2009 Alumni of Influence

One hundred recipients were recognized in 2009.

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Recognized in 2009


Mark Abley, BA'75

Award-winning poet, journalist and prolific author, Mark Abley writes for the Montreal Gazette and the Times Literary Supplement. His Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages was a New York Times Notable Book, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year and a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year. Abley has been recognized for his critical writing and international reporting by the National Newspaper Awards.

Nancy Foster Adams, BA'31 (d. 1998)

Member of the Order of Canada

Nancy Adams was a pioneer in rural women's organizations as a founder and leader at local, provincial, national and international levels, including the Association of Homemakers' Clubs of Saskatchewan., Federated Women's Institutes of Canada and National Council of Women. Adams was also active in rural planning and adult education in Sask.

Frank W. Anderson, BA'55 (d. 2008)

At age 16, Frank Wesley Anderson entered prison to serve a life sentence. After the Warden challenged him to acquire an education, Anderson completed high school and become the first inmate in Canada to take university courses. Released on parole in 1951, he completed his degree and worked in the prison system as a social worker. Anderson wrote many booklets on Canadian history, travel and true crime. In 1974, he was appointed to the National Parole Board.

Anita Raynell Andreychuk, BA'66, LLB'67

Raynell Andreychuk has worked as a lawyer, judge and diplomat in Canada for the past four decades. She served as chancellor at the University of Regina and Associate Deputy Minister of Social Services in Sask. She was then named Canada's High Commissioner to Kenya and Uganda and ambassador to Somalia, Comoros and Portugal. Andreychuk has also held many high-ranking posts in the Canadian Senate.

Robert M. Arn, BA'63

Robert Arn founded many companies that have transformed telecommunications media. His ventures enabled internet distribution of video media, marketed the first mobile digital television production studio and developed the first consumer digital satellite TV recorder. Arn led a buyout of what became the pioneering company in HTML page processing, the foundation of the World Wide Web.

Clare B. Baker, BA'44, Cert/Med

Member of the Order of Canada

Best known for performing the first successful cardiac transplant in Canada, Clare Baker pioneered a bloodless surgical technique for the procedure. Renowned in Canada for his excellence as a surgeon and clinical teacher, Baker has travelled extensively to demonstrate his open-heart procedures and post-care techniques.

Edward J. Baldes, BA'18 (d. 1975)

Edward Baldes served as director of the Mayo Clinic and is recognized for his work on blood flow, osmotic pressure, electrophysiology and aviation medicine. His consulting work for U.S. Air Force led to the development of the life-saving pressurized anti-gravity suit worn by American fliers in World War II. Baldes' study of German aviation medicine contributed to operational space medicine, and ultimately the first human lunar landing.

Edward Bayda, BA'51, LLB'53

Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Following graduation, Edward Bayda became a leader in the legal and greater community. He was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench in 1972 and to the Court of Appeal in 1974. In 1981, he became Chief Justice of Sask. Bayda was greatly respected throughout his career for judgments characterized by scholarship and sensitivity.

George Edwin Britnell, BA'29 (d. 1961)

An internationally recognized economist, George Edwin Britnell often advised governments in such diverse fields as federal-provincial relations, transportation and coal mining. Britnell headed the Dept. of Economics and Political Science at the U of S for many years. He served as royal commissioner and Canadian delegate to international economic conferences and as special advisor on transportation to the Saskatcehwan government.

Weldon Grant Brown, BSc'27, MSc'28 (d. 1989)

Weldon Grant Brown's contributions in chemistry advanced the modern understanding of the mechanism of electrophilic substitution reactions. His work recognizing hyper conjugation is considered a classic of organic chemistry. Brown was the first to establish the usefulness of paper chromatography for micro separation of organic compounds. During World War II, Brown undertook assignments for the U.S. National Defense Committee.

Sharon Butala, BEd'62, BA'63, PGD'73

Officer of the Order of Canada

A noted novelist, playwright and non-fiction writer, Sharon Butala is well-known for her many works, including The Perfection of the Morning, that give rural women an important voice. The spirituality and vivid sense of place evident in her writing have endeared her to many readers. Butala has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for both fiction and non-fiction, and won the Marian Engel Prize in 1998.

Robert Calder, BA'63, MA'65

Bob Calder is recognized as the world's leading authority on William Somerset Maugham, and award-winning author of books and scholarly publications. Willie: the Life of W. Somerset Maugham received the Governor General's Literary Award for non-fiction. Calder has taught literature in the U of S Dept. of English for many years. Active in the province's literary community, he has served as president of the Sage Hill Writing Experience and president of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild.

Jessie Rowles Caldwell, BSc'24 (d. 1990)

Jessie Caldwell's distinguished record of public service blazed new trails for Canadian women. Raised on a homestead in Saskatchewan, Caldwell served on the boards of many organizations, and was a member of the Canadian delegation to the Eighth General Assembly of the UN. She travelled and spoke extensively about the work of the UN as chair of the Saskatchewan World Refugee Year Committee.

