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Stevens, Robert '44

Stevens, Robert '44
Robert Stevens was elected to the Board of Governors in 1964. Born in London, Ontario on August 30, 1926, he attended Ridley for seven years, leaving in 1944. Stevens was a Prefect and a versatile athlete. He attended Queen’s University, where he captained the Golden Gaels football team, graduating with a B.A. in 1952. He studied law at Osgoode Hall and became a partner with Blake, Cassels & Graydon, a law firm with Ridley connections in Toronto. He practiced corporate commercial law until his retirement in 1994. "Bob had a large physical presence...He exerted an enviable authority over board and committee meetings, brought a lawyer's precision to his formulation of policy, and spoke presidentially on public occasions." Stevens served as Chairman of the Board of Governors from 1973 to 1977, showing bold courage, initiative and leadership, along with Jim McConnell and ‘Mac’ Irwin – they forged a path against all odds to bring Ridley forward and put it on firm ground – while still maintaining the old traditions and recovered Ridley's preeminent status as a boarding school. He also served on the boards of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, and as chairman of the board of Princess Margaret Hospital. Stevens died on October 12, 2016 in Toronto.
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With more than 700 students from 60 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.