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Sherman, John Albert

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Student and professor of dentistry at the University of Toronto; involved in the founding of Alpha Omega fraternity for Jewish Students.

Sherman, Kenneth

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  • 1950-

Biographical note from Canadian Poetry Online: Kenneth Sherman was born in Toronto in 1950. He has a BA from York University, where he studied with Eli Mandel and Irving Layton, and an MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto. While a student at York, Sherman co-founded and edited the literary journal WAVES. From 1974-1975 he traveled extensively through Asia. He began his teaching career in 1975 at York's Atkinson College. He is a full-time faculty member at Sheridan College where he teaches Humanities and Communications; he also teaches a course in creative writing at York University. In 1982, Sherman was writer-in-residence at Trent University. In 1986 he was invited by the Chinese government to lecture on contemporary Canadian literature at universities and government institutions in Beijing. In 1988, he received a Canada Council grant to travel through Poland and Russia. This experience inspired several of the essays in his book Void and Voice (1998). Sherman lives in Toronto with his wife, Marie, an artist, and their two children.

Shermund, Barbara

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  • 1899-1978

Shermund was born in San Francisco on 26 June 1899, to parents Henry and Frederica Shermund. Her father was an architect and draughtsman. Shermund studied at the California School of Fine Arts before moving to New York City at the age of 26. She worked as a cartoonist and a story illustrator and began working at the newly-found The New Yorker, where she would eventually contribute 597 drawings, including eight cover illustrations. Unlike many cartoonists, Shermund regularly wrote her own captions. She went on to work for Esquire and LIFE beginning in the 1940s. In 1949, Shermund was one of the first three women to be accepted into the National Cartoonists Society.
Shermund regularly exhibited her work in New York galleries, in the company of contemporaries such as James Thurber. A 1931 review referred to her a “modern Daumier.” Shermund died in September 1978.

Shimizu, Rev. Kosaburo

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  • 1893-1962

Rev. Kosaburo Shimizu was born in 1893 in the village of Tsuchida, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. He and his family immigrated to British Columbia in 1907. Shimizu attended public school, then studied at the University of British Columbia. He obtained an MA in English Literature from Harvard University in 1924, and became an ordained minister of the United Church in 1926. His first appointment as pastor was with the Vancouver Japanese United Church on Powell Street in 1926.

Shimizu always worked towards building Japanese Christian fellowship, and strengthening ties between the Nisei and Issei Japanese Canadians, and the Anglo-Saxon Canadian and Japanese Canadians. He worked tirelessly to build positive relations between these groups, even during rising tensions and racist ideologies.

During WWII, Shimizu worked for the Co-operative Committee on Japanese Canadians (CCJC), the United Church Board of Home Missions, and the British Columbia Securities Commission to visit Ontario and Quebec. As before, Shimizu worked to foster better relations between the different communities, including the Japanese Canadians expelled by the Canadian government and Anglo-Saxon Canadians with racist’s ideologies against Japanese Canadians. Shimizu traveled across the country for CCJC, stopping in major cities to report on potential work, housing arrangements, and recreational activities Japanese Canadian may find if they chose to relocate to Eastern Canada. While traveling, he tried to speak and listen to every Japanese Canadian he met, listening to their concerns and offering counseling.

After the war, Shimizu and his family moved to Toronto where he formed the Toronto Japanese Nisei Congregation in 1954. He was married twice, his second wife was Hide Hyoto, CM, an educator and activist. He was conferred by the United Church a Doctorate of Divinity in 1955. Shimizu passed away in Winnipeg in 1962.

Shopp, John B.

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  • 1943-2018

John Brian Shopp was born October 1, 1943 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was a member of Shiremanstown United Methodist Church and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from American University, a Masters Degree from Princeton University, and a Doctorate of Divinity from Yale University. He also worked for many years as the Editor of Religious Books for Harper-Row Publishing. He died on March 19, 2018 in Walnut Creek, California.

