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Murray, Gladstone

  • Person
  • 1893-1970

Murray, (William Ewart) Gladstone (1893–1970), publicist and television company executive, was born at Maple Ridge, British Columbia, on 8 April 1893, the son of Paul Murray and Hannah Mackay. He owed his forenames to the Grand Old Man of British Liberalism who had become prime minister for the fourth time the previous year. He was educated at King Edward's High School, Vancouver, and McGill College of British Columbia. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal he worked for a year as a journalist in North and South America; he then went as a Rhodes scholar to New College, Oxford. Between 1914 and 1918 Murray served in the Royal Flying Corps. He logged 2000 hours of combat flying and was several times wounded; he was awarded the DFC, MC, and Croix de Guerre and was also decorated by the Italian government. After the war, he was for two years the aeronautical correspondent of the Daily Express. He subsequently worked briefly as publicity director for the League of Nations Union and as publicity manager of the Radio Communications Company. Murray married in 1923 Eleanor, daughter of John Powell JP, of Wrexham. They had a son and a daughter.

Murray's managing director at the Radio Communications Company, Major Basil Binyon, became one of the founding directors of the British Broadcasting Company. It was partly on Binyon's recommendation, in 1924, that he was taken on by John Reith to be the fledgeling company's director of publicity. Murray was also on friendly terms with Peter Eckersley, the BBC's chief engineer; another who spoke highly of him to Reith was Lord Beaverbrook, his employer at the Express. As was customary in those post-war years, he styled himself Major Gladstone Murray. Asa Briggs, in his History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, describes him as ‘colourful’ and ‘convivial’ and gives him credit for the skill and energy with which he watched over BBC interests in those early years. It was at his suggestion, during the 1926 general strike, that the BBC broadcast ‘editorials’ giving nightly appreciations of the strike situation, and Murray shared the writing of these with Reith.

Murray remained at the BBC for eleven years. He was acting controller (programmes) for three months in 1934–5, an appointment that occasioned serious conflict with the then controller (administration), Admiral Carpendale. Later in 1935, following a major reorganization, Murray became one of two assistant controllers in the programme division. He was popular with his subordinates. One of them, Maurice Gorham, wrote later that they felt better off under him than under any other chief in the BBC: ‘Throughout my time at Savoy Hill he remained the most talked-about of BBC personalities, rumoured simultaneously to be about to replace Reith and to be about to leave’ (Gorham, 38–9).

Such rumours were not calculated to improve Murray's relations with a director-general always jealously watchful of his own position and profoundly mistrustful of the whole breed of journalists. ‘The Beaverbrook press have resumed their filthy personal articles’, Reith noted in his diary in March 1934, adding, ‘I am more than disgusted with Murray's complete ineffectiveness’ (Reith diaries, 23 March 1934). And a year later, more ominously:
I have had Dawnay get out of Murray an exposé of his so-called ‘intelligence’ work, with respect to the press. It is a most damning document and confirms all the suspicions and uneasiness which I have felt with respect to him for all these years. (ibid., 3 April 1935)
In March 1936 Reith persuaded the board to require Murray's resignation. The ground had been well prepared by the classic BBC device of character assassination by annual report. ‘He is a bad case’, Reith wrote in his diary, ‘and it is monstrous, and not my fault, that he has been tolerated for so long’ (Reith diaries, 1 April 1936)—a curious observation for a famously autocratic chief executive. Murray appealed, was granted grace leave, and before his dismissal took effect was appointed general manager of the newly formed Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). (Three years previously he had been seconded to the commission set up to advise the Canadian government on the development of broadcasting.)

Murray did the job for six years, and did it well. In 1942, however, the CBC came under the scrutiny of the committee on broadcasting of the Canadian House of Commons. Although they praised Murray's work, they also reported that the CBC board had felt some lack of confidence in his ability in financial matters. He was replaced as general manager and appointed director-general of broadcasting, Canada. It was a grandiloquent title for a non-job; he sensibly resigned from it the following year. At the age of fifty, Murray's career in public service was effectively over.

Murray then founded the Responsible Enterprise Movement. He lectured for several years on its behalf, and contributed frequently to reviews and magazines in North America on a range of topics. There was a strong emphasis on free market economics and industrial relations, but he also addressed himself to more nebulous subjects, under such headings as ‘Will freedom survive?’ and ‘Canada's place in civilization’.

Murray was a life associate of the Royal Society of St George and he had an honorary LLD from Florida Southern College. In his youth he was a notable track athlete; he also played squash, tennis, and golf. His health in later years was indifferent. He died in hospital in Toronto on 28 February 1970, aged seventy-six.

Ian McIntyre

Locke Family

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  • Family
  • [1885]-2003

The Locke family patriarch was Robert Shaw Locke (1837-1911), a direct descendant of United Empire Loyalist Sir John Johnson. He married Florence Adelaide Sheldon in 1871 and the couple had four children, Sheldon, Robert Henry, Florence Alice and Herbert Alfred Edwin. The first two attended Trinity College. Theodore Sheldon Locke matriculated in 1890 At some point after he began at Trinity College he was the victim of an unfortunate hazing incident and suffered a nervous breakdown. He left the College, returning in 1892, but was never awarded a degree. He became a teacher, but his later years were spent in a retirement home. Robert Henry Locke, his brother, graduated in 1904, became a lawyer and was appointed to the American Supreme Court..Herbert Locke married Irene Anthes of Parkdale, a 1903 graduate, along with her sister Libby Anthes, of St. Hilda’s. Their brother Laurence did not attend Trinity but was active in dramatic productions at the College. Herbert and Irene Locke had four daughters; the eldest, Elizabeth Sheldon Locke (Lambe), was a 1933 graduate of St. Hilda’s. Her daughter Laurie Lambe Wallace graduated from Trinity College in 1968.

Harris Family fonds

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  • Family
  • 1829-1955

Richard Homan Harris (1829-1908) was born in Cork, Ireland. He taught for a time near Cork and also in Montreal and area, having relocated after his family had immigrated to Montreal. He next studied at Trinity College, Toronto, graduating with honours in 1860 from a double course in arts and theology. He was ordained deacon on 14 October 1860 by Bishop John Strachan. Harris chose the mission field, serving parishes in Orillia (Ont.) and region, as well as Omemee, and later Brighton and Weston. While working in Orillia, he met and married Collinette De Grassi, and they had two children. Widowed in May 1874, the following June he married Olivia Colter Cottingham, and they had three children. At the time of his death, he was residing in Toronto. He was buried in Orillia.

Collinette Virginia Beaumaris Harris (1872-1955), daughter of Richard Homan Harris and Collinette De Grassi, was one of the first graduates of the Church of England Deaconess Missionary Training House in Toronto. She served as a missionary in Egypt for 16 years. At the time of her death, she was a resident of Hamilton, Ont. She was buried in Orillia.

Lee, Richard B.

  • Person
  • 1937-

Professor Richard B. Lee is an internationally known anthropologist who studies hunting and gathering societies and is particularly famous for his work on the !Kung San of Botswana. Born in Canada, Prof. Lee graduated from the University of Toronto in Anthropology with a B.A. in 1959 and an M.A. in 1961. He pursued his studies at the University of California Berkley, graduating with a Ph.D. in 1965. Concurrently, he was employed by Harvard University as a Graduate Research Anthropologist from 1963 to 1965 during which time (1963-64) he did his first of many field trips among the !Kung San bushmen of the Kalahari. From 1965 to 1967, he was a lecturer in Social Anthropology at Harvard and from 1967-70 was a research fellow in the Department of Social Relations and Centre for Behavioral Sciences at Harvard. For two years from 1970-72, he was associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers University before returning to the University of Toronto to take on the same position. By 1976 he had risen to the rank of professor and in 1999 was honored with the appointment to University Professor, a position he still holds.

Field research and grants to support them have been a significant part of Prof. Lee’s career and success. As part of the Kalahari Research Group out of Harvard, he studied and lived among the !Kung San numerous times including the 1963-64 year mentioned above, as well as a three year study funded by the N.I.M.H (National Institute of Mental Health) from 1967-70 with Harvard Anthropologist Irven DeVore. In 1982-83, he was Connaught Senior Fellow and took leave to study “Agriculture, the State and Capitalism: A Study of Large Scale Social Change”. He has been the recipient of funds from various other sources including the Canada Council and the Humanities and Social Science Research Council. His study of foraging societies has extended well beyond the !Kung San to include peoples in Tanzania, Namibia, Alaska, Australia, British Columbia, the Yukon and Labrador. Most recently his research has focused on the anthropology of health and the cultural and social factors in AIDS epidemic in southern Africa for which he has received funds from the National Institutes of Health (U.S.) via Columbia University School of Public Health as well as directly from the University of Toronto.

Prof. Lee has published over 100 articles and chapters in books. He has authored several books including Man the Hunter (1968), Kalahari Hunter Gathers (1976), Politics and History in Band Societies (1982) and The Dobe Ju/’hoansi (2003). Most recognized is his 1979 , The !Kung San: Men and Women and Work in a Foraging Society, listed in American Scientist list of the 100 most important works in science of the 20th century. Prof. Lee won the Anisfield-Wolf Award in Racial Relations for this same work from the Cleveland Foundation. He has also given numerous lectures at symposiums and meetings and is a sought after keynote speaker for groups worldwide.

Prof. Lee has been active in several professional associations including: the Association of American Anthropologists for which he organized several meetings and symposiums; founding member of Anthropologists for Radical Political Change; past president of the Canadian Anthropologist Society and the Canadian Ethnology Society. He has also been a referee for various publications (American Anthropologist, Current Anthropology) and granting agencies (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Science Foundation). He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Prof. Richard Lee lives in Toronto and continues to research, publish and teach in the Department of Anthropology. He is also a sought after scholar for invited lectures world wide.

Schneid, Otto

  • Person
  • 1900-1974

Otto Schneid, born in Jablunkova, Czechoslovakia, January 30, 1900, was an art historian, professor, writer, and artist. During the 1930s he began work on a dictionary of twentieth century Jewish artists to be published in Vienna in 1938, but the plates were confiscated by the Nazis. In 1939 he went to Palestine (Israel) as a research student at Jerusalem University. From 1948-1960 he taught art history at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), Haifa, and continued to write about art. In 1960 he decided to concentrate on his creative work (poetry, painting, sculpting) and moved to the United States, where he lived from 1960 to 1963. During that period he had seven one-man shows there and one in Canada. In 1964 he moved to Canada where he continued to paint and to write. He died in Toronto in 1974.

