Monday March 13 at 19:30 — Irish Heritage Quebec will hold an activity in McMahon Hall, 1145 De Salaberry, Quebec City. Mary Wilson’s travels to Québec took years and covered a wide territory ranging from Limerick across the broad Atlantic and through Chicago and Vero Beach. Her descendant, Wilson Price, tells her story with the aid of old photographs, documents, public records and the odd history book. The presentation covers Mary Wilson’s life of luxury in Ireland, immigration to the United States, new world discrimination against the Irish, a family alone on a deserted island and the move north to a new life.
Wilson Price graduated from St Patrick’s High School in 1959. St. Pat’s gave him the knowledge and work habits needed to obtain a B.ScA. in Engineering Physics at Université Laval as well as MSc and PhD degrees in industrial engineering at the University of Birmingham, England. He earned these degrees as an officer in the Canadian army, and as such he commanded a combat engineering troop, taught as an academic instructor at the Royal Military College in Kingston and worked as a scientific staff officer at DND headquarters. He served as a professor and department chairman at the University of Ottawa and then joined the staff of Université Laval in 1975. He retired from that post in 2001. ‘Retirement’ meant serving as a visiting professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. During his career he took time off to join Price-Waterhouse as a senior I.T. director. He often acted as an advisor to Canadian and US organizations, including the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP, Transport Canada, United Technologies, and Ericsson Communications. He served as national president of CORS, the professional organization in his field, and chaired the relevant Canadian government research grants committee. His proudest accomplishment is in the success of the many students that he taught and whose research he guided.