Grosvenor Blair

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Blair has dedicated his life’s work to the protection and preservation of the environment and predominantly, the Bras d’Or Lake.

Following in family tradition, Mr. Blair attended Amherst College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics in 1950.  Continuing his post-graduate education, Mr. Blair attended law school at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1953.

After serving in the United States Navy, Mr. Blair practised law in New York and later in Houston, Texas.  A high point for Mr. Blair was a trip down the Rio Grande River, which had been effectively preserved, largely through private efforts. The effects of this trip laid the groundwork for what he would contribute to the Bras d’Or Lake conservation work.

Mr. Blair has played a lead role in the development of the Bras D’Or Preservation Land Trust that established a Bras d’Or Environmental Exhibition at the Old Baddeck Post Office.

The next step for Mr. Blair was obtaining United Nations Biosphere recognition for the St, Andrews Channel in the Bras d’Or. With the combined support from the business community, private sector and the general public, the United Nations recognition came in 2011.