Shulman, Morton

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  • 1925-2000

Morton Shulman, born in 1925, was a controversial public figure who had a multi-faceted career. He was a coroner, millionaire investor and philanthropist, politician and physician. He was appointed Chief Coroner for the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto in 1961, and was MPP for the New Democratic Party representing Toronto's High Park riding from 1967 to 1975. He died in 2000.

Sidorak, Stephen J., Jr.

  • Person
  • 1950-

The Rev. Stephen J. Sidorak Jr. is a United Methodist clergyman who attended Yale Divinity School, earning his Master of Divinity degree in 1975 and a Master of Sacred Theology degree in 1976.

Sileika, Antanas

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  • 1953-

Antanas Sileika is a Canadian novelist and critic. He was born in Weston, Ontario to Lithuanian parents.

After completing an English degree at the University of Toronto, he lived in Paris for two years. There he met his wife, Snaige Sileika (née Valiunas) and studied French. He also taught English in Versailles and worked as part of the editorial collective of the expatriate literary journal, Paris Voices.

When he returned to Canada he began teaching at Humber College and working as the co-editor of the Canadian literary journal, Descant, until about 1988.

Sileika’s first novel, Dinner at the End of the World, was published in 1994. His second book, Buying on Time (1997), a collection of linked short stories, was nominated for both the City of Toronto Book Award and the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. His third book, Woman in Bronze was published in 2004. His latest novel is untitled Underground and was published in 2011.

Currently, Sileika is the director for the Humber School for Writers in Toronto, Canada and also makes occasional appearances on Canadian television and radio as a freelance broadcaster.

Sim, Stephen Kah-Sun

Professor Stephen Kah-Sun Sim was born in Singapore on 15 June, 1917 where his extended family ran a wholesale fabric store. Four years later his immediate family, excluding his father, returned to China to their ancestral village of Hua-Mee, near Swatow (Shan-tou). His initial education was in the family’s school until 1930, with a year-and-a-half interruption – 1927-1929 – caused by a return to Singapore until his father’s early death. Then he went to a boarding school in Swatow for three years. Having completed “lower middle school” (Grade 9), he spent most of an academic year (1933-1934) at a school in Teo-Aan (Chao-An), from which he was sent home for going on strike and therefore lost his year. In September 1934 he was sent for further schooling to Shanghai where, he expanded on his aptitude for English and Mathematics. A year later he was sent to Hong Kong to attend Wah Yan College, an English-system school run by the Jesuits, to acquire a better proficiency in English and to avoid military training. (In 1940, ironically, he began taking military training with the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps as a member of its Field Ambulance.) In the three years there, he was subjected to the challenges of a traditional Western-style education, including religious knowledge. In the fall to 1938 he entered Hong Kong University as an engineering student but switched to medicine after his second year. He did not complete his degree due to the Japanese invasion in December 1941.

In April 1942 Professor Sim was allowed to leave Hong Kong and eventually ended up at the Hsiang-Ya Medical College at its temporary location in Kweiyang beyond Japanese control, where he resumed his studies from September 1942 to March 1943. He then joined the Friends Ambulance Unit run by the Quakers in Kunming in Yunan province. Interpreters were much in demand and, he signed on to work in the front-line areas along the China-Burma border. Shortly after, he resigned to work for the British Military Mission, a position that included negotiating and purchasing food supplies for irregular “soldiers” and British officers involved in covert jungle operations. In July 1945 he spent a week training for parachute jumping at Jessore in north eastern India and at war’s end was in Keng Tong in north eastern Burma. In December he returned to Hong Kong.

Beginning in January 1946, Professor Sim taught English-Chinese translations at a girl’s school in Kowloon and was assistant editor of the Sunday Examiner, a weekly English-language Catholic paper. He also began enquiring about pharmacy programs at American universities and the University of Toronto. In September he left for a pre-med program at the Jesuit-run Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and in March, 1947 was admitted to the College of Pharmacy at the University of Washington in Seattle. He rented a room in a house close to campus and to make ends meet, worked part-time in a restaurant and a pharmacy.

