Fonds - Lightbody family fonds

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Lightbody family fonds

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    • 1960-2016 (Creation)
      Lightbody family

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    96 cm of textual records
    ca. 470 photographs
    1 disk

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    Robert “Lighty” Lightbody (1945-2017) was a lawyer, philanthropist and Trent Alumni. He was a part of the original class at Trent University (1964) and graduated with a degree in Economics and Mathematics. Bob and his wife, Margaret “Margie” Lightbody (1946-2022) were active alumni, engaging with various Trent University boards, committees, and associations. Robert was on the Board of Governors (1972-1983), the Planned Giving Committee, and an active member of the Trent University Alumni Association (TUAA), of which Robert was a founding member (1967).

    Margaret “Margie” Lightbody (d. 2022) graduated from Trent University with a degree in French and Mathematics, also in the class of 1964. She was a high school math teacher at Adam Scott Collegiate Vocational Institute. She was also a proud and engaged Trent Alumni. She coordinated and organized many Trent Alumni events, including 30th and 50th anniversary events for the class of 1964, and represented TUAA at the Board of Governors Committee. She was also a great supporter of the Peterborough community and helped organized different events and fundraising campaigns.

    The Lightbody’s philanthropy extended to Trent University where they engaged in many fundraising activities including the Robert Lightbody Prize (est. 1984), and supported the building of the Athletics Building and the Student Centre. The Lightbodys were active volunteers in the Trent community and both were noted for their boundless energy when it came to supporting Trent University be it with their time or with fundraising efforts.

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    Fonds consists of records documenting Robert Lightbody's experiences with Trent University, as a student, lawyer, fundraiser, and active alumnus. Records include correspondence, meeting minutes, photographs, newspaper clippings, planning records, student records, pamphlets and other ephemera, course syllabi, and student governance records. Fonds also includes a speech and pamphlets from a talk given by Margaret Lightbody for the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW).

    Fonds is organized into 11 series. Trent University student life; Student government and groups; Course materials; University development; Athletics building; Alumni Association and reunions; Trent properties, funds, and development; Bagnani Endowmnent; Photographs and alumni reunion; Newspaper clippings and images; Margie Lightbody CFUW speech.

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        Series 7 and 8 are restricted and require permission from the University Archivist to view. All other series are open.

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        A poster of a rowing boat with the caption “Canada’s Small University” that was received with the fonds was relocated to Trent Cabinet number 7.

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