Sternberg, Ricardo da Silveira Lobo

  • Person
  • 1948-

Ricardo da Silveira Lobo Sternberg, Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto, was a Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He taught courses on Brazilian and Portuguese literature between his appointment in 1979 and his retirement in 2015. His main research interests are Brazilian and Portuguese literature and literary figures. Sternberg is also a poet. Four collections of his poetry have been published, and his poems have appeared frequently in poetry magazines and anthologies.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1948, Ricardo Sternberg moved with his family to the United States in 1963, where he received his B.A. in English literature from the University of California, Riverside (1971). He received his M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1978) in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a Junior Fellow with the Society of Fellows at Harvard University between 1975 and 1978.

Professor Sternberg was appointed to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in 1978, and was cross-appointed to the Centre for Comparative Literature from 1984 until 1998. He became an Associate Professor in 1984 and a Professor in 1998. He was a Graduate Advisor for the Centre for Comparative Literature from 1986 to 1998, and the President of the Research Development Commission from 1988 to 1991. From 2004-2005, Professor Sternberg was Acting Director for the Centre for Comparative Literature, and Acting Chair (2007-2008) and Interim Chair (2009-2010) for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He became a Professor Emeritus upon retirement in 2015.

He has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses in Brazilian and Portuguese literature, with a focus on 19th and 20th century Luso-Brazilian literature, and literary figures such as Eça de Queirós, Machado de Assis, and José Saramago.

Professor Sternberg has researched and written extensively on Brazilian and Portuguese literature, literary figures and their works, having numerous articles published in scholarly journals. He has also translated the works of poets such as Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Jorge de Lima, and João Cabral de Melo Neto.

He is also a poet. His poems have appeared in magazines such as The Paris Review, The Nation, Poetry (Chicago), Descant, American Poetry Review, The Virginia Quarterly and Ploughshares, as well as in anthologies of Canadian and Latin American literature. He also has four published collections of his work: The Invention of Honey. Montreal: Vehicule (1990); Map of Dreams. Montreal: Vehicule (1996), Bamboo Church. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press (1996); and Some Dance. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press (2014). He received the National Discovery Prize in 1974, the Pushcart Prize in 1978, and the ‘Blues’ award for Best Canadian Poetry in English in 2012.

Rapoport, Anatol

  • Person
  • 1911-2007

Anatol Rapoport was born in Lozovaya, Russia on May 22, 1911. In 1922 the family emigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago. He initially trained as a classical musician, studying music in Vienna, where he received a diploma in composition, piano and conducting from the Staatsakademie für Musik und darsteellende Kunst (State Academy of Music and Performing Arts) in 1933. While in Vienna, he contributed to the journal Musical Courier, and then performed as a concert pianist and lectured on the semantics of music in Europe and the Americas. He played at concerts in Austria, Poland, Hungary and Italy before returning to the United States the following year. Over the years he also became multilingual and fluent in English, German and Russian, with an oral understanding of French and Spanish.

Rapoport found he could not make a career as a musician in North America so turned to mathematics, studying under Nicholas Rashevsky at the University of Chicago, from which he received his doctorate in 1941. During World War II, he served in the United States Air Force in Alaska and India. After demobilization in 1946, he taught mathematics at the Illinois Institute of Technology before, in 1947, joining the Committee of Mathematical Biology at the University of Chicago. In the same year his first scientific papers, dealing with mathematical models of parasitism and symbiosis, appeared in the Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics. They provided a conceptual basis for his life’s work – the study of conflict and co-operation.

In 1954 he took a year’s leave to go to the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University’s prestigious “think tank”, where he concentrated on mathematical biophysics and helped found the International Society for General Systems Research. He then moved to the University of Michigan as one of the first three faculty members of the Mental Health Research Institute in the Department of Psychiatry. Here he started research on war and peace, conflict and conflict resolution. He was one of the earliest investigators to use experimental games as tools of research on conflict and co-operation; the famous Prisoner’s Dilemma game has always been associated with him.

In 1968 Rapoport was a visiting professor at the Institut für höhere Studien (Institute for Advanced Studies) in Vienna, and briefly emigrated to Denmark where he was, for 1968-1969, visiting professor at the Technical University of Denmark. The family then came to Canada where he had accepted the position of professor of psychology and mathematics at the University of Toronto. He retired in 1976 but returned to teach for another year, before becoming a roving visiting professor at the Institut für höhere Studien (1976 and 1977), Wissenschaftszentrum in Berlin (1978), the University of Hiroshima (1978) and the University of Louisville (1979). In 1980 he was appointed professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Toronto and then director of the Institut für höhere Studien, a position he held for four years.

Back in Toronto, he was appointed professor of peace studies at the University of Toronto in 1984, where he initiated what evolved into a four-year degree program in peace studies. He held the position until 1996, but continued to teach until 2000. In 1984 he joined the newly-formed organization, Science for Peace, was elected president and remained on its executive until 1998. His wife, Gwen, did administrative work for the organization and edited its newsletter. In the same year he created the famous Tit for Tat strategy for the iterated prisoner’s dilemma tournament held by Robert Axelrod.

Rapoport is the author of twenty books and more than 400 published articles. His books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. He was editor of General Systems from 1956 to 1977, and associate editor of the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Behavioral Science, and ETC: A Review of General Semantics. He was also a member of the editorial board of about ten journals. He was president of the International Society of General Semantics from 1953-1955, of the Society of General Systems Research in 1965-1966, of the Canadian Peace Research and Education Foundation Association from 1972-1975, and of Science for Peace (1984-1986). In addition to a nomination for the Nobel Prize and honorary degrees from Western Michigan University, the University of Toronto and Royal Military College, he has received the Lenz International Peace Prize and the Harold D. Lasswell Award for Political Psychology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, the American Mathematical Society, and the Society for Mathematical Biology.

In 1949, Rapoport married Gwen Goodrich. They have three children, Anya, Alexander and Anthony.

Coxeter, Harold Scott Macdonald

  • Person
  • 1907-2003

Harold Scott MacDonald Coxeter, known as Donald, was born on February 9 1907 in Kensington England to parents Harold Coxeter and Lucy Gee. At an early age, he demonstrated a high level of ability in both music and math. His father, realizing his son’s gifts, sought out the advice of the famous philosopher Bertrand Russell who introduced young Donald to mathematician E.H. Neville. At the advice of Neville, Coxeter left boarding school at the age of 15 and was tutored only in Math and German. He entered Cambridge in 1926 on scholarship and received his B.A. in 1929. He continued to study for his doctorate under Britain’s leading figure in geometry H.F. Baker and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1931. As a Fellow, he continued his research at Cambridge and for two years was a research visitor at Princeton working under Oswald Veblen. In 1936, Coxeter married Rien Brouwer of Holland and they set off together to Toronto where Coxeter accepted an appointment to the mathematical department at the University of Toronto. Toronto is where their life settled. They had two children Susan and Edgar.

Coxeter was considered a leading mathematician and the greatest geometer of the 20th century. His contributions of fundamental importance have been in the Theory of Polytopes, Non-Euclidean Geometry, Discrete Group and Combinational Theory. Specifically, he is best known among mathematicians for discovering how shapes will behave in higher dimensions – now known as Coxeter groups and Coxeter diagrams. His influence has reached beyond the mathematics world. Coxeter’s work in non-euclidean geometry inspired the “Circle Limits I-IV” by the famous Dutch artist M.C. Escher with whom he shared a life-long friendship. Another strand of his thinking influenced theoretical physics in the area of relativistic quantum field theory. Coxeter numbers and diagrams are used in the study of elementary particle physics. Nobel winning chemists who discovered the Carbon 60 molecule were influenced by Coxeter’s work on iconsahedral symmetries.

Over his expansive career, Coxeter published 12 books – at least four of them classics including Introduction to Geometry which first appeared in 1961 and has since seen many editions and has been translated into six languages. He also published over 200 articles and at various times acted as reviewer and referee. He was editor of the Canadian Journal of Mathematics for nearly a decade from 1948 to 1957. He served as president of the Canadian Mathematical Congress (1962-63), Vice-President of the American Mathematical Society, (1968) and president of the International Congress of Mathematicians, (1974). Coxeter was awarded numerous honorary degrees, was a fellow of the Royal Society of London (1950) and of the Royal Society of Canada (1947). In 1997 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.

While Coxeter officially retired from the Department of Mathematics in 1980, as Professor Emeritus he continued his engagement with the mathematical world right up to his death. In July 2002 he gave an invited lecture at a conference in Budapest Hungary. H.S.M., “Donald”, Coxeter died in Toronto at the age of 96 on March 31 2003. He is survived by his two children Susan (Coxeter) Thomas and Edgar Coxeter and several grandchildren. A biography, entitled, The King of Infinite Space, Donald Coxeter and the Magical Omnipotence of Geometry is due to be published by Anansi in September 2006.

Stoicheff, Boris Peter

  • Person
  • 1924-2010

Boris P. Stoicheff was a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto, a leading authority on Ramen Spectroscopy, and a pioneer in the use of lasers in optical physic and spectroscopy. Stoicheff was also the President of the Optical Society of America and the Canadian Association of Physicists, as well as being a member of the Order of Canada. During his career, Stoicheff published more than 180 papers on the subject of lasers, optical physics and spectroscopy, and was the author of a biography on the life and work of physicist Gerhard Herzberg.

Boris Peter Stoicheff was born in Bitola, Macedonia in 1924. In 1931 he and his family immigrated to Canada and settled in Toronto. Stoicheff attended Jarvis Collegiate Institute (1938-1943) where he excelled in both mathematics and in athletics (he was ranked fifth in Ontario for cross-country while in high school). After high school Stoicheff enrolled in the Engineering Physics program at the University of Toronto where he obtained his B.A.Sc. (1947) and his M.A. (1948) in physics. In 1950, under the supervision of Professor Harry Welsh, Stoicheff completed his Ph.D. on the subject of Ramen Spectroscopy of Gases at High Temperature at the University of Toronto.

In the early 1950s, Stoicheff began working for the National Research Council (N.R.C.) in Ottawa under the general direction of Gerhard Herzberg (Herzberg would go on to win the Noble Prize for Chemistry in 1971). During his time at the National Research Council, Stoicheff became well-known in the world of optical physics for his very precise, high-resolution Ramen spectra and for his patience in obtaining the highest quality spectroscopic results. In all, Stoicheff published more than thirty papers on the topic of Ramen Spectroscopy while working for the National Research Council. In 1954 Stoicheff married Joan Ambridge and in 1956 they had a son, Peter. Near the end of his time at the N.R.C., Stoicheff took an interest in Brillouin scattering; more specifically, how the emerging technology of MASERS and LASERS could aid in carrying out Brillouin spectroscopy. In the early 1960s Stoicheff constructed the first (ruby) laser in Canada. The use of lasers in spectroscopy would become Stoicheff’s primary area of research for the remainder of his career.

