Historic legacy gift helps hundreds of North Island College students

Almost 300 North Island College students will receive $1,000 each, thanks to the largest bequeathed gift in NIC Foundation history.

The $285,000 legacy gift came from Dr. Allan Duncan Pritchard, who passed away Nov. 28, 2019 at the age of 91

Pritchard’s family has deep roots in the Comox Valley, where he was born on Aug. 8, 1928, the middle son of Norman and Bessie (nee Jolly) Pritchard.

“I feel extremely honoured to be able to administer my uncle’s estate and fulfil his donations to charities like yours that he believed so strongly in,” said Pritchard’s niece, Sandy Neal. “Uncle Allan was proud of his roots in the Comox Valley and until his death remained unwaveringly dedicated to a life of academics.”

Pritchard grew up in the Comox Valley and considered himself fortunate to have spent his childhood roaming the fields of the Duncan/Dingwall Sandwick properties, swimming in the waters of the Tsolum River and searching for fossils on the banks of the Puntledge River, according to his obituary in the Comox Valley Record.

He earned his bachelor’s degree at UBC, followed by his master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Toronto. He taught for a brief period at UBC and eventually moved on to serve a 33-year tenure at the U of T teaching 17th century English literature.

“Allan was an accomplished writer, historian, cited expert on architecture, world traveler and philanthropist, but most of all he was a kind and modest man,” stated his obituary.

“In the last few years, he spent many hours pouring over Comox Valley and BC research, always in pursuit of new information, and was so pleased when he came across some obscure interesting facts that he could pass along,” Neal told NIC about her uncle.

Pritchard also made substantial gifts to the Courtenay Museum and the U of T.

“Uncle Allan chose to donate his estate to charities that very accurately represent who he was and what was important to him, his beloved Comox Valley, local history and academics,” Neal said.

The NIC Foundation has been advancing student success, education and community growth through NIC for more than 26 years.

“We are so incredibly grateful and honoured to receive this historic gift,” said Randall Heidt, Executive Director of the NIC Foundation. “Dr. Allan Pritchard leaves an incredible legacy on Vancouver Island as his generosity will help hundreds of NIC students reach their educational, career and life goals. It’s just a massive impact when you think about it.”

To support the NIC Foundation and make a difference in the lives of post‐secondary students, call 250-334-5074 or visit https://foundation.nic.bc.ca.

The NIC Foundation supports NIC students through scholarships and bursaries, equips classrooms with current technology and ensures the best possible learning facilities are accessible on the Central and North Island.

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