E. C. "Ted" Eddy: The apple (or peach) doesn't fall far from the tree

When asked about his recent support of the new veterinary college at the University of Calgary, E. C. “Ted” Eddy, BA’72 has this to say:

eddy and painting“My father told me this story and his father told it to him. An old man of 80 is found by a passer-by planting small peach trees in a field. The stranger stops and, observing the planting process, asks the old man why he’s planting peach trees when, at his age, he couldn’t possibly hope to enjoy the fruits of his labour. The old man answered the stranger by observing that he had enjoyed eating peaches all his life—peaches from trees planted by strangers long since gone. It was his hope that others would enjoy eating his peaches some day.”

A veterinary school in Calgary was his parents’ vision more than 45 years ago. In the early 1960s, Dr. Edward C. Eddy, DVM, and Ruth E. Eddy (president of both the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary) led a project to establish a western Canadian veterinary school in Alberta, at the University of Alberta campus in Calgary. Despite endless lobbying and petitions, they were unsuccessful in the attempt, and the veterinary school was established in Saskatchewan.

When the doors of the new school open at the U of C this fall, Canada's fifth veterinary college and the first to open in two decades, their dream will become a reality. And Eddy is helping to finish what they started.

As the first donor to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, he endowed the Dr. Edward C. Eddy and Mrs. Ruth Eddy Memorial Scholarship in Veterinary Medicine through a gift of shares. It will be awarded when the first class of undergraduate students arrive in September 2008. Ted’s gift-in-kind—an original painting by Ruth Eddy—made together with his brother, J. Brian Eddy, and sister, Connie V. Eddy, is prominently displayed in the new Faculty of Veterinary Medicine along with some of Dr. Eddy’s professional tools and books.

Eddy has gone one step further to establish a legacy of his own—a gift of life insurance which, when realized, will create four awards for undergraduate students in any faculty within the Departments of English, Political Science and Economics. As an active U of C alumnus, including president of the University of Calgary Alumni Association (1974), chairman of the Alumni Fund (1973), former member of the Board of Governors, and twoterms on the Senate (one as the first U of C student senator) Eddy understands the need for student support and appreciates being able to provide assistance.

“Growing up, we were imbued with the family service motto ‘to whom much is given, much is expected,” says Eddy, “And as I have no children of my own, the provision of scholarships is a way to adopt some—well into the future.”

Eddy feels confident his parents would be well pleased with the results. He says, “Their previous efforts, like the planting of the peach tree, will have borne fruit some 45 years later to the benefit of future generations.”

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