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|Status:||Grad Studies at UPEI|
|Application Form:||Application Form|
|Occasion:||Other Graduate Awards|
|Description:||Awarded to an individual when admission has been confirmed from a recognized medical school, and preferably to a candidate who was born in Prince Edward Island and a resident of King's County or Southeastern Queens (Wood Islands, Belle River).|
|Background:||Hon. Dr. M. Lorne Bonnell (1923 - 2006) was a well known and admired physician, politician and businessman. Born January 4, 1923, in the very small rural community of Hopefield, P.E.I., he was one of sevenchildren in the Bonnell family. He attended a one-room school, typical of Prince Edward Island in that erauntil the family moved to Charlottetown when he was ten years old. He attended West Kent School and Prince ofWales College in Charlottetown, and Dalhousie University in Hailfax, Nova Scotia. He graduated with the degreeof Doctor of Medicine, Master of Surgery (M.D., C.M.) in May, 1949. In July, 1949, Dr. M. Lorne Bonnell married Ruby Jardine. Two children were born to them - Mark LorneII, and Linda Florence. Dr. Bonnell and his wife had thirty years of happy marriage before Ruby's death inDecember, 1979. Also, in July, 1948 Dr. M. Lorne Bonnell established a medical practice in Murray River. Anoutstanding achievement was his diagnosis and successful treatment of an Rh positive bab y, the first time thishad been done in this province (1949).In 1951, Dr. M. Lorne Bonnell entered provincial politics and over the next two decades was re-elected fivetimes as a member of the Legislative Assembly of P.E.I. He held several portfolios in the Cabinet: Minister ofHealth, Minister of Tourist Development, Minister of housing, and Minister of Welfare. In November, 1971, Dr. Bonnell was called to the Senate of Canada, where he served withdistinction until, January 4, 1998 veterans, and tabled the r eport, "They Served - We Care." In 1973 when Senator Bonnell chaired the Centennial Committee for Murray River (marking P.E.I.'sentrance into Confederation) he began to explore the possibility of bringing cable vision to this province. Itwas difficult to bring this idea to fruition, with many hurdles and roadblocks to overcome. In short, afterthree years, Senator Bonnell, President and CEO, and his partners Harry MacLauchl|
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