Shawnigan Lake School - Yearbook (Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia Canada)

 - Class of 1982

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The 1981-82 Edition of the Stag is respectfully dedicated to: FRANK DUXBURY (1900-1982) News of the passing of Frank Duxbury last June in Courtenay will have saddened many hundreds of his former pupils and colleagues. Not only was he a superb teacher, of history particu- larly, but he was something more - a superb schoolmaster, a loyal friend, and a true gentleman. Thousands of boys in four Canadian independent schools, over a span of four decades, were influenced for good by his vital, life-affirming spirit - at Shawnigan Lake, Lakefield, Sedbergh, P.Q. (of which he was co-founder), and at Ridley. " Dux " , or " Duke " , as he was affectionately known, made an outstanding contribution to education in Canada. His work deserves a fitting tribute, especially because it was the kind of quiet, honest, self-effacing work which throughout our hyped-up culture of today tends to be so sadly undervalued. Alas, this writer feels quite inadequate to the task of wording such a tribute. All he can hope to do is to give some indication to those who never knew " Mr. Duxbury " of his greatness as a teacher and friend, and to those who had the immense privelege of knowing him, to conjure up some happy memories of a truly unique character. The fitting tribute he truly deserves will be paid in heaven, where he laid up much treasure while on earth. Born of well-to-do parents in Bolton, Lancashire, at the begin- ning of the glittering Edwardian era, Frank Duxbury was formed to manhood with a result that would surely have pleased Thomas Arnold himself. Through his experiences at Sedbergh School, Lancashire; in the Royal Field Artillery in the final months of the Great War that shattered the secure world of his childhood and youth; and at Trinity College, Cambridge, he acquired the stamp of scholar and gentleman that was never to leave him. Through all the ups and downs of his quiet yet adventuresome life, he remai- ned sincere, brave, and kind - and maddeningly reticent about himself. During the early 1920 ' s, in the aftermath of the war when the lights came flickering back on across Europe, Frank Duxbury sought a field of endeavour worthy of his talents and ideals. He studied at Cambridge and Grenoble, travelled in Germany and throughout much of Europe, climbed the Matterhorn, skied for two weeks alone across the frozen reaches of Lapland, flirted with careers in journalism, as a foreign correspondent, and in law, but finally settled on schoolmastering. An initial stint at a small prep school in England was followed by a voyage to Canada and an appointment at Ridley College. After five happy years there, he returned to England when his mother unexpectedly died. Late r, he came back to the new world he had come to love, this time to Lakefield where he soon settled in to continue his unique style of teaching - in the classroom, on the playing field and in the great outdoors which he loved so much. In 1939, following a soul-searching adventure the previous year canoeing down the Mackenzie River to its mouth, Frank Duxbury and Tom Wood founded Sedbergh School in Montebello, Quebec. Choosing as the school ' s motto the ancient Greek aphorism, " Happiness is Freedom and Freedom is Courage, " the co-founders sought to build " not just another school " but " a home-like envi- ronment where joyous, disciplined living " would slowly but surely lead to that true liberation which great educators have always seen to be the ultimate goal of education. Boys were to be taught not

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