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B.W. Currie - Portrait

Head and shoulders image of Balfour Currie, Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Physics.

Bio/Historical Note: Balfour Watson Currie, CC FRSC (1902-1981), was born in Montana and came to Saskatchewan at an early age. His parents moved to a farm homestead at Netherhill, near Kindersley. He came to the University of Saskatchewan as a student and received a Bachelor-level degree in Physics (1925) and a Master-level degree in Physics (1927). His Ph.D. program at McGill University was completed in 1930. He was a staff member of the Department of Physics at the University of Saskatchewan (1928-1981), was Professor of Physics (1943-1970), Head of the Department (1952-1961), founder of the Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies (1956-1966), Dean of Graduate Studies (1959-1970) and Vice-president, Research (1967-1974). Early in his career, he spent two years in the Canadian Arctic. Currie and Frank Davies worked together at Chesterfield Inlet during the Second International Polar Year (1932-1933). An online archive of Currie's work on 2nd IPY studies of the Polar Year data continued under his direction at the University of Saskatchewan after World War II. Upon his retirement as Vice-president, he was appointed by the President of the University to be Special Advisor in Research Matters (1974-1978). Later in 1974, he became Canadian Coordinator of the International Magnetospheric Study, and gave it his fullest attention until its completion at the end of 1979. During this period, he also pursued an earlier research interest in the possible influence of solar activity on prairie weather and rainfall. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to his fields of study, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Meteorology Society of Great Britain in 1940, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1947. In 1967, he received the Patterson Medal from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. In 1972, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada "for his services to science and education especially in the fields of meteorology and climatology". He was awarded an Honourary Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1975. Currie died in Saskatoon in 1981.

Pierre Trudeau

Close up of Pierre Trudeau speaking at a Liberal rally [in Saskatoon] for Otto Lang.

Bio/Historical Note: Otto Emil Lang, PC OC QC, was born 14 May 1932 in Handel, Saskatchewan. In 1961, he was appointed Dean of Law at the University of Saskatchewan, the youngest person to be appointed to that position, and served until 1969. A Rhodes Scholar, Lang holds a B.A. and an LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan, a B.C.L from Oxford University (Exeter College) and an LL.D. from the University of Manitoba. He played for the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club, winning two Blues. Lang was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1968 election, and was re-elected in the 1972 and 1974 elections as the Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Humboldt. He served as Minister without Portfolio (1968-1970), Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board (1969–79), Acting Minister of Mines, Energy and Resources (1969),.Minister of Manpower and Immigration (1970-1972), Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1972-1975), Minister of Transport (1975-1979), Acting Minister of Communications (1975), Acting Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1978), and Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1978). He was defeated in the 1979 federal election by Robert Ogle of the New Democratic Party. Following his career in politics, Lang served as the Executive Vice-President of Pioneer Grain Co. Ltd., Chairman of the Transport Institute at the University of Manitoba and as President, CEO of Centra Gas Manitoba Inc. He is currently retired, but serves as a director of several companies, including Investor's Group and the Winnipeg Airport Authority. In 2005-2006 Lang served as the co-chair of the federal Liberal election campaign for Manitoba. In 1999, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Lang was awarded an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Saskatchewan in 2013.

Blaine Holmlund - Portrait

Head and shoulders image of Blaine Holmlund, Professor Emeritus of Planning and Development; outdoors image likely taken at the time of the awarding of an Honourary Degree by the University of Saskatchewan.

Bio/Historical Note: Image appeared in 16 Oct. 1998 issue of OCN.

Faculty - Retirement Banquet - Presentations

Professor L.C. Coleman makes presentation to Dr. B.W. Currie.

Bio/Historical Note: Balfour Watson Currie, CC FRSC (1902-1981), was born in Montana and came to Saskatchewan at an early age. His parents moved to a farm homestead at Netherhill, near Kindersley. He came to the University of Saskatchewan as a student and received a Bachelor-level degree in Physics (1925) and a Master-level degree in Physics (1927). His Ph.D. program at McGill University was completed in 1930. He was a staff member of the Department of Physics at the University of Saskatchewan (1928-1981), was Professor of Physics (1943-1970), Head of the Department (1952-1961), founder of the Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies (1956-1966), Dean of Graduate Studies (1959-1970) and Vice-president, Research (1967-1974). Early in his career, he spent two years in the Canadian Arctic. Currie and Frank Davies worked together at Chesterfield Inlet during the Second International Polar Year (1932-1933). An online archive of Currie's work on 2nd IPY studies of the Polar Year data continued under his direction at the University of Saskatchewan after World War II. Upon his retirement as Vice-president in 1970, he was appointed by the President of the University to be Special Advisor in Research Matters (1974-1978). Later in 1974, he became Canadian Coordinator of the International Magnetospheric Study, and gave it his fullest attention until its completion at the end of 1979. During this period, he also pursued an earlier research interest in the possible influence of solar activity on prairie weather and rainfall. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to his fields of study, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Meteorology Society of Great Britain in 1940, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1947. In 1967, he received the Patterson Medal from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. In 1972, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada "for his services to science and education especially in the fields of meteorology and climatology". He was awarded an Honourary Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1975. Currie died in Saskatoon in 1981.

