Class of '61 - 50th Golden Anniversary Jubilee
The Class of 1961 held its 50th Anniversary reunion at the NUS Bukit Timah Campus on the evening of 22 January 2011.
Present at the reunion were 15 of the 22 members of the pioneer class, including legal luminaries Ambassador-at-Large and former Dean Professor Tommy Koh ’61, Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong ’61, former Dean Dr Thio Su-Mien ’61 and Emeritus Professor Koh Kheng Lian ’61.
Chief Justice Chan ’61 said, “We, the Class of ‘61, are extremely pleased that the University has agreed to establish a Chair of Law in Sheridan's name so that his legacy will live on.
“We were very fortunate to be able to study law in 1957. If Sheridan had not started classes then, all of us might not be here today. Because we were in the first class of '61, we have a special place in the history of legal education in Singapore and Malaysia.”
NUS President, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, said, “As the founding Dean of Law, Professor Lionel Astor Sheridan shaped the study and teaching of law in Singapore during the Faculty’s formative years. He left an indelible mark on the University, Faculty and students.
“The creation of the Chair in honour of Professor Sheridan recognises his contribution to the Faculty of Law, and is a very meaningful way to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Singapore’s pioneer class of lawyers. We are very grateful to the Class of ’61 for this wonderful initiative.”
Lionel A. Sheridan Professorship Endowed Fund
Prof Sheridan was appointed the first Professor of Law and Head of the then Department of Law in the then University of Malaya in 1956. He was instrumental in planning the curriculum for legal studies, setting up the law library and negotiating for professional recognition of local law graduates. When the Department attained Faculty status in November 1959, he was elected as its first dean, in which capacity he served till 1962.
Prof Sheridan was not able to attend the reunion, but sent his greetings by way of a letter, which was read out at the event: "Both rejoicing and relief were occasioned in the early years of the Faculty of Law by the decisions by the Governments of the Federation of Malaya and of Singapore that legislation would be introduced to enable graduates of the University of Malaya to practise as advocates and solicitors.
“It was not expected that all holders of the degree of Bachelor of Laws would wish for a career as members of the legal profession, but members of the Faculty considered it to be of the utmost importance that graduates of the local university should be allowed to qualify to do so.
“Did one anticipate then that among their number there would be a Chief Justice and other judges, a President of the Law Society, an Ambassador-at-Large and all manner of distinguished persons? Yes, certainly. The expectations entertained by those who lectured, tutored and examined were extremely optimistic."
The Class of 1961 expresses its hope that alumni from the five subsequent graduating classes of 1962 - 1966 will join them in support of this Professorship.
To make a contribution to the Lionel A.Sheridan Professorship, please visit
http://giving.nus.edu.sg/give/detail/faculty-of-law/. For more information, please call Mr Christopher Bartholomeusz at (+65) 6516 3616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org