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Victoria Women's Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1897-

In 1892, when Victoria University moved to Toronto, there were fourteen women students, seven of whom needed help finding proper accommodations. Aware of the difficulties faced by the women, Margaret Proctor Burwash, wife of Vic's Chancellor-President and a former teacher, and Margaret Addison, Vic 1889, began discussing the need for a residence in 1895. Lillian Massey also shared their concerns and had convinced her father, the businessman and philanthropist Hart Massey, Vic 1844, to reserve $50,000 of the $200, 000 he left in his will to Victoria for a women's residence. In 1897, Margaret Burwash and a few influential women met in the Vic chapel with the General Superintendent of the Methodist Church Conference Dr. Carman, Chancellor Burwash, members of the Vic staff and the Board of Regents. The result was the formation of the Barbara Heck Memorial Association. The Chancellor's wife became president and Margaret Hopkins Cox, wife of Vic's treasurer Senator George Cox, became treasurer. The Association was sanctioned by the Board of Regents which authorized it to raise money.

The main mission of the Association was to build a residence for women students, to honour United Empire Loyalist pioneer Barbara Heck "the Mother of Methodism in America" by naming the residence after her, and to celebrate Queen Victoria's Jubilee, by the advancement of "the future queens of the homes of our Church and land." They also encouraged the formation of the Victoria Alumnae Association in 1898 believing the Vic women grads could assist with fundraising.

In 1902 the corner stone was laid for the first residence for women - Annesley Hall. It was built with significant contribution of the fundraising efforts of the Association. Margaret Addison because the first Dean of Residence when the building opened in 1903.

The Barbara Heck Memorial Association changed its name to the Victoria Women's Residence and Educational Association in 1901 [1], and became the Victoria Women's Association in 1912. It began to attract additional members that included Vic alumnae, wives of professors, and women from Methodist churches who believed in the cause.

The Association also worked to renovate and furnish other residences for women, and also formed a boarding house committee to inspect and recommend rooms off campus. They also furnished a parlour for the women students who commuted to the Vic campus in 1912 and in 1930 created a women's staff room, both in the College building.

In 1925, VWA member Agnes Euphemia (Pheme) Wood convinced her husband Edward Rogers Wood to donate their home at 84 Queen's Park, Wymilwood, to Victoria for a women's residence and student centre.

Other activities and projects of the VWA included events to help with Church Union (formation the United Church of Canada) including an event held over 3 days with over 1000 guests from the three Toronto presbyteries. The VWA also became a member of the local Council of Women, helped with the war effort by working for the University Hospital Supply Committee, donated to the Armenian relief in 1922; and joined the League of Nations in 1925, among other activities.

The executive arm of the VWA was the Committee of Management which operated from 1902 until 1932. It had eighteen members, nominated by the VWA and approved by the Board of Regents. Margaret Burwash (1902-13), Mrs. R. N. (Mary Jane Crossen) Burns (1913-30), and Mrs. A. E. (Florence Warner) Lang (1930-32) served as Presidents. The Committee was responsible for Annesley's furnishings and equipment and for its administration. In 1932, the Board of Regents hired a warden to take over the administration of residences from the Committee of Management and the Committee merged into the Women's Council.

No longer involved with the administration of the residences and the student centre, except in an advisory capacity, the VWA found a new role for itself as a link between Victoria and the parents of the students. Therefore, in 1933 the VWA decided to invite the mothers of first-year students to join the organization. The VWA expanded its membership base in 1965 by inviting men to become part of the Association

In contemporary times, the VWA continues to act as a liaison between Victoria and the alumni, friends and relatives of past and present students, and members of the public by hosting events such as lectures, luncheons, as well as raising money for Vic students in financial need, primarily with the Bursary Fund.

Until 1964, the presidents of the VWA were the wives of Victoria University administrators. Marguerite Fidler was the first president not connected to the administration.

List of Presidents :
Margaret Burwash, 1897-1912
Julia Graham, 1912-1913
Margaret Addison, 1921-1933
Maud Brown, 1933-1949
Ethel Bennett, 1949-1958
Helen Frye, 1958-1964
Marguerite Fidler, 1964-1966
Ruth Fallis, 1966-1968
Dorothy Crummey, 1968-1971
Alice Jackson, 1971-1974
Ruth Hodgetts, 1974-1975
Susie Eggert, 1975-1978
Doris Stokes, 1978-1980
Audrey McCullough, 1980-1982, 1999-2000
Joan Breukelman, 1982-1985, 1999-2000
Audrey Chapple, 1985-1988
Joyce Clarke, 1988-1991
Margaret Roots, 1991-1994
Marian Gibson, 1994-1999
Anne Sinclair, 2000-2004
Diane Dyer, 2004-

Dyke, Doris Jean

  • Person
  • 1930-2021

Doris Jean Dyke, born Doris Jean Scott, near Toronto, was a prominent member of the Emmanuel College faculty, and a noted academic figure in the areas of feminist theology and education. Her first career was as a teacher in Ontario. In 1959, she graduated with a B.A. from Queen’s University, and later received a B.Ed. (1961) and M.Ed. (1963) from University of Toronto, as well as a M.A. (1962) and Ed.D. (1967) from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, New York.

