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Freeman, David E.

  • RC0267
  • Persoon
  • 1945-2012.

David Freeman was born in Toronto in 1945 with cerebral palsy. Early on, Freeman began writing poetry and novels, aided by a modified IBM typewriter. Initial success came with two published articles, “The World of Can’t” in Maclean’s, and “How I Conquered Canada”, for the Toronto Star Weekly Magazine. He attended McMaster University from 1966-1971, graduating with a degree in Political Science. Freeman moved to Montreal in 1975, where he lived with his partner, Francine Marleau. The two travelled frequently, until her death in 2010. Following her death, Freeman’s health began to suffer from recurring bouts of pneumonia. He passed away in November 2012.;During his time at McMaster, David Freeman began writing plays. His debut, Creeps, was the first production at the new Tarragon Theatre, in 1971. It won the inaugural Chalmer’s Award for Best Canadian Play. Freeman continued to write and a number of his plays have been performed extensively in Canada and regularly in the US and Europe. Notable actors such as John Candy, David Ferry, William H. Macy, and Monique Mercure, have portrayed his characters on stage.

Ontario Council of University Libraries.

  • RC0269
  • Instelling
  • 1967-

Established in 1967, the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) was founded to facilitate collaboration and co-operation among its member institutions to create services for the direct benefits to students, faculty, and research.

Russell, Dora Winifred Black

  • RC0280
  • Persoon
  • 1894-1986

Dora Russell, educator, author and social reformer, was born in 1894 at Thornton Heath to Sir Frederick Black and his wife, Sarah, and educated at Girton College, Cambridge. She married Bertrand Russell on 27 September 1921. The couple had two children. Together they founded and ran Beacon Hill school, where their children began their educations. After her separation in 1932 followed by divorce in 1935, Dora Russell continued to operate the school.

She was active in many causes. In 1924 she founded the Workers' Birth Control Group and ran as the Labour candidate for Chelsea in the general election. She was a founding member of the National Council for Civil Liberties. She was one of organizers of the Women's Caravan of Peace in 1958. Dora Russell was also the author of several books, beginning with The Prospects for Industrial Civilization (1923), written jointly with Bertrand Russell. She published a three volume autobiography, The Tamarisk Tree (1977-1985). She died in Cornwall on 31 May 1986.

Bannerman, James

  • RC0289
  • Persoon
  • 1902-

James Bannerman is a pseudonym of John Charles Kirkpatrick McNaught, author, critic, and broadcaster. He was born on 23 March 1902 in Toronto, Ontario, and educated at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto. He also used the following pseudonyms: George Austen, Mark Carter, Peter Davidson, Robert Elliott, Pierre Lousanne, and Lajos Dohanyi Lajos.

Bannerman is probably best known for his introduction to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday radio broadcasts from the 1950s to 1970. He wrote many broadcast scripts and also contributed articles to Canadian Home Journal, Maclean's, Mademoiselle, Mayfair and other magazines.

Canniff, William

  • RC0294
  • Persoon
  • 1830-1910

William Canniff was a physician, medical educator, author, school administrator, and civil servant, born 20 June 1830 in Thurlow townships, Upper Canada.

See Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol 13, pp. 156-9 for a detailed biographical sketch.

Greenwood, John Danforth Herman

  • RC0296
  • Persoon
  • 1889-1975

John Danforth Herman Greenwood (1889-1975) was an English composer born in London and educated at the Royal College of Music in London. Most of his professional activity was as a composer, conductor and musical director for film and theatrical productions. He wrote scores for nearly fifty films. During World War I he worked on the staff of the BBC European Service as Assistant Music Supervisor.

Catlin, George Edward Gordon

  • RC0310
  • Persoon
  • 1896-1979

George Edward Gordon Catlin was born in Liverpool, England in 1896, the son of an Anglican clergyman. He had no formal schooling until the age of thirteen when he began attendance at St. Paul's school, London, and later obtained a scholarship to study history at New College, Oxford. An early volunteer during the First World War, his services were rejected until 1918. During the interim period he served in the liquor traffic department of the Central Control Board, beginning research upon the liquor question to which he was to return a decade later.

After a brief period with the army in Belgium he returned to Oxford where, during only a year and a half of study, he obtained his M.A. and won three major prizes, for one of which he wrote an essay on the political thought of Thomas Hobbes. The essay was subsequently published and it shifted Catlin's focus of study from the more traditional paths of history to a field as yet almost unexplored in Britain, that of political science. In America, however, the science of politics had already won recognition as a respectable object of academic study and it was to Cornell University in New York state that Catlin went to teach and to complete his ambitious doctoral thesis, published in 1926 as The Science and Method of Politics, to be followed in 1929 by A Study of the Principles of Politics. An Assistant Professor of Politics at Cornell by the age of 28 and subsequently twice Acting Chairman, in 1926 he was appointed Director of the National Commission (Social Research Council) to study the impact of prohibition in the United States. His conclusions were subsequently published in book form.

