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Rory Beck Outstanding Academic and Athletic Leadership Award
Maximum Amount: $3500.00
Occasion: Convocation
Description: Awarded to the graduating student who has displayed the most outstanding dedication to athletics, academics, leadership and campus spirit throughout the undergraduate studies.
Background: Roderick Laughlin Beck, Rory to all who knew him, was one of those rare individuals who touched the lives of so many people through his professional careers, sports involvement and personal life. Some remember Rory as an incredibly talented and bright public servant, who played a key role in shaping and influencing government policy over many years. His guidance and leadership in senior positions was legendary, respected and applauded. His career spanned both federal and provincial governments, most notably with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Service Canada and as Clerk of the Executive Council in the Office of the Premier of Prince Edward Island. Some remember Rory as a friend and leader in sports, particularly in hockey circles, first as a player with the Colonel Gray Colonels, later with the Charlottetown Islanders when they won the Hardy Cup in 1981, as a UPEI Panther athlete, as president of the Charlottetown Jr. A Abbies, and also as a popular minor hockey and baseball coach. Most who knew Rory well, however, remember him as a dedicated and loving son of Shirley and Dr. Malcolm, and brother to Angus, Gordie, Callum and Normal - but most notablyas father to Luke, Jacob and Dylan, and life partner and husband of Gaylene. Rory died suddently of natural causes in April 2012 at the age of 54. He left behind many who considered him a close friend. They will remember his wonderful sense of humor, his deep respect and love for his family, and his dedication and determination to give back to his beloved Prince Edward Island. In memory of his life and legacy, friends and family have created this award to honour Rory's passion for sports and his belief that education and community service were critical components of a meaningful life.
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