Due to Covid-19, 3 inductees for 2019-20 have still to be received into our Hall of Fame.  These inductions, and any future inductions, will take place when Government guidelines safely permit.

The Old Aloysian Hall of Fame is now in its second year. You can read about our first inductees below.

For this academic year, we are celebrating the induction of 4 inspiring and motivational OAs:

Professor Frank Dunn CBE (1965) – recognised for his services to Cardiology and the Community
Mr Alfred Morrison (1980) – recognised for his services to the Traditional Music Industry
Mr Paul Coia (1973)  - recognised for his services to Broadcasting and Communications
Dr Lorna Gold (1990) – recognised for her services to the Environment and Climate Change

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OA HALL OF FAME 2020

 

Introducing Piping Legend, Fred Morrison (1980)

Previously a member of both Clan Alba and Capercaillie, Fred Morrison has made his mark on the world of traditional Scottish music, having been lauded internationally and developing his own brand of pipes, the Fred Morrison Pipes.

Here, as one of our new inductees into the OA Hall of Fame, Fred talks about learning to play the pipes, and how the current situation is affecting the piping world.

“I learned from my dad who came from the island of South Uist, where piping has been a very strong part of the culture for generations. Many members of my family played – uncles and other relatives - and it was just like a way of life learning the pipes. South Uist was known for having a very musical, expressive style of playing, which I still use today. 

“The current situation really has had a major impact on performing. I had a full month’s coast to coast tour of Canada scheduled for May which had to be cancelled, which was a big disappointment, as there were a lot of terrific venues and many of them had been sold out in advance and I had been so looking forward to it. Also, in the Summer there are already some major celtic festivals cancelled, including Ortigueira and Lorient, which are probably the two biggest celtic festivals in the world. 

“Looking forward, I always go to the US in October, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed, but with the way things have been, it’s beginning to seem unlikely also. 

“I have been planning a live online concert that I will try to broadcast at some point and hopefully that will give some of the people who wanted to come along a chance to get a listen.  You can keep up-to-date by visiting: https://fredmorrison.com/ 

“I would like to wish everyone at home all the best and hope that things will resume to normality as soon as it is safe and healthy for all.”

Watch Fred perform “Kansas City Hornpipe”, recorded at Glasgow’s Fruit Market  (4.49 min view)

And this clip from BBC’s ‘Piping Live’  6.00 min view (not available outside the UK)

Recognised for his services to Cardiology and the Community

Professor Frank Dunn (Class of 1965) CBE, DL, DSc, FRCP (Glasg), FACC

Professor Dunn is a Past President of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, retired Consultant Cardiologist at Stobhill General Hospital and Honorary Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Glasgow.  

Professor Dunn attended the College from 1954-1964.  He was a Governor of the College from May 2001 until June 2013, was Vice Chairman from 2007-2008, Acting Chairman from 2008-2009 and then Chairman from 2009-2013.           

He graduated in Medicine from the University of Glasgow and his Postgraduate training was at The Royal Infirmary of Glasgow and in the USA. He was a Staff Member at the Ochsner Medical Institutions in New Orleans and was Assistant Professor of Medicine at Louisiana State University from 1980-83. He then returned to Glasgow as a Consultant Cardiologist at Stobhill Hospital.  He was Clinical Director at Stobhill NHS Trust (1994-2000) and North Glasgow Hospitals NHS Trust (2000-2006).  

Professor Dunn has 150 publications and 15 book chapters principally in the areas of hypertension and coronary artery disease. He has received research grants from a number of national organisations.  Professor Dunn has served on the Council for the British Cardiac Society and the Scottish Cardiac Society. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and holds Honorary Fellowships from American College of Physicians, the Royal College of Physician of Ireland and the Singapore Academy of Medicine. He is a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for the County of Dunbartonshire and Freeman of the Barony Burgh of Kirkintilloch.  

He was Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow from 2007-2010 and was President from 2012-2015. He received a CBE in 2014 for services to Cardiology and the Community.  

Outwith Medicine, he loves the game of golf and holds memberships at Lenzie and Royal Troon. He writes a regular column for the Kirkintilloch Herald and is a music request collector for the Hospital Broadcasting Service. He is married to Helen and has two sons and two grandsons. Family has always been a key part of his life.

