Gift to honour professor creates Commons name

The Campaign for a Bold New Brock

Gift to honour professor creates Commons name

Jun. 12, 2008

When Arthur Peltomaa decided to give back to the institution that laid the groundwork for his successful career in law, he felt a monetary gift would be just the beginning. So, when he heard of Brock’s plan to open a Learning Commons within the James A. Gibson Library, the Niagara native knew he had found an
appropriate focus for his gift — but he presented it with a special request.

“To me, (Professor) Bill Matheson epitomizes all that was and is good about Brock as an outstanding academic institution where the focus and priority is on the teaching of students,” Peltomaa (BA, econ/poli, ’74) noted. “The Matheson Learning Commons is about students. It is about students being enabled and encouraged to savour the full university learning and living experience.”

Matheson taught at Brock for more than 30 years in the Political Science Department, while holding various administration titles, including the University’s first Vice-President, Academic, and its first Dean of Social Sciences.

“More than being an exceptionally talented lecturer, with a razor-sharp mind and nimble wit laced with a healthy measure of irreverence, Bill Matheson was to me and others a mentor and source of inspiration and encouragement,” added Peltomaa, now a highly regarded lawyer with the Toronto firm Bennett Jones and is recognized in Lexpert’s Guide to the 100 Most Creative Lawyers in Canada.