In June 1949 Professor Sim received his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree and immediately entered graduate school. He completed his Master’s degree in June 1951 and his PhD in August 1955. He received the E. L. Newcombe Award for outstanding research in pharmacognosy. During the academic year 1954-1955, he was an instructor in pharmacognosy at the College, teaching two half-year courses and one laboratory (third-year undergraduate) course.

Following graduation, he was hired as an “Instructor II” at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of British Columbia, being promoted a year later to assistant professor before being .lured away to the University of Toronto in 1959. There he was promoted to associate professor in 1965 and full professor in 1979. At the University of Toronto, in addition to his teaching load, he took on numerous administrative duties. He was co-ordinator of the Faculty of Pharmacy time tables from 1970 until his retirement, and interviewed and processed OSAP appeals from Pharmacy students from 1970 to 1980. He chaired the faculty’s Library Committee from 1974 to 1982 and worked with the Presidential Advisory Committee on the U of T Library System during much of that time. He served as faculty liaison for the hospital pharmacy residency program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton from 1974 until his retirement.

Professor Sim taught pharmacognosy at the University of Toronto until the Faculty abandoned courses in naturopathic studies; then he taught medicinal chemistry and toxicology. He was an appraiser for one MScPhm thesis (1973), a member of the final oral examination committee for two MScPhm candidates in 1977, and was asked to review several other theses over time. He retired in 1985.

Professor Sim was particularly interested in the origin, structure and chemistry of drugs and their impact on humans. His research focussed on the biochemical aspects of medicinal substances from plants and micro-organisms and on the metabolism of ergot fungus. He is best known for his writings on the latter and on medicinal plant alkaloids which he had first studied as an undergraduate at the University of Washington. In 1966 he took a four-week training course in the use of radioisotopes in basic research at the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies in Tennessee.

Professor Sim belonged to a number of professional and scientific associations, including the Canadian and American Pharmaceutical Associations, American Society of Pharmacognosy, Canadian Society of Plant Physiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society of North America, and the New York Academy of Sciences.

In 1957 Professor Sim married Lillian T. Mar, BSN, and they had two children. He died at his home in Scarborough, Ontario on September 6, 2002.

Sime, Sidney Herbert

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  • 1867-1941

English artist best known for his illustrations for Irish author Lord Dunsany.

Simeon, Richard

Richard Simeon (1943-2013) was a professor of political science and law at the University of Toronto and one of Canada’s preeminent political scientists. He was an internationally-recognized scholar of Canadian and comparative federalism, constitutional politics, intergovernmental relations, comparative politics and ethnic diversity.

Prof. Simeon was born in the United Kingdom and raised in Vancouver. He received his BA from UBC and his PhD from Yale. His PhD dissertation, Federal-Provincial Diplomacy (1968) became his first and most important book (Federal-Provincial Diplomacy, published in 1972).

Prof. Simeon taught in the Political Studies Department at Queen’s University from 1968-1991 and became the first Director of its Institute of Intergovernmental Relations (1976-1983). He joined the University of Toronto as a Professor of Political Science and Law in 1991. He was also the visiting William Lyon Mackenzie King Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University in 1998 and 2006-2008. He retired in 2010.

Prof. Simeon was deeply involved in Canada’s constitutional issues, especially during the country’s national unity debates in the 1970s and onwards. He served as Research Coordinator for the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada (Macdonald Commission), sat on the Ontario Advisory Committee on the Confederation, and served as occasional advisor on constitutional matters to Ontario premiers Bill Davis, David Peterson and Bob Rae. He was the first non-lawyer appointed to the Ontario Law Reform Commission and served as its vice-chair from 1989-1995.

