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Margaret Emily Merrill, daughter of Martin Merrill and Elsie Willard, was born in 1927. During her professional life, Margaret worked as travelling laboratory technician for the Sherbrooke Hospital. She died on 21 January 2010 and was interred in Malvern Cemetery.
Dr. Robert Paulette was born in Sherbrooke in 1930. He graduated from Sherbrooke High School and was awarded a McConnell Scholarship to study at McGill, where he obtained and B.Sc. degree and an M.D. He then proceeded to United States after a year's internship in Montréal to pursue postgraduate studies in general and thoracic surgery. In New York he studied at the NYU Bellevue Medical Center as well as at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Centre. In 1961, he joined the staff at Sherbrooke Hospital, where he became Chief of Surgery.
Dr. Paulette's interest in photography goes back as far as his teenage years, when he was given the gift of a camera from a solider after World War II. He died on March 21, 2020 after a short battle with cancer in Calgary, Alberta.
Sources: Excerpted from Dr. Paulette Resumé by Galerie Robert Senneville
"Obituary: Robert Edwin Paulette," McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, accessed April 29, 2020, https://mhfh.com/tribute/details/30482/Robert-PAULETTE/obituary.html.
Arthur John Motyer was born December 15, 1925 in Hamilton, Bermuda. He attended Saltus Grammar School and later Mount Allison University (1942-1945). A Rhodes Scholarship took him to Oxford for further studies in English, after which he returned to Canada where he taught English and Drama at the University of Manitoba (1948-50) and Bishop’s University (1950-70). Arthur Motyer married Janet Speid in 1955 and they had two children; Dr. Michael Motyer and Gillian Allen (Motyer). While at Bishop’s University, he led the development and realization of the Centennial Theatre, giving Bishop’s the finest university theatrical facilities in Canada at the time. Returning to Sackville in 1970 as Purvis Professor of English and Associate Dean of Faculty, he immersed himself in the cultural life of campus and community. In addition to taking on the roles of Dean of Arts and Vice-President Academic, he served for many years as Chair of the Performing Arts Committee and of the classical concert touring organization Debut Atlantic, founded Windsor Theatre and the Mount Allison Drama Program, and was mentor and founding chair of Live Bait Theatre. In his retirement, he wrote two distinguished books, the novel What’s Remembered and a memoir, The Staircase Letters.Arthur Motyer died on June 23, 2011 in Sackville, New Brunswick. In September 2011, Arthur was posthumously awarded the Bermuda Arts Council 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Catherine Wark, daughther of James Wark (1897-1969) and Florence Bryant (1901-1993), was born in Sherbrooke in 1929. During her childhood, she pursued music and performance but in adulthood Catherine moved away from her interests in the arts in favour of a career at Bishop’s University as a secretary. Catherine occupied her post from 1955 until her retirement in 1992 and over the course of her career, left a positive impression on her coworkers and faculty. Upon her retirement, the Bishop’s University Staff Newsletter ran an article praising Catherine for her contributions to the University. Catherine died in Sherbrooke in 2009.
Barbara Wark, daughther of James Wark (1897-1969) and Florence Bryant (1901-1993), was born in Sherbrooke in 1930. Barbara continued to pursue her passion for the arts following her graduation from Bishop’s University in 1950. She briefly attended the Sherbrooke school of ballet before, in 1952, applying to and being accepted by the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Her artistic pursuits in New York City led her to remain involved in local theatre spheres upon her graduation and was part of plays presented at The Piggery Theatre and at St. Peter’s Anglican Young People’s Association. By the late 1950s Barbara had shifted her focus from her artistic pursuits towards her career. Barbara worked as a reporter with the Sherbrooke Daily Record and the Toronto Telegram. Barbara was later married in 1970 to Martin Larry Drexel, this marriage would bring her to resettle in Camrose Alberta, where she would stay until Drexel’s death in 1999.1 Following her husband’s death, Barbara returned to Sherbrooke where she lived with her sister Catherine. It was during this time that Barbara cemented her legacy as a community member, picking up where her mother had left off as the organist for the Church of the Advent.2 Moreover, Barbara played an active roll in community outreach programs through her involvement with the Mental Health Estrie, an organization dedicated to providing mental health services and support in English in the greater Sherbrooke area.
Florence Byrant, daugher of John Henry Bryant (-1934) and Ida Wearne (d. 1924), was born in October 1901 in Sherbrooke. During her lifetime, Florence served as the organist for the Church of the Advent and was active in other artistic groups within the community.1 On 1 October 1927, Florence married James Wark (1897-1969). It may well be their shared appreciation for the arts that brought James and Florence together. The couple had two daughters, Catherine (1929-2009) and Barbara (b. 1930) who each pursued interests in the arts, focused around the theatre, dance, and music. Florence Wark died in Sherbrooke in 1993.
