Flight Lieutenant James A. O'Brian
SAC 1935-1938

James A. O'Brian was at the school from 1935 to 1938.  In 1937/38 he won 4 first team colours - football, hockey, cricket and swimming.  In swimming, he set a record for the backstroke which stood for a number of years.  Furthermore, he was the Governor General medalist having attained the highest academic marks in his final year.  In the Fall of 1938, Jim enter Princeton University (Class of 1942).  In 1941 he enlisted in the RCAF and became a fighter pilot who survived after twice having to bailout from his Spitfire.  He spent his final year of university, after the war, at Trinity College, University of Toronto.  Later he became a Chartered Accountant (Clarkson Gordon).  After a short time with the accounting firm he was hired by Hendrie & Company where he spent the rest of his business career until retirement.