Alastair Graham W. Cameron, PhD'52 (d. 2005)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Alastair Cameron was an internationally respected physicist and the first student to earn a PhD at the U of S. Cameron's research has been published extensively and he has edited 11 books on infrared astronomy, origin and evolution of atmospheres and oceans, interstellar communication and stellar evolution. He served as chair of the Astronomy Dept. at Harvard University, and was a fellow of many professional societies.

Roger C. Carter, BA'45, LLB'47 (d. 2009)

Officer of the Order of Canada Saskatchewan Order of Merit; Queen's Counsel

Roger Carter made many inroads for aboriginal students during his time as dean of the U of S College of Law. He initiated an eight-week program designed to help aboriginal students succeed in their first year of law studies. In 1975 Carter established the Native Law Centre at the U of S, which is still Canada's leading training and research program for aboriginal lawyers.

Samuel Delbert Clark, BA'30, MA'31 (d. 2003)

Officer of the Order of Canada; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

A respected founder of Canadian sociology, Samuel Clark established its credibility as a distinct discipline with roots in history, political economy, and American and European sociology. He served as president of the Canadian Political Science Assoc. and founded the dynamic Dept. of Sociology at the University of Toronto. He continued teaching and traveling as a visiting professor after his retirement.

Kim Coates, BA '81

Saskatchewan home-grown actor Kim Coates has successfully entered the realms of film, stage and television on both sides of the border. Coates has more than 40 films to his credit, including Black Hawk Down directed by Ridley Scott. He has also made many appearances on popular television shows, including CSI Miami, Prison Break and Entourage.

Thomas Courchene, BA'62

Officer of the Order of Canada

One of Canada's most respected economists, Tom Courchene's work has influenced many Canadian policy decisions. A distinguished author and editor of more than 50 books and 300 articles, he won the inaugural Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian public policy (with Colin Telmer) for From Heartland to North American Region State: The Social, Fiscal and Federal Evolution of Ontario. Courchene is the Jarislowsky-Deutsch Professor of Economics and Finance at Queen's University.

Lorna Crozier, BA'69

Acclaimed as "one of the most original poets writing in English," Lorna Crozier is a prolific award winning writer and professor. She has received a honorary doctorates from the U of S and the University of Regina for her contribution to Canadian literature. Crozier's Inventing the Hawk received the Governor General's Award and her poems have been widely translated. A generous and inspiring mentor, Crozier has introduced many new writers to Canada.

Edward M. Culliton, BA'26, LLB'28 (d. 1991)

Companion of the Order of Canada; Saskatchewan Order of Merit; Queen's Counsel

A lawyer until beginning his public career in the Legislature, Edward Culliton was appointed to Cabinet as Provincial Secretary in 1938. He resigned this post to enter service with the Canadian Army and returned to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1948. In 1951, Culliton was appointed to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, becoming the first U of S grad to occupy an important appellate post.

Balfour Currie, BSc'25, MSc'27 (d. 1981)

Companion of the Order of Canada; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Balfour Currie is recognized internationally for his work in meteorology, climatology and upper atmospheric studies. He laid the foundation of what is now the Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies and served as its first director. Currie has been honoured with the Gold Medal of the Canadian Association of Physicists and the Patterson Medal of the Canadian Meteorological Service.

MJ DeCoteau, BA'91, MA'97

Philanthropist MJ DeCoteau was called to action after breast cancer claimed her mother's life. DeCoteau founded and serves as executive director of Rethink Breast Cancer, a national charitable organization with a mission to increase awareness of the disease in young women. It has achieved great success with its innovative awareness campaigns, support of young researchers and effective fund raising.

William Deverell, LLB'63, BA'64

Heralded as a "national treasure" by the Toronto Star, award-winning crime writer William Deverell is well known for his crime novels and for the long-running CBC TV series, Street Legal. He worked as a journalist for The StarPhoenix while studying at the U of S. Deverell worked in criminal law, civil rights, labour and environmental law in B.C., Alta. and the Yukon, and is a founding director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.

John George Diefenbaker, BA'15, MA'16, LLB'19 (d. 1979)

Order of the Companions of Honour; Privy Councillor; Queen's Counsel; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

John Diefenbaker is Saskatchewan's best-known political figure. After beginning his law practice, he entered politics, was elected to the House of Commons in 1940, and became the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1956. Diefenbaker became Prime Minister of Canada in 1957, and introduced the Canadian Bill of Rights.

James Dosman, BA'59, MD'63, MA'69

Saskatchewan Order of Merit

James Dosman founded the Institute of Agricultural, Rural and Environmental Health, and also the Agricultural Health and Safety Network. The organizations are unique in Canada and have enormous provincial impact for farm families. Dosman has worked to form rural health safety programs at the national and international levels and is credited for reducing dangers in the agriculture profession.

Lillian Eva Dyck, BA'66, MA'70, PhD'81

Regarded as a brilliant role model, Lillian Eva Dyck found her path to the Canadian Senate through her excellence in neuroscience and her advocacy in the aboriginal community. Dyck serves on the Aboriginal People's Committee, frequently speaking on science, teaching, violence against First Nations women and discriminatory legislation. Dyck also served as associate dean of Graduate Studies and professor in the Neuropsychiatry Research Unit at the U of S.

