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Donald MacRae Rev.

MacRae, Donald Rev.
Rev. Donald MacRae, M. A., (Aberdeen) D.D., (Queen's) was born at Hopewell, 1834, where his father, Rev. John Macrae, was minister. He graduated in Arts and Theology from the University of Aberdeen, and was ordained by the Presbytery of Edinburgh, in 1856. Dr. Macrae was a notable figure in the work of the Church in Canada, and held an eminent place as a preacher, being a most energetic worker. As minister in charge of his father's former congregation at Hopewell, N. S., as pastor in St. John's, Newfoundland, and in St. John, N. B.; as leader in connection with home mission work in the Presbytery of St. John; and later, as Principal of Morrin College, Quebec, he did most excellent and effective work, never grudging time or strength in the service of the Church or in the interests of the cause of righteousness in the land. He was the sixth Moderator of the General Assembly, held in Montreal, in 1880. He died at the home of his son, Rev. A. O. MacRae, Ph. D., Calgary, Alta., November 24, 1909. Another son, Rev. D. N. MacRae, Ph. D., is minister in Mitchell, Ontario.

Forrest, John Rev.
Rev. John Forrest, D. D., LL.D., was born in New Glasgow, 1842. He is a son of the late Alexander Forrest, M. D. He was educated at the Presbyterian College, Truro and Halifax, and was ordained and inducted into the ministerial charge of St. John's Church, Halifax, in 1866. He succeeded Principal Ross at Dalhousie College. The growth and prosperity of Dalhousie during his presidency is sufficient evidence of his wise administration.

Dr. Forrest, for many years, has been a leader in the courts of the Presbyterian Church. At the General Assembly of 1910, he was elected Moderator. He retired from the Principal-ship of Dalhousie in 1911, having well earned the right to a period of rest in the evening of his life.

MacKenzie, A. Stanley
A. Stanley MacKenzie, Ph. D., F. R. S. C., born at Pictou in 1865, was appointed to the presidency of Dalhousie University on the retirement of Dr. Forrest. He took his preparatory course at Pictou Academy; in 1885 he graduated with high honors from Dalhousie University. He received his Ph. D., degree from Johns Hopkins University, and later studied in Germany and England. After graduating he was appointed tutor of Mathematics, and in 1905 Prof. of Physics.

MacKinnon, Clarence Rev.
Rev. Clarence MacKinnon, M. A., D. D., was born at Hopewell, N. S., in 1868. He is a son of the late Rev. John Mackinnon, a minister of the village for many years. His mother was Margaret Tait of Edinburgh. He received his degree of M. A., from Edinburgh University in 1889; his degree of B. D., from the New College, Edinburgh, 1896. He has ministered to congregations in Middle Stewiacke, N. S.; Park St. Church, Halifax; St. Andrew's Church, Sydney, and Westminster Church, Winnipeg. Since 1909 he has been the esteemed Principal of the Presbyterian College, Halifax, and Prof. of Systematic Theology. He is a very popular and effective preacher and lecturer.

The story of Messrs. McKenzie, Bayne, McGregor and Purves, the first of Nova Scotian students to take a post-graduate course in Germany, is one of peculiar interest to all. They crossed the Atlantic together in 1874.

McKinzie, John J.
John J. McKenzie, the first mentioned, was Professor of Physics in Dalhousie College, Halifax, when he died, in the thirty-second year of his age. To go back to his earlier years, he was born at Green Hill, Pictou County, in 1847. He took his arts course at Halifax, winning the master's degree in 1872. Two years later he went to Germany with his fellow students; and, after a distinguished course in the University of Leipsic, received the honorable distinction, Doctor of Philosophy in 1877. On his return from Germany, he was appointed to the Chair of Physics in Dalhousie College, which he occupied less than two years, when he was stricken down in the prime of his young manhood.

In addition to the regular work of the College, he delivered a series of popular lectures on scientific subjects before the citizens of Halifax, and was an active promoter of the Technical Institute. His devotion to science was the immediate cause of his death, which took place, February 2, 1879. Dr. Bayne, who was his constant companion for nearly half his life, was with him the night he died. He was buried, amid the regrets of students and friends, at his old home, Green Hill. In his death Nova Scotia lost an accomplished student of Science and a splendid specimen of manhood.

Bayne, Herbert A.
Herbert A. Bayne, his life long friend, was a son of Rev. James Bayne D. D., Pictou. He was born in 1846, and graduated from Dalhousie College in 1871. For several years he was principal of Pictou Academy. In 1874 he went to Germany to take a post-graduate course in Chemistry, first at Leipsic University. He took his degree at Heidelburg. Here he studied under the eminent chemist, Bunsen; and received his degree cum multa laude, in 1876. On his return to Nova Scotia, he was appointed Principal of the High School, Halifax. Resigning from this position, he was appointed Professor of Chemistry in the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ont., where he endeared himself to faculty and students by his many manly qualities. Ill health compelled him to resign, and he died in Pictou, September 18, 1886, in the fortieth year of his age.

Pictonians at Home and Abroad, 1914

 

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