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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.

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.

Schwarzkopf, Tom

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Administrator, [19þ]- . Mr. Schwarzkopf was Media Centre Manager for Universiade '83, the world student games held in Edmonton.

Smith, Douglas Elstow

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Psychologist, Administrator, 1912- . Douglas E. Smith began lecturing in psychology at the University in 1937. He left (1941- 1946) to serve in the Canadian Army as personnel officer. Appointed full professor in 1949, he chaired the Department of Philosophy and Psychology between 1952 and 1958. Dr. Smith served as Dean of Arts from 1959 to 1972, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1975.

Thomas, Lewis Gwynne

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Historian, 1914- . Lewis Gwynne Thomas joined the University in 1938 as a sessional lecturer in history. He served as secretary of the Faculty of Arts from 1946 to 1951 and in 1958 was appointed professor and head of the Department of History. He retired from the chair in 1964 and from the University as Professor Emeritus in 1974. Dr. Thomas introduced the first course in western Canadian history to the University of Alberta in 1949/50, and he shared his interest in western Canadian history through his many publications and his participation in historical associations.

Thomas, Lewis Herbert

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Lewis H. Thomas was born April 13, 1917 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with high honours in history and economics, Dr. Thomas obtained his PhD from the University of Minnesota. His thesis, The Struggle for Responsible Government in the North-West Territories, was first published by the University of Toronto Press in 1956 and confirmed his reputation as a leading figure in the developing field of Western Canadian history. Dr. Thomas was Provincial Archivist of Saskatchewan from 1948 to 1957. He joined the University of Alberta in 1964, and assumed the Chairmanship of the Department o of History the following year. He presided over a period of rapid growth in the department until illness forced him to give up his administrative duties in 1968. Dr. Thomas continued to write and teach at the University, and was Chairman of the Archives and Documents Committee from 1964 to 1976. Following his retirement in 1982 from the University of Alberta, Dr. Thomas returned to Regina to live. He was awarded the Order of Canada in October 1982, and passed away there in November 1983.

Tomlinson, Doug

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Douglas Tomlinson was born in Toronto in 1919. He moved to Montreal in 1929. He grew up in the working-class district of Verdun. The poverty he witnessed in this depression era community inspired him for a career as a social activist. After a 4-year career in the RCAF he was discharged in Winnipeg in 1945. From there he went to Edmonton where he pursued his political interests in a variety of groups including Technocracy and The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF). The many campaigns he participated in included organization for unemployment insurance, nationally funded health care, and the union movement.

Tuomi, Bill

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Activist, Politician, 1913-1982. William A. (Bill) Tuomi was born in Radway, Alberta in 1913. In 1940, Tuomi was arrested in Winnipeg and detained as an enemy alien because of his participation in the writing and publication of anti-war materials in the <em>Mid-West Clarion </em>newspaper. Though detained for nearly two years, Tuomi continued to write and organize and spearheaded a petition to pardon certain groups of enemy aliens. After his release Tuomi enlisted in the Canadian Military and served in Italy. After the war Tuomi continued his involvement with the Communist party and attempted to organize workers across Western Canada. Over the years Tuomi ran several times in both municipal and federal elections for the CCP but was never elected. Bill Tuomi passed away in 1982 and was survived by his wife Laura, son Brent, and daughters Marie (Roberge) and Laurie (Rushton).

Vassyian, Iuliian

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Author, Political activist, 1894-1953. Iuliian (Julian) Vassyian studied philosophy at Charles University and the German University in Prague and was a follower of Edmund Husserl. As a founding member of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, he coordinated its first program in 1929 and wrote articles on Ukrainian nationalist ideology during the 1930s. Two collections of his writings were published privately in the 1970s in Toronto.

Wallbridge, Jean Louise

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Architect, 1912-1979. Jean Wallbridge, Edmonton architect, graduated from the University's architecture program in 1939. With Mary Imrie, she formed a partnership in 1950 which specialized in residences and schools. The partners were also world travellers. Ms. Wallbridge's papers represent her work as a student of Professor C.S. Burgess.

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