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undergraduate university
or Helen (Baines) Hodgson ('36), attending Mount Allison
University was tradition -- it was just what her family did. Her
parents met at Mount Allison and so did her mother's parents.
Helen's aunt and uncle attended, as did her younger sister and her
daughter, Julie Hodgson ('73). Mount Allison meant a lot to Helen.
"University was a big part of my mother's life," Julie says. "She studied
English and loved language and literature."
After she graduated, Helen moved to Toronto to live with her aunt
and uncle. She attended secretarial school and met her husband, John
Hodgson. They spent time in California and Louisiana while John
worked in the oil industry. They returned to Toronto in the mid-
1940s, where John earned his Master's and PhD at the University of
Toronto. They moved to Ottawa in 1949, where John worked with
the Earth Physics Branch at Energy, Mines, and Resources Canada,
and they raised their three children, John, Peter, and Julie. The family
spent a year in Paris from 1958 to 1959 and upon their return Helen
started work as an arts officer at the Canada Council for the Arts.
"Both of my parents really appreciated their university years. They
enjoyed music, the arts, and all the cultural aspects, as well as the kin-
ship and meeting of minds," says Julie. "They were both interested in
the social and intellectual parts of university life."
Helen passed away in 2006 at the age of 90 and John in 2011 at the
age of 97. In their wills, Helen and John left an equal estate gift to
both of their
alma maters.
"The bequest had been in their will for years and years," says Julie.
"It was very important for them to leave equal gifts to both univer-
sities. They very much valued their education and did well in life
because of it."
Mount Allison's unique and immersive learning community is sus-
tained and grown for future generations of students by the generosity
of donors and the confidence they have in the University.
"The University's endowments, built by generations of Allisonians,
outpace those of other Canadian universities," says President and
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell. "We would not be able to
offer the high-quality experience that is distinctive to Mount Allison
without the inspired philanthropy of donors like the Hodgsons."
Julie continued with the family tradition and graduated from
Mount Allison in 1973 with a degree in English and art history.
She spent the last 17 years of her career at the National Gallery of
Canada in Ottawa.
"I loved my time at Mount Allison," she says, "and I appreciated
the small class size, the close rapport with the professors, and the
With four generations attending Mount Allison, Julie says the
University is a huge part of her family tree.
"Mount Allison offers a really well-rounded education. It was such a
lovely opportunity to learn and grow."
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Family history
inspires the gift
of education
Helen and John Hodgson at a wedding in 1976
Endowment funds per full-time student