Sylvia Fedoruk, BA'49, MA'51 (d. 2012)

Officer of the Order of Canada; Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Sylvia Fedoruk was the chief medical physicist for the Saskatchewan Cancer Foundation for 35 years. During this time she was instrumental in developing the Cobalt 60 unit, one of the first nuclear scanning machines that pioneered cancer radiation treatment. A former U of S chancellor, Fedoruk was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Sask. in 1988. Fedoruk was also inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.

Edith Fowke, BA'33, MA'37 (d. 1996)

Member of the Order of Canada

Edith Fowke was Canada's preeminent scholar of English-language traditions. Fowke collected and preserved Canada's oral traditions in folklore, traditional songs, stories and games. Her private collection of recordings became the enduring CBC radio shows Folk Song Time and Folk Sounds. Fowke became a major figure in the North American folk music revival.

Gerald Friesen, BA'65

Gerald Friesen is author of The Canadian Prairies, the most influential and widely read history of Western Canada. The first Seagram Chair at the Institute for the Study of Canada at McGill University, Friesen is a prolific writer and researcher, lectures internationally, works as professor of History at the University of Manitoba, and is past president of the Canadian Historical Association.

Dorothee Gizenga, BSc'85

Dorothee Gizenga aids recovery of war-ravaged African countries in her work with Diamond Development Initiative. Through Gizenga's work to regulate the diamond industry and establish the Kimberley Process, the trade of conflict diamonds has been nearly eliminated. With Partnership Africa Canada, she worked as an activist in peace, human security and sustainable development.

Lydia Gruchy, BA'20 (d. 1992)

Lydia Gruchy was the first woman to be ordained in the United Church of Canada, the first denomination to affirm ordination of women. After graduation from St. Andrew's College, she served as a rural lay minister and sought ordination repeatedly for 10 years until her ordination in 1936. In 1953 she became the first Canadian woman to receive the Doctor of Divinity degree.

Raymond Heimbecker, BA'44, Cert/Med'45 (d. 2014)

Officer of the Order of Canada; Order of Ontario

A true pioneer in the field of cardiovascular medicine, Raymond Heimbecker performed the world's first complete heart valve transplant in 1962 and Canada's first modern heart transplant in 1981. He is at the forefront of his specialty, having developed several advanced techniques for heart surgery. He joined the University of Toronto's Dept. of Surgery in 1955.

Robert Hinitt, BA'47, MA'49, BEd'52 (d. 2011)

Member of the Order of Canada; Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Bob Hinitt has nurtured generations of theatre-goers and artists through his vision and lifelong passion for designing, directing and teaching theatre. He designed the Aden Bowman Castle Theatre, modeling it after the Stratford Festival stage, and was a founding member of the Saskatoon Gateway Players and the Saskatoon Summer Players.

Orville Hjertaas, BA'39, Cert/Med'39 (d. 1998)

Member of the Order of Canada; Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Orville Hjertaas is recognized as one of the fathers of Medicare. He organized Saskatchewan's first two experimental health regions in Swift Current and Weyburn. In response to the doctors' strike, Hjertaas established and directed Saskatchewan's first community clinic in Prince Albert. He also pioneered group practice arrangements and prevention in health care delivery.

Ramon Hnatyshyn, BA'54, LLB'56 (d. 2002)

Privy Counsellor; Companion of the Order of Canada; Commander of the Order of Military Merit; Canadian Forces Decoration; Queen's Counsel Canada's 24th Governor General and Commander-in-Chief

Ramon Hnatyshyn was elected to Parliament in 1974 and served in the House of Commons until 1988. He filled several cabinet roles and went on to serve as Governor General from 1990 to 1995. Many of his decisions were widely popular and responsible, in part, for renewing public interest in the Governor General's office.

Lisa Hornung, BMus'91

Saskatchewan born contralto Lisa Hornung has been acclaimed for performances in repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary composers. Her voice has been called "rich and powerful" and her stage presence has "inspired audiences and musicians alike". In addition to oratorio and concert work, Hornung performs and tours with the American Spiritual Ensemble, and directs Summer School for the Solo Voice.

Ted Hughes, BA'48, LLB'50 (d. 2020)

Officer of the Order of Canada; Queen's Counsel

Ted Hughes has served as a judge, deputy attorney general, commissioner of Conflict of Interest and chief federal treaty negotiator in Western and Northern Canada. He has been invited to serve on numerous commissions of inquiry. Hughes chaired the APEC Inquiry and authored the highly publicized report concerning the Vancouver APEC conference.

Frances Hyland, BA'47, (d. 2004)

Officer of the Order of Canada

Affectionately referred to as the first lady of Canadian theatre, Frances Hyland's prolific acting career spanned more than 50 years. She appeared in numerous high profile productions, films and television features, and campaigned vigorously for better pay and status for Canadian actors. In 1994, Hyland won the Governor General's Performing Arts Award.

