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Jeanne Lamon and Sir John Bell to receive honorary degrees from U of T

November 18, 2014

TORONTO, ON — Over 4,000 stu­dents will grad­u­ate from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to over the next week, and the uni­ver­si­ty will also cel­e­brate the remark­able accom­plish­ments two hon­orary grad­u­ates: Jeanne Lam­on and Sir John Bell.

Jeanne Lam­on C.M., O.Ont. has been praised by crit­ics in Europe and North Amer­i­ca for her vir­tu­os­i­ty as a vio­lin­ist and for her bril­liant lead­er­ship as the Music Direc­tor of Tafel­musik. She recent­ly stepped down as Music Direc­tor, end­ing a remark­able 33-year tenure at the helm of one of Canada’s most suc­cess­ful per­form­ing arts orga­ni­za­tions. Under her direc­tion, Tafel­musik has achieved inter­na­tion­al stature and is con­sid­ered “one of the world’s top baroque orches­tras” accord­ing to Gramo­phone Mag­a­zine. CEREMONY: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 10:00AM

Immu­nol­o­gist and geneti­cist Sir John Bell is Regius Pro­fes­sor of Med­i­cine at Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty, and Chair­man of the Office for the Strate­gic Coor­di­na­tion of Health Research. He served as Pres­i­dent of the Acad­e­my of Med­ical Sci­ences from 2006 to 2011. His research inter­ests are in the area of autoim­mune dis­ease and immunol­o­gy where he has con­tributed to the under­stand­ing of immune acti­va­tion in a range of autoim­mune dis­eases. In 1993, he found­ed the Well­come Trust Cen­tre for Human Genet­ics, one of the world’s lead­ing cen­tres for com­plex trait com­mon dis­ease genet­ics. CEREMONY: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 6:00PM


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