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Justice Webb and Vincent Landscape Architects Ltd., 1951-1985.

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Desmond Muirhead & Associates, the first Vancouver-based firm to specialize in landscape architecture, was formed in 1951.The firm was joined by landscape architect Clive Justice in 1953 and by artist Harry J. Webb in 1955. The firm's name was changed to Muirhead & Justice Landscape Architects, and later, after Muirhead left the company in the 1960s, to Justice & Webb Landscape Architects. John Vincent joined the company in the late 1970s, after which the company's name was changed to Justice, Webb & Vincent Landscape Architects. The company designed mainly single family gardens and landscapes until the mid-1950s, when it began gradually to include such projects as sites for swimming pools, cabanas and similar structures, municipal parks, school grounds, public buildings and streets, commercial areas and townhouses. In the mid-1960s the firm also began a long involvement in the design and development of standards for landscapes on concrete slabs over underground parking for apartment blocks and towers in Vancouver's West End, Kerrisdale and Oakridge. Some of the firm's notable projects included Park and Tilford Gardens in North Vancouver, the University of British Columbia's Botanical Gardens, the University of Saskatchewan grounds, the Van Dusen Gardens, the Workers' Compensation Board office in Richmond, and parts of Oakridge Mall. The firm was dissolved in October, 1985. Desmond Muirhead & Associates, the first Vancouver-based firm to specialize in landscape architecture, was formed in 1951.The firm was joined by landscape architect Clive Justice in 1953 and by artist Harry J. Webb in 1955. The firm's name was changed to Muirhead & Justice Landscape Architects, and later, after Muirhead left the company in the 1960s, to Justice & Webb Landscape Architects. John Vincent joined the company in the late 1970s, after which the company's name was changed to Justice, Webb & Vincent Landscape Architects. The company designed mainly single family gardens and landscapes until the mid-1950s, when it began gradually to include such projects as sites for swimming pools, cabanas and similar structures, municipal parks, school grounds, public buildings and streets, commercial areas and townhouses. In the mid-1960s the firm also began a long involvement in the design and development of standards for landscapes on concrete slabs over underground parking for apartment blocks and towers in Vancouver's West End, Kerrisdale and Oakridge. Some of the firm's notable projects included Park and Tilford Gardens in North Vancouver, the University of British Columbia's Botanical Gardens, the University of Saskatchewan grounds, the Van Dusen Gardens, the Workers' Compensation Board office in Richmond, and parts of Oakridge Mall. The firm was dissolved in October, 1985.

Makahonuk, Glen Richard, 1951-1997

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Born on 15 September 1951, Glen Richard Makahonuk was raised, educated and employed in Saskatoon. He earned a B.Comm. in 1973 specializing in industrial relations and general business. The following year he completed a B.A. in history and in 1977 convocated with a M.A. Labour history in western Canada became a lifelong passion. His thesis Labour Relations in the Saskatchewan Coal Mines during the 1930's marked the beginning of an extensive investigation into a previously neglected field of study. In 1978 he began working as the senior library assistant in the Library's Special Collections department. In addition to his notoriety as a labour historian, Makahonuk was a well known labour and social activist. His involvement with the University CUPE Local 1975 was immediate, eventually serving as serving as President, Vice-President, and the chair of several committees. As time progressed so did the scope of his union activity. He was elected CUPE Saskatchewan President, CUPE National Regional Vice President (Saskatchewan) and General Vice President (Saskatchewan and Manitoba). Makahonuk was also a familiar presence on picket lines, supporting locked-out and striking workers and protesting social program cutbacks. He balanced his work for the rank and file with his advocacy for greater union democracy with his belief in social unionism and the promotion of a greater social role for the labour movement. He had been recently re-elected Regional VP CUPE National when he was diagnosed in November of 1997 with an inoperable brain tumour. He died 10 December 1997.

Kozakew, Mike

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Mike Kozakew exhibited films in Ituna, Saskatchewan, and the surrounding area.

Pavlychenko, Thomas Karp, 1892-1958 (Professor of Agriculture and Slavic Studies; alumnus)

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Thomas Karp Pavlychenko was born in the Ukraine in 1892, and studied at the Pedagogical Institute, the College of Agriculture Kamentz-Podilskiy, and the University of Prague, Czechoslovakia, prior to coming to Canada in 1927. In 1932 he received his MA. in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. He continued his post-graduate education at the University of Nebraska, receiving his Ph.D. in 1940. From 1930-1937 he worked as a weed experimentalist for the National Research Council. In 1938 he established the first Department of Plant Ecology in Canada at the University of Saskatchewan, and served as head that department for 10 years. He was also the first professor of Ukrainian descent in Canada, and the courses in Ukrainian which he gave resulted in the establishment of the Department of Slavic Studies. Dr. Pavlychenko left the University in 1948 to accept a research position with the American Chemical Paint Company. He died on 6 August 1958 at the age of 66.

Arscott, William Hughes, 1924-2002 (alumnus, financial planner, political commentator)

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Willam Hughes Arscott was born 13 March 1924. His early education was at Westmount public school and Bedford Road Collegiate; from 1945-1948 he attended the University of Saskatchewan, earning a BComm. He served in the army from 1943-1945 and was discharged with the rank of Corporal. Arscott served on numerous organizations, including the Kinsmen Club; the YMCA board; was director at large for the Canadian Arthritic and Rheumatism Society, served as president of the University Alumni and was elected to the senate of the University in 1963. He was active in politics, first with the Progressive Conservative party and later, with the Rhinoceros party; although he was never successful in his bids for elected office. Arscott worked in the life insurance business since 1951, eventually establishing his own firm, Arscott and Associates. Arscott was well-known for his humorous observations of the Canadian and Saskatchewan political scene. He died in Saskatoon in 2002.

Forsyth, Mina Mabel, 1920-1987 (Professor of Art)

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Mina Mabel Forsyth (nee McDonald) was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, on 25 September 1920. She completed her high school by correspondence courses while working at the Bank of Montreal; and went on to take both the Associate's and the Fellows Course in banking from Queen's University. From 1942 to 1946 she worked for the British Air Commission in Washington and New York. She began taking various art workshops and courses in Gimli, Banff, Emma Lake and Saskatoon and in 1955, received her B.F.A from the University of Manitoba. In 1957 she received her M.A. in art from Michigan State University and continued her postgraduate education at the University of British Columbia, taking a course in Education. She taught at both the Regina Campus and UBC before joining the Saskatoon Campus, University of Saskatchewan, in 1966. She was appointed Full Professor in 1981 and was named Professor Emeritus upon her resignation in 1985. Mina Forsyth died in the autumn of 1987.

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