Richard Burke fonds

  • SCM-RG-0016
  • Archief
  • 29 Oct. 2003

The fonds, related to the 16th/22nd Saskatchewan Horse and William W. Cooper, were accumulated by the source.

The following is a basic listing of the unprocessed contents:

A.2003.10 (William W. Cooper)

Folder #1:
address book of customers, ca. 1967;
shares of the WW Cooper store, issued to W.W. Cooper, 1927;
Cooper's Store News issues: March & April 1924; September & October 1924; Christmas 1924 (2 copies); January 1925; February 1925 (3 copies); March 1925; June 1925; July 1925; October 1925; January 1926; February 1926; Summer 1933; Christmas 1948 (3 copies);
Cooper's Anniversary News, June 1933 (6 copies);
"The North West Mounted Police - The Winning of the West" (5 pages)

Folder #2 (documents pertaining to W.W. Cooper's visit to Russia in 1931):
poster for a talk on Russia given by WW Cooper;
booklet, "Intimate Impressions of Russia Discussed in a Lecture by W.W. Cooper" (6 copies);
notes for a speech on Russia;
newspaper clippings re: Russia, communism;
correspondence re: First United Church's 60th Anniversary in 1972, along with ribbon, list of congregation members and photo #1: members of the First United Church congregation in the church, 1972;
City of Swift Current tax notice, 1935;
speech from Mrs. W.W. Cooper to the Women's Missionary Society of the Metropolitan Church, upon her birthday, 1923;
employee newsletter, "The Cooperator", November 1948;
letters from W.W. Cooper's grandsons (Alfred Cooper's sons) Bill and Peter, 1962;
correspondence with W.A. Bingham re: oil burners, 1929

Folder #3:
Honorary Address to Mr. W.W. Cooper from the staff on the occasion of the store's 40th Birthday, June 4 1943" (signed by all staff members)

Folder #4 (newspapers):
Cooper's Anniversary News, June 1933;
excerpt from The Sun, February 4,1953 (article on the purchase of the W.W. Cooper store by Pioneer Co-Op);
The Sun, October 27,1948 (article on the death of William Wesley Cooper)

Envelope #1:
essay by Phoebe Matthie, "The W.W. Cooper Memorial Scholarship Committee";
grades for Phoebe Matthie from the University of Saskatchewan, 1952;
photos #2 - #7, re: Phoebe Matthie's photographs from the University of Saskatchewan

Envelope #2:
personal correspondence addressed to Gordon Cooper, the son of W.W. Cooper, 1933 to 1962, including a marriage announcement for Gordon and Dorothy Wilkins, 1933;
postcards from their daughter Colleen in 1962;
various letters from friends and relatives;
photographs #8 - #10: unidentified individuals at an outdoor reception, perhaps a wedding; #11: two unidentified women sitting on a couch; #12 - #15: a family at Easter in 1983, Robert, Audrey (mother and father), Carissa Dawn and Christopher Robert (daughter and son) and an older women referred to as "myself"; #16: a family in Christmas of 1982, Robert, "myself", Donald and Gerald; #17 - #19: unidentified individuals; #20: W.W. (William Wesley) Cooper taken October 1923; Programs for the 5th annual and the 11th annual W.W. Cooper Co. banquet

Envelope #3:
handwritten document about trip to Hudson's Bay and Churchill, Manitoba, August 6 - 11 1947 (author unknown, likely W.W. Cooper, 10 pages);
"Canadian National Railways (Western Region) Passenger Traffic Department North of 54" (20 pages);
photos #21 - #64, photos and postcards from northern communities ( e.g. Flin Flon and Churchill, Manitoba), including people, sled dogs and seal hunting;
brochure for a CPR holiday that involves travel from Regina, Saskatchewan to Churchill, Manitoba and back to Regina;
newsletter: "Eskimo" from Churchill, MB, June 1947, published by the Oblate Fathers of the Hudson Bay Vicariate

Volume #1: "Bylaws of Unity Chapter No. 10" Royal Arch Masons
Volume #2: "Constitution of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan", 1929
Volume #3: "Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan"
Volume #4: "Constitution and By-Laws" for SC Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows
Volume #5: "Swift Current Lodge No. 26 Bylaws", Masons
Volume #6: Financial statement, W.W. Cooper Store, "Report on Accounts For the year ended January 31 1935"
Volume #7: Cooper Store News, 1919 - 1931
Volume #8: Cooper Store News, 1932 - 1952

