Fonds 1163 - Cody Family fonds

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UTA 1163


Cody Family fonds


  • [ca, 1851-]-1977 (Creation)

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14.56 m of records (56 boxes)

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Henry John Cody (December 6, 1868 – April 27, 1951) was a Canadian clergyman and President of the University of Toronto from 1932 to 1945 and Chancellor from 1944 to 1947. Born in Embro, Ontario, the eldest son of Elijah Cody and Margaret Louisa Torrance, he attended Gait Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto. He was ordained a Church of England priest in 1894 and later served in Toronto at St. Paul's, Bloor Street. He was an Ontario MPP for Toronto Northeast — Seat A from 1918 to 1920 and was Minister of Education from 1918 to 1919. He was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1943. He married Florence Clarke on August 15, 1894 in England. In 1897, his son,Maurice was born. He drowned on a camping trip in Northern Ontario in 1927; Florence Cody died of a heart attack on September 26, 1932. In December, 1933 he married Barbara Blackstock, a long time family friend 22 years his junior.

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Barbara Blackstock Cody was the second wife of the Rev. Henry John Cody, President and Chancellor of the University of Toronto.

She was a student at University College, 1908-1909. She received a Diploma in Public Health Nursing in 1921. She married Henry John Cody in December 1933. She died in Toronto on 2 September 1980.

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Maurice Cody (BA UC 1920) was the son of Henry John Cody and Florence Clarke.

He was born on 4 June 1897 and was educated at the University of Toronto Schools. He entered the University of Toronto in 1914, receiving his degree in 1920. He subsequently took up the study of law and was called to the bar at Osgoode Hall, Toronto, in 1924. He served as honorary president of the University College Literary and Athletic Society from 1926-1927.

He died tragically on 14 July 1927, drowning in the Marten River near North Bay, Ontario.

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Personal records of Dr. Henry J. Cody, former President of the University (1932-1944), members of the Cody family including his son Maurice, and his second wife, Barbara Blackstock Cody. Consists of 12 accessions of records.

Henry John Cody records document his activities with external organizations including his role on the Royal on University Finances. Also includes sermons, clippings, photographs, pamphlets, programmes, diplomas, certificates for honors, etc. Other records document Barbara Blackstock Cody and her activities mainly relating to architectural conservancy and the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship (1977). Photographs document Henry John Cody's activities at the University of Toronto and other organizations.

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Added to AtoM by E. Sommers, Jan. 2018
Edits made to scope and content note of B1988-0053 to remove ablest term, D. Ansovini, June 2022.




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