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Court, J. Douglas OR'53

Court, J. Douglas OR'53
J. Douglas Court ‘53, and his brothers Richard R.P. ‘Dick’ ‘50 and W. David ‘49 were outstanding athletes at Ridley spanning the years from 1944 to 1953. A hockey player at school, and at the University of Toronto, Doug also became a national figure skater. He won the 1952 national junior title, was the 1954-55 Canadian national silver medalist and the 1956 bronze medalist. In 1955, he was named to the Canadian International team and placed 10th at the World Championships in Oslo that year. He returned to McGill University and competed for the McGill varsity hockey team. After the death of his father who had founded Court Holdings in St. Catharines in 1919, Doug became Vice-President of the company following his brother Dick who had assumed the role of President. Its core businesses are parts manufacturing for the auto industry and providers of niche services for the steel industry specifically around work rolls. Under their leadership, the company grew from its original location in St. Catharines to a company with 35 different locations in 15 countries in North and South America, Europe and Asia and instituted in its employees a culture of giving back as pioneers in building a strong relationship of employee participation with the United Way. As a volunteer and philanthropist, Doug has been active in his church, the Gyro Club and the local hospital and a long time supporter of Ridley as the class agent for the Class of ’53. He was inducted into the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. Following in the family footsteps are: David’s daughter, Kathryn ‘84, Dick’s children Bill ‘81 and Suzanne ’86; Doug’s sons Michael ‘82, Philip ‘85 and the late Stephen ’90 and their cousin Ted Swabey ‘80 and Doug’s grandchildren Laura ‘14, Luke ‘15, Sam ‘16, Ben ‘17 and Sarah ‘18.  In celebration of the 125th birthday of the school in September 2014, 45 Ridleians ran in the Charter Run of 10km relays from Wycliiffe College in Toronto to Ridley. The symbolic finish from the Marriott Gates to A Squad was run by Doug, his son Philip and his grandsons, Luke, Ben and Sam, with members of the school’s Harriers team, representing three generation of Ridleians.
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With more than 700 students from 50+ countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the third largest in Canada, Ridley College is a truly international, co-educational, day and boarding school of the world that prepares students for the world. It has provided enriching learning and life-shaping experiences focused on the arts, academics, and athletics since 1889. Ridley’s Lower School offers JK-Grade 8, its Upper School consists of Grade 9-PG, and Ridley graduates attend some of the top universities and colleges around the world. Ridley is the only independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.