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Adkins, William Elmer

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Petroleum engineer, 1915-1985. Mr. Adkins, a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1937, was the superintendent responsible for the design and construction of the Bitumount oil sands extraction plant. In association with Born Engineering Company he built refineries throughout Western Canada, including a facility in Turner Valley, Alberta. In 1946 he was appointed superintendent of the Alberta Government Oil Sands Project, to build and operate a demonstration plant at Bitumount.

Allen, Willard Finlay

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Chemist, Administrator, 1924- . Dr. Willard Allen joined the staff of the Department of Chemistry in 1948. He served as president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, 1969-1970. In 1971 he was appointed Associate Vice-President (Academic), to assist in the office's responsibility for faculties, schools, research institutes and ancillary services, as well as the research and Student Awards offices. Dr. Allen retired in 1984.

Manning, Ernest C.

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Politician, 1908- . Ernest C. Manning is a long-time proponent of social credit and former leader of the Social Credit Party of Alberta. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly (1935- 1968) and as Premier (1943-1968). Nationally, he was a member of the Senate from 1970 to 1983. In these interviews he describes 35 years of politics and government in Alberta.

Ridley, Albert John

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Prospector, Businessman, 1879-1938. Albert John Ridley left his parents' farm in Ridgetown, Ontario after high school to join the Klondike Gold Rush. Having journeyed west, he headed north from Vancouver in September 1899, to Skagway. Following a year of travel and periods of sedentariness, he and his two companions reached Lousetown near Dawson City in July, 1900. He remained in the Klondike until the fall of 1903. After his return to Ontario, he took up various business ventures in Canada and the United States. He finally settled in Birmingham, Alabama in 1908.

Romanet, Louis Auguste

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Fur trader, Author, 1880-1964. L.A. Romanet came to Canada from France in 1903 as an employee of the fur trading company Revillon Freres. He began his career at their Ungava post in northern Quebec. In 1916 he joined the Hudson's Bay Company as an inspector; by 1923 he was sent to Edmonton to be district manager for the Athabasca and Mackenzie River Districts and general manager of the Alberta and Arctic Transportation Company. In the latter post he had charge of all the Company's river and lake paddlewheel steamboats in the north. After he left the Company in 1930 Mr. Romanet was employed at various times as an agent for North Star Oil Company, Abasand Oils Ltd (1937-1941) and as an inspector for the Northwest Service Command during World War II.

Ross, Donald Murray

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Zoologist, Marine biologist, 1914-1986. Donald M. Ross came from Cambridge University in 1961 to join the University as professor and head of the Department of Zoology. In 1964 he was named Dean of Science, a position he held until 1976. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1979. A marine biologist, his research focused on the biological behaviour of marine animals and colour changes in fish. He was instrumental in the establishment of Bamfield Marine Research Station on Vancouver Island in 1970. His films of marine animal behaviour have been shown at universities throughout the world.

Rowan, Reta Guenever Mary

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Volunteer community worker, [1895]-1983. Reta Rowan came from England to Manitoba in 1919, then to Edmonton in 1920, where her husband, William Rowan, taught at the University of Alberta. Mrs. Rowanþs interests were varied, ranging from involvement with cultural groups such as the Folk Festival Committee, to involvement with the Alberta Adult Education Society and with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. It was, however, her work with minority groups at the civic and provincial levels that claimed most of her time between 1942 and 1967. These included the Council for Canadian Unity, the Friends of the Indians Society and the Indian Association of Alberta.

Rowan, William

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Zoologist, Ornithologist, 1891-1957. Swiss-born ornithologist and naturalist William Rowan immigrated to Canada in 1919; in 1920 he became the first professor of the Department of Zoology, which he headed until his retirement in 1956. He pioneered research into avian migration patterns and studied the cyclical population fluctuations of birds and mammals through banding studies. Dr. Rowan was a strong proponent of wildlife conservation and active in fish and game associations. He was also an artist whose works were exhibited in Canada and England. His drawing of a whooping crane was selected for the design of a Canadian postage stamp.

Royce, Joseph Russell

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Psychologist, Administrator, 1921-1989. Joseph Royce joined the University in 1960 as professor and first head of the Department of Psychology. In 1967 he founded the Centre for Advanced Study in Theoretical Psychology, an interdisciplinary research institute which was the first of its kind in the world. He retired from the Centre in 1978 and from the University as Professor Emeritus in 1986. Dr. Royce published widely in numerous fields, including behavioural genetics, individuality and personality, and philosophical psychology.

Rudnytsky, Ivan L.

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Historian, 1919-1984. Ivan L. Rudnytsky was born in Vienna, completed his schooling in L'viv (then a city in Poland) and subsequently studied history, law and international relations in Germany and Czechloslovakia. After teaching at a number of American institutions, Dr. Rudnytsky came to the University of Alberta in 1971 to teach Ukrainian and east-central European history. He was one of the founders of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University.

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