After fourteen years at the N.R.C. Stoicheff accepted a position at the University of Toronto as a Professor of Physics.; in 1977 he was promoted to the position of University Professor. From 1964 until his retirement in 1989 Stoicheff worked out of his lab at the University of Toronto’s Department of Physics, where he completed pioneering research in the area of optical spectroscopy. During his career Stoicheff held numerous positions on various university, national and international committees and boards including: Member of Council of the Royal Society of Canada, Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Physicists, Canadian Correspondent to The Royal Society (London), and Co-Chairman of the 5th International Conference on Laser Spectroscopy, among many others. Stoicheff also received a number of honours and awards. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Honourary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, U.K./Canada Rutherford Lecturer for The Royal Societies of London and Canada, the recipient of Centennial Medal of Canada, the Canadian Association of Physics Medal of Achievement, and several honorary degrees from Canadian and international Universities.

After his retirement, Stoicheff remained active in the scientific community and continued to lecture, publish and research in the field of optical physics and spectroscopy. In addition to physics, Stoicheff had a great interest in the humanities, and pursued subjects such as religion, psychology, art and biography. After his retirement, Stoicheff created a course titled “The Riddle of Light” where students explored both scientific and artistic interpretation of light. He was also the author of a biography on the life and career of his former supervisor and mentor Gerhard Herzberg titled Gerhard Herzberg: A Illustrious Life in Science, published in 2002. Boris Stoicheff died in Toronto on April 15, 2010.

McNeill, Kenneth G.

  • Person
  • 1926-2008

Kenneth G. McNeill, a graduate of Oxford University in 1950, came to the University of Toronto as an associate professor of Physics in 1957. In 1963 he was made a Professor of Physics and in 1969 he was cross appointed as Professor of Medicine. In 1993, upon his retirement he became Emeritus Professor of Physics. His area of expertise, on which he has published 7 books and over 200 articles, was in the field of nuclear physics, specifically photodisintegration and the application of nuclear physics to medicine.

During his lengthy career at the University, Prof. McNeill was instrumental in various projects relating to nuclear physics including the building and administration of the "Steel Room" (Series 3) and the operation of the LINAC (linear accelerator) laboratory (Series 6). He also chaired the University of Toronto Radiation Protection Authority from 1977-1986 (Series 7). Other administrative responsibilities include various positions on Governing Council and Trinity College.

Prof. McNeill also served as a private consultant to various firms as well as to various levels of government. Beginning in the 1970s his expertise was sought after by the Ontario government for which he sat on various advisory groups relating to nuclear emergency planning and for about a decade starting in the late 1980s he was Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee of Emergency Planning Ontario while also sitting on various technical sub-committees.

Pimlott, Douglas H.

  • Person
  • 1920-1978

Douglas Humphreys Pimlott was born in Quyon, Quebec in 1920. After military service in the war, he graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick. During the 1950's he obtained a Master of Science in wildlife management (1954) and a Ph.D. in zoology and wildlife management (1959) from the University of Wisconsin. While earning these degrees, he was employed in wildlife research and management with the Newfoundland Government from 1950-1957. He was in charge of wolf research for the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests from 1958 to 1962 when he joined the Department of Zoology of the University of Toronto. During his career, Prof. Pimlott became best known for his writings on wolves, parks and wilderness and later, on environmental problems in the Arctic.
He was a past president of the Canadian Nature Federation, a founding member and former chairman of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee and past president of the Canadian Society of Zoology. In 1971 he was invited to become a member of the Survival Service Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as a leader of a Specialist World Wolf group. In the summer of 1973 he toured Europe lecturing, consulting with government officials and examining wolf habitats. Other associations he was actively involved in were the Canadian Audubon Society, Algonquin Wildlands League and the Wilderness Society.


Delamont, Gordon

  • Person
  • 1918-1981

Gordon Delamont, teacher, author, composer, and trumpeter was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on October 27, 1918, and died in Toronto, Ontario on January 16, 1981. He performed in dance bands and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio orchestras, taught harmony, counterpoint, composition, and theory. Important pupils include Peter Appleyard, Gustav Ciamaga, Ron Collier, Jimmy Dale, Hagood Hardy, Paul Hoffert, Moe Koffman, Rob McConnell, Ben McPeek, Birnie Piltch, Fred Stone, Norman Symonds and Rick Wilkins, among many others.

Satterly, John

  • Person
  • 1879-1963

John Satterly, A.R.Sc., D.Sc., M.A. F.R.S.C was one of the best known and respected figures in Canadian Physics. Born in Ashburton, Devon, England on November 29, 1879, he acquired a strong background in science and mathematics while at Ashburton Grammar School and went on to spend three years (1898-1901) at the Royal College of Science in Kensington. There he studied under Tilden, Reicher, Perry and Judd. From 1901-1903 he acted as Demonstrator at the Royal College of Science and then went on to Cambridge University as Tutor in Physics. At the same time, he worked under Professor J. J. Thompson at the Cavendish Laboratory. His research led to a number of publications on the radioactivity of the atmosphere and its variation with the weather; and on the radioactivity of natural waters and soils. He obtained B.A. and M.A. degrees from Cambridge and a D.Sc. from the University of London.

Satterly became acquainted with a number of Canadian Physicists and was asked to take up a teaching position at the University of Toronto in 1912 where he remained for the next 38 years until his retirement on June 20, 1950. He taught courses on Properties of Matter, Mechanics and Heat to first and third year students. Many of his first year lectures became renowned for their showmanship, especially that which was devoted to Liquid Air. Satterly maintained his interest and research in the area of heat and mechanics and surface tension and viscosity even after his retirement in 1950. A room was reserved for him in the McLennan Laboratory and in the decade following his retirement he could be found there nearly every day working on problems which continued to interest him. Post 1950 inserts into his lecture notes bear witness to the devotion Satterly had in updating and advancing his own interests in physics. The 1950s saw a considerable increase in the number of research papers published by Satterly and it was not until three months before his death that the frequency of his publications ceased. John Satterly died on October 1, 1963, aged 83.

Rouillard, Clarence Dana

  • Person
  • 1904-1991

Professor of French, University College.

Nesselroth, Peter W.

  • Person
  • 1935-

Peter William Nesselroth, Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto, was a Professor of French and Comparative Literature who taught courses on French and Surrealist literature between his appointment in 1969 and his retirement in 1998. His main research interests are 19th and 20th century French and American literature, Dadaism and Surrealism in painting, poetry and film, and structuralism and post-structuralism as both theory and methodology. Nesselroth has researched and written extensively about these subjects throughout his academic career.

Born in the United States in 1935, Peter Nesselroth received his B.A. in Romance Languages from the City College of New York in 1957. He received his M.A. (1958) and Ph.D. (1968) in French and Romance Philology from Columbia University, New York. The title of his M.A. thesis was “Adolphe et Cécile de Benjamin Constant” and that of his Ph.D. thesis was “Lautréamont’s Imagery: a stylistic approach”.

Peter Nesselroth was appointed to the Department of French at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in 1969, and was cross-appointed to the Centre of Comparative Literature in 1977, after having been a lecturer (1958) and then Assistant Professor (1968) at the City College of New York. He became an Associate Professor in 1970 and a Professor in 1979. Professor Nesselroth was the Director for the Centre for Comparative Literature from 1983 to 1997, being reappointed in both 1989 and 1995. Upon retirement he became Professor Emeritus in 1998 and a Senior Fellow for the Centre for Comparative Literature. In 1998, Professor Nesselroth was also a Visiting Professor at the Université Paris 7 – Denis Diderot, as well as receiving from the French government the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes académiques. In 2003, he was at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France for a research fellowship. Professor Nesselroth became a Senior Fellow of Massey College in 2010.

Over his career as a Professor, he has taught several courses in French and Surrealist literature, with a focus on the 19th and 20th century, and figures such as Isidore Ducasse (Comte de Lautréamont), Jacques Derrida, and Marshall McLuhan.

Professor Nesselroth has researched and written extensively on 19th and 20th century French and Surrealist literature, having had numerous articles published in scholarly journals and books throughout his academic career. He is the author of "Lautréamont’s Imagery: a stylistic approach" (Genève: Droz, 1969); "Problems of Textual Analysis" (Paris: Didier, 1971); and "Psychanalyse et langages littéraires" (Paris: Nathan, 1977). While at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, he wrote the manuscript for a book “Reading Problems: Making Sense of Difficult Texts”. He has also written numerous articles and given several addresses on Isidore Ducasse, Jacques Derrida, and Surrealist texts.

Wilson, A. Jeyaratnam (Alfred Jeyaratnam)

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  • 1928-2000

Alfred Jeyaratnam Wilson was born on October 4, 1928 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to Kanagasabay Rajaratnam Wilson and Elizabeth Ariammah Dutton. Wilson completed a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Ceylon in 1950, a Ph.D from the London School of Economics, University of London in 1956, and a DSc. (Econ.) from the University of London in 1977. In 1953, he and Suseelavathy Chelvanayakam (daughter of Samuel James Velupillai Chelvanayakam) were married in Colombo. Wilson taught political science at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka from 1956 to 1972. After completing several fellowships in the UK, Canada, and the US, in 1972 he became professor of Political Science and Chairman of the Department of Political Science at the University of New Brunswick until 1994. From 1978 to 1984 Wilson also acted as an advisor to the Sri Lankan government. He and his family later moved to Toronto, where he passed away on 31 May 2000.

Wilson wrote and edited nine books on Sri Lankan politics as well as numerous essays and reviews published in academic journals. His books include: An Introduction to Civics and Government (1954); Politics in Sri Lanka, 1947–1973 (1974); Electoral Politics in an Emergent State: the Ceylon General Election of May 1970 (1975); The Gaullist System in Asia (1980); The States of South Asia: Problems of National Integration: Essays in honour of W.H. Morris-Jones (1982, editor, with Dennis Dalton); The Break-up of Sri Lanka: The Sinhalese-Tamil Conflict (1988); S. J. V. Chelvanayakam and the Crisis of Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalism, 1947–1977: a Political Biography (1994); Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalism: Its Origins and Development in the 19th and 20th Centuries (2000); and The Post-Colonial States of South Asia: Democracy, Development and Identity (2001, editor, with Amita Shastri).

Standard, Paul

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  • 1896-1992

Acland, James Headly

  • Person
  • 1917-1976

James Acland was professor of architecture in the University of Toronto School of Architecture from 1958 until his death in 1976. His main research and teaching interest was in historical architecture of the medieval period.

