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2016 BCI Hall of Excellence
2016 BCI Hall of Excellence
Posted on 10/17/2016

Swayze and Stangeby to be Inducted into
Brockville Collegiate Institute Hall of Excellence

(Brockville) – A man who dedicated six decades of his life to the sport of rowing, and an internationally recognized engineering professor, are this year’s inductees into the Brockville Collegiate Institute (BCI) Hall of Excellence.

The late Craig Swayze, and Dr. Peter Stangeby, will be inducted Saturday, November 12 during the 2016 Brockville Collegiate Institute Hall of Excellence and Faculty Awards Celebration. The event will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the BCI auditorium.

Swayze is being remembered for his work with the International Rowing Federation and the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta . He was first introduced to rowing at the age of ten and later joined the Brockville Rowing Club (BRC). He was a member of the BRC’s championship junior four team at the 1947 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. During his time in Brockville, he served with the BRC as a captain, and co-captain before volunteering with the executive.

As an adult, Swayze enjoyed a successful career as a sports writer, first with the Brockville Recorder and Times, then the Canadian Press in Toronto, and eventually with the St. Catharines Standard. While in St. Catharines, he was heavily involved with the St. Catharines Rowing Club and played a pivotal role in establishing rowing as a world-class sport through the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. He was also involved with policy making through the International Rowing Federation and served as chairman of the North American Rowing Championships.

He moved to St. Catharines in the 1950s, where he became assistant managing editor for The Standard. He covered rowing championships all over the world.

Swayze died in 2000. Both the Henley trophy for the men’s eight, and the recently renovated grandstand at the Henley course, are named in his honour.

Dr. Stangeby is an internationally recognized physicist who worked for more than 40 years at the University of Toronto. The engineering professor is a leading authority on most aspects of the boundary physics of magnetic fusion energy research devices. He has had a profound influence on the field of fusion energy both through his own scientific work and through inspiring and mentoring the next generation of researchers in the field.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is the author of numerous articles and publications including the definitive, world-recognized book The Plasma Boundary of Magnetic Fusion Devices.

Dr. Stangeby attended BCI from 1957 to 1962 and during his time at the school he was student council president, a member of the drama and Key Club and an Ontario Scholar. After graduating from BCI, the professor attended the University of Toronto earning his bachelor and master of science degrees in physics followed by a doctorate at the University of Oxford.

Since his retirement from the engineering faculty at the University of Toronto , Dr. Stangeby has continued to teach undergraduates on a pro bono basis, sharing his love of learning and his passion for physics.

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