CNC Homepage

Programs | Contacts | AskCNC | A-Z Index

Photo Gallery   -  Tributes     



Dr. A.W. Mooney 

April 17, 1915 - August 13, 2007


Dr. Mooney was an Honorary Founding Chairman of the College, and we were saddened to hear of his passing on August 13, 2007.


Long before there was a college in the north, Dr. Mooney, along with Harold Moffat and other School Trustees from across north-central BC, had a vision for higher education in the region. They formed a Regional College Committee in 1963 to study the feasibility of setting up a college, with Dr. Mooney as chair. Thanks to this "energetic and persistent group" who never took "no" for an answer, they achieved their goal in 1969, when the College of New Caledonia was officially opened.


Dr. Mooney was on the first College Council in 1969 and remained on the Council until 1973. After that, he continued to be an active supporter of the College, and of post-secondary education in general. His role in the development of UNBC is also acknowledged in the Prince George Citizen article, posted below.


Click here to read a 9-page interview with Dr. Mooney regarding the establishment of the College, extracted from: Reminiscences 1968-1978 (CNC, 1988, 361 p.).


Click here to read a short history of the College and Dr. Mooney's work on the Regional College Committee: The Origins of the College of New Caledonia, by Ann Howard. (CNC, 1988, 9 p.) 

Dr. Alvin Willis Mooney

Obituary from Prince George Citizen, August 14, 2007

Dr. Mooney died of a heart attack at his home in Fort St. James, B.C. on Monday August 13, 2007. His wife Janey Mooney precedeased him September 7, 2006.

Dr. Mooney is survived by his eight children – Marnie Cunningham, Walker (Carol) Mooney, Janette Nicholas, Louise Kaneen, Michael Mooney, Deirdre (Fred) Schoening, Fergus Mooney and Kerri (Jean-Francois) Lefebvre; his seventeen grandchildren Mara (Dean) Audet, Judy Cunningham, Janey Cunningham, Sandy (Julianne) Cunningham, Alvin Cunningham, Evelyn (Zak) Murakami, Dawn Mooney, Stephanie Mooney, Tim Mooney, Chris Smith, Megan (Dave) Rowbottom, Tamsin Kaneen, Nicki Schoening, Charles (Erin) Schoening, Adam (Shannon) Schoening, Luke Schoening and Erin Mooney; and his six great grandchildren Ty Audet, Tiara Audet, Sharley Audet, Walker Cunningham, Justin Schoening and Madeline Janey Schoening.

Dr. Mooney was born on April 17, 1915 in Crawford Bay, British Columbia. He attended school there, in Nelson and Vancouver. He completed his undergraduate studies at U.B.C. and taught school in Burnaby for several years. He then attended the University of Alberta where he studied medicine. After short periods of practice as an Army Medical Officer in Fort Nelson and as a physician at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Dr. Mooney moved in 1947 to Vanderhoof B.C. with his wife Janey and the first two of eventually eight children.

Dr. Mooney remained in practice in Vanderhoof for the next 40 years or so until they retired to their home on Stuart Lake in Fort St. James. It was very much a frontier medical practice especially in the early days when he was on his own. There were few roads, so much of the travel to the outlying towns and native communities was by boat, aircraft and the early Bombardier snowmobiles of the day.

As the region grew in population and additional doctors arrived, Dr. Mooney returned to Edmonton for post graduate studies in general surgery leading to a Fellowship in both the Canadian and American College of Surgeons.

In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Mooney was very much involved in community affairs and participated on the Village Council, School Board, Regional District and many other initiatives including over 50 years with Rotary. Dr. Mooney was always a strong proponent of education and was very proud of his involvement in the establishment of the College of New Caledonia and the University of Northern British Columbia. He was especially delighted with the addition of a medical school program at UNBC.

Dr. Mooney strongly believed he could not have had a better life than he and Janey did, serving the people of Vanderhoof, Fort St. James and the surrounding region. They will both be missed immeasurably by surviving family, friends and associates.

A service of Remembrance will be held Thursday August 23, 2007 at 3:00 pm from the Northside Mennonite Church (Vanderhoof), with Pastor Hugo Reimer officiating. Grace Memorial Funeral Home in care of arrangements. 1-866-567-4814 or 964-2522.

College of New Caledonia Archives, 3330 - 22nd Ave., Prince George BC V2N 1P8 Canada

3330-22nd Avenue, Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, V2N 1P8 1-800-371-8111
Copyright ©2013 College of New Caledonia. All rights reserved.
return to Exploring return to Attending
return to Visiting return to Working