Colonel Alan R. Ramsey
SAC 1902-1908, Master 1921-1926, 1947-1960
Lieutenant Colonel Alan Reid Ramsey was from Toronto and attended St Andrew's College as a boy from 1902 to 1908, previous to studying at the University of Toronto. In 1907 he was a member of the first S.A.C. team to win the Little Big Four Football Championship. At U of T. he was a great athlete, scoring a touchdown for the Varsity team when they won the Grey Cup against the Argos in 1911.
During the first World War, he had a distinguished war record, attaining the rank of Lieutenant and serving in France with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles. From 1920 to 1926 he taught at St. Andrew’s, coached the football team to three Little Big Four Championships and was Master in Charge of Cadets. After serving on the staff at St. Andrew's for five years, he left in 1926 because there were no married quarters at Aurora.
He spent thirteen years in business and was President of the S.A.C. association from 1934-36 before rejoining the Canadian Army in 1939. Alan served in the army in the Second World War, joining the 48th Highlanders and retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
In 1947 he returned to St. Andrew's, becoming housemaster of Memorial House for a short period and retiring at a teacher in 1960 to continue as secretary for the Old Boy's Association. The school's first house for day boys was named after him. Alan Ramsey died in 1968.
A kindly man of great patience and understanding: "he could always be relied upon to have a few mints (or other hard candies) in his pocket for distribution to the young offspring of other masters - and worthy younger students - as well as a couple of dog biscuits. Even the dogs loved him - understandably."
Some except from Not An Ordinary Place, by William Scoular, pp 293-4