Colonel I. A. Purdie, CD, ADC
Cadet Commanding Officer 1954-1955
Ian Purdie attended St Andrew's College from 1953-1955 during which time he was a Prefect, manager of the football team and Cadet Commanding Officer.
He joined the army as a private soldier, was promoted to Corporal and in 1956 received his commission as a Second Lieutenant. Serving in various regiments he qualified as an Armoured Artillery, and Infantry Officer. Joining the Lincoln and Welland Regiment in St. Catharines, Ontario, in 1967, Ian was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer in 1974. During his four year tenure he trained in Canada's high arctic and with the Canadian Airborne Regiment.
He was recalled to command again in 1986, qualifying his unit in helicopter operations and combat reconnaissance. Retiring in 1990 after two years as an instructor in computer war games at the Militia Officer Training School in Toronto, LCol Purdie spent the summers of 1994, 1995 and 1999 assisting the army cadet camps at CFB Borden and Connaught Ranges.
In civilian life he worked
the banking business, then with the federal government as Media, Community
and School Liaison Officer for Human Resources Development Canada, taking early retirement in 1993. LCol
Purdie was active in community affairs in St. Catherines, including the United
Way, St. John Ambulance and The Resource Association for Teens and holds life
memberships in a number of military
organizations. At present he is a Governor of the Canadian Corps of
Commissionaires and Aide de Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Excerpted from May 2000 Annual Inspection Program
Itís a small world!...Ian Purdie í55 was among the December media visitors to Camp Maple Leaf in Bosnia, where he was just as astonished to find a copy of the Andrean magazine in the make-shift Officers Mess bunker as was Allan Best í92 to learn that Ian is a fellow Andrean! At one time Ian was Commanding Officer of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment in St. Catharines and worked for a time with the federal government as Media, Community and School Liaison Officer for HRDC.
Excerpted from the Spring 2004 Andrean