FOCUS ON GIVING Remembering Art Drysdale (’84) A rt Drysdale is a name known across generations at Mount Allison. He was a faithful alunus and promoted Mount Allison every chance he had. He was a partner, a classmate, a friend, a musician, a storyteller/maker, and the only person to get a standing ovation at the 1984 Convocation. Many current students will remember him as “the guy with the guitar at the Uteck Bowl.” He loved Mount Allison and Mount Allison loved him. Drysdale’s sudden passing nearly a year ago deeply affected the Mount Allison community. “Nothing prepared me for the reaction to Art’s passing,” says alumni director, Carolle de Ste-Croix (’90). Drysdale had been a steadfast supporter of the University. Ten years ago, when the Class of 1984 chose the music library as their class project, Drysdale, along with his classmate and best friend David Wheaton (’84), came together to call classmates, asking for their support. And they delivered in a very generous way. So when it came time to figure out the best way to ensure that future generations of Allisonians knew and remembered Drysdale, his classmates had no hesitation. “We were best friends and it was important for me to carry on his legacy,” says Wheaton. “Nobody could entertain a crowd like Art and I am so grateful to be able to give back to remember him.” Twenty-four of his classmates did the same. Each has pledged $1,000 over five years to create an endowment for the Art Drysdale Scholarship. This endowment fund will provide a $1,000 scholarship per year for a student. “Of the many things I will miss about Art, I will miss playing guitar together and our phone conversations about our lives the most,” says Wheaton. “But, as Art always quoted, ‘ya gotta kick at the darkness ’til it bleeds daylight.’ So we will all just keep pushing forward.” If you are interested in contributing to the Art Drysdale Scholarship, contact Susan Smith, manager, annual giving at ssmith@ or (506) 364-2349 26 / Fall 2014 / RECORD