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Thomas Condon
April 1, 2010   Reported By: Frank Ferrel
Thomas J. Condon, a Member of the Order of Canada

Conversations With Maine host Frank Ferrel introduces us to Thomas J. Condon, he is an American who has dedicated himself to the culture of New Brunswick, Canada. His list of cultural and educational accomplishments is impressive.




In 1962, a young Condon, fresh with a PhD from Harvard University, began his professional teaching career at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton as an Assistant Professor of History. Over the ensuing decade, Condon excelled in the academic world, accepting teaching positions and fellowships in Indiana and New York, and London, England. However, despite his global appeal, Condon returned to New Brunswick and held the positions of Professor of History and Dean of Arts at UNB Fredericton.
In 1975, Condon became a Canadian citizen, and eventually took the position of Vice-President for the University of New Brunswick, Saint John Campus. For over two terms, Condon worked tirelessly to improve the facilities and education at UNBSJ and expand its academic potential into the world renowned campus that it is today.
In 1996, Condon retired from teaching after serving in numerous UNB positions both academic and administrative, as well as authoring dozens of publications and studies. For his efforts, he was named Vice President Emeritus of the Saint John campus and the Thomas J. Condon Student Centre at UNBSJ was named in his honour. He has also been named as Governor Emeritus of the UNB Board of Governors.
Condon is also well known for his massive support and dedication to a significant cultural piece of Saint John’s heritage. In 1982, he accepted the chair position of the community effort to restore the Imperial Theatre, located in the heart of King’s Square, Saint John, and a centerpiece for the city. For over 12 years he orchestrated community support for the project and oversaw the restoration of the building. In 1996, he was awarded a plaque by the Mayor and City Council of Saint John for his years of service and commitment to the city, and named Honorary Life Governor of Imperial Theatre Inc, Saint John.
Over the years, Condon has sat on community and cultural boards and directorships, academic societies, and regional advisory committees. He has given his time and valued service to important bodies including the Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, the Canadian Conference of the Arts, Festival by the Sea - Saint John, Symphony New Brunswick, and many others.
In 2004, the Governor General and the Government of Canada rewarded his service by appointing him a Member of the Order of Canada.
Thomas Condon is receiving the Order of New Brunswick for his incredible work in the academic community, his effective administration of post-secondary institutions and organizations, and his remarkable dedication to culture in New Brunswick.


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