Gary Hyland, BA'62, BEd'64 (d. 2011)

Member of the Order of Canada; Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal Writer, teacher and activist

Gary Hyland has published his poetry in books and journals. He has won many honours for his contributions as a leader in the arts and founding member of such organizations as the Saskatchewan Festival of Words and Coteau Books. He was named lifetime Poet Laureate in 1991 and Citizen of the Year in 1998 and 2006 in his hometown of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

Wilbur Roy Jackett, BA'31, LLB'33 (d. 2005)

Officer of the Order of Canada: Queen's Counsel

Wilbur Jackett is known for his enormous impact on the administration of law in Canada. Jackett was responsible for drafting the Bill of Rights, a statutory precursor to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, at the request of the Diefenbaker government. He also directed the development of the Crown Liability Act, and was instrumental in replacing the inefficient Exchequer Court with the new body, the Federal Court of Canada.

Albert Johnson, BA'42 (d. 2010)

Companion of the Order of Canada

An esteemed public servant for the Saskatchewan and Canadian governments, Albert Johnson joined the Saskatchewan Civil Service in 1946. At only 29, he was appointed Deputy Provincial Treasurer for the province. He was named president of the CBC where he promoted the importance of maintaining a distinct Canadian identity. Johnson served on the U of S Board of Governors from 1953 to 1963.

Norman Bell Keevil, BSc'30, MSc'32 (d. 1989)

Officer of the Order of Canada

Norman Bell Keevil is known in mining for applying geophysical methods in the hunt for new mines, using scientific precision to replace the costly hit and miss of prospecting. He was responsible for interpreting the first 100,000 square miles of magnetic airborn geophysical surveys, revealing billions of dollars of new ore, such as the rich copper ore found in the Temagami area of Ontario.

Gordon Keller, BSc'74

One of today's top medical minds, Gordon Keller is a leading stem cell scientist, head of Toronto's new McEwan Center for Regenerative Medicine and senior scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute, Division of Stem Cell and Developmental Biology. Keller's life-saving research offers hope for new treatments targeting a wide range of diseases.

Donald Kent, BE'57, MSc'59

Donald Kent is recognized as the leading geological authority on Paleozoic carbonates in the Williston Basin, and Mississippian, Devonian and Ordovician rocks. Former professor of Geology and department chair at the University of Regina, Kent is a consulting petroleum geologist. He actively rebuilt the Saskatchewan Geological Society after the exodus of local petroleum companies and has been honoured by the society for his sustained leadership.

Carlyle King, BA'26 (d. 1988)

An early proponent of Canadian literature and long-term head of English at the U of S, Carlyle King published several books on U of S history and an anthology of early Sask. writing. He held many leadership roles in Saskatchewan's libraries and the arts. A democratic socialist and pacifist, King worked actively in politics for the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation.

Carlyle King, BA'26 (d. 1988)

An early proponent of Canadian literature and long-term head of English at the U of S, Carlyle King published several books on U of S history and an anthology of early Sask. writing. He held many leadership roles in Saskatchewan's libraries and the arts. A democratic socialist and pacifist, King worked actively in politics for the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation.

Lawrence Kirk, BA'16, BSA'17, MSc'22, (d. 1969)

Officer of the Order of Canada; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Lawrence Kirk was a nationally recognized agronomist best known for introducing crested wheatgrass to Canada and helping control the dust bowl in the 1930s. Kirk was a professor and dean of Agriculture at the U of S, dominion agrologist in Ottawa's Experimental Farms Service and chief of the Plant Industry Branch in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.

Dorothy Elsie Knowles, BA'48

Member of the Order of Canada; Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Dorothy Knowles is one of Canada's most notable landscape artists. Knowles works from nature, photographs and sketches to create her distinctive prairie landscapes, which have had an enormous influence on young painters across Western Canada. A recipient of many awards and honours, her work was celebrated in the recent monograph, Land Marks: The Art of Dorothy Knowles.

Lester Lafond, D/Agric'75, BA'82

Saskatchewan Order of Merit

A prominent influence in the development of Saskatchewan's aboriginal business community, Lester Lafond remains involved in many organizations that promote the development and success of new business enterprises for First Nations people. President of Lafond Insurance & Financial Services Ltd., he also serves on the boards for various community organizations and is president of Tribal Nations Management Services and Tribal Nations Energy Ltd.

Patricia Lawson, BA'50, BEd'53 (d. 2019)

Pat Lawson was the most distinguished female athlete in Canada during the 1950s, winning provincial titles in six sports, Canadian titles in three sports and leading 13 intervarsity teams. Lawson's world-class athleticism would have shone in basketball and speed skating had these sports been open to women at the Olympic Games. Lawson is now a leader and mentor to many women as coach and teacher.

Mary Jo Leddy, BA'68, BEd'70

Member of the Order of Canada

Mary Jo Leddy is a writer, teacher, theologian and social activist, widely recognized for her work with refugees at Toronto's Romero House. A believer in the goodness of people, Leddy has discovered a passionate basis for social engagement. Leddy was founding editor of the Catholic New Times and is author of seven books.

Jim MacNeill, BA'49, BE'58 (d. 2016)

Officer of the Order of Canada

A lifelong advocate for sustainable development practices, Jim MacNeill was the chief architect and author of the World Commission on Environment and Development's influential report, Our Common Future. He has served as a first-generation leader for many environmental organizations in Canada and abroad. MacNeill held many senior positions with government and industry, managing federal interests in Canada's water and renewable resources.