A.2003.11 (16th/22nd Saskatchewan Horse)

  • Order papers for 7th Calvary Brigade, Dundurn;1938
  • Court Inquiry, Capt. Cooper
  • Order papers (camp daily orders), Dundurn; July 1939
  • Order papers (camp daily orders), Dundurn; July 1940
  • Administration instructions, Dundurn;1939
  • Tactical Exercises, Dundurn;1939
  • Standing orders, Dundurn;1939
  • Memo on judging efficiency
  • Photographs and correspondence

Paul Rezansoff fonds

  • SCM-RG-0017
  • Archief
  • 25 August 2001

The fonds, related to the Swift Current Arts And Heritage Committee, Hoffman James Powley, Swift Current Community Arts Council, Swift Current Overture Concert Association, Swift Current Tourism Committee, and the Horseshoe Tourism Region, were accumulated by the source.

B.W. Currie - Portrait

Head and shoulders image of B.W. Currie, Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Physics.

Bio/Historical Note: Balfour Watson Currie, CC FRSC (1902-1981), was born in Montana and came to Saskatchewan at an early age. His parents moved to a farm homestead at Netherhill, near Kindersley. He came to the University of Saskatchewan as a student and received a Bachelor-level degree in Physics (1925) and a Master-level degree in Physics (1927). His Ph.D. program at McGill University was completed in 1930. He was a staff member of the Department of Physics at the University of Saskatchewan (1928-1981), was Professor of Physics (1943-1970), Head of the Department (1952-1961), founder of the Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies (1956-1966), Dean of Graduate Studies (1959-1970) and Vice-president, Research (1967-1974).
Early in his career, he spent two years in the Canadian Arctic. Currie and Frank Davies worked together at Chesterfield Inlet during the Second International Polar Year (1932-1933). An online archive of Currie's work on 2nd IPY studies of the Polar Year data continued under his direction at the University of Saskatchewan after World War II.
Upon his retirement as Vice-president, he was appointed by the President of the University to be Special Advisor in Research Matters (1974-1978). Later in 1974, he became Canadian Coordinator of the International Magnetospheric Study, and gave it his fullest attention until its completion at the end of 1979. During this period, he also pursued an earlier research interest in the possible influence of solar activity on prairie weather and rainfall. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to his fields of study, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Meteorology Society of Great Britain in 1940, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1947. In 1967, he received the Patterson Medal from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. In 1972, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada "for his services to science and education especially in the fields of meteorology and climatology". He was awarded an Honourary Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1975. Currie died in Saskatoon in 1981.

B.W. Currie - Portrait

Head and shoulders image of B.W. Currie, Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Physics.

Bio/Historical Note: Balfour Watson Currie, CC FRSC (1902-1981), was born in Montana and came to Saskatchewan at an early age. His parents moved to a farm homestead at Netherhill, near Kindersley. He came to the University of Saskatchewan as a student and received a Bachelor-level degree in Physics (1925) and a Master-level degree in Physics (1927). His Ph.D. program at McGill University was completed in 1930. He was a staff member of the Department of Physics at the University of Saskatchewan (1928-1981), was Professor of Physics (1943-1970), Head of the Department (1952-1961), founder of the Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies (1956-1966), Dean of Graduate Studies (1959-1970) and Vice-president, Research (1967-1974). Early in his career, he spent two years in the Canadian Arctic. Currie and Frank Davies worked together at Chesterfield Inlet during the Second International Polar Year (1932-1933). An online archive of Currie's work on 2nd IPY studies of the Polar Year data continued under his direction at the University of Saskatchewan after World War II. Upon his retirement as Vice-president, he was appointed by the President of the University to be Special Advisor in Research Matters (1974-1978). Later in 1974, he became Canadian Coordinator of the International Magnetospheric Study, and gave it his fullest attention until its completion at the end of 1979. During this period, he also pursued an earlier research interest in the possible influence of solar activity on prairie weather and rainfall. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to his fields of study, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Meteorology Society of Great Britain in 1940, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1947. In 1967, he received the Patterson Medal from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. In 1972, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada "for his services to science and education especially in the fields of meteorology and climatology". He was awarded an Honourary Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1975. Currie died in Saskatoon in 1981.

Honourary Degrees - Presentation - B.W. Currie

J.G. Diefenbaker, University Chancellor, is congratulating B.W. Currie after awarding of an Honourary Degree at the 1975 spring convocation held at Centennial Auditorium.

