Carleton University. Department of University Communications

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Carleton University. Department of University Communications

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In 1949, the Alumni Association was founded to establish and maintain relations between the University and its alumni, in order to contribute to the development of Carleton University. During the 1950's the duties of the Information and Development Officer were performed by the Administrative Assistant to the President, Cecil V. Houston. This continued until 1961, when the Information Office was created. In 1974 the Alumni Association integrated into the Information and Development Offices. Information was responsible for all alumni fund-raising. While, in 1987, under the direction of Dr. Farquhar the areas of Development and Alumni fully combined to form the Development and Alumni Services. The Information Office was then renamed Public Relations and Information Services and the director of this office reported directly to the President. The office was responsible for all public relations programs and the University's relationship with the press. As well, it produced and published promotional and general printed material relating to Carleton University. This included This Week at Carleton and the annual President's Report. The Department of Public Relations and Information Services was renamed the Department of University Communications on February 1, 1997. Past Officers from the early years as the Alumni Association include a vacancy from 1949-1961, Shirley Gillespie as the Alumni Secretary (1961-1963) with her continuing as Information Officer and Alumni Secretary (1963-1950), Elizabeth Dorofi as the Alumni Secretary (1965-1966), Margaret MacDonald as Alumni Secretary (1966-1967), Brian A. Blevins as Alumni Executive Secretary (1967-1969), Brian P. Curley as Director of Alumni affairs (1969-1972) and J.E. Fraser as Executive Director (1972-1974). Past Officers of the Information Office include Cecil V. Houston as Administrative Assistant to the President (1953-1961), Douglas J. Horan as Information Officer (1961-1962), Shirley Gillespie as Information Officer and Alumni Secretary (1962-1967), Judy Patterson as Information Officer (1967-1968), Guy R. Simer as Information Officer (1968-1969), Donald M. Pattison as Information Officer (1969-1970), Judy Patterson as Information Officer (1970-1971), vacant between 1971-1972, Caroline Midgley as Information Officer (1972-1978) and Director of Information (1978-1980), R. Gerald McKee as Director of Information (1980-1982), vacant between 1982-1983, Patrick O'Brien as Director of Information (1983-1987) and Director of Public Relations and Information Services (1987-1997).


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