E.M. Donald Cleveland - Class of 1937

My father, E.M. Donald (Don) Cleveland, a proud VC graduate of the Class of 1937, was an introspective man with unshakable faith.

Dad was a bright, academically inquisitive man. His recollection of VC was nothing but fond memories with his peers and the Christian Brothers and told wonderful stories of his time at school. He excelled in all subjects ranging from the humanities to the sciences and upon graduating from VC, he pursued his Bachelors and Masters at UBC and his PhD at McGill University. He obtained a PhD degree in Bacteriology and worked for Deer Lodge Hospital, a federal Veterans Affairs Hospital, for over 30 years. Curiously a neighbour on the same street and fellow parishioner at St. Paul the Apostle in Winnipeg was also a VC graduate.

As much of an academic as he was, my father was also a man of faith. Dad was raised in a deep-rooted Catholic family. His parents were founding members of Sts Peter and Paul Parish. He never missed Mass, was a member of the Newman Club at university and served as leader of song at our parish. He loved receiving newsletters from VC and seeing what fellow graduates were doing.

My father left behind a legacy as a man of character and faith. Two of his nephews also attended VC and now I work at VC. I keep my father’s class picture in my office and feel his presence as I walk the halls that he did so many years ago.

The Alumni Corridor paver project is the perfect opportunity to memorialize my father and his journey at VC. A brick paver in the Corridor, with his name and graduation year permanently etched, is a tribute to my dad and a physical representation of his legacy at Vancouver College.

Pro deo et patria” was the Latin motto inscribed on his family crest ring and was his truly his personal motto.