James Acland was born in Toronto in 1917. After attending Ecoles des Beaux Arts and McGill University in Montreal, he graduated from Syracuse University New York with a B.A. in Architecture in 1942. During World War II, he worked on factory designs and from 1942-1945 was with Canadian Army Photo Intelligence. After obtaining an M.A. in Philosophy from Harvard University in 1952, he returned to the study and teaching of architecture and held positions at the University of Utah and the University of British Columbia. In 1956, he returned to his hometown to become associate professor and later professor at the University of Toronto’s, School of Architecture.

Both his research and teaching focused on the history of architecture. Much of his research related to land use and how it affects architecture, the development of complex towns in the medieval period and early European building traditions. His study in these areas resulted in several articles and culminated in his book Medieval Structure: The Gothic Vault, University of Toronto Press, 1972. The subjects he taught related directly to his interest on the history of architecture and included courses such as the History of Medieval Architecture, Renaissance Architecture, European Tradition of Framed Building, Mediterranean Tradition of Mass and Shell Building, Medieval Structures, to list a few.

Starting in 1962, Acland popularized his ideas on the history of architecture by appearing in two CBC television series Man in a Landscape and Wall and Window. In these shows, and many to follow, he was the speaker, actively developed the script and provided photographs, and drawings. Through the 1960s, he continued to be involved in television programming and educational films.

Acland’s interest in the history of architecture led him to become an advocate of architectural and heritage conservation. In the 1960s, he was active in the Stop the Spadina Committee and, as chair of the Friends of Old City Hall, he was instrumental in saving Toronto’s Old City Hall (now the City Court House) from demolition. From 1969-1971, he was president of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and organized a computer inventory of historic buildings through the National Historic Sites Service. Many of his articles related to his conservation work. His work with Eric Arthur on maritime architecture most certainly did – Building by the Sea, University of Toronto Press, 1962. James Acland died on June 22, 1976. He was still teaching in the School of Architecture and was writing a history of house and street.

Geiger-Torel, Herman

  • Person
  • 1907-1976

Herman Geiger-Torel, opera director and teacher was born in Frankfurt-am-Main in 1907. He began his career as a stage director in Czechoslovakia and Germany, and after 1934, in South America. From 1948 until his death in 1976 he was based in Toronto, working with the University of Toronto Opera Division and as general director of the Canadian Opera Company.

Halvorsen, Johan

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  • 1864-1935

Born in Drammen, Norway, Johan Halvorsen was a violinist, conductor and composer who continued the nationalist Norwegian traditions established by Grieg, serving for 30 years as conductor of the Christiania National Theatre. He received his musical education in Kristiania Stockholm. Popular repertoire include Halvorsen’s Danses norvégiennes, for violin and orchestra, and his Entry March of the Boyars. Less often heard are his three symphonies and his two rhapsodies on Norwegian folk-tunes. He composed arrangements of a Sarabande and a Passacaglia by Handel for violin and viola.

Bain, James

  • Person
  • 1842-1908

Born London, England, 2 August, 1842. Educated in Toronto. Buyer for James Campbell & Sons and established branch of their firm in London, England, 1874. Partner in Nimmo and Bain, Publishers in London, 1878-1880. Appointed chief librarian, Toronto Public Library, 1882. Died of cancer in Toronto, 22 May, 1908. Received honorary degree (D.C.L.) from U of T, 1902.

Macpherson, Kay

  • Person
  • 1913-1999

Kay Macpherson was born in England 1913 and immigrated to Canada in 1935. Macpherson practised physiotherapy in Montreal, Fredericton and Ottawa in the 1930s and 1940s before settling in Toronto with her husband, political scientist, C.B. Macpherson.

Her career as a social and political activist began in the 1950s in Toronto, with the Association of Women Electors, which has been described as a "city hall watchdog group". Macpherson was one of the founders of the Voice of Women (a national peace organization) in 1960, and served as national president for several years. In 1968 she toured Hanoi on behalf of the Voice of Women in their opposition to the Vietnam War and arranged for Vietnamese women to visit Canada.

Macpherson was consulted by the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, and was a founding member of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women in 1971, serving as national president during 1977-1979. She is also a founder of Women for Political Action and has herself run for election (unsuccessfully) in the federal riding of York East (in 1972, 1974 and 1980). Macpherson's writings have appeared in such periodicals as Canadian Forum, Canadian Women Studies, and Chatelaine. Macpherson was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1982.

Please see When in Doubt, Do Both: The Times of My Life by Kay Macpherson with C.M. Donald (University of Toronto Press, 1994) for more biographical information.

Wilson, John Tuzo

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  • 1908-1993

Professor of Geophysics; Principal, Erindale College, University of Toronto.

Armatage, Kay

  • Person
  • 1943-

Professor Kay Armatage is jointly appointed to the Institute of Women’s Studies and Gender Studies and Innis College Cinema Studies. She is seen as a key founder in both disciplines. In 1971, while still a graduate student in the Department of English, she was part of collective that organized and taught the first inter-disciplinary course in Women Studies - FSW 200: Women in Society. By 1974, she had her Ph.D. in English at the same time the University began offering a minor in Women Studies. As a Lecturer, Prof. Armatage helped develop and co- taught NEW 260 : Introduction to Women’s Studies, along with colleagues Sylvia Van Kirk and Kathryn Morgan. Around the same time, the study of cinema was developing and Prof. Armatage, along with colleagues Joe Medjuck and Bart Testa, developed INI/NEW 212, Introduction to Cinema Studies. Throughout her career, Prof. Armatage has continued to develop and teach over a dozen new courses in both disciplines, often combining the two, such as in Women’s Film and Literature, Women’s Cinema and Women and Representation.

Her academic writing, again, reflects both her interest in film and feminism. Her book, The Girl from God’s Country: Nell Shipman and the Silent Cinema, celebrates an early Canadian actor and director. In 1999 she co-edited Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women’s Cinema. She has published extensively in refereed journals, contributed articles to books and given over fifty lectures on her areas of interest which include women filmmakers, feminist theory and Canadian cinema.

Along with her academic work, Prof. Armatage has undertaken activities in a more public forum. Between 1975 and 1987, she produced seven experimental narrative and documentary films. Her last film on artist Joyce Wieland, Artist on Fire (1987) earned her a Gemini nomination for Best Television Documentary. From 1983-2004, she was one of the senior international programmers of the Toronto International Film Festival. It was due in part to these endeavours that she was seen as having made a major contribution to the study of women and film. For all of her work, she has been recognized with several awards including YWCA Woman of Distinction 1989 and Toronto Women in Film in Video Special Award for Contribution to Women’s Film Culture 1988. She has also been awarded several research and arts grants throughout her career including a Canada Council Senior Artist’s Grant (1992) and a SSHRC research grant (1995).

Jones, Phyllis E.

  • Person
  • 1924-2007

Phyllis Edith Jones was born September 16, 1924 in Barrie, Ontario, the daughter of Reverend Colston Graham Jones and Edith L. Shand. Following graduation from high school in Barrie in 1942, she enrolled in the University of Toronto in 1944 and was granted a diploma in General Nursing and Public Health Nursing, Part 1 in 1946. Four years later she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Following her graduation in 1950, she worked for the Victorian Order of Nurses in Toronto (1947-1953 and 1957-1963) and the Metropolitan Health Committee in Vancouver (1953-1957). In 1963 she was appointed Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University and Toronto. Over the next six years, she completed her Master of Science in Health Administration (1969) and was promoted to Associate Professor. Her thesis topic was The family physician and the public health nurse – an investigation of one method of collaboration. She was appointed full Professor in 1972 and six years later became Dean of the Faculty, a position she held until 1988. When she retired in 1990 she was appointed Professor Emeritus. In 1993 she was given an Honorary Doctorate in Nursing Science from the University of Turku, Finland. She died in Owen Sound May 7, 2007.

During her academic career, Professor Jones established herself as an expert in the field of community health nursing. She published over 50 articles alone or in collaboration with other experts in the field and presented numerous papers at conferences and organizations, as well as to smaller groups of students and colleagues within the Faculty of Nursing. In the 1980s she was a consultant to the University of Turku in Finland in establishing a Master’s degree programme in nursing. As a result the University of Turku and the University of Toronto signed an agreement for exchange of staff and students and for collaboration in nursing research. In 1993, the University of Turku awarded her with an Honorary Doctorate in Nursing Science.

As an educator, Prof. Jones taught two graduate courses relating to nursing leadership and Community Health nursing, as well as undergraduate courses. In the 1980s she was involved in developing and delivering continuing education workshops relating to nursing diagnosis at the University and in cities in central Ontario. Much of the information for these workshops resulted from several National Health Research Project grants received in the late 1970s and 1980s in which she was the principal investigator. In other scholarly work, Prof. Jones often acted as reviewer of proposed publications and research grants.

As an administrator, Prof. Jones is chiefly remembered for her nine years as Dean of the Faculty of Nursing. But throughout her 27 years with the University she participated actively on committees within the Faculty, as well as University committees such as the Personnel Policy Board, the Research Board, Committee on Accommodation and Facilities, to name just a few. Throughout her career, she was also involved in external nursing and community health related organizations. From the mid 1970’s until her retirement, Prof. Jones was a member of the Board of Directors, Victorian Order of Nurses Metro Toronto (1971-1988), member of the Metropolitan Toronto District Health Council (1981-82), the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, Ontario Nurses’ Association, and served on numerous search committee for nursing staff at Toronto area teaching hospitals.

Langton, H. H. (Hugh Hornby)

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  • 1862-1953

Hugh Hornby Langton, librarian, editor, historian, translator (born at Québec City 29 Aug 1862; died at Toronto 30 Sept 1953), son of John Langton. Educated at the University of Toronto, he was the first full-time registrar of the university 1887-92 and its librarian 1892-1923. He established the library on a firm footing after the fire of 1890, and he developed the collection, staff, services, procedures and traditions from which the present system has grown.

He also brought high standards to his role as the first general editor of the university's scholarly publishing program, 1897-1923, and as joint editor with George M. Wrong of the Chronicles of Canada (32 vols 1914-16) and of the Review of Historical Publications Relating to Canada (1897-1919), which at his initiative became the Canadian Historical Review. After retiring in 1923 he continued to translate for the Champlain Society, to edit and to write biographies. His last publication was an edition of journals and letters of his aunt Anne Langton, "A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada" (1950).

Brett, George Sidney

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  • 1879-1944

Successively lecturer in classics, director of the Department of Psychology, and professor of philosophy and ethics, head of the Department of Philosophy in University College (1927-1944), and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies (1932-1944). Born at Britton Ferry, South Wales in 1879; died in Toronto 27 October, 1944.

Schmid, Catherine

  • Person
  • 1942-

Catherine Rank Schmid is a Canadian artist based in France. She was born in 1942 in Toronto, Ontario, to Margery Butler and Harold Rank. In 1968 she married Stephen Yeomans. They divorced in 1988. Their son Edward (Ted) Yeomans resides in Peterborough, Ontario. In 1995 she married Gérard Schmid in Switzerland. He passed away in 2003 in France.