Later, Prof. Simeon’s interest in constitutional politics and federalism became more international and comparative in focus, as he worked in Sudan, post-apartheid South Africa, Jordan, Ethiopia and Kenya during key moments of change for those governments.

Prof. Simeon was a prolific scholar, authoring more than 20 books and 100 articles and book chapters. He influenced a generation of young Canadian political scientists who called themselves “Simeon’s people.” He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2004 and was awarded the Daniel J. Elazar Award by the American Political Science Association for “a lifetime of distinguished scholarship on federalism and intergovernmental relations” in 2010.

Prof. Simeon died of cancer on October 11 2013 at the age of 70.

Siminovitch, Louis

Louis Siminovitch is a molecular biologist and professor of medicine at the University of Toronto.

He received his undergraduate and graduate education in chemistry from McGill (PhD 1944) and he trained at the Institut Pasteur, where he shared in the discovery of bacteriophage lysogeny. Returning to U of T, Siminovitch participated in the formation of the Dept of Medical Biophysics, founded the Dept of Medical Cell Biology (now Medical Genetics) as its first chairman, established the Dept of Genetics at the Hospital for Sick Children as geneticist in chief (1970-85), and from 1983 to 1989 was director of research at the Mount Sinai Research Institute.

In his unofficial capacity as Canada's chief biologist, he has served nationally and provincially on various bodies, as editor of the scientific journals Virology and Molecular and Cellular Biology, and was a founding member of the now-defunct Canadian science journal Science Forum. He has had a major influence on the careers of numerous Canadian molecular biologists. His research has centered on somatic cell genetics as a founder of the field, and on the Molecular Biology of mammalian cells.

Some 170 publications in books and leading scientific journals have come from his work. Among numerous awards are the Centennial Medal, Gairdner Foundation International Award, Flavelle Gold Medal and membership in the Royal Society (London). An Officer of the Order of Canada since 1980, Siminovitch was promoted within the Order to Companion in 1989.

Simms, George Richard

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Dr. George R. Simms is Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine; he was a family physician for 39 years and Medical Director of Pinnacle Health Hospice for 10 years. He earned a Ph.D. in Human Behavior from the United States International University, a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a fellowship in Medical Ethics from Harvard University.

Simon, Ellen

  • F2019
  • Person
  • 1916-2011

Ellen Simon, stained-glass artist and art therapist, was born in 1916 in Rosedale, Toronto, Ontario. She was educated in Toronto at Jarvis Collegiate Institute, the Ontario College of Art, and in New York at the Art Students League. She also studied at the New School, the Bank Street School Writers Laboratory, the New York Psychiatric Institute and the Art Therapy Training Institute. She began an apprenticeship at Yvonne Williams's stained glass studio in Toronto in 1941 and continued to work there until 1978. Ellen Simon retired in Amesbury, Massachusetts. She died on November 19, 2011.

Sinclair, David Paul

David Paul Sinclair was a librarian and researcher. He was born in Toronto, Ontario. He died in Toronto after a street accident in London, England.

Sinclair received an M.A. and a Bachelor of Library Science from the University of Toronto. From 1968 to his death he was employed as a librarian at Victoria University, Toronto, working on manuscripts and the Canadiana collection. He also provided accessioning and cataloguing services to the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, and taught a course in Canadian Fiction in what was then the Victoria College Department of English.

At the time of his death, he was on leave, working on a Ph.D. in Bibliography at the University of London, England, under Arthur Brown. His chosen subject was English-language printing and publishing in the Canada’s in the nineteenth century, with special emphasis on their relationship to the growth of literary activity. His research focused on nineteenth century British and Canadian poetry from which he published articles and reviews. His research interests also included Canadian book history and copyright issues. He edited Nineteenth Century Narrative Poems (1972) for the New Canadian Library. A more detailed biography, with bibliography appears in The New World Journal of Alexander Graham Dunlop, 1845 (1976) which was completed by his colleague, Germaine Warkentin.

