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Sunday, June 04, 2006


Invitation to Mary Lee's tree dedication, June 22

From David Platt:

Friends of Mary Lee:

Mary Lee's red maple tree will be dedicated at 2:00 P.M. - Thurs 22 June near the main entrance to the E. J. Pratt Library in the quadrangle at Victoria University [at the University of Toronto]. The plan was to have a Vic chaplain perform the dedication. But owing to summer schedules they are in short supply. Rather than waiting for one and prolong this event into July I have requested to Vic that we proceed on the 22nd. Doug will therefore dedicate the tree in his sister's memory.

If the weather is fine the Victoria Alumni Office will provide a refreshment table nearby on the lawn with lemonade and cookies. If it rains we will adjourn to the Victoria College building which is about 100 ft away.

It is important that all planning to attend email me so that a headcount can be given the caterers. I would wish that food neither be wasted nor inadequate. Please let me know if you plan to attend. I see this as a courtesy to Victoria University who did not have to provide us refreshments and who must reserve an appropriate sized meeting space in case of rain.


Parking is expensive and hard to find at Vic. The subway is therefore recommended. Exit the University line MUSEUM stop on the EAST side. Its SOUTH tunnel stairwell is closed owing to renovations at time of writing. Take the NORTH tunnel stairwell exit which brings you to the SE corner of University Ave at Charles St W. The old McLauglin Planetarium will be directly across University Ave. Turn about, walk SOUTH towards Queen's Park. The large stone, ivy-covered Gothic bldg on your left is Emmanuel College, Vic's divinity school.

At the south end of Emmanuel, just before the bend of Queen's Park Crescent turn LEFT at the sidewalk bisecting a flower garden. Proceed EAST into Vic with a large polished grey stone clad bldg on your right (Northrop Frye Hall). As you proceed up the nearby stairs you will then see a buff and brownstone mini-Queen's Park bldg ahead to the left. That is Victoria College (circa 1891). Walk past its south entrance and turn RIGHT at the nearby ramp with a Bell payphone. Mary Lee's tree is straight ahead beside the park bench on the right side of the sidewalk 50 ft from the Pratt Library main entrance steps.

Directions From Charles Street If You Park:

Walk along the SOUTH side of Charles St W towards University Ave and turn LEFT at the WEST end of Burwash Hall into the lane separating it from the Isabel Bader Theatre. Proceed past a wooden fence on you left into a parking area almost up to the very large buff and brownstone Victoria College bldg. Turn LEFT and walk around the College. Just as you pass its sweeping circular main entrance steps you will see Mary Lee's tree directly in line-of-sight about 50 ft behind the payphone at the bottom the sidewalk ramp leading to the E.J. Pratt Library.

If You Arrive Early:

Just to the EAST or left side of the Pratt Library is a treed recess containing the lookout and dedication engraving to the Lester B. Pearson Garden of Peace and Understanding located on a lower grade. There are some very interesting names of friends and donors to this memorial engraved in the lookout railing. A bench is provided there. 'Mike' Pearson was on Vic's faculty after WW1.

The E.J. Pratt Library will be open and contains a collection of mostly 19th C. oils in its ground floor gallery.

All are invited to this dedication, donors and non-donors. This invitation is sent to all of the Eaddresses given me. Please pass on the invitation to those not included in the distribution list. I have guesstimated 12 people for catering purposes. Please let me know by email or telephone if you or others plan to attend so that refreshments will neither be wasted nor inadequate. Hopefully we will have good weather and can celebrate our memories of Mary Lee. If you cannot attend, the tree and plaque will always be there for you to see at another time. In closing, I would like to express to you what a very beautiful memorial the Victoria University Alumni Office has completed for our good friend Mary Lee. She could not have asked for a better site at all of Vic.

David Platt
(416) 961-3283
David's email address, slightly disguised so that spammers are unlikely to get it, is: david -dot- platt -at- utoronto -dot- ca

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