Her academic career began at University of Saskatchewan in 1964 and was followed by appointments at various institutions in Western Canada, University of Louisville in Kentucky, and Dalhousie University in Halifax, where she was Professor and Dean of Education, 1973–1977. Ms. Dyke’s tenure at Emmanuel College began in 1977, where she was a Professor until her retirement in 1995, also serving as Director of Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.), 1977–1990.

As Professor Emeritus she went on to teach courses in gerontology and ministry at Emmanuel College, and at Vancouver School of Theology, UBC. Throughout her career, she contributed articles and reviews for academic publications, authored the book “Crucified Woman,” lectured widely, and served many organizations and committees, including acting as President of Canadian Theological Society, 1994–1995.

Dr. Dyke passed away October 8, 2021 in Toronto.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Senate

  • Corporate body
  • 1841-

The Senate was first given the power and authority to confer degrees in 1841 and consisted of four members of the provincial government, visitors of the College and ex-officio members of the Board and Senate. The Senate was also given power to establish student awards, summon Convocations, "make regulations and deal with all such matters of a strictly educational nature as have not in this Act been assigned to either of the Colleges", and "deal with other matters and affairs as may from time to time be committed to it by the Board." The Victoria University Senate's Executive Committee has the authority to confer honorary degrees to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of graduates of Victoria College and Emmanuel College and to honour the exemplary lives of others who have made extraordinary contributions to society. The Victoria College Registrar serves as Secretary of the Senate.

In the 1990s the Senate underwent a restructuring and Committee records stopped being transferred to the University Archives. Committees continued to exist for some time after the restructuring, but their records were not preserved separately. After the restructuring, complete Committee reports can be found in the Senate minutes.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Residence Council

  • Corporate body
  • 1990-

The Victoria Residence Councils consist of the Annesley Student Government Association (ASGA), the Burwash Hall Residence Council, Margaret Addison Residence Council (MARC) and Rowell Jackman Hall Residents' Association (RJHRAC). Members of these associations are governed by Executive Councils, which meet to discuss such residence concerns such as security, social activities, special events, and residence services. The Executives consists of Floor Presidents, the Hall Presidents and Vice-Presidents, a treasurer, a secretary, events co-ordinators, sports representatives, first-year representatives, and environmental representatives. First year representatives are elected each Fall, during which other vacant seats are also filled. The objectives of the residence governments are to further the academic, social, and recreational life of students in residence, while promoting good will and harmony among its members.

Women’s Student Union Advisory Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1917-1930

It had been decided by the Board of Regents in consultation with the Committee of Management, the Victoria Women's Association and the Alumnae Association that there was a need for a Women's Union in order to meet the needs of the growing number of women students on campus, particularly those not living in residence. M.H. Skinner, a graduate of Victoria College was appointed as the first Head of the Union. The Women's Union opened in 1917 in South Hall and all women students were required to pay $4 to support it. The Women’s Student Union Advisory Committee consisted of the Chancellor, the Head of the Union, the Head of Houses for the women's residences, and the Dean [of Men?] and oversaw the activities of the Union. Margaret Addison was not involved.

In 1925, Mrs. C.R. Wood and donated her residence to the University and Lady Flavelle provided a significant financial donation which was used to furnish and renovate the estate. The Wymilwood Committee was formed in 1925 and included Lady Flavelle and Mrs. Wood and it was decided that the Women's Union would would be moved to Wymilwood. Wymilwood was officially opened on January 14th, 1926. The new Head of the Union was Miss Dortothy Kilpatrick reported to the Wymilwood Committee, along with the Dean of Women and the Chancellor. The financial management of Wymilwood was overseen by the Committee of Management.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Wymilwood Management Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1952-1954

In 1952, the name of Wymilwood was decided upon for the new Victoria College Student's Union. The Management Committee of Victoria College Student's Union thus became the Wymilwood Management Committee. The Committee worked in co-operation with the Student's Activities Committee to create rules and regulations under which Wymilwood operated.The Committee also was responsible for overseeing the finances of the Union. In 1954, the Committee on Residences and Services took over responsibility for the Union.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Alumni Affairs and Advancement Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1978-

The Committee began as the External Relations and Development Committee in 1978-1979 following a change to the By-Law and the discontinuance of the Public Relations Committee. The new Committee was responsible for the supervision and coordination of all matters arising in connection with external relations, publications and fundraising ; its mandate was to study the financial needs of the University, establish priorities and co-ordinate all fund raising activities.
In 2002 when the Department of External Relations and Development became the Office of Alumni Affairs and University Advancement the Committee name was changed.

