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Concordia University. School of Community and Public Affairs

  • CUSCPA1
  • Collectivité
  • 1979 -

The School of Community and Public Affairs (SCPA) offers a multidisciplinary program in public policy analysis. The School prepares its graduates to be knowledgeable participants in the policy-making process in the private, public, and community sectors. Established in 1978, the SCPA was among the five "colleges" created by Concordia in the Faculty of Arts and Science (Division IV). The first SCPA students enrolled in September 1979.

Bell, Joe

  • JB1
  • Personne
  • 1908-1972

Joe Bell naît le 20 décembre 1908 à Chester-le-Street, dans le Comté de Durham en Angleterre, et meurt le 4 décembre 1972 à Montréal. En 1919, il émigre avec sa famille au Canada et s'établit à Toronto. Il se marie en 1934, et lui et son épouse Anne ont une fille prénommée Joan.

Il acquiert sa formation musicale comme membre du Salvation Army Dovercourt Corps Band. Il travaille comme commis dans une banque, mais Joe Bell préfère recourir à ses habiletés de tromboniste pour gagner sa vie. En 1934, il quitte Toronto et le Old Mill où il jouait avec le Leo Romanelli Dance Orchestra, pour se joindre au Kramer Band à Montréal. Il joue alors dans de nombreuses boîtes de nuit telles le Lido, Chez Maurice et le Normandie Roof de l'hôtel Mont-Royal. De 1945 à 1965, Joe Bell est successivement premier et second tromboniste de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Il enseigne également au département de musique de l'Université McGill, ainsi qu'à la McGill Summer Music School dans les Cantons de l'Est. Il prend sa retraite en 1965.

Enos, Ed

  • EA1
  • Personne
  • 1934-2007

Dr. Ed Enos has made significant contributions to athletics at Concordia University and one of its founding institutions, Loyola College. He was appointed Director of Athletics in 1965 and immediately launched a progressive and wide-ranging program. When Loyola and Sir George Williams University merged in 1974 he became Concordia’s first athletic director. Under his leadership, the name Stingers became one of the most respected in Canadian interuniversity competition. During his tenure a comprehensive intramural program was initiated and the Loyola Sports Hall of Fame was established. An acclaimed innovator and academic, his accomplishments extend beyond university athletics. He was a Founding Chairman of the Concordia Department of Exercise Science, as an Associate Professor of the department, a former Assistant Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, and a member of Concordia’s first Senate. Perhaps his greatest legacy is successfully persuading Canadians and countless others that there were better and healthier ways to run our lives.

Desbarats, Peter

  • PD1
  • Personne
  • 2 juillet 1933 - 11 février 2014

Le dramaturge, auteur et journaliste accompli Peter Desbarats est né le 2 juillet 1933 à Montréal, Québec. De 1981 à 1997, il a été doyen du département de journalisme à l'Université de Western Ontario. Il a été commissaire de l'enquête sur la Somalie de 1995 à 1997, et titulaire de la chaire Maclean-Hunter en Éthique des communications à l'Université Ryerson de Toronto, Ontario, de 2000 à 2001.
Desbarats a publié plusieurs ouvrages dont Canada Lost - Canada Found: The Search for a New Nation, Radio and Television News: the Roles of Public and Private Broadcasters, and Some Other Critical Issues, René Lévesque ou le projet inachevé, et The State of Quebec: A Journalist’s View of the Quiet Revolution.
Peter Desbarats est décédé le 11 février 2014 à London, Ontario.

Norris, Kenneth E.

  • KEN1
  • Personne
  • 1903-1957

Kenneth E. Norris was born in 1903 in Perth, Ontario. He graduated from McGill University with a bachelor of arts degree in 1929. Following further studies in psychology at McGill, he received a Ph.D. in psychology and education in 1939. His doctoral thesis is entitled The Permanence of School Learning as Indicated by a Study of Unemployed Men.

He joined the Montreal YMCA staff in 1926 as an executive secretary and first arrived at Sir George Williams College in 1929 as registrar and bursar. In 1935, he was appointed principal; he held this position until his retirement in 1956, when he was named principal emeritus. He was the author of the book The Three R's and the Adult Learner: The Survival of Learning in the Basic School Subjects among Unemployed Men, published by McGill University in 1940.