Schmid studied Modern Languages at Victoria College, University of Toronto from 1961 to 1965 and received an Honours BA in French and German. During this period, she took part-time courses at the Ontario College of Art, studying painting with Aba Bayefsky. After graduation she taught in Bad Godesberg (Bonn) Germany in Amos Comenius Gymnasium, a Pestalozzi school, travelling extensively as well. Returning to Toronto, she completed her diploma at the Ontario College of Education and taught French, German and Art for many years in Secondary Schools in Toronto and Peterborough Ontario. While in Peterborough she was a founding member of the Art Gallery of Peterborough.

During a Sabbatical leave in 1984, Schmid spent several months in France and Germany drawing and painting. In 1987 she exhibited her work at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and gave a lecture in the Department of Philosophy of Education on the theme of the creative experience and its relationship to the development of learning. She also exhibited at The Art Gallery of Peterborough and in 1988 at the Here and Now Gallery in Toronto. In 1990 she moved to Saint Gallen, Switzerland, teaching Art at the Institut auf dem Rosenberg, an international private school. Her experiences travelling and living in different surroundings have been a compelling influence on her philosophy and in her artistry.

Schmid has also exhibited internationally. In 1989, she painted in Indonesia and The Cross Cultural Institute in Jakarta exhibited her drawings and paintings “Indonesia: the first impression of a Canadian artist”, sponsored by the Canadian Embassy. In 1990, The Museum of Contemporary Art Nyoman Gunarsa in Yogyakarta invited her to be Artist in Residence, where she had an exhibition “Explorations in Indonesia”. Her work is held in the collections of Victoria University at the University of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Peterborough, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation in Toronto, Crédit Suisse in Saint Gallen, Switzerland, the Agung Rai Gallery in Bali, Indonesia, the Art Gallery of Ontario in the art rental collection, and in many private collections.

Since 1994, she has resided in Provence in the south of France, where she has her studio and has given private instruction to students from many countries.

Schmid’s works reflect the elements of chance, surprise, capturing a world full of possibilities, originating in her broad travel experience and exposure to many cultures. Always “looking”, suddenly she “sees”. She is especially interested in the contrast of light and darkness and in architectural forms. The inner space of the mind: a thought, a word, a feeling, are all part of her creative approach.

Safarian, A. Edward

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  • 1924-2016

Prof. Albert Edward Safarian (19 April 1924 – 29 January 2016) was a University of Toronto Professor of Economics in the Dept. of Political Economy (1966-1989) and Professor Emeritus of Business Economics in the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management (1989-2016). He is best known for his contributions in the study of Canadian public policy, especially in the areas of foreign direct investment, federalism, free trade, and governance of multinational corporations.

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Prof. Safarian was raised by Armenian immigrant parents in the Cabbagetown district of Toronto during the Great Depression. He entered University College, University of Toronto in 1942 and graduated with a B.A. (hons.) degree in 1946. He went on to graduate studies at the University of California Berkley, where he received a Ph.D. in economics in 1956.

Between 1950 and 1955, Prof. Safarian worked in the International Trade Division of the Dominion Bureau of Statistics in Ottawa. He then became Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Political Science at the University of Saskatchewan in 1956. In 1962, Prof. Safarian was promoted to Full Professor and Head of the Department. Later, in 1966 he joined the University of Toronto's Department of Political Economy and served as the Department's last Head from 1976 to 1982 before its reorganisation. Between 1971 and 1976, he was also Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Following his retirement and appointment as Professor Emeritus in 1989, he became a Professor of Business Economics at the Rotman School of Management.

In addition to his academic activities at the University of Toronto and Saskatchewan, Prof. Safarian taught courses at the Banff School of Management and in the Faculty of Law and Economics at the University of Nice. He held various research positions, most notably Associate Director of the Program on Economic Growth at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Studies. He also served as a consultant to various federal and provincial governments, including for the Task Force on the Structure of Canadian Industry.

Prof. Safarian’s major publications include Canadian Economy in the Great Depression (1958), Foreign Ownership of Canadian Industry (1966), Canadian Federalism and Economic Interpretation (1973), Governments and Multinationals: Policies in the Developed Countries (1983), and Multinational Enterprise and Public Policy: A Study of the Industrial Countries (1993). Prof. Safarian’s contributions to the social sciences were recognized in various appointments and awards, including as Senior Fellow at Trinity College and Massey College, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Member of the Order of Canada, and as a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Award.

Aside from his accomplishments in the academic arena, Prof. Safarian was also active in numerous other areas. Music and dance were a part of his life from a young age, which eventually led to his becoming director of the Danny Grossman Dance Company. He was an avid fisherman and belonged to the exclusive Tadenac Fishing Club, and was also a collector of art and Oriental rugs. He had strong ties with the Armenian-Canadian business community and in his later years served on the Board of a Canadian “think and do tank” the Mosaic Institute.

Prof. Safarian died in Toronto on 29 January 2016 at the age of 91.

Sources: Obituary for Edward Safarian. The Globe and Mail, 15 February 2016 and Address given by David Safarian (son) at the Safarian Conference, April 2004.

Halpenny, Francess Georgina

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  • 1919-2017

Francess Georgina Halpenny. Professor and Editor. Born in Ottawa, Canada, in 1919. She received her high school education at Oakwood Collegiate Institute, 1932-1936. University of Toronto: B.A. English literature, 1940 ; M.A. English literature, 1941 ; completed requisite course work for Ph.D., 1948-1951. “During her college career she won several important scholarships including the Reuben Wells Leonard” (Department of Graduate Records, A1973-0026).

Professional Activities: University of Toronto Press: member of the Editorial Department, 1941-1957 (1942-1945 on leave); Editor, 1957-1965; Managing Editor, 1965-1969; member of the editorial advisory board for Scholarly Publishing, 1969-1987, and Associate Editor, 1985-1987; Associate Director (Academic), 1979-1984. Royal Canadian Air Force. Women’s Division (RCAF): meteorological observer in Torbay (Newfoundland) and Summerside (Prince Edward Island), 1942-1945. University of Toronto. Faculty of Library and Information Science: Associate Instructor, 1967-1972 ; Professor, 1972-1984 ; Dean, 1972-1978 ; Professor Emeritus, 1984-present ; member of the Doctoral Studies Committee, 1972-1984; chairman of the Appeals Committee, 1979-1984. Also member of several University of Toronto committees from 1972 to 1992 such as: Governing Council’s Academic Affairs sub-committee on the University Library, 1972-1973 ; Governing Council’s Advisory Committee of the Sesquicentennial History of the University of Toronto, 1972-1982 ; Governing Council’s Sub-committee on Planning and Priorities of the Planning and Resources Committee, 1976-1979 ; Personnel Policy Board, 1976-1979 ; member of the Office of Research Administration’s Research Board, 1977-1984 ; chairman of the Office of Research Administration’s Humanities and Social Sciences Committee, 1980-1984 ; member of the Special Salary Committee B, 1977-1978 ; member of the Society of Mesopotamian Studies’ Board of Directors, 1981-1984 ; co-ordinator of the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Fair, 1986-1989 ; member of the Department of Human Resources’ Pay equity job evaluation committee, 1989-1990 ; and member of the Humanities Media Board, 1990-1992. York University, Graduate Department of English, Special Lecturer, 1971-1972 ; course on Canadian Literature with Professor Clara Thomas, 1979-1980. Dictionary of Canadian Biography: General Editor (full time), 1969-1972 ; General Editor (part time), 1972-1988 ; General Editor Emeritus, 1988-present.

Honors and awards: LLD University of Guelph, 1968 ; University of Toronto Sesquicentennial Long-Service Award, 1977 ; Queen’s Jubilee Medal, 1977 ; elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 1977 ; LLD Dalhousie University, 1978; Officer of the Order of Canada, 1979 ; D.Litt. Memorial University, 1982 ; D.Litt. York University, 1982 ; Molson Prize, 1983 ; D.Litt. University of New Brunswick, 1983 ; Companion of the Order of Canada, 1984 ; D.Litt. Queen’s University, 1985 ; University of British Columbia Medal for Biography, 1986 ; D.ès l. Université Laval, 1986 ; D.Litt. McMaster University, 1987 ; Distinguished Visitor, University of Alberta, 1989 ; Awards for distinguished service from the Canadian Historical Association and the Association for Canadian Studies, 1989 ; D.Litt. Carleton University, 1991 ; D.Litt. University of Windsor, 1992 ; Commemorative Medal, 125th Anniversary of Canada (conferred by the Governor General of Canada), 1992 ; LL.D. University of Toronto, 1994.

Research Activities: History of the humanities in Canada since World War II ; techniques of biography ; handling of time in contemporary fiction ; Canada’s major editorial projects from 1960 to 1990s.

Other professional activities: Canadian Historical Association: member, 1968-present ; member of the Council, 1967-1970. Victorian Studies Association of Ontario: member, 1969-present. Association of Canadian University Teachers of English: member, 1971-present. Association of American Library Schools: member, 1972-1983. American Library Association: member, 1972-1983. Canadian Council of Library Schools: member, 1972-1978. Canadian Library Association: member, 1972-1990. Editorial and Publications Policy Task Force: member, 1972-1973; chairman, 1973-1975. Bibliographical Society of Canada: member, 1972-present. Sheridan College of Applied and Liberal Studies’ Library Techniques Advisory Committee: member, 1972-1977. Toronto Public Library, Friends of the Osborne and Lillian H. Smith Collections, Advisory Committee: member, 1972-1977. Canadian Book and Periodical Council’s Committee on Library Information: member, 1974-1991; chairman, 1979-1983, 1985-1986. Book and Periodical Development Council: chairman, 1984-1985; past chairman, 1985-1987. Canada Council’s Consultative Committee on Scholarly Publishing: member and co-editor of the report, 1976-1979. Modern Language Association: member, 1977-1982. Literary History of Canada’s editorial board: member, 1977-1990. Association for Canadian Studies: member, 1978-present ; Selection Committee for Biography Award, chairman, 1978-1980. Royal Society of Canada: fellow, 1978-present ; vice-president, 1984-1986 ; Committee on Scientific Research Journals, member, 1976-1979 ; Council of Academy II, member, 1982-1988, and president, 1984-1986 ; Awards Committee, chairman, 1980-1983 ; Symposium The Written Word, organizer, 1980 ; Symposium Figures in the Round: Major Editorial Projects in Canada, organizer and contributing the introductory statement, 1989 ; Committee for the Affirmative action committee, member, 1989-1991, and Special Consultant organizing lecture tours for Canadian woman scholars, 1991-1994. National Library of Canada: Advisory Board, member, 1977-1982 ; chairman, 1979-1982 ; Committee on Bibliographical Services for Canada, chairman, 1977-1979, and member, 1979-1985. National Research Council’s Advisory Board on Scientific Publications, member, 1979-1985. Management Board for Theatre History in Canada: chairman, 1979-1985. Winters College (York University): honorary fellow, 1982-1991. Journal of Canadian Studies’ editorial board: member, 1984-1996. Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions’ advisory board, member, 1985-1988. Simon Fraser University Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing’s advisory board, member, 1987-1992. Conferences: “Science, Technology and the Arts” (Queen’s University), chair, 1992; “Editing Exploration Texts” (University of Toronto), chair, 1992.

