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Hortense Catherine Fardell Wasteneys, daughter of Hardolph Wasteneys, was a social worker, counselor, scholar, educator, and volunteer. Born on 27 September 1923, she lived her entire life in her childhood home in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood where she was an active parishioner at St Thomas’ Anglican Church. Wasteneys was educated at St Mildred’s School and St Clement’s School. She completed her BA at Trinity College (1943-47) and maintained a lifelong commitment to the institution and its students. Wasteneys completed her MSW (1950) and DSW (1975) at the Faculty of Social Work of the University of Toronto. She also held a MEd from the University of Toronto, a MDiv (1993) from the Faculty of Divinity at Trinity College, and at the time of her death she was working towards her doctorate of divinity.
Wasteneys worked as a counselor, therapist and teacher, specializing in her later years in marital counseling. She had a home-based psychotherapy practice. Wasteneys was actively involved in life at Trinity College and served at various points as the Chair of Convocation (1977-79) and President of St Hilda’s Board of Trustees (1988). She was a long-serving member of the Board of Trustees at both Trinity College and St Hilda’s. She served as President of the St Hilda’s Alumnae Association and was a member of Corporation.
She died at Toronto on 25 September 1996.
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Hardolph Wasteneys, biochemist and university professor, was born in Richmond, England, in April 1881. He received his PhD in biochemistry (1916) from Columbia University in New York City. Before he was hired as a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto in 1918, he held various positions including Assistant Government Chemist in Queensland, Australia (1900-03), Chemist and Biologist, Board of Waterworks, Brisbane, Australia (1903-09), Assistant, Rockefeller Institute (1910-13), Associate, Rockfeller Institute (1913-1916), and Assistant Professor, Pharmacology, University of California (1916-18). Wasteneys was Head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto between 1928 and 1951.
From 1918 until his death, Wasteneys lived in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood and kept a country house, Headon, in West Hill, Ontario. He was extremely active in Toronto community organizations. Positions he held include: Chairman, Central Committee on Education and Recreation for Unemployed (1929-34); Chairman, Community Gardens Association (1932-43); and Chairman, Board of Directors, University Settlement (1938-53).
Hardolph Wasteneys was married to Clare Miller. They had four children: Hardolph, Geoffrey, Hortense, and Gervase. He died at Toronto on 1 February 1965.
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1. Personal Records of Hortense Wasteneys
2. Personal Correspondence of Hortense Wasteneys
3. Trinity College and St Hilda's College Records of Hortense Wasteneys
4. University Settlement Records of Hardolph Wasteneys
5. Social Work Records of Hortense Wasteneys
6. Photographs (P1591)
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