In 1948 he coordinated the securing of university status for the college, and in 1956 he saw years of hard work rewarded with the opening of a large new building for Sir George Williams University. He died in 1957, at the age of 54.

Young, Anson W.

  • AWY1
  • Personne
  • 1867-December 21, 1960

Wagschal, Marion

  • MW1
  • Personne
  • 1943-

La peintre canadienne Marion Wagschal est née à Port-d'Espagne, Trinidad, en 1943, comme fille de réfugiés juifs venant d'Allemagne. La famille a immigré au Canada en 1951. Wagschal a obtenu son diplôme d'études supérieures à l'Université Sir George Williams (aujourd'hui l'Université Concordia), Montréal, en 1975. Elle a ensuite enseigné pendant trente-sept ans au département de peinture et de dessin de la faculté des beaux-arts de cette université avant de prendre sa retraite en 2008. Les œuvres de Wagschal ont été exposées sur des plateformes internationales et nationales. Ses œuvres font partie de collections privées et publiques dans le monde entier, notamment au Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, au Centre des arts de la Confédération à Charlottetown (Île-du-Prince-Édouard), au Musée de Joliette, au Musée des Beaux-Arts du Québec, à la Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, au Plattsburgh State Art Museum et à la Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa, ON).

Burns, Patricia

  • PB1
  • Personne
  • [19--]-

Patricia Burns was born in Montreal. She graduated from St. Joseph Teachers College and Concordia University. She was a teacher for 32 years and is now retired. Patricia Burns has a passion for Irish Heritage. She is the author of The Shamrock and the Shield: an Oral History of the Irish in Montreal (1998) and of They were so young: Montrealers remember World War II (2002), published by Véhicule Press, Montreal. She is also a former director of St. Patrick's Society. She received the Liam Daly Heritage Award from the United Irish Societies of Montreal Inc. in 2006.

Graham, Aloysius

  • AG1
  • Personne
  • July 17, 1916-August 20, 2012

Father Aloysius Graham, S. J. was born July 17, 1916 in St. Marys, Ontario and died in Pickering, Ontario on August 20th, 2012. He entered the Jesuits in 1933 and followed their program of studies. He also studied chemistry at the University of Toronto. He was ordained a priest on December 3, 1947 in Bogota, Colombia. He later moved to Montreal to set up the department of chemistry at Loyola College. He pronounced his final vows in the Loyola Chapel. Father Graham remained at Loyola College for his academic career, first as professor and department chair, Associate Dean of Science (1964), and finally as the Dean of Science (1968). In October 1974, he took the role of Vice-Rector and Principal of Loyola campus of the newly created Concordia University. He held this position until his departure in June 1980. He then became secretary of Concordia's Board of Governors until his retirement in June 1988.

Hannah, Walton

  • WH1
  • Personne
  • 1912-1966

Walton Hannah was born in England in 1912. His father, Ian Campbell Hannah, was a teacher of theology, a writer, and a Member of the British House of Commons 1935-1944. His mother, Edith Brand, was an American and developed an international reputation as a painter. They married in 1905. They collaborated on a number of books (1912-1914, possibly other dates), including The Story of Scotland in Stone, which he wrote and she illustrated.

In the 1930s Walton Hannah became an Anglican priest. He collected documentary and other materials on Freemasonry, with the aim of exposing it as an anti-Christian movement. Although in correspondence he claims never to have been a Freemason, he received correspondence from Freemasons who addressed him as Brother; he also appears to have used pseudonyms to hide his identity as a priest. His interest extended to other secret organizations and the occult in general, and he continued to collect materials on these subjects all his life.

In 1952 his book Darkness Visible: A Revelation and Interpretation of Freemasonry was published by Augustine Press. A second book, Christian by Degrees: Masonic Religion Revealed in the Light of Faith, was published by Augustine Press in 1954. He published a number of articles. In the mid-1950s he converted to Roman Catholicism. In 1956 he attended the Pontifical Collegio Beda, a seminary in Rome intended for converted Anglican clergymen wishing to become Catholic priests. (Beda is a branch of the English College, a seminary for English candidates for Roman Catholic priesthood.) Immediately following ordination as a Catholic priest, Hannah moved to Montreal at the invitation of the archbishop, Paul-Émile Cardinal Léger. He served as parish priest at several parishes, including Church of the Ascension in Westmount and St. Willibrord's in Verdun. He was involved with the Catholic Inquiry Forum. He continued corresponding with Freemasons (some of them aware of his status as a Catholic priest) and others, and assembling related materials. He died in Montreal in February 1966 , and at his request his collection and his papers were donated to Concordia University founding institution Loyola College.

