Day, Frank Parker

Frank Parker Day (1881-1950) gained fame recently for being selected the winner of CBC Radio’s “Canada Reads” competition in 2005 for his novel Rockbound, which was published in 1928. At Mount Allison, however, he gained distinction for being selected the school’s first Rhodes Scholar in 1905, and for scoring Mount Allison’s first points in intercollegiate rugby football on the school’s new Athletic Field in November 1900.

Day was born in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, and grew up in several towns across that province. He attended Pictou Academy, and entered Mount Allison in his junior year, 1900. While completing his undergraduate studies, Day was a member of the varsity rugby football team for each of his three years.

Following graduation in 1903, he did post-graduate work at Mount Allison between 1904 and 1905, and afterwards became a literary scholar and teacher in the United States. In 1933, he retired to Nova Scotia to pursue his writing career. Mount Allison bestowed an honorary degree on Day in 1928.

Frank Parker Day, ca. 1902






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