I Remembering Purdy Crawford n 2012, there was celebration marking the completion of the Mount Allison JUMP campaign. One of the campaign projects was a fine and performing arts centre. At the request of lead donors, my father was asked if he’d mind if the building bear his name. He was deeply proud of this, but ever the pragmatist, he suggested that if the University could gain further fund raising advantage by naming the building otherwise, he would encourage this course of action. Whether his idea was considered or not, it was not to be. From the ground breaking in August, 2012 my father continually followed the progress of the building. What stage was it at? Was it on budget? Was it on time? He started suggesting that all of us, his children and grandchildren, attend the grand opening. He had had some health challenges, which heightened over the winter, but it seemed as though he might be able to overcome them to be at the opening. Looking back on it, Dad wanted us to be there not only to share in a proud moment but also so we all could participate in a historic event and become a part of the Mount Allison family. And again, it would serve as a subtle, or perhaps not so subtle, recruiting opportunity for his grandchildren! Fast forward to Oct. 3, 2014. We are heading to Sackville for the opening. There are 27 of us: Purdy’s immediate family and many members of his extended family. We cross over the unpaved Lynn Road from Dad’s native home in Five Islands, NS, past the brilliant crimsons of the blueberry fields. Each of us is heavy with the realization that Purdy is not with us on this journey. We shore ourselves up for what we know will be an emotional and bittersweet day. We pass through Springhill, Amherst, the marshes, and are welcomed to campus by the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts. For most of us it is our first time to see it in reality. 36 / Fall 2014 / RECORD We excitedly gather and tour the facility, alive with the activity of art being created and graced with the heritage of the alumni art exhibit on its walls. We are struck most by the passion that was a large part of its creation. So much care and attention was given to the practical elements of how the building would serve its users. How did we feel on this day? Excited, proud that Purdy’s name was associated with such a magnificent place, sad that he was not with us, but most of all happy that the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts is the embodiment of what my dad aspired for his alma mater. A place that provides an inspiring blank canvas for students, faculty, and the larger community to create and appreciate the arts as part of a broad liberal arts and science education… and yes, one that was on time and on budget! We would like thank those who gave their hard work, generous support, and most of all love to this project for allowing us to take part in its celebration. Suzanne Crawford (’79, past Chair of the Board of Regents) on behalf of the Purdy Crawford Family. Editor’s Note: A biography of Purdy Crawford entitled Fire in the Belly: How Purdy Crawford rescued Canada and changed the way we do business by Gordon Pitts was co-published by Mount Allison and Nimbus Publishing this fall. It is available in bookstores and online. Purdy Crawford and long-time friend John Bragg (’62, LLD ’93, chancellor emeritus) at a Mount Allison donor appreciation event in 2012.