Holmes, Johnny

  • JH1
  • Personne
  • 8 juin 1916-11 juin 1989

Johnny (John Joseph Harold) Holmes naît le 8 juin 1916 à Montréal. Il y meurt le 11 juin 1989. Il abandonne ses études à l'École Maisonneuve à l'âge de 10 ans et commence à travailler comme garçon de bureau pour une manufacture de souliers. Très tôt dans sa vie, il commence à jouer du cornet, l'ayant reçu en cadeau de son père. À l'âge de 14 ans, il décline une offre de faire partie du nouvel Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Il suit un cours d'administration et travaille comme secrétaire pour la compagnie Anchor Cap & Closure jusqu'en 1943. Bien qu'il acquiert sa formation d'arrangeur et d'instrumentaliste musical par lui-même, il étudie pendant quelques temps avec C. Van Camp. Alors qu'il joue avec son père et avec son frère dans un orchestre de 22 musiciens, il rencontre Edgar Braidi, trompette alto à l'OSM, qui lui enseigne l'art de faire des arrangements.

En 1940, il fonde les Esquires, une formation coopérative de 10 musiciens, où il est trompettiste en chef. En 1941, il en prend la tête et le renomme le Johnny Holmes Orchestra, qui jouera au Victoria Hall les samedis soirs. Ce sera le big band le plus populaire à Montréal entre 1941 et 1951. Il découvre des musiciens doués; son orchestre compte parmi ses membres, à diverses périodes, Nick Ayoub, Al Baculis, Maynard et Percy Ferguson, Bix Bélair, Bud Hayward, Art Morrow et Oscar Peterson. Lorraine McAllister, Wally Aspler, Sheila Graham et Mae Séguin sont tour à tour chanteurs pour l'orchestre. Durant les années 1950, à l'occasion de la naissance de sa fille, Johnny Holmes interrompt sa carrière musicale, et travaille comme vendeur. En 1960, il reprend à temps partiel sa carrière de musicien. En 1980, il se consacre à temps plein aux émissions de la CBC-Radio. En tant que chef d'orchestre, il participe à des émissions radiophoniques dont The Johnny Holmes Show et Broadway Holiday.Entre 1966 et 1973, il effectue plusieurs enregistrements pour son compte et pour d'autres musiciens jusqu'à sa retraite en 1978. Au cours de sa carrière, il compose et arrange de nombreuses pièces et oeuvres d'envergure dont The Fair City, une suite de jazz dédiée à Expo 67.

Diniacopoulos, Denis

  • DD1
  • Personne
  • 1930-1997

Denis Diniacopoulos, also known as Denis Vincent, was born in Paris in 1930 and died in Montreal in 1997. Denis never married and had no children.
He received a number of academic credits from the Université de Paris (1950-1951) before moving to Montreal with his parents. He received several academic credits from University of Montreal in 1953-1954; he also served on the student council. He was a professional commercial photographer, using the name Denis Vincent. He photographed artworks and antiquities, buildings and people, as well as advertising and fashion subjects, and worked as still photographer on a number of film sets.
He completed a BA at Loyola College (Day and Evening Division) 1967-1970. He graduated in May 1970 and began teaching “Visual Dynamics” for the Department of Communications Studies and continued when Loyola merged with Sir George Williams to form Concordia University in 1974. He retired in 1995.

McKenna, Brian

  • BM1
  • Personne
  • August 8, 1945-

Brian McKenna naît à Montréal le 8 août 1945. Il est marié à la journaliste Anne Lagacé Dowson.

