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University of Saskatchewan, University Archives & Special Collections

Zepp, Norman

  • Person

Norman Zepp was raised on a farm near Yorkton, Saskatchewan, and earned his BA from the University of Saskatchewan. While at university, Zepp met his partner Judith Varga; and he bought his first piece of Inuit art. Zepp switched his major from Education to Art History; and went on to earn an MA in Art History from Carleton University, under the supervision of George Swinton, who remained a lifelong friend of Zepp and Varga. After earning his graduate degree, Zepp was curator of exhibitions at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina, and director of the Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre and Centre for Indian Art. In 1988, he was appointed curator of Inuit art for the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), where he remained until 1994. During that time, Zepp was instrumental in building the AGO Inuit collection, including helping to facilitate several major donations, including the Williamson and the Sarick collections. Following the AGO, Zepp worked in Vancouver prior to returning to Saskatoon. He remains one of Canada’s foremost experts on Inuit art.

Yochim, Raymond

  • SCN00279
  • Person
  • 1935-2016

Raymond Pius George Yochim was born on August 17, 1935, and died July 25, 2016. He was married sixty years to wife Irene, and had three sons. He was, for much of his career, a travelling salesman, and his collecting was partially a result of his ongoing travels as well as his multitude of interests. Ray was a member of the Air Force Club, Royal Canadian Legion, Army Navy & Air Force Veterans, and Knights of Columbus. He was an avid collector of coins and stamps, books and ephemera.

Yacowar, Maurice

  • Person

Maurice Yacowar earned a BA in English from the University of Alberta, Calgary campus, in 1962, an MA from the University of Alberta, and PhD at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham in 1968. He taught at Brock University, where he helped establish Canada’s first Film Studies degree program. He had an administrative position with the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, and returned to the University of Calgary in 1995 as a professor of English. Upon his retirement, he was named Professor Emeritus. Yacowar was an avid art collector and has donated some of his collection to the University of Saskatchewan.

Worcester, Wolsey Garnet

  • Person
  • 1876-1972

Wolsey G. Worcester was born on October 9, 1876 in Oberlin, Ohio. He entered Ohio State University in 1895. After taking time from his studies to serve in the Spanish American War in 1898, he received his degree in Ceramic Engineering in 1899. He worked throughout the United States, designing and supervising construction on three of the largest tile plants in that country between 1902 and 1906; he also designed a plant in Calgary, Alberta in 1912. Later, at the request of the Canadian government, he took part in the development of the western oil fields and moved to Canada permanently in 1919. He joined the University of Saskatchewan in 1921 and established Canada's first Department of Ceramic Engineering. He served as Head of the Department until his retirement in 1946, when he was named Professor Emeritus. One of his most valuable contributions while at the University was helping to develop Canada's refractory mineral resources. Professor Worcester died in 1972 on his 96th birthday.

Woolsey, Leonard Rutledge

  • Person
  • 1922-2008

Leonard Rutledge Woolsey was born in Penzance, Saskatchewan in 1922 to Hulbert and Barbara Woolsey. Leonard Woolsey served in the Navy during World War Two and was a member of the crew of the HMCS Athabaskan, which was disabled by a German air attack in August 1943. He also served at sea on the HMCS Chaudiere. He received a commission, ending the war attached to the Royal Navy as a Fleet Air Arm Fighter Controller. After the war, Woolsey attended the University of Saskatchewan where he graduated from Mechanical Engineering in 1949. He worked as a senior executive with Gulf Oil. Leonard Woolsey died in 2008.

Woolsey, Barbara (Mitchell)

  • Person
  • 1898-1981

Barbara (Mitchell) Woolsey was born in 1898. Barbara immigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1906. She married Hulbert Woolsey in 1915 and together they farmed at Penzance, Saskatchewan. Barbara and Hulbert had two daughters and ten sons. Barbara was an active member of the United Church and the Ladies Auxliary to the Legion. Her husband died in 1968. She moved to Regina in 1971 to enter a nursing home. She died in 1981.

Woodsworth, Harold Nelson

  • Person

Harold Nelson Woodsworth served as an Indian Agent at a number of agencies in Saskatchewan.

Woods, R.J, 1928- (Professor of Chemistry)

  • SCN00098
  • Person
  • 1928-

R.J. Woods was born in London, England in 1928 and by 1951 had earned a B.Sc. Honours (1949) and a Ph.D. (1951) from Imperial College, University of London. From 1951-1953, Woods worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Prairie Regional Laboratory of the National Research Council in Saskatoon. He spend the following year at the University of New Zealand before accepting his first appointment at the U of S was in 1955 as a Research Associate in Chemistry. Dr. Woods advanced through the ranks obtaining the rank of Full Professor.

Woods, Mervyn J.