Siren, Paul

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  • Person
  • 1917-2009

Paul Siren was born in Alppila, Ontario on July 19, 1917. Although forced to abandon his formal studies before the commencement of high school, Siren enjoyed a long and prominent career as a trade union leader and organizer. In 1942 Siren was appointed the International Representative of the United Auto Workers (UAW), a position that he held until 1960. From 1960 – 1964, Siren worked as an independent consultant for stakeholders in labour disputes.

After leaving the automobile manufacturing sector, Siren held several key positions in the creative community trade labour union movement. Posts held by Siren during this period include: General Secretary of ACTRA (1965 – 1985), member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Actors (1967 – 1985), Chairman of the English speaking group of the International Federation of Actors, (1973 – 1985), executive committee member for the International Federation of Artists, Canadian representative at UNESCO during the drafting of that group’s Recommendations on the Status of the Artist (1980), co-chairman of the Canadian Task Force on the Status of the Artist, and President of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Conference of the Arts (1988-90). Siren also served as a member of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) External review Committee from 1985-87.

Siren was the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career including the Association of Cultural Executives (ACE) award in 1990, The Canadian Conference of the Arts’ Diplôme D’Honneur in 1992, and appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada in 1987. Siren died in Toronto on May 31, 2009.

Sirluck, Ernest

Ernest Sirluck was born in Winkler, Manitoba in 1918. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1940 from the University of Manitoba and continued on to the University of Toronto to complete his M.A. in 1941. Shortly after beginning doctoral work in English, he joined the Canadian Army and served overseas. For his distinguished service he was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division), and returned to Canada as a Major.

Upon returning to the University of Toronto, he resumed his studies and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in 1948. He was a lecturer during his schooling at the UofT, and then at the University of Chicago as a Professor from 1947-1962. Ernest Sirluck’s area of expertise was in seventeenth century English Literature, especially the works of John Milton.

In 1962 he returned to the University of Toronto and served at various times as Associate Dean, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Vice-President and Graduate Dean. During this time he also continued to work on various boards and committees, as well as continued with extensive academic work. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1967.

The University of Manitoba appointed him President and Vice-Chancellor in 1970, a position he held until 1976. At the end of his time in Manitoba, Sirluck returned to Toronto and, in 1996, he published First Generation: An Autobiography, detailing his life up to that point. He died on 4 September 2013 in Toronto.

Sissons, Charles Bruce

Charles Bruce Sissons was born near Barrie and graduated from Victoria University in 1901. After studying at Oxford University, he returned to Victoria in 1909 to teach history, initially as a lecturer, later becoming an Associate Professor and then Professor Emeritus. He is perhaps best known for his biography of Egerton Ryerson. He also published a history of Victoria University.

Sissons, Henry J.

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Henry J. Sissons (UT BA 1937) was the son of Prof. C.B. Sissons and was Secretary of Hart House for 3 years (ca 1939-1941). In 1941 he went to Washington D.C. with Priorities Branch of the Dept of Munitions and Supplies. By 1946 he was sales manager for export division of War Assets Corporation.

Skilling, H. Gordon (Harold Gordon)

Harold Gordon Skilling (February 12, 1912 – March 2, 2001) was born in Toronto to Alice and William Skilling, and was the youngest of four boys.

In 1925, Skilling registered at Harbord Collegiate Institute where he excelled academically and became involved with several extracurricular activities, such as serving as president of the Literary Society, the associate editor of the Harbord Review, the battalion commander of the cadet corps, and playing basketball on the junior team. Skilling managed to graduate with twelve firsts in twelve subjects and was also awarded the Gundy-Doran scholarship in Canadian history, which helped to secure funding for future studies at the University of Toronto.

Skilling went on to study at University College at the University of Toronto. Here, too, he excelled academically and was first in his class in all years except his final year. He was likewise still involved with extracurricular activities, including the University College Literary and Athletic Society (of which he became president in his final year), associate editor of the Varsity, the Historical Club, pledged to the Psi Upsilon fraternity, and continued with studying the piano at the Toronto Conservatory of Music.