In 1925 Catlin wrote the first of many articles advocating the closest Anglo-American cooperation on every level, in fact organic union. Catlin's close connections with the United States did not end with his return to Britain in 1929, for he maintained a half time appointment at Cornell until 1935. The decision to finally leave the university where he had been happy and which had recognized the value of his work was precipitated by two concerns, one personal and the other professional. In the summer of 1925 Catlin had married the writer, Vera Brittain, who refused to move to Cornell on a permanent basis.

Catlin also had ambitions in the area of practical politics. Between 1928 and 1931 Catlin was attached to the personal staff of Sir Oswald Mosley, a period before Mosley had made his final break with the Labour Party. From 1929 onward Catlin attempted to win a suitable Labour Party nomination and he unsuccessfully stood for Brentford in 1931 and for Sunderland in 1935. In 1929 he assisted H.G. Wells, Arnold Bennett and other literati in establishing The Realist magazine and between 1935 and 1937 he served on the executive of the Fabian Society. During the 1930s Catlin travelled abroad extensively, journeying to Germany where he witnessed the Dimitrov trial, with its sinister foreshadowing of what Nazism was to become, to Russia for a prolonged examination of the newly established Communist regime and to Spain during the depths of the Civil War. Throughout this period Catlin wrote a large number of journalistic pieces, principally for the Yorkshire Post.

He served on the campaign team of Presidential candidate Wendell Wilkie during 1940 and his book, One Anglo-American Nation appeared in 1941. In 1931 Catlin met Gandhi for the first time in London and he became an early advocate of Indian independence, visiting the sub-continent in 1946 and again in 1947 and publishing his tribute to the assassinated leader, In the Path of Mahatma Gandhi, during 1948. He lectured in Peking in 1947, served as Provost of Mar Ivanios College in Indiana in 1953-54 and a Chairman and Bronfman Professor in the Department of Economics and Political Science at McGill University between 1956 and 1960. His autobiography, on which he had worked sporadically since the end of the First World War, was finally published in 1972 as For God's Sake, Go. George Catlin and Vera Brittain had two children: Shirley Williams, the prominent British politician, and a son, John who died in 1987. Catlin remarried in 1971, a year after Vera's death. He died in 1979 at the age of 88.

Handley-Taylor, Geoffrey

  • RC0345
  • Persoon
  • 1920-

Geoffrey Handley-Taylor was born in 1920 in Horsforth, Yorkshire, England. Known primarily for his specialist bibliographies, he compiled the standard bibliographies of Winifred Holtby, John Masefield and C. Day-Lewis, and the Authors of Today checklists of counties. Handley-Taylor was also responsible for several select national bibliographies of Monaco and Iran. He was founder-donor of the Winifred Holtby Memorial Collection, Fisk University, Nashville, 1955. He was also a member of numerous English literary societies.

Communist Party of Canada.

  • RC0354
  • Instelling
  • 1921-

The Communist Party of Canada was founded in Guelph, Ontario in June 1921 as a secret organization. It became a fully open party in 1924. In 1940 it was banned under the War Measures Act. In 1943 it re-emerged as a "new" party, the Labor-Progressive Party (LPP). The period from 1943-1945 was its most successful, with a claimed membership of 20,000. Tim Buck (1891-1973), a machinist and trade unionist, was general-secretary of the party for thirty-two years although he was forced underground during the 1940-1943 period. He also served as the national leader of the LPP.

Griffith, Gordon

  • RC0355
  • Persoon
  • 1914-2000

Gordon Griffith (1914-2000) served as the navigator of a bomber crew during World War II. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in May 1942 and was discharged in October 1945. During his service, he belonged to the 76th Squadron of the Royal Air Force. As detailed in a letter from Jack Bath (who served as a Mid Upper Gunner) to Tom Kennedy, the crew was formed in early 1944. The airfield was located in the village of Holme-on-Spaudling in Yorkshire, England. Their first aircraft was the Halifax III, which survived sixty missions. Griffith lived in Lincoln, Ontario during the later years of his life.

Millard, Charles Hibbert

  • RC0382
  • Persoon
  • 1896-1978

Charles Hibbert Millard was born in St. Thomas, Ontario when his father was working as a general repairman on the railroads. Millard became a carpenter. He served overseas during the Second World War with a battalion that was recruited from Muskoka, Ontario. After the war, he worked at General Motors in Oshawa and became involved with the United Farmers of Ontario, a newly formed political party. He later set up his own business to manufacture doors but the business failed during the Depression. He was able to regain employment at General Motors where he became active in union agitation. Eventually, after the settlement of the strike in Oshawa, he worked full-time for the Autoworkers Union.

Spenser, Ian D.

