Archives

Daniel M. Brownlow

Doctor of Civil Law

Born in Northern Ireland, Daniel McCartney Brownlow came with his family to a farm in Alberta while he was still very young. In 1939, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve as an ordinary seaman and rose to the rank of Lieutenant during service in World War II. Following this war service, he attended the University of Alberta and received a Bachelor of Education degree. He then re-entered the naval service, serving in the Korean Conflict and later commanded HMC ships, Granby and Quinte. In 1958, he joined the Federal Public Service, serving with the Department of National Defense in the position of Master Attendant and Assistant Queen's Harbour Master in Halifax.

Mr. Brownlow was a member of the Dartmouth City Council for 21 years serving on the Board of School Commissioners for 10 years where he was elected Chairman of the Board six times. During this time, he pursued graduate studies in Educational Psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University. He became Mayor of the then City of Dartmouth in October 1976 and did not re-offer for this civic position in 1985, retiring instead from municipal politics. Since that time, he has continued to volunteer and participate with numerous community and charity groups. As an example, at the present time, he is involved with the following' Director and former Chairman of the Dartmouth Senior Citizens Advisory Board; President of Brownlow Enterprises Limited; Member of the Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia; a Director of the Shearwater Aviation Museum Foundation; founding member of the Dartmouth Regional Heritage Foundation; director of the Lupus Society of Nova Scotia as well as the Dartmouth Regional Museum, a member for the Federal Superannuates National Association; and is an Honorary Life Member of the Knights of Columbus. He is also involved with the Charitable Irish Society.

He has formerly been involved with a very large and diverse number of organizations, including the Atlantic Winter Fair; Neptune Theatre; Canoe Championships; Federal Task Force on Airport Management; the Board of Police Commissioners; the Chairperson of the Metropolitan Authority; the Metro Area Planning Commission; the Halifax/Dartmouth Port Commission and a Representative of the Canadian Pensioners concerned.

It is not surprising; therefore, that Mr. Brownlow has received a number of awards, medals, and declarations. For example, in 1992, the Nova Scotia Seniors Expo chose him as the Most Remarkable Senior. Then in the year 2000, he was made a Paul Harris Fellow after winning the International Rotarians Community Service Award and in that same year, HRM presented a Certificate of Appreciation as a veteran of World War II. Then in 2001, HRM presented him with a community service award. He has also received a significant number of medals and declarations from his significant military life, including Battle of the Atlantic star; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; the Commonwealth Medal for Service in Korea; the Korean Volunteer Medal and the United Nations Medal for Service in Korea. In Canada, he has been honored with a Confederation Medal; a Queen?s Silver Jubilee Medal as well as a Gold Anniversary Medal; and the Canadian Forces Declaration (CD) and two bars.

Aside from his work as a distinguished Royal Canadian Service person; former Mayor of Dartmouth; and a significant community volunteer, Mr. Brownlow?s family connection with Saint Mary's University is remarkable. Ten members of his immediate family have attended Saint Mary's University. These include Patrick, who attended Saint Mary's University High School and subsequently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968, the same year that his brother, Michael, also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Michael followed this up with a B.Ed. in 1970 and was a lecturer for two years in the Sociology Department as well as serving as Administrative Assistant to the Vice President (Finance and Development) from 1969 to 1970. The third son, Shawn, graduated with a Certificate in Criminology in 1990. Not to be outdone, the next generation of the Brownlow family also has strong connections with Saint Mary's University. Matthew earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2000, followed two years later by a Bachelor of Science degree; Daniel attended from 1993 and 1994 as did Christopher from 1998 to 1999; John from 2000 to 2002; Emily from 2003 to the present; and Bridget from 2004 to the present who also serves as the Sexual Harassment Advisor at the University. His daughter-in-law, Maureen O?Neil, obtained a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Saint Mary's University in 1960. All members of Daniel and the late Genevieve?s family reside in the Dartmouth/Halifax area.