Chairman of the Board of Regents of Victoria University

  • Corporate body
  • 1926-

The Chairman of the Board of Regents is appointed by the Board and presides at all meetings. They are to have a general oversight and control of the business of the Board and is a member ex officio of all Committees of the Board.

Past Chairs:
Albert Carman, class of Vic 1883

1884-1914 - Samuel Dwight Chown

1914-1928 - Newton Wesley Rowell

1928-1933 - Alfred Ernest Ames: He first became a member of the Board in 1898 and in 1915 he was appointed as Chairman of the Executive Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Board. He also served on the Finance Committee and the Plans and Buildings Committee. Ames was born in 1866 and died in 1934.

1933-1934 - James Russell Lovett Starr, class of Vic 1887

1934-1942 - Wilfred Crossen James, class of Vic 1916: James was also Bursar at Victoria University, 1951-1962.

1942-1951 - Leopold Macaulay, class of Vic 1911, Osgoode Hall 1914: Won a gold medal at Vic for high academic standing. Named King's Counsel in 1929. Elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of York South in 1926 and kept his seat until he was defeated in the 1943 election. Served continuously on the Board from 1932-1972. Also served terms as President of the Victoria College Alumni Association and the University of Toronto Alumni Association. In 1973, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Victoria University in recognition for his outstanding service. The Leopold Macaulay Admissions Scholarship was endowed after his death. Born in Peterborough Nov 25, 1887, died Dec 24 1979.

1951-1958 - Henry Eden Langford, class of Vic 1928

1958-1962 - Ralph Shaw Mills, class of Vic 1925

1962-1971 - Frederick Arthur Wansbrough, class of Vic 1928

1971-1974 - Donald Walker McGibbon, class of Vic 1932

1974-1978 - G. Dennis Lane, class of Vic 1955

1978-1982 - Henry Jonathon Sissons, class of Vic 1937

1982-1985 - David Walter Page Pretty, class of Vic 1947: Also the President of North American Life Insurance. Born August 23, 1925 and died in 2014.

1985-1989 - Ruth Marion Alexander (nee Manning), class of Vic 1950: Born in 1929.

1989-1992 - Paul Wesley Fox, class of Vic 1944

1992-1995 - Richard P.K. Cousland, class of Vic 1954

1995-1998 - Elizabeth (Eastlake) Vosburgh, class of Vic 1968

1998-2001 - David E. Clark, class of Vic 1971

2001-2004 - Frank Mills, class of Vic 1968

2004-2007 - Murray Corlett, class of Vic 1961

2007-2010 - Paul Huyer, class of Vic 1981

2010-2014 - John Field, class of Vic 1978

2014-present - Lisa Khoo, class of Vic 1989

James, Wilfred C.

  • Person

Wilfred C. James was Bursar at Victoria University, 1951–1962. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Regents from the end of the year 1942 until 1950.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Implementation Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1984-1987

The Implementation Committee was established in 1984 and was responsible for overseeing and coordinating the work of 3 sub-committees: The Sub-Committee on Priorities and Finance, The Sub-Committee on Facilities and Land Use and the Sub-Committee on Fund Raising and Promotion.
The Sub-Committee on Priorities and Finance would work through the recommendations of the Planning Task Force as a guide and develop detailed objectives (academic, facilities, equipment, etc.), detailed cost estimates and scheduling analyses and makes recommendations on priorities and implementation timing. The Sub-Committee on Facilities and Land Use would use the recommendations of the Planning Task Force as a guide and would develop a Master Facilities and Land-Use Plan which would be fully integrated with the detailed objectives and priorities coming from the work of the Sub-Committee on Priorities and Finance in order to ensure optimal utilization of the real property assets of the University in the interested of attaining planning objectives. Finally, the Sub-Committee on Fund Raising and Promotion also looked to the Planning Task Force’s recommendations and was to develop and recommend strategies and plans for raising of funds required to meet planning objectives and to recommend who should be recruited as fund raising campaign leaders and key team members.

Leslie, Charles Whitney

  • Person
  • 1905-1986

Charles Whitney Leslie was a graduate of Emmanuel College (Class of 1933). He was a member of the Emmanuel College Faculty, 1941-1955, lastly as Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion.

