Ridleians of Distinction - A - L
I - J

Irwin, S. Macdonald 'Mac' OR'46

Irwin, S. Macdonald 'Mac' OR'46
Mac graduated from the Upper School in 1946, having been a strong athlete and captaining the first hockey team. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1949 and joined his father's toy manufacturing business, eventually becoming chairman of the firm. Mac's involvement in the school has always been as a protagonist of financial support. His first role after his election to the board in 1967 was to serve on the Financial Support Committee. He was a major force in the creation of the Ridley Foundation, a leader for the Program of Excellence and a decisive strength in the creation of the Griffith Complex. Taking over board leadership in 1977, Mac guided Ridley through the creation of boarding facilities for girls, the development of the Performing Arts Centre, and the planning of the subdivision of the houses into smaller administrative units. "Mac's style was resourceful, persuasive, and tireless." His chairmanship from 1977 - 1981 was marked by success in the School's long road back to fiscal stability.
P.O. Box 3013, 2 Ridley Road St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7C3 Canada 905 684 1889
With more than 700 students from over 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 co-ed independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.