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Stanley Brice Frost

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Stanley Brice Frost was born in England on February 17, 1913 just prior to World War I. He earned his Bachelor of Divinity from London University in 1936, followed by a D.Phil from Marburg University. With the outbreak of World War II in 1939, Frost, who had just recently been ordained a Methodist minister, stayed in London where he served as both a pastor and an air raid warden.

After a seven-year stint teaching Old Testament Language and Literature at Didsbury College, Bristol University, Frost came to McGill in 1956. It was the beginning of a extraordinary career. “Stanley had a remarkable ability to accept challenges and to take these challenges onto successful completion,” said McNally. “Just look at what he did here at McGill.”

Over the next five decades, the indefatigable Frost held many positions including Professor of Old Testament Studies 1956-75; Dean of Faculty of Divinity 1957-63; Dean of Graduate Studies and Research 1963-69; and Vice-Principal (Administration and Professional Faculties) 1969-74.

In 1975, Frost stepped away from both teaching and administration and took on a new challenge; becoming the founding Director of the History of McGill Project. As McGill’s official historian, Frost spent the next 28 years studying, researching and promoting the long history of the University. Along the way he helped found the James McGill Society, for the study of McGill’s history, as well as author a number of major publications including “McGill University: For the Advancement of Learning”; “The Man in the Ivory Tower: F. Cyril James of McGill”; and “James McGill of Montreal.”

Books by Stanley Brice Frost

Man in the Ivory Tower, The

February 17, 1913

July 25, 2013