Civic and other activities: Village Player, later the New Play Society, member, 1939-1947; Aluminae Theatre, 1946-present; Art Gallery of Ontario; Canada Post Corporation Advisory Board; Heliconian Club; Northlea United Church; Royal Ontario Museum; University College Committee; University of Toronto Art Centre.

Francess died surrounded by family on Christmas Day (December 25) 2017 in Toronto.

Helleiner, Karl Ferdinand Maria

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  • 1902-1984

Professor of political science in the Dept. of Political Economy, University of Toronto (1942-1973)

Gotlieb, C. C.

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  • 1921-2016

Calvin C. (Kelly) Gotlieb, born on March 27, 1921, has been called the "Father of Computing" in Canada. For over half a century, he has made significant contributions in numerous areas of computer science, has promoted the exchange of ideas among computer professionals through his influential work in national and international associations, and has taught and mentored several generations of computers scientists. At the University of Toronto, he spearheaded key technological advances - from the first purchase of an electronic computer in 1952 to the acquisition of the Cray X-MP supercomputer in 1984. He has been relentless in promoting the use of computers in a wide range of research fields including the social sciences and humanities and was one of the first computer professionals to recognize and to study the social impact of computers on society.

Below is a copy of his biography that appears on the Department of Computer Science web site. It highlights his most significant contributions and achievements.

Calvin C. (Kelly) Gotlieb has been called the "Father of Computing" in Canada. He received his MA in 1944 and his Ph.D. in 1947 from the University of Toronto. In 1948, he was part of the first team in Canada assembled to design and construct digital computers and to provide computing services. In that year, he co-founded the original Computation Centre at the University of Toronto. He established the first university credit course on computing in Canada in 1950, and offered the first Canadian graduate courses in computing in 1951. In 1964, he founded the first graduate department of Computer Science in Canada, at the University of Toronto.

Professor Gotlieb has over a hundred publications in many areas of Computer Science and Information Processing, and has co-authored four books: "High Speed Data Processing", "Social Issues in Computing", "Data Types and Structures", and "The Economics of Computers".

Professor Gotlieb has dedicated much of his professional work to the promotion of information science and technology and the advancement of national and international cooperation in this field. He has been a consultant to the United Nations on Computer Technology and Development, and to the Privacy and Computers Task Force of the Canadian Federal Department of Communications and Justice. He was a founding member of the Canadian Information Processing Society in 1958, and served as Canada's representative at the founding meeting of the International Federation of Information Processing Societies in 1959, and from 1960-1966. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Association of Computing Machinery, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Encyclopaedia Britannica and of the Annals of the History of Computing.

Professor Gotlieb is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the British Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery. He received honorary D.Math and D.Eng degrees from the University of Waterloo and the Technical University of Nova Scotia respectively. In 1994, he was awarded the Isaac L. Auerbach Medal by the International Federation of Information Processing Societies, and in 1996 the Order of Canada award. He is currently Professor Emeritus in Computer Science and in the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto.

Prof. Gotlieb lives in Toronto with his wife Phyllis Gotlieb. He still teaches Computers and Society in the Department of Computer Science and is active as the Chair of the Awards Committee of ACM. At its annual conference in May 2002 in Toronto, the ACM awarded Gotlieb the President’s Award for Special Services.

Wilson, Daniel, Sir

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  • 1816-1892

Born Edinburgh, Scotland, 1816. Sir Daniel Wilson joined the faculty of University College as Chair of English Literature and History in 1853. He became President of University College in 1880 and first President of the University of Toronto in 1890. He died in 1892.

Buczynski, Walter

  • Person
  • 1933-

Walter Buczynski, pianist, composer and teacher, was born in Toronto on December 17, 1933. He studied internationally, with Darius Milhaud and Nadia Boulanger, among others. From 1962 until 1969, he taught piano and theory at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, before moving to the University of Toronto, where he taught piano, theory and composition at from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. He is a prolific composer, and has often been commissioned by prominent Canadian artists and organizations.

Sefton MacDowell, Laurel

  • Person
  • 1947-

Laurel Sefton MacDowell (1947-) is a Professor of History at the University of Toronto. Her primary research interests are Canadian working class history and labour relations and North American environmental history. She attended U of T as an undergraduate student from 1965-1969 and graduated with honours in History. She then attended the London School of Economics from 1969-1970, studying international history, and graduated with an MSc (Econ). MacDowell returned to U of T in 1972 as a graduate student and studied Canadian History and Industrial Relations, and received her PhD in 1979. She has taught at York, McMaster, and U of T.

In addition to her academic work, MacDowell is also active in labour and environmentally focused initiatives. She was involved in the 1980s with the Policy Committee of the Ontario NDP and is also the project leader of the Nuclear International Research Group (NIRG), which had its first inaugural meeting in 2009.

McConnell, Rob

  • Person
  • 1935-2010

Rob McConnell was a trombonist, composer, and arranger. He was born in London, Ontario on February 14, 1935 and died in Toronto, Ontario on May 1, 2010. McConnell grew up in Toronto before moving to Edmonton, Alberta in 1954 to play with Don (DT) Thompson's band. He later performed as a pianist with Alex Lazaroff's Rhythm Rockets; with Gordon Delamont's rehearsal band; and as a trombonist with Bobby Gimby. In 1964, he worked in New York with Maynard Ferguson's big band, before returning to Toronto. In 1968, he formed the Boss Brass, one of Canada’s most successful jazz ensembles. In 1997, he reorganized the Boss Brass into the Rob McConnell Tentet, with whom he release three recordings (Rob McConnell Tentet, 2000; Thank You, Ted, 2002; and, Music of the Twenties, 2003).

Monahan, Edward J.

  • Person
  • 17 August 1928 -

Edward Monahan received a Bachelor of Philosophy from the University of St. Michaels College in 1949. He continued at St. Michaels College and graduated with an M.A in 1950, and a PhD in 1953, both also in Philosophy. He also received a Licentiate in Mediaeval Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in 1953.

Monahan’s career was filled with academic professing and university administration. His teaching appointments include Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University from 1953-1956; Associate Professor of Philosophy at Xavier University from 1956-1957; and Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. Francis Xavier University from 1957-1964.

Monahan acted as the Associate Executive Secretary of the Canadian Association of University Teachers from 1965-1970, where he co-chaired The Commission of Inquiry on Forty Catholic Related Colleges and Universities. He published the results of this Inquiry as A Commitment to Higher Education in 1970. Monahan later acted as the Executive Assistant to the Principal of Queens University from 1971-1972; the President of Laurentian University from 1972-1977; and the Executive Director/President of the Council of Ontario Universities from 1977-1991. Monahan was awarded an honourary doctorate from Lakehead University in 1981. Monahan also served on the Collegium of the University of St. Michaels College and in 1981-82 chaired a committee to study the function of the Collegium, and published the results in what became known as “The Monahan Report.” In the 1990s Monahan reviewed funding, accountability, and governance in colleges and universities across the Commonwealth, and published the results in several scholarly journals.

During his retirement, Monahan wrote Collective Autonomy: A History of the Council of Ontario Universities, 1962-2000, which was published in 2004. The following year he began researching the history of St. Michaels College, and published Teach me Goodness, Truth and Knowledge: A History of St. Michaels College in 2017.

In 2008, Monahan was awarded an honorary doctorate, the Doctor of Sacred Letters, from the University of St. Michaels College in recognition of his service to higher education in Ontario.

Bartel, Lee

  • Person

Lee Bartel is Professor Emeritus of Music Education and Music and Health, and the founding director of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC) at the University of Toronto.

Macpherson, C. B.

  • Person
  • 1911-1987

Crawford Brough Macpherson was born in Toronto Ontario on November 18, 1911, and was known as C.B. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 1933 and his Masters in Economics at the University of London, England in 1935. Macpherson went on to receive his D.Sc. in Economics in 1955, D.Litt at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and his LL.D. at Queens University. He married Kathleen Margaret Walker in 1943 and had three children, Susan Margaret, Stephen Denis, and Sheila Jane.

From 1935 until 1942 and 1944 to 1945 Macpherson was a lecturer at the University of Toronto focusing on Political Economy. 1942-1943 he was a professor in Economics and Political Science at the University of New Brunswick. During the years 1943 through 1944, Macpherson was the executive officer of the Wartime Information Board in Ottawa and returned to the University of Toronto in 1944 to become an assistant professor in Political Science. He was made associate professor in 1951 and a full professor in 1975. In 1958, Macpherson was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 1973 he was elected to the Royal Historical Society in England. In 1976, Macpherson was appointed an officer of the University of Canada.

Throughout his academic tenure, Macpherson’s academic achievements were lauded by his peers. In addition to his involvement with the societies mentioned previously, Macpherson was also active in the International Political Association from 1950-1958 and was the president of the Canadian Political Science Association from 1963-1964 as well as many other societies and associations. Macpherson was also a visiting professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1972, Aarhus University in 1975, and Arizona State University in 1979. Additionally, he was a visiting research fellow at Australian National University in 1973.

Macpherson’s publications have been translated into several languages and include "The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke" published in 1962. This work was considered a cornerstone in the field of Political Theory and helped bolster Macpherson’s reputation in international scholarly circles. In 1971, Macpherson refused to lecture in South Africa due to the apartheid and vocally supported the Civil Liberties Association.

C.B. Macpherson died July 21, 1987 at the age of 75 in Toronto.

Bay, Christian

  • Person
  • 1921-1990

Son of Jens Christian and Ruth (Amneus) Bay, Christian Bay was born in Oslo, Norway on April 19, 1921. His sister is named Marie Bay. He first married to Nancy Ritcher, whom he divorced in 1948. He then married Juanita Evelyn Boozer in 1959 with whom he would have three children: Marit, Mia, and Jonah (previously Helge).

Professor Bay’s first year in law at the University of Oslo was interrupted when he fled the country as the Nazis were said to be arresting law students involved in the production of a resistance newspaper. He did so by bicycling to the mountains and skiing across the Swedish border. Returning to Oslo, he would complete his legal studies, the equivalent of a LL.B., in 1943.

