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Pickersgill, John Whitney "J.W"

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John Whitney Pickersgill, Canadian politician, public servant and historian, was born in Wycombe, Ontario, in June 1905. Died November 15, 1997. Biographical information available in The Canadian who's who, 1992, p. 845, and The Canadian encyclopedia, v. 3, p. 1415.

Morrow, William George

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  • 1917-1980

Canadian lawyer and judge William George Morrow was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1917. Graduated in law from The University of Alberta and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1940. Serving in the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War, W.G. Morrow achieved the rank of Lieutenant, and was mentioned in D-Day despatches. In 1947 he married Genevieve Henry and they had four children, William Henry, Pauline May, Lee Walker and John Martin. He was created Queen's Counsel in 1953. He was called to the Bars of the Northwest Territories in 1959, British Columbia in 1961, and the Yukon in 1962. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories in 1966, succeeding the first NWT judge, John Sissons. In 1976 he became an Alberta Supreme Court Judge. Justice Morrow was noted for his precedent-setting judicial decisions in northern Canada and for his common sense in the application of justice in cases involving citizens of the Territories. Died in 1980.

William George Morrow, 1917-1980, was born in Edmonton, Alberta. He studied law at the University of Alberta and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1940. In 1947 he married Genevieve Henry and they had four children, William Henry, Pauline May, Lee Walker and John Martin. He was called to the Bars of the NWT in 1959, British Columbia in 1961 and the Yukon in 1964. He served as Justice of the Supreme Court of the NWT, 1966-1976, succeeding the first NWT judge, John Sissons, 1891-1969. He then became a Justice of the Alberta Supreme Court. William Morrow was regarded as a champion of native rights. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Calgary in 1975.

Lent, Dora Geneva

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Dora Geneva Lent, Canadian artist and author, was born in Elmvale, Ontario, in 1904. Died October 1983. Biographical information available in A dictionary of Canadian artists, v. 3, pt. 1, p. 811.

de Mille, Evelyn

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  • 1919-2013

Canadian bookseller. E. de Mille, née Orser, a sixth-generation Canadian, was born on August 1, 1919 on her grandparents' homestead at Tristram, Alberta. Attended high school in Alberta. Began working at Eaton's book department in Calgary in 1945, leaving as its head in 1956 to open Evelyn de Mille Books Ltd. By 1974, when the store was sold, E. de Mille established four other branches, making her the first woman in Canada to found a bookstore chain. In 1980 established Evelyn de Mille Technical Books, specializing in technical and reference materials. E. de Mille has always been actively involved in associations relating to bookselling and publishing, serving on the Board of Directors and as president of the Canadian Booksellers Association and as chair of the annual Canadian Booksellers Association conference in 1973. Other volunteer activities include working with the National Museums of Canada on creation of a publishing policy and as a director of the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation. E. de Mille has made generous donations to several Alberta organizations including a donation in 1985 to the University of Calgary Library of the collection Books on Books, to which she continues to add informative, interesting and rare items.

McMillan, Hugh

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  • 1928-2002

Canadian architect. Hugh McMillan worked with Rule Wynn & Rule (Edmonton) as a student, then as an Associate Member of the firm J.A. Cawston and Associates (Calgary) until 1960, when he went into practice with Allan H. Waisman and J.M. Ross under the name of H.W.R. McMillan and Associates (Calgary). In 1964, Jack Long joined the firm and the partnership name was changed to McMillan Long and Associates. After Long retired in 1969, the name of the firm was changed to Hugh McMillan Architects.

Stanley, K.C.

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Canadian architect. Practiced primarily in Edmonton and region with some out of province work. His firm underwent a series of name changes (Stanley & Stanley, Dewar Stevenson & Stanley, K.C. Stanley & Company, and Ross M. Stanley) during the period 1948-1979. All categories of buildings are present in this collection, including private residences, churches, schools, theatres, office buildings, stores, University and Government buildings, etc.

Hemingway, Peter George

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  • 1929-1995

Peter George Hemingway was born in Minster, England in 1929. He was trained at Rochester Technical College in Kent, then immigrated to Canada in 1955 in response to a Government of Alberta advertisement aimed at recruiting architects. After working briefly at the Alberta Department of Public Works, he entered into a partnership with Charles Laubenthal in 1956 before taking over as sole proprietor following the departure of Laubenthal in 1966. Over the course of his career, Hemingway completed over 200 projects, largely in the Edmonton area, including schools, hotels, offices, churches, shopping centres, senior citizen homes, and various residential homes and multi-family developments. Among his numerous projects located in Edmonton, significant projects include Coronation Pool (1970, renamed the Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre in 2005), Central Pentecostal Tabernacle (1964 & 1972), Edmonton Inn (1965 & 1973), Stanley Engineering Building (1968), Johnstone Walker Store (1964), and Muttart Conservatory (1976). Hemingway also designed several notable projects outside of Edmonton, including Market Square Kitchener (1972), Yellowknife Courthouse (1972), and Calgary’s Chinook Shopping Centre (1974). Hemingway was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1981, and he served as president of the Alberta Association of Architects in 1982. Hemingway was a frequent contributor to Canadian Architect and other architectural publications, particularly as an advocate for Prairie architecture and design. He received two Massey Medals in architecture in 1970 for his projects Coronation Pool and the Stanley Building, becoming the first Alberta architect to win a Massey Medal. In 2012 the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada recognized the Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre (formerly Coronation Pool) with a Prix du XXe Siècle as a landmark work of Canadian architecture. Hemingway died on May 15, 1995.

