Honorary Degree Citation - Everett Cherrington Hughes*

by Harold H. Potter, May 1966

Mr. Chancellor,

I have the honour to present to you Professor Everett Cherrington Hughes of Brandeis University.

Professor Hughes is a distinguished sociologist of the United States, He has served as Professor of Sociology at McGill University, at l'Université Lavai and at l'Université de Montréal. Recently he served a year as consultant to the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. He is a former Chairman of the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago and a Past President of the American Sociological Association, His wife, Dr. Helen MacGill Hughes, was a Visiting Professor of Sociology at Sir George Williams University in the Spring of 1965.

Professor Hughes enjoys an international reputation as an authority on the relations between peoples of different cultural backgrounds and as an authority on studies of occupations and work careers.

Dr. Hughes has been actively interested in the social life of Quebec province for more than 30 years. In the late 1930s he completed research into changes in the population and in the social and cultural life of a place he called Cantonville, where rapid industrialization was taking place, and reported the changes in French Canada in Transition published in 1943. It remains the definitive work on that subject.

Sociological teaching and research in Canada owe an enormous debt to Professor Hughes through his former students, who have become distinguished professional sociologists in their own right in this country, and have continued to be inspired by their beloved friend, teacher, colleague and counsellor.

Mr. Chancellor, I am privileged to present Everett Cherrington Hughes on behalf of the University Council and by authority of the Board of Governors that you may confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

* deceased