Fonds 1487 - Thomas Richardson Loudon fonds

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UTA 1487


Thomas Richardson Loudon fonds


  • 1868-1962 (Creation)

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2.36 m of textual and graphic records (16 boxes and 34 oversize folders)

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"Tom" Loudon was born in Toronto on September 1, 1883, the son of William James Loudon and Gertrude Alice (Richardson) Loudon. He was educated at Harbord Collegiate and subsequently at the University of Toronto, graduating with a BASc (Honours in Engineering) in 1906. He followed the examples of the long association of his father and great-uncle with the University, for he was closely linked with it for the rest of his life. Appointed a demonstrator in drawing in the Faculty of Applied Science in 1906, he became a sessional lecturer in drawing the next year. In 1911 he was promoted to lecturer in metallurgy and three years later he became Assistant Professor in ferro-metallurgy, one of the first to be accorded that status. Returning from leave of absence in 1919 and having completed a course in metallurgy at Columbia University, he was promoted once again to the position of Associate Professor. In 1926 he became a full Professor of applied mechanics, with aeronautical engineering being added to his duties a decade later. In 1943, he was apppointed Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and two years later, when the Department of Aeronautical Engineering was established, he became its head as well. He continued to hold both positions until his retirement in June of 1954. He died on January 6, 1968.

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Consists of personal and biographical materials documenting the life and career of Prof. Thomas R. Loudon.

Includes 4 accessions:
B1973-0017: Constitutions, minutes, membership lists, press clippings and photoprints relating largely to Professor Loudon's activities as a coach with the University of Toronto Rowing Club and the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Rowing Club. (2 boxes and 13 folders, 1897-1932)

B1976-0003: Personal and biographical materials of Prof. Thomas R. Loudon including certificates, diaries, nots and legal papers, typescript of autobiography; general correspondence (1920-1958); subject files relating to Amateur Athletic Union of Canada, Canadian Legion, Canadian Olympic Committee, Madawaska Club Ltd., Toronto Flying Club, University Air Training Corps; speeches, addresses and writings; offprints of publications. Photoprints of T.R. Loudon with U. of T. rowing teams; tinted postcards of German locations, members of the Advisory Committee for Aerophysics, aerial photoprint of Go Home Bay and surrounding areas. (11 boxes and 21 oversized folders, 1904-1959)

B1982-0008: Photoprints of Thomas Loudon with the Gymnasium Club, Boxing Team, Rowing Club and flying instructor; correspondence, newspaper clippings, manuscripts of addresses. (2 boxes, 1868-1965)

B1995-0024: Correspondence, memos, manuscripts, programs, poster, decals, press clippings and mementos documenting Professor Thomas Loudon's activities as an aeronautical engineer and an amateur rowing enthusiast, the latter with particular relation to the 8th Olympiad in Paris (1924). (1 box, 1919-1962)

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Finding aids for B1973-0017 and B1976-0003 only, linked below.

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