French, Goldwin S. (Goldwin Sylvester)

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French, Goldwin S. (Goldwin Sylvester)

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1923-2013

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Dr. Goldwin French was an accomplished academic and President of Victoria University, 1973–1987.

He was born in Dresden, Ontario, in 1923, and after high school there he went on earn a B.A. from Victoria College in University of Toronto in 1944. Following war service in the R.C.A.F. he returned to University of Toronto to earn an M.A. (1947). His teaching career subsequently began at McMaster University as a lecturer. While there he received his Ph.D in Canadian History (1958), and became chairman of the History Department in the same year. Dr. French was appointed President of Victoria University in 1973. From 1982 to 1991 he was also a sessional lecturer at Emmanuel College, continuing beyond his retirement as President in 1987. During his distinguished scholarly career he chaired the Ontario Historical Series among other pursuits. Married to Iris Ivey in 1946, Dr. French died in 2013.

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