Dans son enfance, Brian McKenna habite le centre-ville de Montréal et débute son éducation à une école francophone de la Congrégation de Notre-Dame. Ensuite, sa famille emménage à Valois dans la banlieue de Montréal, et plus tard à Beaconsfield. Pendant qu'il est étudiant à l'école secondaire St-Thomas à Pointe-Claire, McKenna travaille comme rédacteur aux sports pour le journal du collège, le St. Thomas News. À la fin de ses études secondaires en 1963, et est accepté en deuxième année du programme «Honours English» au Collège Loyola. Il s'associe à la société de débat et à l'hebdo du collège, le Loyola News. Au Loyola News, McKenna travaille comme journaliste, ensuite au secrétariat de la rédaction, et finalement au poste de rédacteur aux informations. Il est nommé rédacteur en chef en l'automne 1966. En 1967 il reçoit un B.A. en lettres anglaises. On l'engage comme journaliste d'été au journal le Montreal Star pour faire du reportage sur l'exposition mondiale Expo 67. En automne 1967 il retourne aux études et au poste de rédacteur en chef du Loyola News. En 1968 il reçoit un diplôme en sciences de communication.

Au fil des années, Brian McKenna travaille comme journaliste, auteur, réalisateur de film, producteur et collaborateur à plusieurs émissions de radio et de télévision locales et nationales. En 1968, il devient journaliste à temps plein au Montreal Star. De novembre 1969 à 1971 il est envoyé spécial au parlement d'Ottawa. Il démissionne du Montreal Star en septembre 1973, et devient rédacteur à The City at 6, une émission d'affaires courantes et d'informations locales mise en ondes par la Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Au même moment, il est l'envoyé québécois pour l'émission radiophonique nationale As It Happens de la CBC. À l'automne de 1975, McKenna se joint au programme national d'affaires courantes, The Fifth Estate, comme fondateur et réalisateur; il y reste jusqu'en 1988. De plus, entre 1972 et 1995, il réalise indépendamment plusieurs films. À l'automne de 1980, on crée la McKenna Purcell Productions Inc., et par la suite les services de McKenna se font entreprendre par le biais de cette compagnie. En 1989, il est nommé «Max Bell Fellowship» professeur invité à l'École de journalisme de l'Université de Regina; il enseigne la réalisation de films documentaires. Brian McKenna et Susan Purcell créent la compagnie Wartime Productions Inc. en novembre 1989. McKenna travaille aussi sur divers projets avec son frère Terence McKenna.

Brian McKenna rédige des articles pour les revues Saturday Night, Weekend Magazine, Literary Review of Canada, Cité libre, et Last Post, et périodiquement il fait des critiques de livres pour les journaux Montreal Gazette et Toronto Star. Il est co-auteur d'une biographie du maire de Montréal, Jean Drapeau et il rédige des articles pour The Canadian Encyclopedia sur les maires de Montréal, Camilien Houde et Jean Drapeau

À travers sa carrière, Brian McKenna reçoit plusieurs honneurs et prix. En 1968, il est nommé Grand Old Man par le Loyola News, et est honoré comme Homme de l'année à la cérémonie annuelle des Prix Étudiants. En 1973, il gagne un prix ACTRA pour les textes et pour la réalisation du film documentaire «Settling Accounts», réalisé pour The City at 6. Le film gagne également le prix Anik pour reportage. McKenna gagne deux prix Gemini pour And Then You Die. Il reçoit cinq prix Gemini pour The Valour andthe Horror, une série télévisuelle réalisée en anglais et en français. Il reçoit également quatre prix ACTRA, dont un pour His Worship Jean Drapeau, trois rubans du American Film Festival, deux prix Golden Sheaf du Yorkton Film Festival, une médaille au New York Film Festival, une plaque «Chris» au Columbus Film Festival, et des prix Wilderness et Anik pour The Killing Ground, qu'il co-écrit avec Terence McKenna.

Litchfield, Jack

  • JL2
  • Personne
  • 1929-

Jack Litchfield naît en 1929. Il travaille comme ingénieur superviseur pour le réseau de transmission de Radio-Canada à Montréal. Les collectionneurs et les historiens du jazz canadien le reconnaissent comme un inconditionnel du jazz.