Following his studies, he left Norway in 1943 for political reasons and remained in Sweden in the service of the exiled government until the end of the war. His first assignment was to study at a special Norwegian wartime program for three months at Stockholm’s school for police officials. After passing his exams in March 1944, he was assigned to police work. For the first three months, he worked in a semi-military camp for Norwegians at Gottröra north of Stockholm. Then, he served as a staff member of the Royal Norwegian Consulate in Gothenburg for approximately twelve months. Professor Bay’s service with the Norwegian police continued for almost another year in Oslo after liberation. He was responsible was to preparing the government’s case in the prosecution of Norwegian Nazis who had collaborated with the Germans.

In the fall of 1946 he was awarded the Rockefeller Fellowship. Professor Bay studied at the University of Chicago from August 1946 to February 1947 and at Harvard University from September 1947 to May 1948. The interruption in studies for the fellowship was spent serving as an attaché with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington through an office in New York. Following the end of his fellowship, Bay returned to Oslo in 1948 and participated in establishing the Institute of Social Research with a group of young social scientists.

Professor Bay then completed his PhD at the University of Oslo in 1959, publishing his thesis as a book, The Structure of Freedom, which won the 1959 Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s book award. During his doctoral studies, Bay taught at the University of Oslo in 1955, Michigan State University in 1956 as an instructor of political science, and the University of California at Berkley as an assistant professor in the Speech department from 1957 to 1962.

He was then hired by Stanford University as a lecturer and research associate for the Study of the Human Problem from 1961 to 1966. At the University of Alberta, Professor Bay was appointed the rank of professor and head of the Department of Political Science from 1966 to 1969. He stepped down to the sole role of professor from 1969 to 1972. Professor Bay then moved to the University of Toronto from which he retired in 1988.

Professor Bay’s research interests included the topics of peace studies, political philosophy and the psychology of politics. His work is regarded as an explication and defense of what he called “radical humanism”. Bay considered his five principal publications to be the Structure of Freedom (1958, 1964, 1970), Strategies of Political Emancipation (1981), “Politics and Pseudopolitics” (1965), “Political and Apolitical Students: Facts in Search of Theory” (1967), and “Peace and Critical Political Knowledge as Human Rights” (1980).

Professor Bay was actively involved in the profession and in the wider community. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the governing council of the American Political Science Association from 1971 to 1973, chair for the Caucus for a New Political Science from 1971 to 1972, a member of the council of the International Society of Political Psychology from 1981 to 1983. His 1969 defeat in the run for presidency of the American Political Science Association was a hotly contested debate.

Kenneson, Claude

  • Person
  • 1935-2013

Claude (Emile) Kenneson was a cellist, writer, and teacher. Born in Texas on April 11, 1935, he completed his Bachelor of Music (B Mus, 1957) and Master of Music (M Mus, 1959) at the University of Texas before moving to Canada in 1959. He was a member of the Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Montreal orchestras, and taught at the University of Alberta (1965-1990 and the Banff School of Fine Arts. In 1969, he was a founding member of the University of Alberta String Quartet. Kenneson passed away on October 9, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Barbeau, Edward Joseph

  • Person
  • 1938-

Edward Barbeau was born in Toronto in 1938 and received his Bachelor of Arts (1960) and Master of Arts (1961) from the University of Toronto. While taking his masters’ degree, he was a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics. In 1961 he left for the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England where he studied under F.F. Bonsall. He held a position as temporary lecturer there in 1963-1964 and received his PhD in the latter year. His thesis topic was on functional analysis. From 1964-1966 he was assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario, and then a NATO research fellow at Yale for one year. In 1967 he accepted an appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Toronto. He was promoted to associate professor in 1969 and full professor in 1988. In 2003 he was appointed professor emeritus.

Professor Barbeau’s principal research areas are functional analysis, optimization under constraint, history of analysis, and number theory. His teaching at the undergraduate level, has included courses in the history of mathematical analysis, a general interest course in mathematics for students in other disciplines, a course on chaos and dynamical systems, a course on Pell’s equation, and a course in mathematics for intending elementary teachers. Graduate courses have included functional analysis, Fourier series, and a shared course on problem solving for a Masters of Science in Teaching program.

He has been especially active in mathematics education and “has published a number of books directed to students of mathematics and their teachers, including Polynomials..., Power Play..., Fallacies, flaws and flimflam... and After Math..., has frequently given talks and workshops at professional meetings and in schools, has worked with high school students preparing for Olympiad competitions and has on five occasions accompanied the Canadian team to the International Mathematical Olympiad.”1 In addition to his books, Professor Barbeau has written about fifty papers on mathematics research and mathematics education.

Professor Barbeau holds life membership in the Mathematical Association of America, American Mathematical Society, and the Canadian Mathematical Society (where he chaired its education committee, served on its Olympiads committee, and chaired the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad). He is also a member of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (president 1983-1985), and the International Commission of Mathematics Instruction (co-chair of ICMI Study 16 and its conference in Trondheim, 2006). He has also made presentations at many colloquia and meetings of these organizations and the International Congress on Mathematics Education. He is currently (2006) associate editor of the ‘Fallacies, flaws and flimflam column in the College Mathematics Journal and education editor for Notes of the Canadian Mathematical Society.

Other professional activities have included being a member of the People-to-People Mathematics Education delegation of North Americans to China (1983), and of the council of the Royal Canadian Institute, where he delivered a three-part radio talk in 1982; and chairing the external review panel for the Department of Mathematics at Wilfrid Laurier University (1999). He has also co-chaired the committee to review the constitution and by-laws of the University of Toronto Faculty Association (2002), and sat on the panel for the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board to examine the proposal for a BSc degree at the new University of Ontario Institute of Technology (2002). Since 2004 he has been a member of the executive committee of Retired Academics and Librarians at the University of Toronto (RALUT). From 1988 to 1990 he appeared frequently on Quirks and Quarks, the CBC radio program, and since 2001 has authored a regular mathematics problem in the CAUT Bulletin.

Professor Barbeau’s honours include fellow of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 1989; David Hilbert Award for contributions to mathematics education, from the World Foundation of National Mathematics Competitions (1991), and the Adrien Pouliot Award from the Canadian Mathematical Society (1995).

He continues to reside and work in Toronto.

Conacher, James Blennerhasset

  • Person
  • 1916-1994

James Blennerhasset Conacher was one of Canada’s most distinguished historians who specialized in the study of British history. He was born in Kingston on Oct. 31 1916, the son of Madeleine (nee Cashal) and William Morrisson Conacher, professor of English at Queen’s University. He earned his B.A (1937). and M.A.(1939) from Queen’s University and began his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1939. World War II however interrupted his studies as Conacher enlisted in the Canadian Army Signal Corps. In 1944, he moved to the Historical Section, and worked under the direction of Col. C.P. Stacey. In 1946, he left the Army and came to the University of Toronto as a lecturer in history while still pursuing his Ph.D. which he obtained from Harvard in 1949.

Through the following decade and a half, Prof. Conacher rose through the ranks, becoming a full professor in 1963. From 1972-1977, he was Chairman of the Department of History and at the time of his normal retirement in 1983 was appointed Professor Emeritus. After 1983, he continued his academic pursuits and teaching. He was visiting professor at the University of Sydney, Australia and at Queen’s University and gave many special lectures at various universities in Great Britain and the United States.

Early in his career at the University of Toronto, Prof Conacher honed his administrative skills on various University committees. A few significant ones include the Plateau Committee, 1955-1956, the Presidential Advisory Committee 1957-1959, two stints on the Haist Committee on appointments, promotions and tenure in 1964-1965 and 1968-69 and the Presidential Search Committee in 1970-1971. Within the Department of History, he was Departmental Secretary 1948-1949 and held two terms as Graduate Secretary 1955-56 and 1958-62. He was an active member of the Committee on Teaching Staff, serving as its V.P. in 1965-66 and was the first president of its successor, the University of Toronto Faculty Association, in 1971-72. He was also a founding member of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. As Chairman of the Department of History (1972-1977) he served on several committees including the Faculty of Arts and Science Committee on Academic Standard (1973-1977), School of Graduate Studies Council, Division I (1972-1977) and the University Research Board (1972-1975). In the late 1970s and early 1980s his expertise was exercised on the President’s Budgetary Advisory Committee 1978-1980, as chairman of the Committee on Academic Affairs 1979-1980 and on the Executive Committee of Governing Council 1980-1981.

Prof. Conacher was a prolific researcher, writer and editor. His first book, The Aberdeen Coalition 1852-1855, published in 1968, established Conacher as a leading 19th century British historian. He published three other major books, edited two other books including a translation of Francois De Creux’s History of Canada, by P.J. Robinson. He also published numerous articles. He was joint editor of the Canadian Historical Review from 1949-1956, general editor for the Champlain Society 1950-1962 and an associate editor in the Disraeli Project 1982-1993.

Throughout his life Conacher was active in the Roman Catholic community. At various times, he was a board member of the St. Vincent de Paul’s Society and was on the parish council of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (1967-68). Other catholic organizations include the Committee on Higher Education for Catholics which he initiated and the Canadian Catholic Historical Association.

James B. Conacher died at the age of 77 on October 3 1994. He was survived by his wife Muriel, whom he married in 1943, their two children Desmond and Patricia, along with their families. Mrs. Conacher died in 2005 soon after these papers were donated to the University of Toronto Archives.

Taylor, Kenneth Douglas

  • Person
  • 1934-2015

Kenneth Douglas Taylor was a Canadian diplomat and businessman. Born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1934 to Richard and Nancy Taylor, he was educated at Crescent Heights High School. He received his B.A. at Victoria College in 1957, and his M.B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley in 1959. He married Patricia Taylor, née Lee, whom he met while studying for his Masters at Berkeley. They have one son, Douglas Taylor.

Upon graduation in 1959, Taylor joined the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, and was appointed General Director in 1974. During his time with the foreign service he was posted to Guatemala from 1960-63; Detroit, Michigan from 1963-66; Karachi, Pakistan from 1966-67; London, England from 1967-71; and finally to Tehran, Iran from 1977-80. In 1980, he became the Canadian consul-general in New York. In 1984, he retired from the diplomatic service and settled with his family in Manhattan to pursue a career in business.

Taylor was Senior Vice-President of corporate government relations at Nabisco Brands and RJR Nabisco, Inc., until a takeover changed the composition of the management team in 1989. He continued as a director of several firms and served on the boards of various agencies including the Business Council for International Understanding, the School of International Affairs at Columbia University, Vancouver-based company First City, Alberta Northeast Gas, and the Matthews Group in Toronto. He was Chancellor of Victoria University from 1998-2004.