Skilling credits his time at the University of Toronto as bringing about significant changes in his way of thinking. He had begun to move away from the religious faith of his childhood and become increasingly supportive of socialism. A hitchhiking trip through North America during the summer of 1933 helped to crystallize his politics as he saw the effects of the Depression first hand. Returning to school in the fall of 1933, Skilling helped to organize and became the president of a Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) club at the University of Toronto. As his interest in politics grew, he became increasingly interested in and committed to Marxism. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1934.

In the autumn of 1934, Skilling left for Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar where he studied at Christ Church College and focused on interdisciplinary studies of philosophy, politics, and economics, as well as modern history and international relations. Skilling took this as an opportunity to travel throughout England and Europe. During the summer of 1935, Skilling made his first visit to Central Europe and the Jugoslavia [Yugoslavia]. Beginning in Vienna, he took a boat along the Danube through Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, and travelled further to Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Bosnia, and Croatia. This would be his first introduction to the complex ethnic, cultural, and political landscape of the region.

Back in England, Skilling was first introduced to Sally Bright on November 2, 1935. Bright was an accomplished scholar herself, and studied sociology and economics at Barnard College in New York City and was studying at the London School of Economics when she was introduced to Skilling. They were married in Prague on October 16, 1937.

Skilling received a Masters degree from Oxford in 1936, and soon after decided to focus his studies on Central and Eastern European studies with a primary interest in Czechoslovakia. He moved to London to pursue a doctorate under the guidance of R.W. Seton-Watson at the University of London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Skilling focused on studying the Czech language and researching Czech history, and began work on his doctoral thesis in May, 1938. Skilling’s doctoral thesis was completed and approved in 1940. It was recommended for publication by the examiners, however, due to wartime pressure, this did not occur.

Increasing tensions throughout Europe—including the Spanish Civil War, Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia, and increasing German aggression—strengthened Skilling’s commitment to socialism and convinced him to join the Communist party in 1937. He secured work at the Czechoslovak Broadcasting Corporation in May, 1938, which allowed him to witness firsthand the troubling events in Czechoslovakia in 1938-39. After further travels throughout Europe, Skilling and his wife returned to England only one month before war broke out.

In July 1940, Skilling and Sally returned to Canada, and Skilling took up an assistant position at the United College in Winnipeg, followed by a position as assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin in 1941, and, in 1947, a position at Dartmouth College, where he and his family remained for the next twelve years. Skilling began work in 1946 to revise his doctoral thesis and to extend it to include the period up to 1914 with the intention of eventually publishing the finished work. The new title for the revised thesis is “The Czech-German Conflict in Bohemia, 1867-1914.” Skilling worked on the revision up until at least the 1970s, when it was rejected for publication by the University of Toronto Press. Throughout these years, he also travelled regularly to Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. In 1958, he accepted a position of head of the Department of Political Science and Economics and a full professorship at the University of Toronto, and in 1962 became the Director of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES)—a position that he held until 1974. Through his involvement with CREES, Professor Skilling worked to develop exchange programs with the Soviet Union.

Skilling’s position at the University of Toronto allowed him ample time for travel and research. In 1961-62 while on sabbatical, Skilling moved his family to Vienna as he travelled through the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Four years later, in 1966, he returned to the Soviet Union to discuss an exchange program. During the summer of 1967 Skilling visited Czechoslovakia, East Germany and Poland. He returned to Czechoslovakia in May 1968 to witness the Prague Spring and again in the autumn of the same year. In 1969 Skilling again visited Czechoslovakia as well as Yugoslavia in order to gain insight into Yugoslav attitudes toward the events in Prague in the previous year. He would return to Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union several more times throughout the 1970s and 1980s, as well as travelling extensively throughout North America for conferences and to give lectures. Professor Skilling also became increasingly active in advocating for human rights in Eastern Europe during this time.