Palmer, Alan Douglas

  • AP1
  • Personne
  • May 18, 1913-March 28, 1971

Alan Douglas Palmer naît à Montréal le 18 mai 1913 et y décéde le 28 mars 1971. Il amorce sa carrière journalistique dans les années 1920, couvrant des événements sportifs pour la Presse canadienne et pour des hebdomadaires régionaux. Durant la deuxième guerre mondiale, il s'engage dans l'Armée canadienne pendant cinq ans, terminant sa carrière militaire en tant que journaliste pour le Maple Leaf, un journal de l'Armée. Après la guerre, il devient journaliste policier au Montreal Herald avant d'y obtenir sa propre chronique Man About Town, dont le thème est Montréal. Il devient alors l'un des spécialistes les plus respectés de la scène montréalaise. En 1949, il couvre des événements policiers en Floride pour le Key West Citizen, en plus d'effectuer des reportages pour la Associated Press et la Florida Daily Newspaper Association.En 1952, il revient au Montreal Herald, effectuant des reportages policiers. Il couvre également diverses activités reliées aux boîtes de nuit dans une chronique appelée Cabaret Circuit. À la disparition du Montreal Herald en 1957, il passe à l'emploi de la Gazette, couvrant d'abord les événement policiers, dont l'affaire Bercowitz; Louis Bercowitz avait des liens présumés aux syndicats criminels et était en prison pour homicide involontaire. Al Palmer écrit une chronique populaire sur Montréal intitulée Our Town. Parallèlement à sa carrière journalistique, Al Palmer écrit deux livres, Sugar-Puss et Montreal Confidential.

Clinch, Harry

  • HC1
  • Personne
  • 1921-1998

Harry Clinch began teaching geography part-time at Sir George Williams College in 1953. He was appointed a full-time assistant professor of geography in 1959, and promoted to associate professor in 1964, a position he held following the 1974 merger of Sir George Williams with Loyola College to form Concordia University. He retired in 1983.

White, Keith

  • KW3
  • Personne
  • 1929-

Keith White, a jazz pianist and mathematics teacher, was born on June 19, 1929 in Toronto and now lives in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec. He spent most of his childhood in Cleveland and came to Montreal at 15 to live with his grandparents. After graduating at the Montreal High School in 1949, he went to Clarkson College of Technology in Postdam, N.Y. He returned to Montreal in 1951 and attended Sir George Williams College (B. Sc. 1953, B. A. 1954).

From 1953, he worked as an engineer in Montreal while studying in the evenings. Between 1955 and 1957 he worked as engineer in Baltimore, Md., and Melbourne, Fl. From 1957 to 1959 he studied for a master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Miami. He returned to live in Montreal in the summer of 1959 where he began teaching mathematics at Sir George Williams University. He stayed on for two years and then taught in High Schools and CEGEPs. He retired from teaching in 1974.

Keith White began to play piano at age 6. In the 1950s, while studying and working for engineering firms, he worked in the evenings as a part-time musician, for example, in a relief band at Chez Paree in Montreal, in 1952-1953, as solo pianist for 3 months at the Baltimore hotel in 1955 and in 1960 as leader of the rhythm sections for the Montreal Jazz Society at Little Vienna (on Stanley Street). In 1952 he co-founded the Jazz Workshop with Paul Bley. Because of his teaching commitments Keith White retired from the jazz scene in the fall of 1960. From then on, he only worked occasionally as a musician. In the 1970s he organized a series of concerts at the Musée des Beaux-Arts under the name Jazz Workshop. His son André became a professional jazz drummer and pianist. Around 1980, the father and the son played together briefly at the C-Note.

Stanger, David

  • DS1
  • Personne
  • [19-]-

While he was a student at Sir George Williams College in the 1940s and 1950s, David Stanger was photographer for the student paper The Georgian.

Tobias, Rytsa Helene

  • RHT1
  • Personne
  • 1919-2000

Rytsa Helene Tobias, professor of English at Concordia University, was born in Winnipeg on November 7th, 1919 and died in Montreal on April 14th, 2000. She was the daughter of Claire Ripstein Tobias and Norman Cecil Tobias. In 1947, Rytsa enrolled as a night student at Sir George Williams College from which she graduated as a day student in 1951 (BA). Upon her graduation, she received the Birks Medal, as the highest ranking graduating student in Arts, and the Lieutenant-Governor’s Silver Medal for the highest standing in the History Major. Following her graduation, she joined the Sir George Williams faculty as English lecturer in September 1951, was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor in 1956, Associate Professor by 1962 and Full Professor of English, in 1972. From 1972 until her retirement in 1985, Rytsa was to teach English as a full professor at Sir George Williams University and, after its 1974 merger with Loyola College, at Concordia University. The Rytsa Tobias Memorial Medal, successor to the Birks Medal, was endowed by the Tobias Family and is presented by a Tobias Family member to the highest ranking Concordia University student graduating with a BA degree. It was first awarded in 2004.