Russell Holmes Macdonald, BA'39 (d. 1997)

Rusty Macdonald is known as the father of Western Producer Prairie Books and was that paper's first full-time editor, adding strong Canadian content to its features. Macdonald is credited for implementing Saskatchewan's unified library system linking eight regional systems with the urban libraries in Saskatoon and Regina, a system unique in Canada.

Peter Makaroff, BA'15, LLB'18 (d. 1971)

Peter Makaroff was a natural leader of the independent Doukhobor movement, the first person of his sect to pursue a university education and legal career. A strong idealist and intellectual, he was committed to the Doukhobor values of nonviolence at a time when Canada debated conscription. Key cases in Makaroff's legal career included his successful representation of the Doukhobor leader Peter Vergin Jr. in his deportation battle, and the defence of the Regina Rioters.

Eric Malling, BA'67 (d. 1998)

From the Regina Leader Post to the Toronto Star and finally as correspondent and host with CTV and CBC, Eric Malling moved quickly through Canada's journalistic ranks. In 1976, Malling became host of CBC's flagship current affairs program, The Fifth Estate. He later returned to CTV as host of W5, to which he brought a new political focus. For his impressive accomplishments in broadcast journalism, Malling won seven Actra/Gemini Awards and three Gordon Sinclair Awards.

Vincent Matthews, BA'43, Cert/Med'43 (d. 1988)

Vincent Matthews is recognized as a pioneer of Medicare in Saskatchewan. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Public Health and Preventative Medicine, served as medical health officer in the Swift Current Health Region and operated a general practice in Maple Creek. As Acting Deputy Minister of Health, Matthews helped design and introduce Medicare to the province in 1962. He was professor and head of the Dept. of Social and Preventative Medicine in the College of Medicine at the U of S.

Kenneth J. McCallum, BSc'36, MSc'39 (d. 1997)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

A chemist and scholar respected across Canada and beyond, Kenneth J. McCallum was a professor and dept. head in Chemistry as well as dean of Graduate Studies at the U of S. He established the first 14C radiocarbon dating lab in Canada, used by anthropologists and archeologists to establish age of artifacts, and for evaluating wheat grown in regions near atomic bomb testing.

James McConica, BA'50

Officer of the Order of Canada

Ordained priest James McConica is widely respected as a scholar of Renaissance humanism. He was a professor of History at the University of Toronto, associate director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, and president and vice-chancellor at the University of St. Michael's College. McConica was appointed a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Guggenheim fellow and a Killam Senior Research scholar. His projects include editing the Collected Works of Erasmus.

Alistair McCrone, BA'53

Alistair McCrone began his career as a petroleum geologist in Western and sub-arctic Canada and then taught Geology at New York University. Under his leadership as Humboldt State University's longest serving president, the university achieved a reputation for academic excellence, especially in environmental studies, the sciences and engineering.

Annie McKay, BA'15 (d. 1986)

A trailblazing pioneer who displayed a remarkable commitment to the U of S, Annie McKay was the first Metis woman to graduate. She served on student council, The Sheaf editorial board, played women's hockey and eventually became an assistant librarian. She was a tireless volunteer during the flu epidemic of 1918, and was the first secretary-treasurer of the U of S Alumni Association.

Obang Metho, BA'00

As director of International Advocacy with the Anuak Justice Council, Obang Metho advocates for human rights, security and justice in international courts. He has testified before the U.S. Senate on the genocide and oppression in Ethiopia. Metho also serves as executive director of the Gambella Development Agency to mobilize U of S doctors and volunteers to bring clean water, health care and education to Sudan.

William E. K. Middleton, BSc'27, MSc'29 (d. 1998)

A pioneer in atmospheric science, Bill Middleton authored many books on meteorological instruments and optics, including Meteorological Instruments and Vision Through the Atmosphere. A multilingual scholar, Middleton was fascinated by the study of historical scientific instruments. He worked for the Meteorological Service of Canada, introducing Canada's first automated weather station. Middleton later worked in the Division of Physics at the National Research Council, specializing in colorimetry.

Courtney Milne, BA'64 (d. 2010)

Photographer Courtney Milne has been called "an ambassador of the land." His archive includes more than 500,000 evocative landscapes from 42 countries and all seven continents. His twelve books include The Sacred Earth, with a forward by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Milne's book of impressionistic images entitled The Pool of Possibilities was nominated for a Governor General's Award. In 2005 he received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Regina.

William Thomas Molloy, BA'64, LLB'64 (d. 2019)

Officer of the Order of Canada; Queen's Counsel

One of Canada's top treaty negotiators, Tom Molloy brought forward some of Canada's most important treaties, including the Nunavut Agreement, the Nisga'a Agreement, the Lheidli T'enneh Agreement and the Inuit of Northern Quebec Offshore Agreement. An award winning author, Molloy also served as 12th Chancellor of the U of S. He began his career as a lawyer with MacPherson, Leslie & Tyerman LLP.

Jefferson Mooney, BA'66

Jeff Mooney is executive chairman and controlling shareholder of A&W Food Services of Canada. Under his leadership, A&W has grown to become an organization of more than 700 restaurants across Canada, and has been named one of the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada for seven consecutive years. Mooney has been honoured for his marketing and leadership skills. He also serves on the Vancouver Olympic Committee Board of Directors.

