Call it a labour of love, a respect for history or simply a proud U of G graduate wanting to do something special to honour U of G alumni.
The result is a meticulously designed alumni “wall of fame” outside of War Memorial Hall. Unveiled during Alumni Weekend, it pays homage to alumni of all ages and backgrounds who have helped improve life and U of G, while respecting the heritage of the historical building.
Low stone and concrete walls – the materials and design carefully chosen to match War Mem — frame the space. They also provide a base for plaques inscribed with the names of honoured alumni.
Maurice Nelischer, MLA ’78 and a retired U of G landscape architecture professor, designed and constructed the space, donating all of his time and labour, with some help from U of G landscape architecture graduate students.
Nelischer came up with the idea of relocating the alumni tribute space from Alumni House to War Memorial Hall. The new prominent location gives alumni the recognition they deserve, Nelischer says, now and in the future.
“I left enough room to add names to the plaques every year for the next 80 years.”