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Stokes, George Gabriel

  • Person
  • 1819-1903

Sir Gabriel Stokes, born in Ireland and educated at Cambridge University, was a mathematician and physicist. His researches, done in many fields, developed the modern theory of viscous fluids, revealed the nature of fluorescence, and helped to establish the composition of chlorophyll. The important work he did on the undulatory theory of light led to publication of his Dynamical Theory of Diffraction (1849). His other publications include Light (1884) and Natural Theology (1891). He died in 1903.

Douglas, Stupart R.

  • Person
  • 1815-1893

Robert Douglas Stupart was a captain in the British Royal Navy.

Sproatt, Henry

  • Person
  • 1866-1934

Henry Sproatt was a Toronto architect widely recognized as an authority on Gothic architecture. Buildings he designed include Hart House, Burwash Hall and Tritinty College at the University of Torontoa nd the National Research Council Building in Ottawa. From 1926-1929 he was President of the Royal Academy of the Arts.

Teleky, Richard

  • Person
  • 1946-

Richard Teleky (1946- ) is an award-winning author and professor of Humanities at York University, Toronto, Ontario. His 1998 novel, The Paris Years of Rosie Kamin, was named one of the best books of the year by the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Toronto Star. It also won the prestigious American Harold Ribalow Prize for best novel of 1999.

Tovell, Vincent

  • Person
  • 1922-

Vincent Tovell, born in Toronto in 1922, is a writer and television producer. He created and produced the CBC show "Images of Canada" and authored numerous scripts for radio and TV documentaries.

Tymperon Family

  • Family

Henry Tymperon was rector of Market Orton (Overton), Rutland. He married firstly Margaret Yonge, and secondly Margaret Mackworth. By his second wife, he had two daughters: Henrietta, who married John Mottram in 1718, and Mary, who married Henry Masters in 1724.

Unamuno, Miguel de

  • Person
  • 1864-1936

Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo, born in 1864, was a Spanish author, philosopher and educator, whose essays had great influence in early 20th-century Spain. He was one of the foremost representatives of the movement Generation '98. He died in 1936.

Warren, Emily

  • Person
  • 1869-1956

Emily Warren was born in Exeter, Devon, in 1869. Notably, she was John Ruskin's last pupil. She graduated from the College of Art, South Kensington, and also took certificates in biology, botany and geology to obtain the kinds of knowledge considered necessary for an artist's career. She came to Canada in 1921 to complete two very large canvasses which had been commissioned by Sir Robert Borden in London during the first World War. She travelled back and forth across Canada delivering lectures illustrated by handcoloured glass slides reproducing her own paintings. Her Canadian work sold well, and there was also a demand for her paintings of England and the continent of Europe. This and her need for additions to her slide collections necessitatd many painting trips abroad, and she continued to travel until she was 84 years old. She died in 1956 at the age of 87.

Wetherell, J. E. (James Elgin)

  • Person
  • 1851-1940

James Elgin Wetherell, born in 1851, was an educator and author of several books. His published titles include Miss E. Pauline Johnson: The Mohawk Indian Poet-Reciter (1892), Later Canadian Poems (1893), Poems of the Love of Country (1905), Strange Corners of the World (1927) and Tales of Ancient Rome (1932). He died in 1940.

Whipple, George

  • Person
  • 1927-

George Whipple was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, in 1927, grew up in Toronto, and since 1985 has lived in Burnaby, British Columbia, writing, sketching, and translating French poetry. He is a member of the League of Canadian Poets; is listed in Contemporary Authors and the Literary Guide to Toronto; and was profiled in Canadian Author, and Writer's Market (USA), and extensively interviewed in The Antigonish Review. He has written nine books of poetry.

Whittier, John Greenleaf

  • Person
  • 1807-1892

John Greenleaf Whittier, born December 17, 1807 in the southwest Parlor of the Whittier Homestead, was the first son and second child of John and Abigail (Hussey) Whittier. He
grew up on the farm in a household with his parents, a brother and two sisters, aunt and uncle, and a constant flow of visitors and hired hands for the farm. Whittier’s first poem to be seen in print appeared in 1826 in the Newburyport Free Press, where the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison was editor. Under Garrison’s encouragement Whittier actively joined the abolitionist cause and edited newspapers in Boston and Hartford. He was associated with the Atlantic Monthly Magazine from 1857 until his death. In 1831, he brought a book of prose works, “Legends of New England,” and the next year returned to his native town to run the farm after his father’s death, and later moved to Amesbury. Until the Civil War, he became increasingly involved in the abolitionist cause, serving in numerous capacities on the local, state and national levels. He was also involved in the formation of the Republican Party. With the publication of Snow-Bound in 1866, Whittier finally enjoyed a relatively comfortable life from the profits of his published works. It is Snow-Bound for which he will always be best remembered as a poet. Nearly every volume of his verses published thereafter was truly a best seller. Whittier died on September 7, 1892 at a friend’s home in Hampton Falls, NH, and was buried with the rest of his family in Amesbury.