List of positions held:
Lecturer in Ethics, 1941-1942
Assistant Professor of Ethics, 1942-1945
Associate Professor of Ethics, 1945-1947
Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Religion (Emmanuel College), 1945-1947
Associate Professor of Ethics; Secretary of the Victoria College Council, 1947-1949
Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Religion and Christian Ethics (Emmanuel College), 1947-1949
Professor of Ethics; Secretary of the Victoria College Council, 1949-1950
Professor of Ethics, 1950-1954
Professor of the Philosophy of Religion and Christian Ethics (Emmanuel College), 1949-1952
Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion (Emmanuel College), 1952-1955

Haanel, Eugene

  • Person
  • 1841-1927

Eugene Haanel was born near Berlin and studied at Breslau. He taught at several American colleges before coming to Victoria College, Cobourg in 1872 where he served as Professor of Chemistry and Physics, 1872-1889. He also served as Dean of Science and founded the Faraday Hall, the first science hall in Canada. Haanel was married to Julia Darling of Michigan and the couple had 5 children.

Positions held:
Professor of Chemistry and Experimental Physics and Lecturer on Geology, 1872-1882
Dennis Moore Professor of Chemistry and Physics; Lecturer on Mineralogy, 1882-1889

Barber, Francis Louis

  • Person
  • 1877-1945

Francis Louis Barber was a graduate of Victoria University (Class of 1903). He was married to Ethel May Treble and he held several important positions at Victoria throughout his career.

Positions held:
Bursar (Victoria University), 1921-1925
Special Lecturer in the History of Preaching, 1923-1935
Bursar; Librarian (Victoria University), 1925-1932
Librarian; Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds (Victoria University), 1933-1944
Acting Librarian (Victoria University), 1944-1945

Surerus, John Alvin

  • Person
  • 1894-1976

John Alvin Surerus (1894-1976) was educated at Victoria College, University of Toronto earning a degree in 1915 and the University of Chicago. He taught in the German Department at Victoria College from 1925 to 1962, serving as head of the department from 1932 to 1962. He married Alys Gertrude Farewell in Winnipeg in 1925.

Maclaren, John James

  • Person
  • 1842-1926

John James Maclaren was a Justice with the Supreme Court of Ontario. He was involved in the University of Toronto federation proceedings, which included Victoria University, Cobourg.

Maclaren was married twice: Margaret G. Matheson and Mary Mathewson.

Line, John

  • Person
  • 1885-1970

John Line was born in England. He was ordained in Newfoundland and studied at Victoria University and Wesleyan College, Montreal, before a teaching career that included thirty-four years at Victoria University (including both Victoria College and Emmanuel College). He was married to Amy C. Line.

List of positions held at Victoria:
Associate Professor of Ethics, 1928-1938
Department of Religious Knowledge, 1929-1946
Department of Religious Knowledge, 1953-1962
Professor of Philosophy and History of Religion (Emmanuel College), 1929-1940
Professor of Systematic Theology; Professor of Philosophy of Religion (Emmanuel College), 1940-1952
Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology; Special Lecturer in Systematic Theology (Emmanuel College), 1952-1955
Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology, 1955-1972

Grant, John Ratcliffe

  • Person
  • 1913-1990

John Ratcliffe Grant was born in Henan Province, China, the son of Presbyterian missionaries. He was granted a PhD from Harvard University in 1947, and in 1950 came to Victoria University as an Assistant Professor of Classics. Dr. Grant taught at Victoria until 1979, becoming a Professor of Classics in 1975. Dr. Grant was married to Nettie Grant.

List of positions held at Victoria:
Assistant Professor of Classics, 1950-1951
Secretary of Victoria College Council; Assistant Professor of Classics, 1951-1953
Assistant Professor of Classics, 1953-1957
Associate Professor of Classics, 1957-1967
Professor of Greek and Roman History, 1967-1975
Professor of Classics, 1975-1979
Professor Emeritus of Classics, 1979-1990

Wilson, John

  • Person

John Wilson was a Professor at Victoria, 1848-1899. He held the following positions:
Professor of Latin and Greek, 1848-1849
Professor of Latin and Greek, 1852-1853
Professor of Classical Literature, 1853-1856
Professor of Latin and Greek, 1856-1872
Professor of Latin and Greek; Professor of Biblical Criticism and Antiquities; Professor of Exegesis and Literature of the New Testament, 1872-1887
Professor of Latin and Greek; Professor of Exegesis and Literature of the New Testament, 1887-1889
Professor Emeritus of Latin and Greek, 1897-1899

Roberts, E. Dawson

  • Person
  • 1926-2012

E. Dawson Roberts was a student at Victoria University, 1943-1947.

Artifacts Collection

  • Corporate body

The Victoria University Artifacts Collection was created by the Archivist in order to organize donated artifacts, artifacts of unknown provenance, and artifacts accumulated by the Archives via the University.

