in Teaching and Research in Sociology and a Profound Commitment to Graduate Students and Faculty.

Notes: Speakers who paid tribute to Peter McGahan at the commemorative event were UNBF sociology chair James Richardson, sociology professor Jennie Hornosty, retired sociology professor Barbara Pepperdene, and former student Leanne Fitch.

McGahan first held a faculty position at the Fredericton campus at UNB, which he began in 1970, also filling various administrative roles. He then became the dean of faculty at the Saint John campus in 1984, and the dean of arts eight years later; he held this position until 1997. McGahan was awarded numerous honours from UNB over the years. He received the Allan P. Stuart Award for Excellence in teaching (1896), achieved a distinguished reputation in research and publication, and was named University Professor in 1997 at Spring Convocation at the Saint John Campus.


  • UNB Perspectives v. 24, no. 8 (12 January 1998): 2.

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