Whiston, Henry

  • HW1
  • Personne
  • 1928-1984

Henry Frank Whiston est né à Montréal en 1928. Il fut étudiant au High School of Montreal. Il épousa Mary Xenos en 1960. Ils eurent deux filles: Barbara Eleanor et Lorraine Susan. Il est décédé à Montréal le 24 juin 1984. Durant ses études, il travailla à la Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Il devint ensuite producteur à temps plein et continua à travailler à CBC jusqu'à sa retraite en 1976. Son intérêt pour le jazz étant de longue date, il travailla en tant que recherchiste, rédacteur et producteur pour l'émission de radio de CBC-AM, Jazz at Its Best, qui fut diffusée les samedis matin de 1952 à 1968. Durant les années 1950, l'émission fut diffusée seulement à Montréal, mais durant les années 1960, elle fut diffusée à l'échelle nationale. Ted Miller en était l'animateur. Henry Whiston a aussi produit d'autres émissions radiophoniques.

Percival, Hugh

  • HP1
  • Personne
  • February 14, 1896 - April 19, 1992

Hugh Percival Illsley was born in Montreal February 14, 1896. He married Lilias Shepherd in 1940. They had twin daughters. Lilias Shepherd Illsley died 1978. Hugh Percival Illsley died April 19, 1992.

He began studies at McGill University School of Architecture in 1914. At the same time, he joined the Canadian Officers Training Corps at McGill. He left studies to fight in World War I as a machine gunner, then as observer and then pilot for the Royal Flight Corps. On his return to Canada in 1919, he was offered his first architectural job, with the firm Ross and MacDonald. He moved to John S. Archibald Architects in the 1930s. The firm changed names several times: in 1934, the architectural firm of Archibald, Illsley and Templeton was created. Illsley later began his own firm, H. P. Illsley, which eventually bought the Archibald firm. Among his architectural projects were the Montreal Forum, the Masonic temple on Sherbrooke St. in Montreal, Manoir Richelieu, and the Post Office building at University Ave. and Cathcart St. in Montreal. He retired in 1976.

Throughout his career, Illsley maintained involvement with the military. Poor health prevented him from serving as a pilot in World War II, but he helped organize the first air cadet squadron to be formed in Canada under the Air Cadet League. Illsley was the Commanding Officer. With over 300 members, the Squadron trained in Westmount High School, using the Royal Montreal Regiment Armoury for drill and recreation purposes. Illsley designed their first uniform. He tried to get money from Air Marshall Leckie for glider training for the squadron members, but was unsuccessful because Leckie wanted only power flight.

Source: Oral History-Montreal Studies Project -- Hugh Percival Illsley / Transcript

Honeyman, A. James Murray

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  • Personne
  • 1908-1965

A.J.M. Honeyman joined Sir George Williams University in 1947 as a part-time lecturer in biology. He was appointed a full-time lecturer in 1948, and promoted to assistant professor in 1949, to associate professor in 1951, and to professor in 1954. He retired from the university in 1965.

Clark, Gerald

  • GC1
  • Personne
  • 1918 - 2005

Gerald Clark was born in Montreal in 1918. He died in 2005. He was married and had a daughter, Bette. In 1939 he graduated from McGill University, where he had been editor of the college daily.

In 1940 he began his newspaper career working for The Standard of Montreal as a parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa. In 1943 he went overseas as a war correspondent and covered the Allied invasion of Normandy (D-Day) and the entry of Paris by the Free French. He was one of the 15 correspondents representing the world's press at the signing of the German surrender in Reims. Later he covered the Nuremberg and Pétain trials. A series of articles on the Soviet Union, accompanied by his own photographs, won a National Newspaper Award (1953). Gerald Clark took photographs on many of his trips, which served to illustrate his articles. For two years he was The Montreal Star's correspondent in New York, covering the United Nations. As the Star's Chief Foreign Correspondent, 1955-1960, he was based in London and traveled widely in Europe and the Iron Curtain countries. He was a frequent contributor to Weekend magazine. In 1954 he made a lecture tour of Canada under the auspices of Weekend, describing his experiences in Russia. He became the editor of the Montreal Star, retaining the post until 1979 when the paper ceased publication. He contributed many articles to the Reader's Digest.