OA HALL OF FAME 2018 - 2019

 

Recognised for his services to Broadcasting and Public Life

James Stuart, Lord Gordon of Strathblane (Class of 1953)  (b.1936, d.2020)

James Gordon left his position as Political Editor of STV in 1973 to set up Radio Clyde which commenced broadcasting on 31st December that year. He remained as Managing Director until 1996 when he became Chairman of what had grown into Scottish Radio Holdings until 2005. He was also a non-executive director of several listed companies, and a member of BP’s Scottish Advisory Board 1990-2003.

He Chaired the Scottish Tourist Board/Visit Scotland from 1998-2001 and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre from 1983-89 and was a Member of Court at University of Glasgow 1983-97, a Board Member of the Scottish Development Agency 1981-90 and a Trustee of the National Galleries 1998-2001.  He was awarded the CBE in 1984, became a Life Peer in 1997, and holds Honorary degrees from Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian Universities, the Lord Provosts Award for public service in 1994 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Glasgow Chamber of Commerce in 2015.

He is married with a daughter and two sons, and 4 grandchildren. 

Recognised for his services to the Improvement of Health and Wellbeing in Scotland   

Professor Sir Harry Burns (Class of 1969)

Sir Harry Burns graduated in medicine in 1974 from Glasgow University and in 1984, was appointed Consultant Surgeon, University Department of Surgery, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow.  In 1990, following completion of an MSc Public Health, he was appointed Medical Director of the Royal Infirmary.  Many of his patients lived in the east end of Glasgow and it was this insight to the complex inter-relationships between social and economic status, illness and recovery that began his lifelong focus: to reduce health inequalities.

In 1994, he was appointed Director of Public Health for Greater Glasgow Health Board and in 2005 he became Chief Medical Officer for Scotland.  He was Knighted in 2011 and in 2014, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, presented him with a lifetime achievement award for public service from the Scottish Government.

In April 2014 he became Professor of Global Public Health at Strathclyde University.  In addition to research publication and supervision of doctoral students, Sir Harry leads on a number of major, multi-agency projects and is Chair of the University’s Centre for Health Policy.  He is a regular invited keynote speaker to local, national and international events and to academic programmes. 

Among many appointments, he is a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; a member of Diabetes UK Board; Chair of the Wheatley Foundation; a member of Johnson & Johnson’s Impact Investment Advisory Committee and a member of the Health Foundation’s Sciana Programme for international health leaders.

In November 2017, the Scottish Government published Sir Harry’s report on an independent review of targets and indicators in Scotland's NHS.

Recognised for his services to Business and Philanthropy

Maurice Taylor CBE, DBA, KJSJ, FBIM, FIH, KOHS (Class of 1958)

Maurice V Taylor is Founder and Chairman of The Chardon Group. Renowned and respected both nationally and internationally, Maurice is recognised for dedication to entrepreneurship and innovation, and distinguished by strategic vision.

Maurice owns a number of Scotland’s most successful hotels and restaurants, including Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland and Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport. Back in 1975, he also launched Glasgow’s original French Mediterranean Brasserie, the award winning La Bonne Auberge, and today diners can still enjoy the delights of its tantalizing, ‘in-vogue’ menus at Maurice’s Glasgow Holiday Inn Theatreland.

In addition he created, developed and ran the prestigious Parklands Country Club in the Newton Mearns area of Glasgow – another first in its class at the time.  He also founded and operated Chardon Management the UK’s largest independent hotel management company which was subsequently sold after 15 years to Interstate Hotels and Resorts the largest US-based global management company.

Throughout his years in the industry Maurice has been the proud recipient of a plethora of awards including Lifetime Achievement and Entrepreneur of the Year from a number of august bodies. He is currently visiting Professor at the Scottish Hotel School and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Strathclyde where they also elevated him to their “Strathclyde Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs".

Maurice’s most recent achievements are Lifetime Achievement Award from Inspiring City Awards, The Lifetime Excellence Award from CIS Excellence Awards and his appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to business and charity.

Recognised for her services to Scots Law and for being the first woman to be elected as Dean of The Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow

Nicola Irvine (Class of 1993) 

Nicola attended St Aloysius’ College from 1988-1993. She went on to study law at the University of Strathclyde then commenced her legal career at Hughes Dowdall solicitors. She subsequently joined the firm of Russells Gibson McCaffrey in 2002 and is now the managing partner of that firm.

Aside from her work as a solicitor, Nicola was appointed as a legal member of the First Tier Tribunal for Scotland in 2017.

Nicola has always taken a keen interest in supporting the legal profession and in 2017, she was the first woman to be appointed as Dean of The Royal Faculty of Procurators in its 349 year history.