Terence Richard Boyd Donahoe
Doctor of Laws
Terence Donahoe has dedicated his professional life to public service in Nova Scotia. The five time elected member of the Nova Scotia Legislature, key cabinet minister, and Leader of the Opposition and Interim Leader of the Progressive Conservative party has made a unique contribution to the political life of the province.
Donahoe, a devoted Santamarian has supported and continued his family's long-term connection with Saint Mary's. His late father, Senator Richard Donahoe, was also honoured with an honorary degree from Saint Mary's.
Terry graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1960, and then went on to receive a Bachelor of Commerce from the University in 1964. After completing his studies at Saint Mary's, he went on to receive an LL.B. from Dalhousie University in 1967.
His distinguished political career began when he was elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature in 1978. He was reelected in 1981, 1984, 1988 and 1993. During his days in public office he was appointed Member of the Executive Council, held various portfolios including Education, Tourism and Culture, Environment, Labour, Attorney General and Chair of the Management Board. Donahoe served as the Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition and Interim Leader of Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservative Party from 1993-1995.
He has played an important role at Saint Mary's as a prominent alumnus and terms as President of the University's Alumni Association and as a member of the Board of Governors.
In the spring of 1999, he received the Alumni Association's Distinguished Community Service Award. Today, Donahoe holds the position as Chair of the Board and Executive Vice-President of Gammon Lake Resources. Donahoe will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws from Saint Mary's University.