Bio/Historical Note: Balfour Watson Currie, CC FRSC (1902-1981), was born in Montana and came to Saskatchewan at an early age. His parents moved to a farm homestead at Netherhill, near Kindersley. He came to the University of Saskatchewan as a student and received a Bachelor-level degree in Physics (1925) and a Master-level degree in Physics (1927). His Ph.D. program at McGill University was completed in 1930. He was a staff member of the Department of Physics at the University of Saskatchewan (1928-1981), was Professor of Physics (1943-1970), Head of the Department (1952-1961), founder of the Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies (1956-1966), Dean of Graduate Studies (1959-1970) and Vice-president, Research (1967-1974). Early in his career, he spent two years in the Canadian Arctic. Currie and Frank Davies worked together at Chesterfield Inlet during the Second International Polar Year (1932-1933). An online archive of Currie's work on 2nd IPY studies of the Polar Year data continued under his direction at the University of Saskatchewan after World War II. Upon his retirement as Vice-president, he was appointed by the President of the University to be Special Advisor in Research Matters (1974-1978). Later in 1974, he became Canadian Coordinator of the International Magnetospheric Study, and gave it his fullest attention until its completion at the end of 1979. During this period, he also pursued an earlier research interest in the possible influence of solar activity on prairie weather and rainfall. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to his fields of study, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Meteorology Society of Great Britain in 1940, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1947. In 1967, he received the Patterson Medal from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. In 1972, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada "for his services to science and education especially in the fields of meteorology and climatology". He was awarded an Honourary Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1975. Currie died in Saskatoon in 1981.

Honorary Degrees - Presentation - B.W. Currie

J.G. Diefenbaker, University Chancellor, is making the presentation of Doctor of Laws degree to B.W. Currie at the 1975 spring convocation at the Centennial Auditorium.

Bio/Historical Note: Balfour Watson Currie, CC FRSC (1902-1981), was born in Montana and came to Saskatchewan at an early age. His parents moved to a farm homestead at Netherhill, near Kindersley. He came to the University of Saskatchewan as a student and received a Bachelor-level degree in Physics (1925) and a Master-level degree in Physics (1927). His Ph.D. program at McGill University was completed in 1930. He was a staff member of the Department of Physics at the University of Saskatchewan (1928-1981), was Professor of Physics (1943-1970), Head of the Department (1952-1961), founder of the Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies (1956-1966), Dean of Graduate Studies (1959-1970) and Vice-president, Research (1967-1974). Early in his career, he spent two years in the Canadian Arctic. Currie and Frank Davies worked together at Chesterfield Inlet during the Second International Polar Year (1932-1933). An online archive of Currie's work on 2nd IPY studies of the Polar Year data continued under his direction at the University of Saskatchewan after World War II. Upon his retirement as Vice-president, he was appointed by the President of the University to be Special Advisor in Research Matters (1974-1978). Later in 1974, he became Canadian Coordinator of the International Magnetospheric Study, and gave it his fullest attention until its completion at the end of 1979. During this period, he also pursued an earlier research interest in the possible influence of solar activity on prairie weather and rainfall. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to his fields of study, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Meteorology Society of Great Britain in 1940, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1947. In 1967, he received the Patterson Medal from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. In 1972, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada "for his services to science and education especially in the fields of meteorology and climatology". He was awarded an Honourary Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1975. Currie died in Saskatoon in 1981.

Canadian Association of Physicists Award - B.W. Currie

Front and back view of the Canadian Association of Physicists medal presented to B.W. Currie.

Bio/Historical Note: Balfour Watson Currie, CC FRSC (1902-1981), was born in Montana and came to Saskatchewan at an early age. His parents moved to a farm homestead at Netherhill, near Kindersley. He came to the University of Saskatchewan as a student and received a Bachelor-level degree in Physics (1925) and a Master-level degree in Physics (1927). His Ph.D. program at McGill University was completed in 1930. He was a staff member of the Department of Physics at the University of Saskatchewan (1928-1981), was Professor of Physics (1943-1970), Head of the Department (1952-1961), founder of the Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies (1956-1966), Dean of Graduate Studies (1959-1970) and Vice-president, Research (1967-1974). Early in his career, he spent two years in the Canadian Arctic. Currie and Frank Davies worked together at Chesterfield Inlet during the Second International Polar Year (1932-1933). An online archive of Currie's work on 2nd IPY studies of the Polar Year data continued under his direction at the University of Saskatchewan after World War II. Upon his retirement as Vice-president, he was appointed by the President of the University to be Special Advisor in Research Matters (1974-1978). Later in 1974, he became Canadian Coordinator of the International Magnetospheric Study, and gave it his fullest attention until its completion at the end of 1979. During this period, he also pursued an earlier research interest in the possible influence of solar activity on prairie weather and rainfall. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to his fields of study, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Meteorology Society of Great Britain in 1940, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1947. In 1967, he received the Patterson Medal from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. In 1972, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada "for his services to science and education especially in the fields of meteorology and climatology". He was awarded an Honourary Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1975. Currie died in Saskatoon in 1981.

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