Student Organization Records Collection

  • Corporate body

The Student Organization Records collection was compiled by the Victoria University Archives to organize small amounts of records from various student clubs and associations that do not have their own fonds.

Ephemera Collection

  • Corporate body

The Victoria University Ephemera Collection was compiled by the Archivist to organize the Ephemera.

Student Collection

  • Corporate body

The Victoria University Student Collection was created by the Archivist to organize small amounts of student personal records that do not require their own fonds.

Cassidy, Francis Alcot

  • Person
  • d.1924

Francis Alcot Cassidy was a graduate of Victoria College (B.A. Class of 1881, M.A. 1885). He was a Wesleyan Methodist Minister and spent time in Japan.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Office of Alumni Affairs & Advancement

  • Corporate body
  • 1975-

Throughout much of the University's history, matters of alumni and fund raising were managed by the President, Bursar, and Board of Regents. Beginning in 1975, a separate office was created to manage these responsibilities: the Department of External Relations and Development. Minor name changes have occurred since that time in 2002 and the 2010s. A committee of the Board of Regents continues to monitor and encourage matters relating to alumni and advancement.

2002 - The name changed to the Alumni Affairs and University Advancement Department.
[201-?] (exact year unknown) - The name changed to the Office of Alumni Affairs & Advancement.

Victoria University (Toronto Ont.). Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies

  • Corporate body
  • 1964-

In 1964, the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) was established by the Board of Regents to be: a research institute dedicated to the Renaissance and Reformation while having the Andrew James Bell Erasmus collection at its core, and; to develop a broader collection of reference works, texts, and bibliographical material for the period of ca. 1500-1700. The CRRS was co-publisher of the journal Renaissance and Reformation, it later began publishing the journals Early Theatre and Confraternitas, as well as five lines of books.

In 2020 the CRRS slightly altered their name to the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies.

Wallace, Edward Wilson

  • Person
  • 1880-1941

Edward Wilson Wallace was born in Metuchen, New Jersey, the son of Francis Huston Wallace and Joy Wilson. He moved to Toronto as a child and later studied at Victoria University and Columbia University before being appointed to China missions in 1906. After serving in various capacities in China missions, he was appointed Chancellor and President of Victoria University in 1929, serving until his death in 1941. While at the University, he was also Professor of Missions at Emmanuel College, 1932-1941. Wallace's first wife was Rose Cullen (the daughter of Rev. Thomas Cullen) who passed away in 1924 while her and Edward were working in China. He married his second wife, Velma Mary Hamill, in 1929.

Edward Wilson Wallace, Jr. is his son.

Edward Wilson Wallace is the elder sibling of Paul Anthony Wilson Wallace and Muriel Joy Wilson Wallace.

Wallace, Edward Wilson, Jr.

  • Person
  • 1916-1942

Edward Wilson Wallace, Jr is the son of Edward Wilson Wallace and Rose Wallace (Cullen), daughter of Rev. Thomas Cullen. He is the grandson of Francis Huston Wallace and Joy Wilson. EW Wallace Jr. was killed in action during WWII while serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Sheridan, Miriam

  • Person

Miriam Sheridan (née Marshall) was a graduate of Victoria University, Class of 1920. She was active in the United Church of Canada Women's Missionary Society, and served as Secretary of Work for Mission Circles, Ottawa Presbyterial. She was born Miriam Marshall, the daughter of Rev. Sandford E. Marshall.

Cowan, Kathleen

  • Person
  • 1890–1930

Kathleen Cowan was a student at Victoria University and resident at Annesley Hall, 1907–1910. She was later married to Methodist/United Church minister, Harold Lloyd Morrison.

Ching, Julia

  • Person
  • 1934-2001

Julia Ching was a Victoria University professor and an internationally recognized expert on neo-Confucian philosophy and religion. Born in Shanghai in 1934, she grew up there and in Hong Kong before fleeing China during World War II. She was a student at the College of New Rochelle in New York, and then became an Ursuline nun for twenty years. She resumed her studies at the Catholic University of America (M.A.), and then at the Australian National University (Ph.D. 1972). After teaching at Columbia University (1973–1975) and Yale University (1975–1978) she joined the faculty at Victoria University in 1978, becoming a Professor of Religious Studies/Study of Religion, 1981–1995, and then a University Professor of Philosophy, 1995 until her death in 2001. Dr. Ching was very active in the academic world, publishing widely and a contributing member of many organizations. She was also in demand as a consultant and interviewee concerning news relating to China. She was survived by her husband and academic colleague, Willard Oxtoby, who died in 2003.

Potts, John

  • Person
  • 1838–1907

John Potts was a clergyman and co-Bursar/co-Treasurer of Victoria University, 1900–1907.

