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Williams, Rupert Jabez Duncan

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Educator, [1893]-1973. Rupert Williams, deaf since the age of five, graduated from the Manitoba School for the Deaf in Winnipeg and established a successful career in the printing trade. He moved to Saskatchewan in 1927 to work as a printer and to campaign for a provincial school for the deaf similar to the one in Manitoba. When the school was finally established in Saskatoon he was offered a position which he thought would be temporary. He stayed for 30 years as chief supervisor of resident students. He served frequently on the executive of the Western Canada Association of the Deaf, as well as on the board of its journal.

Wilson, Harry Jackson

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Lawyer, Judge, Civil servant, 1896-1983. A graduate of the University in 1915 and President of the Alumni Association in 1936, Harry J. Wilson served as Deputy Attorney General of Alberta from the 1930s until 1961, when he was appointed provincial court judge, retiring in 1971. During World War I he served in France with the Tank Corps.

Wonders, William Clare

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Geographer, 1924- . William C. Wonders was the founder and first professor of the Department of Geography at the University of Alberta. He was appointed University Professor in 1983. Co- founder and first chair of the Boreal Institute for Northern Studies (now the Canadian Circumpolar Institute), his research, teaching, writing and consulting work has centred strongly on the North, native land claims, and Scandinavia, and special atlases.

Wood, Edgar Allardyce "Kerry

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Author, Naturalist, 1907- . Kerry Wood, also known as Nobby, began his writing career as a contributor to Edmonton and Red Deer newspapers. He has since produced 19 books; thousands of short stories, columns and articles; and hundreds of radio and televison programs. He has won Governor General's Awards for Juvenile Fiction for his books The Map-Maker (1955) and The Great Chief (1957) and was awarded the first Vicky Metcalf Award in 1963 for his sustained contribution to Canadian juvenile literature. He has also been recognized for his work as a naturalist, for helping to create 26 wildlife sanctuaries in Western Canada. The University of Alberta granted him an honorary doctorate of laws in 1969.

Workshop West Theatre

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Workshop West Theatre was founded in 1978 by Gerry Potter, M.F.A. (Alberta) with a three-fold mandate: to give Edmonton a chance to share in the "explosion" of Canadian theatre; to give Alberta playwrights more access to the stage; and to develop the playwriting talent in Alberta. By the mid-1980s, Workshop West was staging first productions of works. In 1986, Workshop West unofficially changed its name to Workshop West Playwright's Theatre, a name that appeared sporadically on programs and publicity for the next five years. In January 1995, Potter resigned as Artistic Director. His legacy includes four Sterling Awards for Outstanding New Play, two Governor General's Award Nominations and one Chalmer's Award. Among the important playwrights to have worked at or been produced at Workshop West during Potter's term were Frank Moher, Brad Fraser, Raymond Storey, Conni Massing and Stewart Lemoine. David Mann succeeded Potter as Artistic Director. Workshop West has operated out of several venues. In its early years, it suffered from a lack of a regular home. In 1983, it moved into the Kaasa Theatre in Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Workshop West remained in the Kaasa until the 1996-1997 season when it produced plays in three different venues. In 1997-1998, Workshop West moved out of the Kaasa completely, and produced plays at the Roxy and 3rd Space venues.

Writers' Club (University of Alberta)

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Students and staff who were interested in writing gathered "to develop their talents by mutual criticism" and "to give frequent evidence of writing activity by reading manuscripts to the Club.

Wyman, Max

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Mathematician, Administrator, 1916-1991. Dr. Max Wyman joined the University staff in 1943 as a mathematics lecturer. He became a full professor in 1956, Chair of the Department of Mathematics in 1961, Dean of Science in 1963, Vice-President (Academic) in 1964 and president of the University in 1969, which position he held until his retirement in 1974. In 1976 Dr. Wyman was appointed University Professor. Other areas of service included work on various commissions, including the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission and the Board of Review for Provincial Courts in Alberta (Kirby Commission). He also served as Chair of the Alberta Human Rights Commission, 1974-1979.

Young, Roland S.

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Chemist, Author, 1906-1988. Roland Young was born in Portage La Prairie in 1906. Upon entering university age, he entered the University of Alberta, graduating with a B.Sc. in 1928 and a M.Sc. in 1930. In 1934, Dr. Young received his doctorate from Cornell University and began working for Inco Mines in Sudbury Ontario before moving to South Africa, first to work as a chemist in the diamond belt of what is now Northern Zimbabwe before moving to Johannesburg to take up a post as head of the Diamond Research Laboratory. In 1949, after a whirlwind courtship, Dr. Young married Gladys May (maiden name unknown) and the pair remained happily married until Dr. Young's death in 1988. The Youngs returned to Canada in the early 1950s and the childless couple moved to Victoria where Young worked for the B.C. government's Ministry of Energy and Mines. In 1972, the Youngs spent a year in Amman, Jordan, where Dr. Young for the UN as a resident consultant helping to set up the first chemical analysis facility for the government. When he returned to Canada, he spent the rest of his career writing and consulting on chemical issues. A world leader in the study of cobalt, Dr. Young published numerous articles and several books on the topic including The analytical chemistry of cobalt (1966) and Chemical analysis in extractive metallurgy (1971).

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