In 1981, Skilling stopped teaching and was awarded the rank of professor emeritus. Several other honours soon followed: in 1981, Skilling was awarded the Innis-Gérin medal from the Royal Society of Canada and was made a life member of the Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS) and of the Czechoslovak Society of Science and Art (SVU); in 1982, the University of Toronto awarded Skilling with an honorary LL.D; in 1985 he was awarded the Masaryk Award from the Czechoslovak Association of Canada; in 1987 the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies honoured Skilling for his distinguished contributions to Slavic studies (he had also been elected to the board in 1981); and in 1992, on Skilling’s 80th birthday, President Havel awarded him with the Order of the While Lion—the highest honour for non-citizens. Several other honours and awards followed, some of which are listed below in Series 3.

Professor Skilling passed away on March 2, 2001 at his home in Toronto at the age of 89.

Slack, Zerada

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Director of Athletics and Physical Education for women, University of Toronto.

Slater, John Greer

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  • 1930-

John Greer Slater was born in the United States on June 1st, 1930 and immigrated to Canada in the mid 1960’s. His major research interest is the philosopher Bertrand Russell. During his time at the University of Toronto, Professor Slater assembled the world’s largest collection of print material by and about Bertrand Russell. The collection comprises approximately 10,000 items, and helped establish the University of Toronto as a major centre for Russell studies. He also donated 8,500 philosophy books to the Fisher Rare Book Library in 1990 that form a complete collection of American, Canadian and Australian philosophy from 1870 to the time of donation.

Professor Slater earned a B.A. with High Honours from the University of Florida in 1955, followed by an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan in 1956. He completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Michigan in 1961. The title of his Ph.D. thesis was A Methodological Study of Ordinary Language of Philosophy.

Following his doctoral studies, Professor Slater was a teaching fellow, instructor, and part-time lecturer at the University of Michigan between 1956 and 1961. He was then an instructor at Wayne State University for the spring term of 1960 and 1961. Following those positions, Professor Slater was an assistant professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston, before being awarded tenure and being appointed to the Graduate School at the University of Toronto in 1964. Professor Slater was an associate professor of Philosophy from 1964 until 1988, when he was promoted to Professor.

Professor Slater mainly taught courses on the history of philosophy, logic, and the foundations of mathematics. He taught Logic, Knowledge and Reality; Modern Symbolic Logic; Bertrand Russell; and Introduction to Political Philosophy at the undergraduate level as well as Political Philosophy; Modern Logic; and Bradley and Russell at the graduate level.

At the University of Toronto Professor Slater held a number of administrative positions. Between 1969 and 1974 he served as chairman of the Department of Philosophy, chairman of the Graduate Department of Philosophy, and chairman of the Department of Ethics at University College simultaneously. Between 1981 and 1985 he was acting chairman of the Department of Philosophy, and he also served on all of the department’s standing committees as well as a number of its ad hoc committees.

Professor Slater was also active in a number of professional associations, including the American Philosophical Association, the Canadian Philosophical Association, where he served on the Executive Committee between 1969 and 1972, and the Ontario Philosophical Society.

Throughout his career, Professor Slater edited five volumes of The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell, for which he won three SSHRC grants. He also edited five other books, including Pragmatism and Purpose: Essays Presented to Thomas A. Goudge (1981), and wrote a chapter of the book Russell in Review (1976). Professor Slater wrote a number of articles, book introductions, book reviews, papers and addresses, the majority of which reflected his research on Bertrand Russell as well as Logic and Philosophy. Between 1970 and 1983, Professor Slater served on the Bertrand Russell Archives Advisory Committee, and he has been a member of the Editorial Board of Russell since 1970.

Professor Slater has received honours for his work, including National Science Foundation Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Eta Sigma. Professor Slater retired officially on July 1, 1995.

Slopen, Beverley

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Beverly Slopen is a Toronto-based literary agent and columnist.

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