Helen Frances Morrison, BHSc'39

Saskatchewan Order of Merit

A well-respected pioneering woman in Saskatoon, Frances Morrison was the influential chief librarian from 1961 to 1980. She oversaw construction of the new main library that now bears her name, and established the library's local history room and fine arts department. Morrison played a prominent role in establishing Saskatchewan's regional library system and was active in the Saskatchewan Arts Board, YWCA and Heritage Society.

Hilda Neatby, BA'24, MA'28 (d. 1975)

Companion of the Order of Canada; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

A renowned historian and educator, Hilda Neatby established herself as one of Canada's most formidable intellectuals with her book So Little for the Mind (1953), a bestseller that challenged the Canadian public education system. Neatby was featured on a Canada Post stamp in 2000, and the largest lecture theatre at the U of S is named in her honour.

Darwyn Peachey, BSc'78, MSc'83

A key contributor to such animated films as Up, Toy Story and Ratatouille, Darwyn Peachey has worked with Pixar Animation Studios in California as a software developer, technical artist, and vice president. Peachey and six co-workers won an Academy Award in 1993 for developing Renderman software, widely used in the visual effects and animation industries.

Bruce Peel, BA'44 (d. 1988)

Bruce Peel is recognized as the leading authority on Canadian prairie history to 1953, and his comprehensive bibliography of the prairie region is unrivaled in its field. Peel curated the Shortt Library of Canadiana at the U of S and later became chief librarian at the University of Alberta, where the Special Collections Library is named for him.

Wilfred Perreault, BFA'70

Wilf Perreault is a highly respected Francophone painter whose expert craftsmanship, composition and style come together to create paintings of back lanes and hidden urban landscapes. In 1989, he was chosen to be one of five artists representing Canada in Les Jeux de la Francophonie in Morocco, and has been recognized for both his painting and charitable work. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.

Clayton Oscar Person, BA'49, MA'51 (d. 1990)

Member of the Order of Canada; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

The top international authority on the genetics of host-parasite relations, Clayton Person made a major contribution to the understanding of this field. His theoretical methods have been applied widely in the practical management of diseases in agriculture and forestry. Person's research in genetics, botany and agriculture is second to none, and he has consulted and lectured around the world.

Vera Pezer, BA'62, MA'64, PhD'77

Vera Pezer's name is best known in curling circles as the only skip to have won three consecutive Canadian curling championships. An accomplished athlete, she was a four-time Canadian curling champion, served as sports psychologist for the 1988 and 2002 Olympic Winter Games and published two books on curling history and sports psychology. Now chancellor of the U of S, Pezer has served on faculty in Psychology and in several senior administrative posts.

Jacob Rempel, BA'31, MSc'33 (d. 1976)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Medical entomologist Jacob Rempel is well known as a specialist in the mosquitoes of Western Canada. His award-winning research into the role of mosquitoes in transmission of western encephalitis aided provincial and federal health authorities and received international attention. He also developed a method of controlling the black flies of the South Saskatchewan River, which helped combat disease-carrying flies on the Nile.

Robert Gordon Robertson, BA'35 (d. 2013)

Privy Counsellor; Companion of the Order of Canada; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Gordon Robertson, the "very civil servant," served at the centre of Canadian government power, working directly with Prime Ministers King, St-Laurent, Pearson and Trudeau, and as senior advisor to the latter two. Robertson was Commissioner of the Northwest Territories and the first Deputy Minister of the Dept. of Northern Affairs. He played a key role in Canada's debate on constitutional reform and national unity.

Roy Romanow, BA'60, LLB'64

Privy Councillor; Officer of the Order of Canada; Saskatchewan Order of Merit; Queen's Counsel Former Saskatchewan

Premier Roy Romanow is well known for his important work as head of the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. As Premier, Romanow dealt with an acute financial crisis in 1992, restoring Saskatchewan's financial position and making the province the first in Canada to balance its budget in the 1990s.

Darcy Kim Rossmo, BA'78

Criminal profiler Kim Rossmo has worked with law enforcement on more than 3,000 crimes around the globe. Now the Criminology chair at Texas State University and head of the Centre for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation, Rossmo began his career as a Canadian police officer. His methodology, which combines geography and forensics, has been used to combat terrorism, curb drug smuggling and develop TV series and Hollywood thrillers.

John Francis Roy, BA'48, BEd'53, MA'68

Saskatchewan Order of Merit

A committed environmentalist and conservationist, Frank Roy's work to create provincial and national policies on ecology has shaped public opinion. Roy was a founding member of the Saskatchewan Natural History Society, and an advocate of ecotourism and sustainable development in Saskatchewan. He is recognized as a master teacher, responsible for strengthening the high school English curriculum and developing the naturalist program in outdoor education.

Brian Henderson Russell, BSc'75

Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Brian Russell is a recognized expert in exploration geophysics and a leading instructor on seismic technology throughout the world. He began his career with Chevron in Calgary as an exploration geophysicist, then Teknica as senior explorationist, Veritas Seismic as research and training geophysicist, and Veritas Software as vice-president of marketing and training. Co-founder of Hampson-Russell Software Services Ltd., Russell develops advanced seismic software for the petroleum industry.

