John R. (Jack) Perraton, O.C., C.M., Q.C., LL.D. is being remembered as an unparalleled supporter and tireless leader of the University of Calgary after he passed away Feb. 19 following a brief battle with leukemia.
"Jack Perraton was a tremendous friend of the University of Calgary and an extraordinary leader in the greater Calgary community,” President Elizabeth Cannon says. “In his 12 years of service to the university as Chancellor, Chair of the Board of Governors and Board member, Jack was selfless and dedicated to advancing the interests of students, faculty and staff. His legacy will live on through the numerous initiatives he championed to improve accessibility and ensure high-quality learning experiences for our students. We extend our deepest sympathy to Jack's family. He will be greatly missed."
Perraton was one of the university’s longest-serving and most dedicated supporters over the course of 12 years. He was the first person to serve as both Chancellor, from 1998 to 2002, and Chair of the Board of Governors, from 2007 to 2010.
“For those of us who knew Jack, we will remember him for his sincerity, his kind nature and for his unwavering commitment to volunteerism in the city and province that he loved,” says Chancellor Jim Dinning.
Perraton received an honorary doctorate from the university last fall, at which he was recognized for his commitment to boosting the university’s reputation as a leading research institution with a strong focus on teaching and supporting the community.
“I have been honoured and privileged to serve at the University of Calgary,” Perraton said during his Nov. 10 convocation address. “It is an outstanding university with a wonderful future and great leadership. It is served by talented and dedicated faculty and staff as well as a cadre of superb volunteers.”
As Chancellor, Perraton’s priority was always students. He wanted each one to have an excellent education and quality of life experience while attending the University of Calgary. He attended many athletic events and academic awards ceremonies in support of student life. His focus on students during his time as chancellor resulted in two Presidential Citations by the Students’ Union in 1999 and 2001.
Perraton became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2001, and was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including Calgary’s Citizen of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award from the Law Society of Alberta. He received the Alberta 2005 Centennial Medal commemorating the centennial of Alberta, the Golden Jubilee Medal for the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, and the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canada. He also held the position of Honorary Consul General for Korea for 12 years from 1999 to 2011. He recently served as chairman of the Kids Cancer Care Foundation.
A funeral for Jack Perraton will take place this morning, followed by a public memorial service at the university. Details as follows:
University Memorial Service from 12-3 p.m. with the official program starting 12:30 p.m.
Location: Jack Simpson Gymnasium