Rolph, William K.

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Rolph, William K.

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1917-1953

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William K. Rolph was born in Toronto in 1917 to W. Frank and Maidie Rolph and studied history at Trinity College from 1936-1940, receiving a BA in 1940. (Rolph was the nephew of Dr Frederick Whitney Rolph who graduated from Trinity with his BA in 1901 and his MD, CM in 1905.) W.K. Rolph then attended Brown University where he received an MA in history in 1941 and a PhD in Canadian and American history in 1950. Rolph specialized in the study of agrarian movements and published Henry Wise Wood of Alberta through the University of Toronto Press in 1950. Rolph taught history at the University of Western Ontario, New York University, the University of Saskatchewan, and Tulane University before moving to Australia with his wife in 1952 to take a position as Research Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the Australian National University. While in Australia Rolph became ill and died suddenly on 23 December 1953.

William Kirby Rolph married Ruth Cooper in 1945

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Trinity College Archives

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