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Carver, Humphrey M.C.

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Carver, Humphrey M.C.

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1902-1995

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Humphrey M.C. Carver, architect, community planner, was born in Birmingham, England in 1902. He graduated from the School of Architecture in London and wanted to use his knowledge for social purposes. Seeing no good prospects in England, he emigrated to Canada in 1930. He practiced landscape architecture with Carl Borgstrum (1931-1937) taught at University of Toronto’s School of Architecture (1938-41)and Social Work (1946-48) and pioneered the Regent Park North public housing project in Toronto. He was at the centre of virtually all institutional developments in community planning and housing in Canada after 1940. His involvement with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation was instrumental in the development of its reputation for innovation and progressive development standards. Though not mentioned in his obituary, Humphrey Carver volunteered to serve in the Canadian Army in 1942 and was involved with the Canadian Directorate of Personnel Selection. In 1943 he was an Army Examiner with the rank of Captain. In 1944, he was promoted and became a Major serving as a Personnel Selection Officer at OTC Brockville, Ontario. In 1945 after the war, he obtained permission to write a book detailing the use of psychological methods to classify recruits developed by the Personnel Selection Unit in the Canadian Army during the war years 1941-1945. The book entitled: “Personnel Selection in the Canadian Army: A descriptive study” was published by the Directorate of Personnel Selection, National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa in 1945. HMC Carver retired from the Army on October 10, 1945 and returned to the University of Toronto. He died in Ottawa on October 19, 1995.

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