Wilkinson, Anne

  • Person
  • 1910-1961

Anne Wilkinson, born in 1910 in Toronto, holds a distinguished place among the major Canadian modernist poets of her time. Educated privately in London, Ont., she has several highly acclaimed collections of her poetry to her name, and her work has appeared in many anthologies and small magazines. She was founding editor and patron of The Tamarack Review. Wilkinson died in 1961.

Williams, Barbara

  • Person
  • 1937-

Barbara Williams is a Toronto-based freelance writer, editor, curator and speaker. She has published three books: a children's work entitled ABC et 123 (Toronto: Press Porcepic, 1980), In Other Words: Interviews with Australian Poets (Amsterdam: Rodopi Editions, 1998) and A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada: The Journals, Letters and Art of Anne Langton (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008). She is an accomplished poet, having published numerous poems in a variety of journals, and is one of the leading authorities on contemporary Australian poetry.

Ontario Woodsworth Memorial Foundation

  • Corporate body
  • 1944-

The Ontario Woodsworth Memorial Foundation was founded in Toronto in 1944 to honour the founder of the CCF party, James Shaver Woodsworth. Its aims were to sponsor research on social and economic problems in Canada in the twentieth century, to publish the results of such research in inexpensive pamphlets for a wide audience, to sponsor lectures, study groups and conferences, to operate a book club for its members, and to collect and preserve the historic documents of the early days of the labour movement, CCF and farm organizations.

Wright, Richard Bruce

  • Person
  • 1937-2017

Richard Bruce Wright was born March 4, 1937, in Midland, Ontario. He studied radio and television arts at the Ryerson Institute of Technology, graduating in 1959. At Trent University he completed his Bachelor of Arts in 1972. Wright has worked as a copywriter for radio, as editor and sales manager at Macmillan Canada, and later as a teacher of English at Ridley College. Among his published works include: Andrew Tolliver (1965), The Weekend Man (1970), In the Middle of a Life (1973), Sunset Manor (1990), The Age of Longing (1995), Clara Callan (2001), Adultery (2004) and October (2007).

LePan, Arthur D'Orr

  • Person
  • 1885-1976

Arthur D'Orr LePan was born in Owen Sound, Ontario on August 20, 1885, the son of Frederick Nicholas LePan and his second wife, Elizabeth. He attended school locally, graduating from the Collegiate in 1903.

The following year he entered the School of Practical Science (SPS) at the University of Toronto when he proved a popular student and early demonstrated his forte in later life, organizational ability. He was president of the Dinner Committee of the SPS in his second year and of his class in his third. He also served as secretary of the Undergraduate Union in 1907-08. He received his diploma in 1907 and his B.A.Sc. in 1908.

During the academic year 1908-09 he served as business manager of The Varsity, also holding an appointment as a demonstrator in the drawing department of the School. Thus he began a career with the University that terminated only with his retirement in October of 1956. In February of 1910 he resigned his position to accept that of assistant superintendent of buildings and grounds.

That department had been created in 1907 with Dr. Graham Campbell as superintendent and a staff of one stenographer. He was in charge of purchasing and maintenance which had previously been handled by departmental heads, and his staff also did considerable work on new buildings. This, plus the rapidly increasing number of structures for which the department was responsible (up from 10 in 1907 to 16 in 1910 and 30 by 1915), necessitated an increase in staff and a division of the administrative workload. The latter was solved by the creation of the position to which LePan was the first appointee. He retained it, with leave of absence during the First World War, until 1919 when Dr. Campbell retired. LePan then took over the department, with increased duties. His office was now "given supervision over erection (of buildings) and was responsible to the Board of Governors in matters of specifications and estimates". He acquired a reputation for keeping maintenance costs to a minimum, while overseeing the administration of a rapidly expanding department which, in 1942, employed 242 people. By the time he retired 46 new buildings or major additions had been completed and 36 other buildings acquired.

Mr. LePan's interests, though, were not restricted to his job. He was an active member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, being elected vice-president in 1927 and president the next year. His abilities in the athletic field were similarly recognized in 1929 be became president of the Toronto Curling Club.

He also retained a deep interest in military affairs, which grew out of his experiences during the First World War. When the University granted him leave in 1915, he took up duties as a major in its School of Infantry. Having received training in the Grey Regiment prior to 1914, he had joined the University of Toronto Contingent of the COTC on the outbreak of hostilities. Four months after enlisting in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) in November of 1915, he was appointed C/O of the School with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. When a Polish Corps was formed within the French army in 1917, LePan was given the task of arranging expanded training facilities for the Polish volunteers in Canada, some of whom had already received instruction under him. A camp was established at Niagara-on-the-Lake with LePan as its commandant. By November of 1918 some 22,000 men had been trained there, 20,000 of whom served in France. His efforts were subsequently recognised both by the French and the new Polish Government. The former awarded him the Crois de Chevalier of the Legion of Honour and the latter the insignia of Commander, Order of Polonia Restituta. The War Office in London also noted his "valuable services" to the war effort.