du Toit, Roger

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  • 1939-2015

Canadian architect. Roger du Toit was born in 1939. He received his B.Arch. from the University of Cape Town (1963) and his M.Arch. from the University of Toronto (1966). After working for H.G. Huckle & Partners (London, England, 1963-?), he joined John Andrews Architects (Toronto) in 1966, becoming an associate in 1969 and a partner in 1970. In 1973, he established John Andrews International/Roger du Toit (Toronto). In 1975, he changed the firm's name to Roger du Toit Architects (Toronto). During the same year he incorporated du Toit Associates Ltd. To provide planning and urban design services. In 1980, he established a practice in Edmonton, then helped to found Cunningham du Toit and The Cunningham Partnership (Edmonton) that operated from 1981-1987. In 1985, the firm du Toit Associates Ltd. changed to du Toit, Allsopp, Hillier, a provider of urban design, landscape, architectural and planning services. Du Toit is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (1969), the Ontario Association of Architects (1969), the Canadian Institute of Planners (1973), the American Institute of Certified Planners (1983), and the Ontario Institute of Landscape Architects (1985). Awards include: Canadian Architect Yearbook Awards, 1970, 1976, 1978; Excellence in Architectural and Engineering Design, Prestressed Concrete Institute of American, 1976; Significant Contribution to the Environment of Alberta, Alberta Association of Architects, 1983; Progressive Architecture Annual Design Awards, 1987; Award of Excellence, Canadian Architect Annual Design Awards, 1987.

Church, Robert Bertram

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Robert Bertram Church was born May 7 1937 in Calgary Alberta. He received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Genetics and Physiology (1962) and a Master of Science in Animal Genetics (1963), both from the University of Alberta. His PhD on "Genetic and Biochemical Studies of Growth in Drosophila" was received from the Institute of Animal Genetics, Edinburgh, Scotland in 1965.

Before accepting a position at the University of Calgary in 1967, Church worked in the Department of Microbiology, University of Washington. Church held a number of positions at the University of Calgary including founding Professor and Head of the Department of Medical Biochemistry, Associate Dean (Research) and Assistant Dean (Medical Sciences) Faculty of Medicine. Church retired as Professor Emeritus of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1992.

Church was also President of Church Livestock Consulting Ltd (1967-1992), and co-owner (with his wife) of Lochend Luing Ranch (1972-1992). He received Honorary Diplomas from Olds College (1997), Mount Royal College (1998) and a Doctor of Laws from the University of Lethbridge (1998). He served on several boards and committees and as a Past President of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. He was a Founding Member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He was a former member of the Medical Research Council of Canada and Chairman of the Alberta Science and Research Authority. Dr. Church received several awards and honours, including inducted into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame (1991), recipient of the Alberta Order of Excellence (1993), named Chief Black Eagle of Treaty #7 Tribes (1990) and recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Medial (2002). Church published more than 200 papers in the scientific and lifestock-industry press.

Dr. Church died on September 6, 2019.

Palmer, Howard Delbert

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Dr. Howard Delbert Palmer (1946-1991) was born to Asael Delbert Palmer and Mable Johansen in Lethbridge, Alberta on December 17, 1946. He was the grandson of Asael Exile Palmer of Lethbridge, the first director of the Lethbridge Experimental Farm (later the Government of Canada Agricultural Research Station). Asael Exile was a Mormon who, as a child, was forced to flee the United States for Canada with his family after his father was persected by the American government for having several wives. Asael Exile apparently had a formative influence on Howard and his interest in history.

Howard Palmer was granted his BA in History from Brigham Young University, Utah in 1968, his MA in History from the University of Alberta in 1971, and his PhD in History from York University in 1973. He was employed by the Department of the Secretary of State for the Government of Canada as the Research Director of the Multicultural Program from September 1971 to July 1973. Palmer then worked at the University of Calgary as a member of the academic staff from July 1973 until shortly before his death.

Dr. Palmer was fluent in English and Spanish with reading abilities in French. Palmer's main area of research appears to have been multiculturalism and immigration. He was a prolific writer with one of his major works being "Alberta: a new history" which he wrote with his wife Tamara Palmer. Dr. Palmer died on March 15, 1991. The Howard Palmer Memorial Scholarship was instituted for students in the Department of History at the University of Calgary with concentration in Western Canadian History or Western Canadian Studies. The Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) instituted the Howard Palmer Scholarship Award in 2003 for graduate students who are members of CESA.

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