In recognition of Dr. Thomas Raddall’s $1 million donation to Acadia, a wing in the Biology Building has been named in his honour. - Submitted
A wing in Acadia’s Biology Building will be named in honour of Dr. Thomas Raddall.
Raddall, a member of the Class of 1957, made a $1 million donation to establish the Raddall Research Fund in Biology. It is among the largest made by an individual to Acadia.
“It has been 56 years since Tom received his undergraduate degree from Acadia, and today we celebrate a significant gift that will encourage research excellence and student success well into the future,” said Acadia’s president and vice-chancellor, Ray Ivany, as he made the announcement last week. “This reflects Tom’s lifelong commitment to his alma mater and we’re honoured to have his name and example permanently connected to our Biology Building and its programs.”
The Raddall Research Fund in Biology will be used by the department to support purchases of equipment for use by faculty and students. The fund will also finance student research projects and allow for increased participation in scientific conferences beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year. This most recent gift from Raddall is in addition to scholarships and awards he had already established to support students and faculty in the sciences and the arts.
“Tom’s thoughtfulness and generosity serve as a wonderful example of what the Acadia community hopes of every graduate,” said Ivany. “He has achieved success in his career, served his colleagues within his profession, and invested back in his community.”
Raddall graduated from Acadia with a bachelor of science before earning a D.D.S. degree from Dalhousie University in 1961. He returned to his hometown of Liverpool, N.S., where he established a successful dental practice and dedicated himself to community and professional service. Throughout his career, he remained a strong and loyal supporter of Acadia and its students.
“Student excellence is a tenet of an Acadia education and I am pleased and privileged to be able to give back to a university that has given me and my classmates so much,” said Raddall. “I had a first-class education and made lifelong friends during my time on campus. It is heartening to know that what I experienced still exists today, and that I can contribute to Acadia’s tradition of excellence.”
Dr. Tom Herman, Acadia’s academic vice-president, described Dr. Raddall’s keen interest in environmental effects on Nova Scotia’s coastline and his desire to keep coastal waters clean and healthy.
“Having his name attached to our Biology Building and connected to our students’ research is a natural fit,” Herman said, adding that Raddall is a role model for Acadia students as both a professional and a philanthropist.
Raddall’s previous gifts to Acadia were named for his mother, Edith Freeman Raddall, and father, renowned writer Thomas H. Raddall. In 2001, Dr. Raddall joined Acadia’s Board of Governors, where he served until 2013.