Fonds F1546 - Ted Riback fonds

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Ted Riback fonds


  • 1935-1978, predominant 1951-1975 (Creation)

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1.4 m of textual records
202 photographs.
3 audio reels

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Morris Ted Riback, 1910-2010, was born in Colorado, USA. He moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1930. In 1934 he married Rebecca "Betty' Levin, 1913-2005, of Winnipeg, and they had two daughters, Faith (formerly Green), 1935-2017, and Donna (formerly Grunberg), 1938-2017. He was prominent member of Calgary's Jewish community.

In 1943 he founded Industrial Fabricators with Bruce Nodwell, and the following year founded the United Trailer Company. In 1959 he developed the Bel-Aire Estates in southwest Calgary. He formed Foundation Properties with others in 1961, to build a Calgary shopping centre. In 1963 he headed Allied Development Corporation, which built the CN Tower in Edmonton. He formed Instant Housing Industries Ltd. in 1967 to manufacture mobile homes. Ted divested himself of many of his business ventures in the 1970s due to his health.

He was founder and director of the Calgary Community Foundation, building chairman for the Beth Israel Synagogue, and a founder and first president of the Meadowlark Athletic Association, which opened a curling club in 1951.

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Gift of Ted Riback., 1978-1979, and Faith and Donna Riback, 2013.

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The fonds consists of personal correspondence, invitations, programs, newspaper clippings and a recorded interview; and business correspondence and reports pertaining to Meadowlark Athletic Association, construction of the Beth Israel Synagogue, Calgary Community Foundation, opening of the CN Tower in Edmonton, and other business activities. Includes photographs of Bel-Aire Estates, United Trailer Company and various Calgary organizations. Also includes audio recordings of a Calgary Community Foundation meeting (1971), and a Beth Israel 25th Anniversary event (1976); also includes records relating to Camp B'Nai Brith Riback at Pine Lake.

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      The material is in English.

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      Records related to Ted Riback's involvement in the Jewish community are held by the Southern Alberta Jewish Historical Society, Calgary.

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      Wednesday, September 26, 2018




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