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Simon Fraser University celebrates 50th anniversary

He's 91 now, but SFU’s first academic planner, Ronald Baker, still remembers the excitement of opening day.

Now 91, SFU's first academic planner, Ronald Baker, still remembers the excitement of opening day

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      It's been 50 years since Simon Fraser University first opened its doors on Sept. 9, 1965.

      Proposed and planned only two years earlier, and plagued with skepticism about its construction on top of a mountain and its tight launch window, it was dismissively dubbed, the "instant university."

      Few believed it would even open on time, or foresaw the impact it would have, graduating more than 130,000 people including B.C. premiers, Olympic medalists and luminaries of the arts world.

      At 91, Ronald Baker, the university's first academic planner and faculty member still remembers the excitement of that first day.

      Flip through the photos and take a walk through the history of one of B.C.'s premier educational institutions.

      Then listen to the audio labelled: Simon Fraser University turns 50, and hear Margaret Gallagher's full interview with Baker on CBC's The Early Edition.

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