Born in Ireland and originally an Episcopalian, he was ordained in the Methodist Church in 1861. He served at Thorold, 1859-1861; London, 1862-1864; Toronto Yorkville, 1865-1866; Hamilton West, 1867-1869; Montreal, 1870-1872; and then in Toronto and Montreal until his appointment in 1901 as Secretary of Education in the Methodist Church until his death. In 1901 he was also appointed as President of the Lord's Day Alliance and was a member of the Board and Senate of Victoria College. He was married to Margaret Bredin in 1861.

Robson, John Mercel

  • Person
  • 1927–1995

John Mercel Robson was born on May 26, 1927, in Toronto, to William Renton Mercel Robson and Christina Henderson Sinclair. He studied at Swansea Public School and Runnymede Collegiate Institute and received his B.A. (1951), M.A. (1953), and Ph.D. (1956) from University of Toronto. His PhD thesis, “The Social and Political Thought of J.S. Mill” was supervised by A.S.P. Woodhouse.

In 1953, he married Prof. Ann Provost Wilkinson Robson, and they had three children: William Bertie Provost (born August 9, 1959), John Sinclair Petifer (born December 9, 1960), and Ann Christine Wilkinson (born December 24, 1962).

Robson served as a teaching fellow in the Department of English, University College, from 1952–1954; researcher under G. Tillotson at Birbeck College, University of London, 1954–1956; and instructor with the Department of English, University of British Columbia, 1956–1957. He then joined the Department of English at Victoria College, serving as Assistant Professor from 1958–1963, Associate Professor from 1963–1967, and became Professor in 1967. He also served as Principal of Victoria College from 1971–1976.

Robson's most recognized academic accomplishment was his general editorship of the 33 volume Collected Works of John Stuart Mill.

He sat on many committees within Victoria University and the University of Toronto, serving as chair of the SGS Dean’s Advisory Committee on Admission to the Graduate Faculty and sitting on the Department of English Graduate Planning Committee. In addition, he served as Chairman of the Manuscript Review Committee at the University of Toronto Press from 1975 until his death. He also served as the general editor of the collected papers of Northrop Frye, until his death in 1995.

His other scholarly offices include: Advisory Editor, Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals; Board of Directors, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals; Advisory Board, Victorian Periodicals Review; Advisory Board, Scholarly Publishing; Chairman, Editorial Committee, Disraeli Project, Queen’s University; Bentham Committee, University of London; Advisory Board, Bertram Russell Edition, McMaster University; Advisory Board, Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts, Carleton University; Advisory Board, A.M. Klein Edition, Trent University; and Trustee, Dickens Society. He became a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1974, served as its Vice-President from 1980-1982, and its honorary editor in 1984.

McLaughlin, John Fletcher

  • Person
  • 1863-1933

John Fletcher McLaughlin was born in Cavan Township in 1863. He attended Victoria University from 1885 to 1888 and then entered the Methodist ministry. In 1891, he was appointed to the Chair in Hebrew at Victoria and lectured in Biology for the 1891-1892 year before spending two years at Oxford University preparing for his teaching career. From 1892 to 1932 he was Professor of Oriental Languages and Literature at Victoria, also teaching Old Testament. He was Dean of the Faculty of Theology from 1920 to 1928 and Registrar at Emmanuel College from 1928 to 1931. His daughter, Roberta Irwin, is also his biographer.

Davies, Alan T.

  • Person
  • 1933–

Alan T. Davies was a Lecturer and then Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Victoria College, 1969–1989; Professor, Department for the Study of Religion, Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, 1989–1998. Dr. Davies' work included research in the area of Jewish-Christian relations.

Moore, Arthur Bruce Barbour

  • LCCN 90655819
  • Person
  • 1906-2004

A.B.B. Moore was President of Victoria University, 1950-1970, and also a prominent United Church minister. Born in Keswick Ridge, New Brunswick in 1906, the son of a Congregationalist minister, he grew up in The Eastern Townships in Quebec, before attending McGill University (B.A. 1927). After earning a B.D. (1930) from United Theological College in Montreal, Moore completed his graduate studies at Oxford. In 1933 he married Margaret Price; they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2003, before her death later that year. Moore served as a minister in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Pennsylvania before becoming Principal and Professor of Theology at St. Andrew's College - University of Saskatchewan, 1946-1950. A.B.B. Moore's twenty year tenure as President at Victoria University was marked by his vision as a builder of campus resources and for his involvement in the formation of the Toronto School of Theology. The same year Moore retired from the University, he was elected Moderator of the United Church of Canada; prior to that he had been co-chair of the commission to form a union between the United and Anglican Churches. In 1977 Moore began a three year term as Chancellor of the University of Toronto. While in "retirement" he continued to be active in educational and religious affairs until his death in 2004.

