A. M. (Mac) Cuddy

CUDDY WING RE-DEDICATED IN MAC’S HONOURFourteen years ago A. M. (Mac) Cuddy donated $1 million to establish the A.M. Cuddy Wing at Robarts. As a result, the Institute was able to recruit world-class imaging scientists and obtain some of the most powerful MRI technology in the world.  On June 1, the Cuddy family, and Mac’s friends and former colleagues, came together to celebrate his life and his gift during a re-dedication ceremony.The garden outside the Cuddy Wing has been named the A.M. Cuddy Garden, “honouring a man who demanded excellence and advanced medical discovery at Robarts.” Michael Pascoe, former head gardener of the Cuddy estate and current director of the Horticulture Program at Fanshawe College, worked with Western’s Jim Galbraith to take cuttings from the Cuddy estate garden and incorporate them into the garden at Robarts. Mac Cuddy was a resourceful and determined man and became a champion of industry while leading Cuddy Farms. What started as a small family business revolutionized poultry farming around the globe. By 1990, one out of every five turkeys in the world was hatched from a Cuddy egg.When diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Mac knew medical research couldn’t help him, but that someday it might help others. By donating a gift of life insurance, he enabled Robarts to establish Canada’s premier medical imaging centre and through that has affected the lives of countless people.In 2007, Ontario’s Ministry of Research & Innovation provided $12 million for renovations to the Cuddy Wing to accommodate two new MRI machines, a 3 Tesla magnet and a 7 Tesla magnet. These magnets are some of the most powerful in Canada and represent the future of medical imaging. Mac Cuddy once said, “If you can’t see it, you can’t fix it.” Because of his vision and generosity, Robarts scientists can now look more closely at diseases like depression, autism, Alzheimer’s and stroke, moving them closer than ever to the next medical research breakthrough.