Among many other travels, in 1955 he joined the Hon. Lester B. Pearson, then Minister of External Affairs, on a round-the-world flight which included Asia, Russia, the Middle East, and Europe. In 1956 he covered the NATO Foreign Ministers' Conference in Paris and the Poznan riots in Poland. He also visited Budapest and Prague and wrote a series on Hungary and Czechoslovakia. In 1957 he reported from Brussels, Algiers and Cairo. In 1958 he traveled to Red China; he was one of only two Western correspondents reporting on Communist China from the inside. His dispatches ran in newspapers in Canada and the United States, including The New York Times. Upon his return, he wrote Impatient Giant: Red China Today. It was translated into Danish and German. He won an Emmy and a Sylvania award as the co-author of the hour-long CBC documentary The Face of Red China.

His other books were The Coming Explosion in Latin America (1964); Canada: The Uneasy Neighbour: A Lucid Account of the Political Manoeuvers and the Social and Economic Pressures Which Shape Canada's Future (1965); Montreal: The New Cité in English and French editions (1982); and For Good Measure: The Sam Steinberg Story (1986). His memoir No Mud on the Back Seat: Memoirs of a Reporter was published in 1995 by Robert Davies Publishing.

Grescoe, Taras

  • TG1
  • Personne
  • 1966 -

Taras Grescoe was born in 1966 in Toronto, but grew up in Vancouver. His parents, Paul and Audrey Grescoe, are journalists who traveled across Canada while he was growing up. Grescoe received a B.A. in English from the University of British Columbia. In the early 1990s, he lived in Paris for four years, working as an English teacher and writing travel stories for English and Canadian newspapers. He lives in Montreal. His articles have appeared in The Times of London, the New York Times, Saveur, National Geographic Traveler, Wired, The Chicago Tribune Magazine, and Condé Nast Traveler, and other periodicals.

His first book, Sacré Blues: An Unsentimental Journey Through Québec (Macfarlane Walter & Ross 2000), a detailed analysis of Quebec Society, won the Quebec Writer's Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction and the Edna Staebler Award for Non-fiction. His second book, The End of Elsewhere:Travels Among the Tourists (McClelland & Stewart 2003) is an exploration of global tourism. In 2006, he published his third book, The Devil's Picnic: Around the World in Pursuit of Forbidden Fruit(HarperCollins) which is about prohibited foods and substances around the world. A vegetarian, Grescoe published Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood (Harper Collins Canada) in 2008.

Finney, H. A.

  • HAF1
  • Personne
  • 1886-1966

H. A. Finney taught accounting in the 1930s in the Department of Accountancy of Concordia University founding institution Sir George Williams University. He was the author of two books on accounting: Solutions to Problems and Answers to Questions in Principles of Accounting, Vol. 1, Intermediate (1934) and Answers to Questions and Solutions to Problems in Introduction to Principles of Accounting (Revised edition) (1936). Both books were published by Prentice-Hall, Inc. of New York.

Thompson, Claude Willett

  • CWT1
  • Personne
  • 1888-1973

Claude Willett Thompson was born in Durham, England in 1888. He died in Daytona Beach, Florida February 20, 1973. He received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oxford University. He moved to Canada in 1911. He fought in World War I. On returning to Canada, he entered the teaching profession at the Old High School for Boys in Quebec City. In 1923 he transferred to the High School of Quebec as senior master in the boys' section. In 1932, he moved to Ottawa and became housemaster at Ashbury College. Claude W. Thompson came to Sir George Williams College in 1933, and during a 25-year career on the full-time staff taught English literature and humanities, first as instructor in English and history, and after 1934 as professor of English. He was appointed senior professor of humanities in 1937. He was appointed assistant dean in 1952. He was the first chair of the English Department. After his retirement he continued to teach part-time for several years. Among other books, he wrote Humanism in Action, published in 1950. He played a major role in developing the Canadiana Collection of the Sir George Williams Library.

Krantz, Frederick

  • FK2
  • Personne

Frederick Krantz joined Sir George Williams University in 1969 as assistant professor of history. He was appointed associate professor of history in 1973.

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