Taylor is best known for his role in the Iran hostage takeover of 1979, when he was the Canadian ambassador to Iran. In November of 1979, following a year of civil unrest, Iranian students seized the US Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 hostages. Four US consulate employees and two of their wives escaped capture and found sanctuary at the Canadian Embassy. With assistance from the CIA, Taylor and another Canadian diplomatic official, John Sheardown, hid the six Americans in their residences and obtained special permission to create Canadian passports and documents under false names to help them escape. The operation was known as the “Canadian Caper” and several books and films were made highlighting Taylor’s work, including the television film Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper (1981), and the book Our Man in Tehran (2010) by Robert Wright. It also provided the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film Argo (2012), directed by and starring Ben Affleck, in which Taylor is portrayed by Canadian actor Victor Garber.

For his involvement in the Iran hostage crisis, Taylor received numerous awards and honours, including the United States Congressional Gold Medal, the Military Order of the Mike Award, the Americas Society Gold Medal, the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award and the Gold Medal of the Canadian Club. He also received honourary degrees from various universities and keys to several cities throughout the United States and Canada. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1980.

Ken Taylor died in New York City in 2015.

Brown, Edward Killoran

  • Person
  • 1905-1951

"Edward Killoran Brown was born in Toronto in 1905. He obtained the degree of Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and Doctor of Letters from the University of Paris. He was lecturer and then assistant professor of English at University College, Toronto, 1929-1935, Professor of English and Head of the Department at the University of Manitoba 1935-1937, Professor of English LIterature, University College, 1937-1941, Professor of English and Head of the department ta Cornell, 1941-1944, Professor of English at the university of Chicago from 1944 until his death on April 23 1951. His published works include editions of poems by Archibald Lampman and Duncan Campbell Scott, studies of Edith Wharton and Matthew Arnold, and an appraisal of English-Canadian poetry, entitled "On Canadian Poetry", published in 1943, which is generally regarded as a landmark and minor classic in Canadian literature. His Selected Poems of Duncan Campbell Scott, with a perceptive and intimate memoir (Ryerson, Toronto, may 1951), was in the press at the time of his death."

(From unknown source - copied in finding aid for B1972-0002)

Cochrane, Charles Norris

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  • 1889-1945

Professor Charles Norris Cochrane was born on August 21, 1889, the son of Charles Edward Cochrane, a physician and his wife Anne Charlotte Norris in Omemee Ontario. He graduated from University College with a B.A. in 1911, winning the McCaul Medal in Classics. After a two year fellowship at Corpus Christie College, Oxford, he returned to the University of Toronto as a lecturer in Classics in 1913. During the First World War, he was active in the C.O.T.C. and in 1918 went overseas with the 1st Tank Battalion. Upon returning in 1919, he received his M.A. and was appointed an assistant professor of Greek and Roman History. In 1929, he became a full professor and succeeded W.S. Milne as head of the Department of Greek and Roman History. In 1924, he was named Dean of Residence for University College. He held both positions until his death on November 23, 1945 at the age of 56. During the Second World War, he was on an advisory committee to the Minister of Justice that heard appeals of prisoners interned under the Defence of Canada Regulations. He was also active in evacuating the children of Oxford University faculty.
The Cochrane family housed two children from 1940-1942.

At the time of his death, Cochrane was considered an international authority on ancient Rome and Greece. His first book written in this field was Thucydides and the Science of History (Oxford 1929). It was recognized by colleagues “as shedding entirely new light on the work of the Greek historian”. Some ten years later in 1940, Cochrane received international acclaim for his book Christianity and Classical Culture: A Study of Thought and Action from Augustus to Augustine. The importance in this work is summarized best in the words of his contemporary, Harold Innis, “His concern not only with the role of thought in Greco-Roman civilization, but also with its reflection in the work of its great historians, enabled him to make the first major Canadian contribution to the intellectual history of the West.” George Parkin Grant called Cochrane’s magnum opus, “the most important book ever written by a Canadian.” In February 2004, it was republished and a recent reviewer noted “Christianity and Classical Culture has survived the test of time to remain a pillar of philosophical, religious, and cultural analysis." --John Taylor, The Midwest Book Review, February 2004. In 1946, the Royal Society of Canada posthumously awarded Cochrane the Lorne Pierce Medal for original contribution to literature.

An excerpt below from the brief biography appearing in The Canadian Encyclopedia (2004) written by Arthur Kroker captures the essence of Cochrane’s ideas and his place among Canadian intellectual thinkers
"A classical historian by profession, but a deeply tragic thinker by heart, Cochrane devoted his life to an intellectual meditation on the failure of reason to secure a "permanent and enduring" basis for civilization. He was haunted by the insight that in the absence of a principle of "creative integration," Western civilization was doomed to oscillate between idealism (animal faith) and naturalism (the detritus of skepticism)... An unappreciated thinker, especially in his native Canada, Cochrane must be considered among the leading 20th-century philosophers of civilization."

Kenins, Talivaldis

  • Person
  • 1919-2008

Talivaldis Kenins, a composer and teacher, was born in Liepaja, Latvia on April 23, 1919. He received a Bachelier des lettres from the College de Menton and Lycee de Grenoble in France in 1939, before studying composition at the State Conservatory in Riga with Joseph Wihtol. During the second Soviet occupation of Latvia following World War Two, he returned to France, and entered the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris in 1945, where he studied with Simone Plé-Caussade, Tony Aubin and Olivier Messiaen, among others. There, he received the Perilhou, Gouy d'Arcy and Halphen music prizes, and graduated in 1950 with the Grand Prix Laureate in composition.

Kenins emigrated to Canada in 1951, where he was the organist and music directory at St. Andrews Latvian Lutheran Church in Toronto. In 1952, he joined the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, where he taught composition and contrapuntal techniques until his retirement in 1984. Kenins composed chamber music, eight symphonies, twelve concertos, three cantatas, an oratorio, several choral works, and various educational pieces. His awards and honours include: the Champollion Silver Medal (Grenoble), Officer of the National Three-Star Order of the Republic of Latvia, and Honourary Professor by the Music Academy of Latvia.

Kenins passed away in Toronto on January 20, 2008.

Franceschetti, Antonio

  • Person
  • 1939-

Professor Antonio Franceschetti was born in Padua, Italy on 13 October 1939. He studied at the University of Padua from which he received his Doctore in Lettere in 1963. The title of his thesis, “L’Arcadia e la ricerca di un nuovo linguaggio”, was the first of many papers he wrote on Arcadia. He taught at the University of Reading in 1964 and was a lecturer in Italian at Barnard College, Columbia University from 1964 to 1969, from which he received his PhD in Italian in 1968. His thesis, “Per una lettura dell’Orlando Innamorato” formed the basis of much later research and writing. In 1969 Professor Franceschetti was hired as an assistant professor Italian at Scarborough College, University of Toronto. He was promoted to associate professor in 1978 and professor of Italian at the St. George campus in 1995, when he became acting head of the Department for a year. He has given public lectures and/or has been visiting professor at universities and other institutions in Canada, the United States, Italy, England, France, Yugoslavia, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Hungary and Poland. In 2004 he was visiting professor at the University of Venice. He retired in 2004.

At the University of Toronto, Professor Franceschetti taught numerous courses in Italian at the undergraduate and graduate level on the St. George and Scarborough campuses. As the senior faculty member in Italian at Scarborough, he was responsible for the design of all the courses he taught and, in consultation with others, the complete program in Italian there. He has also held numerous administrative positions. In the 1970s he was Discipline Representative for Italian studies at Scarborough College and at various times in the 1970s and the 1980s a member of the Senior Committee and the Scholarly Initiatives Committee (chair, 1989-1991) in the Department of Italian Studies. For all but one year (1998-1999) between 1997 and 2002 he was a member of the Promotion and Tenure Committee of the Department. In these years he was also usually a member of the Graduate Admissions, Fellowship and Awards Committee, and the Goggio Committee. Latterly (2001-2002) he was a member of the Conference and Research Grants Committee and Supervisor of Reading Knowledge Examinations in Italian, and a member of the Committee on Faculty Appointments at the Toronto School of Theology.

Professor Franceschetti has very active in professional associations and also as an editor. His interest in Dante is reflected in his being secretary of the Società Dantesca Italiana from 1961-1963 and president of the Dante Society of Toronto from 1971-1974.

He has held numerous administrative positions in the Associazione Internazionale per gli Studi di Lingua e Litteratura Intaliana (AISSLI): he was a member of the organizing committee of its conferences in New York (1973), Toronto (1985), Odense, Italy (1993) and Turin (1994), a member of its executive board (1976-1982, 1994-2003), vice-president (1982-1985, 1991-1994) and co-president (1985-1988). At the Canadian Society for Italian Studies (CSIS) he was president from 1980-1982 and has chaired various sections at a number of its conferences. He served as associate editor of its journal, Quaderni d’italianistica, from 1985 to 1989 and editor from 1990 to 1999. He was a member of the publications committees of the Humanities Research Council of Canada (1977-1980) and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities (1980-1983). He served on the latter’s board of directors for 1982-1983. In 1980-1981 he sat on the advisory board of the Canadian Academic Centre in Italy of the newly established Canadian Mediterranean Institute. In 1982-1983 he was regional representative for Canada at the American Boccaccio Association. He chaired a section at the conferences of the American Association of University Professors of Italian (now the American Association of Italian Studies) in New York (1983), Toronto (1986) and Austin (1993), and of the American Association of Teachers of Italian in Boston (1989), Charlottesville (1990), Washington, DC (1991) and Chianciano, Italy (1995). He chaired sessions at the annual Symposium on Italian Canadiana in Toronto (1988 and 1989). He also helped organize or chair sessions at a number of other international conferences, including commemorating the sixth centennial of the death of Petrarch (Washington, 1974), ‘Italian literature in North America: pedagogical studies’ (Toronto, 1989), ‘La litteratura dell’emigrazione de lingua italiana nel mondo’ (Lausanne, 1990), the 500th anniversary of the death of M. M. Boiardo (New York, 1994), and two conferences on Pirandello (Toronto, 1994 and 1997). To facilitate his activities, Professor Franceschetti was a frequent recipient of travel and research grants.

Professor Franceschetti has published a book on Matteo Maria Boiardo’s Orlando Innamorato (1975), edited the three-volume proceedings of the 1985 Toronto conference on Letteratura italiana e arti figurative (1988), and co-edited and co-translated La Moschetta by Angelo Beolo (Ruzante) (1993). He is the author of over 80 articles and over sixty reviews on various aspects of Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the 19th century and on Italian Canadian literature and culture. He has also given many addresses at scholarly and other events, some of which have been published.

Professor Franceschetti lives in Toronto.

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