In 1911, Mr. LePan married Dorothy Edge from his home town and a former student at Victoria College. They had three children, Arthur, Douglas, and Elizabeth, all of whom attended the University of Toronto.

Mr. LePan died in 1976.

Lloyd, Richard Hilton

  • Person
  • 1891-1982

-Born Wingham, Ontario, 28 August 1891; died 8 December 1982
-BASc 1912

Dale, Florence Fredericka Ryckman

  • Person
  • 1876-1971

Florence Fredericka Ryckman was born June 29, 1876, the eldest daughter of Emmaline Edmond Baird and Reverend Edward Bradshaw Ryckman, minister of the Second Methodist Church in Kingston, Ontario. According to notes by Frances Dale on the newpaper report of Fredericka's birth, her name was to be Jessie Alexandra. Apparently, this “was found out when mother applied for birth certificate at age 70.” She met William Dale during her sophomore year at Queen’s University where she was a Honour English and History major student and he was lecturing in the Department of Classics following his dismissal from the University of Toronto. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1898.

After a six year courtship, she and William Dale were married on April 10, 1901 at the Wall Street Methodist Church in Brockville. She was 25 and William Dale was 53. Her father, Rev. E. B. Ryckman performed the ceremony. For the first ten years of their marriage they lived on the Dale farm near St. Marys. In 1911 they moved, with their three children to the large Second Empire style house on Ontario Street. When William Dale died in 1921, Fredericka was left alone to raise their four children, Margaret, William Douglas, Frances and Emmaline [1]. Following his death, she sold the Dale farm, and in the years to come, sent Margaret and Frances to the University of Toronto… In addition to raising her four children, Mrs. Dale was involved in the St. Mary’s United Church, the Women’s Missionary Society and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. She was a charter member of the Queen Alexandra Women’s Institute and a former members of the St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary. According to her obituary Queen’s University Alumni Review March-April 1972, “she was part of the first group in the area to become interested in the problems of the mentally retarded, an interest she retained throughout her life.” [2]

She lived in the family house in St. Marys until her death on August 17, 1971 at the age of 95.


[1]: Robert McKay Wilhelm, “William Dale – Delicta Maiorum: An Ancient Roman on the battlefield at the University of Toronto”. P. 10, footnote 48 ; Montreal Daily Witness, April 12, 1901. B2002-0017/008

[2]: UTA B2002-0017/008

Bailey Family

  • Family

Lloyd Bailey was professor of plant biology in the Department of Botany from 1928 to 1964, when he retired as professor emeritus. His daughter, Nancy Bailey (born 5 April, 1935), received a BA from the University of Toronto in 1957 in English language and literature.

IFAC-IFIP Symposium

  • Corporate body
  • ca. 1968

IFAC-IFIP (International Federation of Automatic Control/ International Federation of Information Processing) Symposium, "The State of the Art in the Use of Digital Computers in the control of processes, systems and machines". Held at the University of Toronto June 17 & 18 1968.

Parsons, Richard

  • Person

Student at Trinity Medical College,1897-1901; MD CM 1901

Walker, Norma Ford

  • Person

Professor of human genetics in the Department of Zoology and senior staff geneticist at Hospital for Sick Children.

Walter Frisby Fellowship

  • Corporate body

Walter Frisby Fellowship, formerly known as the Public Speaking Association and now changed name to Dr. Zoltan Mester Fellowship

University of Toronto. Campus Chaplains' Association

  • Corporate body

The Campus Chaplains' Association, an interfaith organization of the chaplains at the University of Toronto, was established about 1976 as the Campus Ministries Foundation. In February, 1983 the name was changed to the Christian Chaplains at the University of Toronto, and the following year to the Campus Chaplains' Association.

Hough, Edythe Elmira

  • Person

Edythe Hough entered University College as an undergraduate student in Arts in 1911 and graduated with a BA in Modern Languages: English and History (Modern Option) on 21 May, 1915.

Corson, John Albert

  • Person
  • 1914-2004

John Albert Corson was born December 1, 1914. The son of a coal dealer, Corson applied to, and was accepted by, the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine in 1935. He earned his Doctor of Medicine in 1941. In 1945, he married Mary Violet Shey, with whom he had one son. He died in 2004.

Dean, Ruth

  • Person

Ruth Dean taught home economics at the Ontario College of Education.

Bennett, Percy

  • Person

Born London, England, 1892. BASc, 1915.

Plumptre, Adelaide Mary

  • Person
  • 1874-1948

Extension student; born near Guildford, Surrey; wife of Dr. H. P. Plumptre of St. James Catherdral and Wycliffe College; Red Cross executive; Toronto Board of Education, 1926-1935; alderman, City of Toronto; CBE 1943. Died 4 Sept., 1948 in Toronto.

Totton, Charles

  • Person

Charles Totton graduated with a BA in Natural Sciences in 1907 and from the Faculty of Medicine in 1909. A brief biography of Charles Totton has been placed in the case file.

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