Emmanuel College (Toronto, Ont.). Principal’s Office

  • Corporate body
  • 1928-

The Principal’s Office was created in 1928 when Emmanuel College was founded. The College was established as a result of the formation of The United Church of Canada in 1925 and formed with the intention of continuing the tradition of theological education established earlier by Canadian Methodists and Presbyterians. The Principal is head of the College, and thus responsible for its academic program, life and work.

List of Principals:
Alfred Gandier (1928–1932)
Richard Davidson (1932-1943)
Frederick Langford (1943–1945)
Alexander Dawson Matheson (1945–1956)
Kenneth Harrington Cousland (1956–1963)
Earl S. Lautenschlager (1963–1971)
William O. Fennell (1971–1981)
Douglas Jay (1981–1990)
John Hoffman (1990–1996)
Roger Hutchinson (1996–2001)
Samuel Peter Wyatt (2001–2008)
Mark G. Toulouse (2009-2017)
Phyllis D. Airhart (interim - 2017-2018)
Michelle Voss Roberts (2018-present)

Addison, Margaret Eleanor Theodora

  • Person
  • 1868–1940

Margaret Eleanor Theodora Addison was born in 1868 in Horning's Mills, Ontario. She graduated from Victoria College in 1889 with a B.A. and was awarded the silver medal and 1st class honours in Modern Languages. After graduation, she taught in high schools and at the Ontario Ladies' College in Whitby. In 1900 she travelled to Europe to study educational methods and was inspired by women's higher education there, particularly with the sense of college life that women students had; made possible through ensuring that they had space on campuses, something that Victoria College had lacked when Addison had attended. Back in Toronto, one of her goals to make a residence for women at Victoria had become a reality. Annesley Hall, the first women's residence was opening in 1903 and Addison had been asked by Mrs. Burwash, the President of the Victoria Women's Residence and Educational Association (later the V.W.A), to serve as Dean of Annesley Hall. In 1920, she was appointed as and Dean of Women at Victoria University, to reflect that not all women lived on campus. She served in this role until 1931 when she retired. Addison was also involved with the International Y.W.C.A., the Student Christian Movement, and the University Club. Margaret Addison died in 1940.

Victoria University Historical Collection

  • Corporate body
  • 1829-1981

This collection consists of various material relating to the history of Victoria University/College that has been accumulated by the Victoria University Archives and had previously been unaccessioned and for which provenance could not be ascertained. This material was gathered together in this general historical collection, and is organized by subject.

Davidson, Richard

  • Person
  • 1876-1944

Richard Davidson was born in Ayr, Ontario and graduated from University College in 1899 and Knox College in 1902, earning a degree of Doctor of Philosophy. His teaching career began at Trinity College with a tutorship and in 1910 he took the chair of Old Testament Language and Literature in Knox, transferring at the time of church union to the United Church College. In 1932, he was appointed Principal at Emmanuel College; he held this Office until retiring in 1943.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). French Department

  • Corporate body
  • 1889-

The first courses in French and French Literature were offered at Victoria College in 1856, however the programme did not expand until the 1880s when the College appointed Alfred H. Reynar, S.C. Smoke, Andrew James Bell and Lewis Eermson Horning. After federation with the University of Toronto, Reynar continued to lead French studies. After the move to Toronto from Cobourg, the French Department was led by John Petch from 1889 until 1898 when it was taken over to Oscar Pelham Edgar. Victoria College's French Department continued to exist separately from that of the University of Toronto, however collaboration was common and the heads of the departments from all the federated college's would meet bi-annually. The were led by a Chairman and a committee was also struck in order to strengthen collaboration and set guidelines. In 1975, the federated college's undergraduate french departments were unified (prior to this graduate programs had unified under the Graduate Department of Romance Languages). A single university Department of French was thus created to ease administrative issues. For practical purposes, most members of the College's department remained in their offices at Victoria. David Smith of Victoria College became the first chairman of the new centralized department.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). President's Office

  • Corporate body
  • 1884-

With the federation of Victoria College and Albert College in 1884 to create Victoria University, the chief administrative and ceremonial duties of the institution were combined in the shared office of President and Chancellor, a custom which continued until 1944. At that time, the Chancellorship became a separate office, and the Presidents assumed the title of Vice-Chancellor. The President derived his authority from the Board of Regents which served as the ultimate governing body of the university. As the chief administrative officer of the Board, he supervised "the business of the Board in its administration of the property and funds" and was responsible for implementing its decisions. He was the chief counsellor and executive officer of Victoria University in its relationship to the University of Toronto and the chief representative of Victoria to the General Conference of the Methodist Church and, later, the General Council of the United Church of Canada. In his role as Chancellor, the President presided over meetings of the Senate and Convocations and conferred degrees upon graduates in Theology. In 1928, some of the administrative duties of Victoria and Emmanuel Colleges were delegated to their Principals, leaving the President free for "the general oversight of the university as a whole."