  • Person
  • 1909-1995

Mervyn Woods was born in Regina in 1909 and received his early education in Regina, Kincaid, and Moose Jaw. He attended Teachers College, graduating in 1929; and graduated from the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan in 1937. During World War II he served with the Royal Canadian Navy, becoming a Lieutenant Commander and winning the Order of the British Empire. Woods started practicing law in 1945 and in 1946, joined the faculty of the University of Saskatchewan. He earned a Master of Laws degree from New York University in 1959. In 1961 he was appointed to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.

Wittlin, Marie-Louise

  • Person

Marie-Louise Wittlin, a native of Switzerland, attended the Seminar Bernarda, Menzingen, where she obtained a Teaching Degree in Home Economics in 1963, specializing in fashion design, art and costume history, and tailoring. For the next three years, she taught courses in dressmaking, tailoring, and textiles at the School of Home Economics, Sissach, Switzerland. In 1968, Wittlin moved to Saskatoon. It was not until 1975 that she combined her skill with fabric and design with her love of the theatre. In that year, she designed the costumes for University of Saskatchewan French Department's production of "Le Tartuffe." That first production opened up a new direction in Wittlin's life. She was to go on to design and create costumes for several amateur and professional theater groups including Gateway Players, 25th Street House, Greystone Theatre, Magnus Theatre, Persephone Theatre, The Riverbank Opera Company, Theatre Rosthern, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, and Unitheatre. In 1979, she enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan's Department of Drama and graduated in 1984 with Great Distinction. From 1983 until 1994, Wittlin was the Head of Wardrobe, Resident Costume Designer with Saskatoon's Persephone Theatre. She joined the faculty of the Department of Drama at the U of S in 1994.

Wilson, Doug

  • Person
  • 1950-1992

Douglas Wilson was born in 1950 in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. He received his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan, with majors in Art and History. He taught public school in Makwa, Saskatchewan, in 1969-1970 and 1973-1974. He did post-graduate work in Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan between 1974 and 1976. During this period, he worked as a sessional lecturer and supervisor of practice teaching for the College of Education.

While living in Saskatoon during the early 1970s, Wilson was actively and visibly involved in the gay liberation movement. He was instrumental in the organization and administration of groups such as the Zodiac Friendship Society (later the Gay Community Centre of Saskatoon) and the Saskatchewan Gay Coalition. The latter organization fought for the human rights of homosexuals in the province, and in the late 1970s, Wilson was the group's leading activist.

On September 22, 1975, Dean J. Kirkpatrick of the College of Education suspended Wilson's work as a supervisor of practice teaching in public schools, on the grounds of Wilson's open admission of his homosexuality and his public involvement in the gay liberation movement. A Committee to Defend Doug Wilson was formed to fight the university's action, and Wilson placed a formal complaint with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. The inquiry was never held, as the Court of Queen's Bench ruled that sexuality was not covered by The Fair Employment Practices Act.

In 1978, Wilson became the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Association on Human Rights, a position which he held until 1983. In 1983, he and his partner Peter McGehee moved to Toronto, Ontario where he worked for the Toronto Board of Education's Race Relations office. Wilson became the first openly gay candidate to run in a federal election, when he ran unsuccessfully as the NDP candidate for Rosedale in the 1988 election.

Wilson died in Toronto in 1992.

Wilson, Betty

  • SCN00161
  • Person
  • 1928-2012

Betty Clare Bray was born in 1928 in Saskatoon and attended Wilson and King Edward Elementary schools and City Park Collegiate. She obtained her B.A. at the University of Saskatchewan. Later, in her fifties, she earned a BSW at the same institution. Bray competed on the track and field team for three seasons as a sprinter, highlighted by the U of S winning the Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Association title in 1947. Bray was also on the tennis team for three years, capturing the doubles tournament in 1946-47 and winning the Hudson Bay Trophy in 1948-49. Bray played guard on the basketball team for two seasons. In addition to competing in sports, she served on the Women's Athletic Board. Bray was inducted into the U of S Athletic Wall of Fame for basketball, tennis and track. She was inducted as a team member, also for basketball, in the Saskatchewan Sports Halls of Fame. Bray died in 2012 in Saskatoon.

Williams, David Colwyn

  • Person
  • 1916-1971

David Colwyn Williams was born in Swansea, South Wales, in 1916. He received a BA (1938) from the University of Wales and both another BA and an LL.B. (1940) from Cambridge. During World War Two, Williams served with the South Wales Borderers in India, the Middle East, and Leros, where he was taken prisoner by German forces in 1943. At the end of the war, he returned to Cambridge for one year as a law supervisor, then accepted the post of Lecturer in Law at Queen's University, Belfast. While on leave in 1958, Williams earned an LL.M from the University of California, Berkeley. He accepted a position as Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in 1961, was promoted to Professor in 1964, and in 1969 was named Assistant Dean of the College of Law. Williams was the author of a number of publications, notably in the fields of Public and Private International Law and Legal History. He also served with various organizations, including the United Nations Association, Canadian Institute of International Affairs, and the Advisory Group to the Minister of External Affairs. Colwyn Williams died suddenly at his Saskatoon home on December 26, 1971.

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