William George Schneider, BSc'37, MSc'39 (d. 2013)

Officer of the Order of Canada; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

One of Canada's most distinguished scientists, William Schneider served as president of the National Research Council of Canada from 1967 to 1980, making it an important international force. Schneider began his career at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, conducting research on underwater explosions and anti-submarine weapons. He has published extensively in molecular forces, ultrasonics, nuclear magnetic resonance and organic semiconductors.

Edith Child Rowles Simpson, BHSc'32 (d. 1997)

Member of the Order of Canada

Edith Simpson is recognized as a leader in home economics and rural education. After teaching in rural schools, she achieved most distinguished graduate in Household Science at the U of S. Simpson earned degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University, and returned to serve in several U of S positions including professor, dean of women and dean of Home Economics.

George Simpson, BA'19 (d. 1969)

After joining the Dept. of History's faculty in 1922, George Simpson initiated Slavic Studies at the U of S and became the first Anglophone historian to learn the Ukrainian language. He would eventually edit the first history of the Ukraine in English. Simpson was also instrumental in shaping policy for the Saskatchewan Archives Act and served as provincial archivist.

Ahab Spence, BA'52 (d. 2001)

Member of the Order of Canada

Ahab Spence lived a varied life as an Anglican Priest, educator, oral historian and preserver of the Cree language. A student in the residential school system, he obtained his Licentiate in Theology from Emmanuel College. He taught Cree and Native Studies at Brandon University and translated Cree for the government. Spence worked for the federal Dept. of Indian and Northern Affairs in aboriginal cultural development.

Herbert Pinder Sr., BA'42 (d. 2014)

Member of the Order of Canada

A multi-sport athlete, prominent business leader and respected politician, Herbert Pinder left indelible marks throughout Canadian society. He served as a director for such companies as John Labatt Ltd and the Royal Bank of Canada. He was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1964 and served as Minister of Industry and Commerce.

Savella Stechishin, BA'30 (d. 2002)

Member of the Order of Canada; Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Best known for her authoritative book Traditional Ukrainian Cookery, Savella Stechishin was a women's rights advocate, journalist, author, teacher, home economist and community organizer. She is also credited for her leadership in preserving Ukrainian culture in Canada. In 1930, she was the first Ukrainian Canadian woman to receive a degree at the U of S, and later lectured on cuisine, culture and public speaking for young women. Stechishin was instrumental in establishing the Ukrainian Museum of Canada.

Barry Strayer, BA'53, LLB'55

Barry Strayer is known as a drafter of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. After working as solicitor with the Attorney General of Sask. and as professor of Law at the U of S, Strayer became Assistant Deputy Minster of the Dept. of Justice. He is the author of The Patriation and Legitimacy of the Canadian Constitution and many articles and essays on public law. He has held judicial appointments in the Federal Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, and Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, and now serves as Deputy Judge of the Federal Court.

Walter Surma Tarnopolsky, BA'52, LLB'57 (d. 1993)

A pioneer in human rights and civil liberties in Canada, Walter Surma Tarnopolsky published the groundbreaking study, The Canadian Bill of Rights, a pivotal book used by Canadian law students and lawyers. He was a professor of Law before becoming a judge in 1985 on the Ontario Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Tarnopolsky was chair of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, served as a Canadian Human Rights Commissioner, and represented Canada at the UN.

Henry Taube, BSc'35, MSc'37 (d. 2005)

A leading inorganic chemist, Henry Taube was awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies of inner-sphere electron transfer, particularly of metal complexes. Taube developed techniques for studying the kinetics and mechanism of inorganic reactions and demonstrated that ligand bridges form between interacting complexes, allowing electrons to be transferred. He was among the first chemists to use isotopes to determine reaction mechanisms.

Gordon Thiessen, BA'59, MA'62

Officer of the Order of Canada

Starting his career at the Bank of Canada in 1963, Gordon Thiessen was appointed adviser to the bank's Governor in 1979. In 1994, he became governor of the Bank of Canada and led Canada through seven of its most financially turbulent years. During his time as governor, Thiessen established monetary policies that helped calm inflation and restore economic health to Canada.

Henry G. Thode, BSc'30, MSc'32 (d. 1997)

Companion of the Order of Canada; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; Fellow of the Royal Society of London; Member of the Order of the British Empire

President of McMaster University (1961-1972), Harry Thode was a visionary leader who led the university through its most ambitious era of growth. He was also a pioneer in the field of nuclear science and geochemistry and built Canada's first nuclear reactor. Thode's atomic research during World War II contributed significantly to the design and operation of nuclear reactors.

Margaret Thompson, BA'43 (d. 2014)

Member of the Order of Canada

A leader in the field of genetics, Margaret Thompson has spent her professional career researching the relevance of human genetics to childhood diseases. She and her late husband, James Thompson, co-authored Genetics in Medicine. She has received numerous awards and is a founding member of the Genetics Society of Canada, the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists and the American Society of Human Genetics.

