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Canadian poet and educator Robert Hilles was born in Kenora, Ontario, on November 13, 1951. Biographical information available in Contemporary authors, v. 165, p. 159-160, and The Oxford companion to Canadian literature, 2nd ed., p. 533.
Stanley Louis Dragland, literary critic, editor, novelist, poet (b Calgary, AB 2 Dec 1942). Born and raised in Calgary, Stan Dragland studied at the University of Alberta, where he received a BA and MA. He earned a PhD from Queen's University in 1970. He has taught at the University of Alberta, The Grammar School, Sudbury, Suffolk (England), the University of Western Ontario and the Banff Centre Writing Studio. While a professor at the University of Western Ontario, Stan Dragland published a number of revealing critical studies that explore how the racial politics of Duncan Campbell SCOTT'S sympathetic "Indian poetry" relate to Scott's role as the deputy superintendent of the Department of Indian Affairs. Retired to St. John's, Nfld. in 1999, Stan Dragland's extensive work creating, publishing, critiquing and teaching Canadian writing has made him an influential figure in Canadian letters.
Canadian author, historian and University professor, Ulrich Franz Josef (Frank) Eyck was born in Berlin, Germany, on July 13, 1921 and died on December 28, 2004 in Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Eyck was born into an educated upper middle class German Jewish Family. He was educated in Berlin and London, England. In 1935, the Nazi’s persecution of Jews, forced Dr. Eyck to emigrate to England. During the Second World War, Dr. Eyck, then known as Frank Alexander, was interned as enemy alien on the Isle of Man. He took up an offer to serve in the British Army from 1940-1946 and was a member of the information control unit that helped establish a democratic press in northern Germany. After the war, he studied modern history at Worcester College, Oxford, 1946-1949. He worked as a journalist with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), London, from 1949-1956. At the BBC, he edited the weekly German language programme, Hier Spricht London. Later he compiled news from abroad. From 1956-1968, he was a research fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford. Dr. Eyck taught history at Liverpool and Exeter University, 1958-1968, and the University of Calgary, 1968-1987. In 1972 he was made a fellow of the prestigious Royal Historical Council Fellowship. From 1974 to 1979 he was ViceChairman of the Council of the Inter-University Centre of Post-Graduate Studies in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia and in 1982, he was visiting professor at the University of Wűrzburg, Germany. He
was also associated with the New Work based Leo Baeck Institute, devoted to the history and culture of German speaking Jews.
A respected scholar, Dr. Eyck was the author of several books on British and German history including the Frankfurt Parliament : 1848 -1849; The Prince Consort: A Political Biography; and Politics and Religion and Politics in German History. Dr. Eyck also edited the book The Revolutions of 1848-49. Dr. Eyck wrote a memoir A Historian’s Pilgrimage: Memoirs and Reflections which his wife Rosemarie Eyck completed and published after his death. Dr. Eyck also wrote the authoritative biography of George Peabody Gooch (G.P. Gooch: A Study in History) a noted British historian, Liberal politician and editor of the British Documents on the Origins of the Great War as well as the founder and editor of the journal the Contemporary Review which figured prominently in the debate about British foreign policy before, during and after WWI and II. Gooch was a colleague of Eyck’s father, also a historian, politician and lawyer and an ardent supporter of the Eyck family and other refugees from Nazi Germany.
Canadian author. Born in Calgary, Alberta, on September 17, 1917. Died in 1969. Biographical information available in The Oxford companion to Canadian literature, 2nd ed., p. 1152.
Canadian photographer, writer, art critic and historian, and antiquarian book dealer Richard Beaufort Simmins was born on October 14, 1924 in Ottawa, Ontario. Served as a gunner in Royal Canadian Artillery in W.W. II. Received a B.A. and M.A. in art history from the University of Toronto. Worked as curator of The Norman MacKenzie Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan (1952-1957); Director of Exhibition Extension Services, National Gallery of Canada (1957-1962) where he organized the first exhibition of the Regina Five in 1961; Director of Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia (1963-1967); freelance art critic at Vancouver Province (1968-1972); director of The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia (1973-1975) where he commissioned Images of Stone : B.C. : Thirty Centuries of Northwest Coast Indian Sculpture in 1975; owner-operator of Richard Simmins Books and The Old Book Cellar in Ottawa, Ontario (1979-1992); and freelance photographer (1989-1999) specializing in photo-cards documenting his daily life. A prolific correspondent, he often wrote hundreds of letters a year. Died November 5, 1999 in Ottawa.
Canadian author Cecelia Frey was born on May 24, 1936 in Padstow, Alberta. Educated at the Universities of Alberta and Calgary. She was an organizer and producer of the Calgary Creative Reading Series and the fiction editor of Dandelion Magazine. Biographical information available in The encyclopedia of literature in Canada, p. 399.
Canadian author, educator, historian and public servant George Francis Gilman Stanley was born in Calgary, Alberta, on July 6, 1907. Educated at the University of Alberta and Oxford University, he served in the Second World War as director of the Canadian Army's Historical Section in London. He subsequently taught at Mount Allison University, University of British Columbia and Royal Military College. Dr. Stanley was a Companion of the Order of Canada, the recipient of twelve honorary degrees, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick (1982-1987), designer of the Canadian maple leaf flag, and author of eighteen books and countless articles and book reviews. He died in Sackville, New Brunswick on September 13, 2002.
Canadian poet born in Atlantic Canada who has lived in Calgary for 25 years. Former editor of Dandelion Magazine and the author of two chapbooks and three full-length books of poetry (Under the sky speaking, Snowapple Press, 1998, From a call box, Frontenac House, 2001, and Optics, Frontenac House, 2004) as well as numerous book reviews. Widely published in Canadian magazines and anthologies and active presenter of readings and workshops. Recipient of Calgary Freedom of Expression Award in 2002 and a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of Alberta.
Canadian author Fred Stenson was born in Pincher Creek, Alberta, on December 22, 1951. Biographical information available in Who's who in Canadian literature, 1997-1998, p. 307.