Notable Dates In Connections with Colleges

Author: Unknown

Publication Date: 1966


From: The Guelph Daily Mercury,
Tuesday, November 30, 1965


Ontario Agricultural College

1869 The Hon. John Carling proposed the establishment of a school of agriculture in Ontario.
1874-1879 - William Johnston, Principal. His regime saw a firm foundation laid for the future.
1874, June I – Thirty-one students in residence at the School of Agriculture and Experimental Farm, Guelph.
1879-1904 – James Mills, president.
1880, February 11 – Act of Legislature created the Ontario Agricultural College and Experimental Farm, Guelph.
1880 Associate diploma officially approved.
1880 Ontario Agricultural and experiment Union formed.
1886 Three-year course organized.
1888 Five candidates granted the degree of B.S.A.
1889 First issue of OAC Review appeared
1893 Dairy school opened in February
1901 Massey Hall and library completed.
1902 B.S.A. Course extended to four years.
1903 Macdonald Institute opened.
1904-1920 - George C. Creelman, president.
1914 New field husbandry and poultry buildings completed. New dining hall completed. New physics building under construction.
1918 First woman admitted to regular long course in agriculture.
1920-1928 – J. B. Reynolds, president.
1920 Mills Hall completed.
1924 Opening of Memorial hall.
1926 Degree of master of science established.
1928-1947 – G. I. Christie, president.
1932 New Administration Building opened.
1941-1944 – No. 4 Wireless School stationed at the College.
1947-1950 – W. R. Reek, president.
1947-1948 – Eight grade thirteen papers required for admission to the
first year of degree course.
1950 J. D. MacLachlan was made president.
1959 Department of extension education opened.
1962 Became part of Federated Colleges.
1962 N. R. Richards was made dean.
1964 As a founding college became part of the University of Guelph.
1964 A Ph.D. program was set up under the University of Guelph.
1965 School of landscape architecture opened.
1965 School of agricultural engineering formed from department of engineering science.

History of Ontario Veterinary College

1861 Professor Buckland sent to Scotland where Professor Dick recommended Andrew Smith to head a veterinary school in Canada.
1862 Ontario Veterinary College granted a private charter.
1866 First class of three men graduated as veterinary surgeons.
1908 The college was acquired by the government and placed under the direction of the minister of agriculter.
1908 E. A. A. Grange was appointed principal.

1918 C. D. McGilvray appointed principal. Course lengthened to four years. Closer affiliation with the University of Toronto was
1922 College Transferred to Guelph.
1945 Andrew L. MacNabb appointed principal.
1946 Degree changed from bachelor of veterinary science to doctor of veterinary medicine.
1949 Forty-six acre experimental research station set up. Course lengthened from four year to five-year course.
1952 T. Lloyd Jones appointed principal.
1955 Permission obtained from University of Toronto to give a complete graduate program.
1959 Medical-surgical building opened with most modern facilities on continent.
1962 College celebrated its 100 th birthday.
1962 Became a part of Federated Colleges for administration purposes.
1964 As a founding college became part of the University of Guelph.
1965 new Building for avian pathology, wildlife diseases and virology opened.
1965 Undergraduate course changed to a four-year professional course and entrance requirements changed to include two years of pre-veterinary education at University level.