The Honourable N.M. Paterson,
D.C.L., LL.D., K.G St. J.
In 1940, Norman Paterson was appointed to the Canadian Senate by Prime Minister MacKenzie King. Senator Paterson was appointed Knight of the Order of St. John by King George VI in 1945. He served as the first chancellor of Lakehead University, 1965 to 1971, and retired from the senate in 1981 after forty years of service.
Throughout his life, Senator Paterson took a keen interest in philanthropy. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Canada and served as President of the Victorian Order of Nurses in Canada. In 1970, Senator Paterson incorporated a private, charitable Foundation bearing his name.
The 1970's witnessed the growth of the Foundation, as well as a widening of the Foundation's scope of interest. Shortly after his One Hundredth birthday in 1983 the Senator passed away and the Foundation grew as the sole beneficiary of his estate.