Raymond Thorsteinsson, BA'44 (d. 2012)

Member and Officer of the Order of Canada

One of Canada's most respected geologists, Raymond Thorsteinsson prepared the first detailed geological maps of more than 200,000 square miles in the Arctic Islands. A leader of survey teams in the Arctic, Thorsteinsson also has made important contributions in the field of palaeontology. He retrieved many records and artifacts from early Arctic explorers, and researched the Haughton Astrobleme.

James Till, BA'52, MA'54

Officer of the Order of Canada

James Till is known for his groundbreaking work in the 1960s, demonstrating the existence of stem cells and their capacity for self-renewal. Discoveries by Till and colleague McCulloch provided the conceptual basis for bone marrow transplants, now widely used in treating leukemia and other disorders. In the 1980s, Till's work focused on cancer therapies, quality of life and research ethics. He is a strong advocate of knowledge transfer and open access to scientific publications through the internet.

Mabel Timlin, BA'29 (d. 1976)

Member of the Order of Canada; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Mabel Timlin's first book, Keynesian Economics (1942), earned international acclaim, and she went on to publish many other works in economics. Timlin began her career as an educator, joined the U of S as a secretary in 1921, continued her education and was appointed to the faculty of Economics in 1941. She was the first female social scientist elected to Canada's Royal Society. The largest lecture theatre at the U of S is named in her honour.

Mabel Timlin, BA'29 (d. 1976)

Member of the Order of Canada; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Mabel Timlin's first book, Keynesian Economics (1942), earned international acclaim, and she went on to publish many other works in economics. Timlin began her career as an educator, joined the U of S as a secretary in 1921, continued her education and was appointed to the faculty of Economics in 1941. She was the first female social scientist elected to Canada's Royal Society. The largest lecture theatre at the U of S is named in her honour.

Guy Vanderhaeghe, BA'71, MA'75

Officer of the Order of Canada; Saskatchewan Order of Merit; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Guy Vanderhaeghe is author of four novels, two short stories and one teleplay. He is a two-time Governor General's Award winner for his collection of short stories, Man Descending and his novel, The Englishman's Boy. His novel, The Last Crossing, was a winner of the CBC's Canada Reads competition. He has also received the Timothy Findley Prize and the Harbourfront Literary Prize, both for a body of work, and is currently a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation.

Ernest Walker, BEd'71, BA'72, MA'78

Member of the Order of Canada; Saskatchewan Order of Merit

One of Canada's most renowned archaeologists and forensics experts, Ernie Walker has been active in law enforcement and is a Special Constable with the RCMP. For his work in the areas of aboriginal cultural expression and postsecondary education, he was named an Honorary Chief with Saskatchewan's First Nations. A professor in the U of S Dept. of Archaeology and Anthropology, Walker received the 3M Teaching Fellowship in 2007.

John Wedge, MD'69, BSc'73

Officer of the Order of Canada

John Wedge has forged an international reputation as a leading authority on surgical hip reconstruction in children. After completing his education, Wedge became head of the Dept. of Surgery at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. He has since held various positions in Toronto at the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto. He received the Whittaker Memorial Award in 2003 for his dedicated service to children with cerebral palsy.

Margaret Weiers, BA'49 (d. 2018)

Pioneer, feminist, social reformer, and nationalist, Margaret Weiers is best known as an articulate and principled award-winning journalist. Her career began with the Regina Leader-Post and she later held ground-breaking posts at the Toronto Star. Weiers also served a term as Foreign Service Officer with External Affairs and authored Envoys Extraordinary: Women of the Canadian Foreign Service.

Jennifer Welsh, BA'87

International relations expert Jennifer Welsh has written and spoken extensively on her alternative vision of Canada's role in the world and on foreign policy. Welsh is professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and co-director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. She also consults for the Conference Board of Canada, McKinsey and Co, the Aspen Institute and the Government of Canada.

Barrie Wigmore, BEd'62, BA'63

Barrie Wigmore oversaw corporate finance activities in electric, gas and telecommunications industries for the investment banking firm, Goldman Sachs, and handled some of the largest mergers in US history at the time. Wigmore also worked on U.S. financing for the Province of Saskatchewan for many years. He was a former director of PotashCorp of Saskatchewan, a founding trustee of the Progressive Policy Institute that helped form Bill Clinton's policies during his presidential campaign, and has authored two books on securities markets.

Steven Woods, BSc'87

Steven Woods co-founded the world's first consumer internet portal accessible entirely by voice, called Quack.com. He led his web services company, NeoEdge Networks, to become a world leader in advertising models for gaming and online entertainment companies. His influence has made doing business over the internet efficient and high quality. Woods now serves as site director for Google Waterloo.

Percy Wright, BA'29, MA'31 (d. 1989)

One of Canada's leading horticulturalists, Percy Wright is well-known for introducing the Thunderchild flowering crabapple, the Hazeldean rose, and many lily varieties. He founded the Wilkie Fruit Nursery in 1925, and later, the Carrot River Nursery. A prolific writer, he mentored a generation of gardeners through his articles in The StarPhoenix and elsewhere. Wright turned to plant breeding full-time after his retirement.