The President, along with the Principals, also served on the Caput which had disciplinary jurisdiction over all Victoria students.

As the university grew in both size and complexity, the administrative duties of the Presidency expanded correspondingly. The appointing of Principals for Victoria and Emmanuel and the separation of the offices of President and Chancellor recognized that the President could no longer handle all the functions associated with the leadership of Victoria University. The President continued, however, to set the general tone within the university and to act as its spokesperson to the outside community.

Until 1944, the President, as the chief administrative officer and the person responsible for ceremonial duties, was also the Chancellor. After 1944, the President served as Vice-Chancellor.

1849–1850: Matthew Richey (President of Victoria College)
1850–1854: Egerton Ryerson (President of Victoria College)
1854–1884: Samuel S. Nelles (President of Victoria College)
1884–1887: Samuel S. Nelles (President and Chancellor of Victoria University)
1887–1912: Nathanael Burwash (President and Chancellor of Victoria University)
1913–1930: Richard Pinch Bowles (President and Chancellor of Victoria University)
1930–1941: Edward Wilson Wallace (President and Chancellor of Victoria University)
1941–1944: Walter T. Brown (President and Chancellor of Victoria University)
1944–1949: Walter T. Brown (President and Vice Chancellor of Victoria University)
1949–1950: Harold Bennet (President and Vice Chancellor of Victoria University)
1950–1970: Arthur Bruce Barbour Moore (President and Vice Chancellor of Victoria University)
1970–1972: John Edwin Hodgetts (President and Vice Chancellor of Victoria University)
1973–1987: Goldwin S. French (President and Vice Chancellor of Victoria University)
1987–1994: Eva Milada Kushner (President and Vice Chancellor of Victoria University)
1994–2001: Roseann Runte (President and Vice Chancellor of Victoria University)
2001–2015: Paul W. Gooch (President and Vice Chancellor of Victoria University)
2015– : William Robins (President and Vice Chancellor of Victoria University)

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Conversazione Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1896-1914

A 'conversazione' was first held in 1862 by the Literary Association and held annually after that for more than 50 years. It quickly became one of the major social events on the Victoria College campus. The local gentry were invited and served refreshments by members of the Association. The Committee was formed to help organize and hold the event, which was last held in 1914.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Students' Parliament

  • Corporate body
  • 1924-1930

The organization was constituted in 1924. Its object was to promote student fellowship, deal with questions of general interest to the student body, and cultivate literature, science and the orderly conduct of public business. In 1930 the Student Parliament became the Victoria College Union Council.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Union Council

  • Corporate body
  • 1930-1970

The Council was constituted in 1930. Its mandate included: amalgamating all existing student societies under one administrative body; promoting student fellowship; and controlling the formation of new societies, clubs, and associations. In 1970, it formed, along with members of the Emmanuel College Student Society, the Victoria University Students' Administrative Council.

Dignan, Alan

  • Person

Alan Dignan was a Victoria University graduate, Class of 1931.

Emmanuel College (Toronto, Ont.). Registrar’s Office

  • Corporate body
  • 1928-

The first Registrar of Emmanuel College was John Fletcher McLaughlin who served as Dean from 1928 until his death in 1932. The Reverend Frederick.W. Langford held the position afterwards and was named as Registrar. Following him, the duties of Registrar were carried out by the Dean or faculty members.

After 1955, the position of Registrar was restored and held by:
-Rev. K.H. Cousland (1955)
-Rev. W.O Fennell (1956-1959)
-Rev. C.D. Jay (1960-1966)
-Rev. A.G. Reynolds (1966-1973)
-Rev. G.W. Boyce (1974-1976)
-Rev. S.V. Fawcett (1977-1985)
-Jackie Lautens
-Shirley Wilfong
-Margaret Grisdale
-Wanda Chin (present)

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Bob Revue

  • Corporate body
  • 1874-

The Committee was formed to stage the Bob Revue, an annual presentation in honour of Robert Beare. Bob Beare was a janitor at Victoria and a friend to students. Beginning in 1874 he would invite the freshmen class to meet the rest of the college and out of this evolved the Bob Revue. The Revue was put on by the sophomore class and aimed its barbs at freshmen. It was considered as part of orientation to campus life.

The Bob Revue was traditionally an all male production and in 1949 the Scarlet and Gold revue was created as a co-ed musical revue. Scarlet and Gold co-existed with the Bob for two years (1949 and 1950) before it merged with the Bob in 1951 and the Bob officially became co-ed.

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