  • RC0390
  • Persoon
  • 1924-

Born in 1924, Dr. Ian Spenser received his undergraduate training from the University of Birmingham. He completed his postdoctoral work at the University of London, King's College in 1952 and went on to complete his D.Sc in organic and biochemistry at the University of London in 1969. Dr. Spenser began his academic career at McMaster as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry in the Chemistry Department in 1957. He is currently a professor emeritus in the Chemistry Department. He has served the university in numerous capacities including terms on the McMaster Board of Governors and the Senate. Dr. Spenser has received numerous honors throughout his long and distinguished career. These honors include: the FRIC (Fellowship, Royal Institute of Chemistry, 1957), the FCIC (Fellowship, Chemical Institute of Canada, 1957), the FRSC (Fellowship, Royal Society of Canada, 1980), and the FRSC (UK) (Fellowship, Royal Society of Chemistry, 1980).

Wright, Robert Percy

  • RC0394
  • Persoon
  • 1882-[19--]

Robert Percy Wright was born in Montreal on 5 October 1882. He was educated at McGill University where he excelled in athletics, graduating in medicine in 1908. He interned at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal from 1908-10 followed by a placement at the Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital in New York, 1910-1912. After a lengthy tour through Europe, Wright was appointed as a specialist in his two fields of expertise, Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology, in October 1911 at Jeffery Hale Hospital, Quebec City. He became a Vice-President of the Medical Officers Association of Quebec in 1913.

In 1904 he had joined the Canadian militia as a private and received regular promotions through the ranks. When he left for France in 1915 he was a Major with the 1st Canadian Field Ambulance, Canadian Expeditionary Force. In France he rose to the rank of Colonel, and was appointed Assistant Director Medical Services (A.D.M.S.), Canadian Army Medical Corps (C.A.M.C.), 1st Canadian Division in July 1917. Upon his return to Canada he received an appointment at the Montreal General Hospital. From 1923 to 1929 he practised at the Methodist General Hospital, Terreon, Mexico before returning to Montreal. In 1925 he married Hectorine Lafleur. He published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, was a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. His date of death is not known.

Kapitain, Evelyn Mae

  • RC0396
  • Persoon
  • [18--]-[19--]

Evelyn Mae Kapitain was the sister of Charles G. Kapitain. Charles was born 15 August 1888 in Toronto, and served with the American Expeditionary Services (AEF) for two years during World War I. The AEF was created in May 1917 as an addition to the American force in France. Charles was a member of the 303rd Engineer unit of the AEF from May 1918 until 19 June 1919. The AEF fought two notable battles in France from September to October 1918: St. Mihiel, and the Battle of Argonne. These two operations saw the Allied forces recover more than two hundred square miles of French territory from the Germans.

Taylor, John E.S.

  • RC0397
  • Persoon
  • 1886-[19--]

John Emeric Stuart Taylor was born on 13 August in 1886 in Bridgenorth, Ontario. He spent his boyhood in Ontario graduating from high school in Peterborough. With his family he then moved to Saskatchewan where taught school and got his law degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

He joined the 214th Light Horse Regiment of Saskatchewan with the rank of Lieutenant in 1916. However, he went overseas as unattached officer, and by then a married man. Once there he served as a Musketry Officer with an unnamed regiment and then as Assistant Adjutant at a Canadian Discharge Depot. While in England he was joined by his wife Elva who became pregnant with their first child. On 14 September 1917 he arrived in France, attached to a newly organized brigade of the Canadian Corps with the purpose of constructing and maintaining railways behind the lines. He saw both the battlefields of Passchendaele and Vimy Ridge. After the war ended the brigade was ordered to prepare the railways in advance of Canadian troops en route to Bonn, Germany. Taylor did not return to Canada until May 1919. He resumed his law career, practising first in Windsor and later in St. Catharines. He also spent time in Northern Ontario during the Gold Rush.

Bridges, Charles

  • RC0403
  • Persoon
  • [19--]-

Charles Bridges served with the Royal Canadian Engineers in World War II. Bridges may have been born in England; there is one photograph of him as a toddler in Bury St. Edmonds, one photograph of him as a boy and one as a young man in 1937 before he joined the military.

Anholt, Juliette Celine

  • RC0405
  • Persoon
  • 1905-

Juliette Celine Anholt was born in 1905 and lived in Amsterdam during World War II. Juliette was married to Philp van Dijk and had a daughter, Emma, in 1930. They were divorced when Emma was six. Juliette and Emma took on different identities when the Nazis invaded the Netherlands.

Michell, Humfrey

  • RC0412
  • Persoon
  • 1883-1970

Humfrey Michell, economist, was born in London, England on 21 February 1883 and educated at Queen's College, Oxford, and the University of Manitoba. From 1913-1919 he was Assistant Director of the Canadian Bankers' Association correspondence program at Queen's University. In 1919 he moved to McMaster University where he remained until 1948 as Professor of Political Economy. His major work concerned business and price cycles, stressing a statistical approach to economics. In 1937 he published Outlines of Economic History. After his retirement he moved to Lennoxville, P.Q., where he did some teaching at Bishop's. He died on 5 May 1970.

St. Mark's Church (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.)

  • RC0448
  • Instelling

St. Mark's Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake, is the oldest Anglican community in the Diocese of Niagara, established by the first resident missionary of Niagara, Rev. Robert Addison in 1792. The church, completed in 1810, was burned during the war of 1812 and rebuilt in 1816.

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