James Howard Wark was born in Sherbrooke on 1 August 1897 to John G. Wark (1855-1925) and Catherine Fraser (1857-1938). During his youth, Jim, as he was known colloquially, was involved with the Boy Scouts-Church of the Advent group. Moreover, during his early adolescence, Jim received his confirmation from the Church of the Advent on December 4th, 1911.
As a young man, Jim served for a brief period with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War I. He enlisted with 1st Depot Battalion, 1st Quebec Regiment in May 1918 at an enlistment office in Montreal and was quickly on his way to England, arriving in mid-July. At the time of his enlistment, Jim listed his marital status as single and his occupation as a chauffeur.1 Upon arrival in England, Jim was placed in a segregated camp for CEF recruits as part of a quarantine set up in response to the Spanish flu. This quarantine lasted 28 days and, along with other precautions taken in response to influenza, drastically lengthened the training period for Canadian recruits. As a result, he would complete his training as the war was drawing to an end and would not reach continental Europe during his time overseas. Jim was discharged from his duties in Montreal, demobilization is the reason given for his discharge.
Among the memorabilia Jim collected during his time overseas are numerous theatre programmes. These artifacts provide important insight into his interests as well as his daily activities while stationed in England. The programmes, originating from The Palladium, the Adelphi Theatre, the London Hippodrome, the Lyceum Theatre, and the Picture House in Birmingham, reveal a young man who was passionately interested in the arts.
Following his return home, Jim took up a job as the district sales manager for Sherbrooke for the British American Oil Company. He remained at this post for over two decades and followed up this career with employment at the J.S. Mitchell and Co. Ltd.2 Upon his return to Sherbrooke, Jim picked up where he had left off being an active member of his community. He continued his service with the Boy Scouts while also being an active member of the Sherbrooke Rotary club and president of the Sherbrooke Snow Shoe Club, among other community organizations.
On 1 October 1927, James married Florence Bryant (1901-1993), of the J.H. Bryant bottling company family. It may well be this shared appreciation for the arts that brought James and Florence together. The couple had two daughters, Catherine (1929-2009) and Barbara (b. 1930) who each pursued interests in the arts, focused around the theatre, dance, and music.
Jim Wark died 24 August 1969 at his home in Sherbrooke and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Janet Motyer was born Janet Marian Speid in Lennoxville, Québec. She studied with Canadian artists Arthur Lismer (1885-1969) and Fred Ross (1927-2014) and at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, at the Abbott School in Washington, D.C., the Beaux-Arts in Sherbrooke.
Source: Pamphlet of "Portraits by New Brunswick Artists", Lorenzo Society, Saint John Campus of University of New Brunswick, May 13th, 1979.
Yechel Gagnon was born in Longueuil (Québec) in 1973. She began her studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, then received a Master's degree in visual arts at Concordia University in Montréal in 2000. Since 1996, she has participated in many collection exhibitions as well as doing solo exhibitions in Québec, Ontario and France. The quality of her work was awarded with scholarships and prizes. Her pieces currently lie in private and museum collections. Notably in the Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Arts, the Gotland Museum of Fine Arts (Sweden), the Osler Hoskins & Harcourt collection in Toronto.
In 1996, while studying in Ontario, Gagnon discovered the infinite qualities that plywood's stratifications had to offer. She also discovered Paterson Ewen's artwork that same year at the Ontario Museum of Fine Arts. Though she mostly sculpts in plywood, Gagnon also used other techniques such as drawing, engraving and installation. In her artistic work, she explores the tension between what is natural and artificial. Her pieces are often very spacious and evoke timeless moment of introspection and getting in touch with nature.
Excerpted from Yechel Gagnon Art Public Montréal https: //artpublicmontreal.ca/en/artiste/gagnon-yechel/
Born and raised in the heart of the Eastern Townships of Québec, Gordon Ladd has had a lifelong love of nature. Working mainly in oils, the colour sense and pleasing characterizations of his striking, yet tranquil nature studies have become the trademark of his art. In 1967 he decided to study art under the direction of the late Ron Davies, a distinguished Canadian artist. After a time of instruction and developing his own unique style, he then spent a period teaching art in various local schools. In 1977 he stopped teaching to devote more time to his paintings. A major project of Gordon's was recording in oils, the vanishing and vanished water or steam powered mills of the Eastern Townships of Québec. Gordon Ladd paintings have been show in exhibitions in Montréal, Lennoxville, Toronto and through the Southern Québec Region. Paintings are also hanging in galleries in Québec and Ontario. His works are found in numerous private collections. He died in Knowlton, Québec in 2018.
Source: Gordon Ladd Gallery, No. 9 Davignon Street in , Brome Lake (Knowlton) - pamphlet and Sherbrooke Record Obituary, October, 2018.
Bessie Jane Banfill was born on 18 January 1899 on the family farm outside Richmond. Her parents were Enos Leroy Banfill and Sarah Augusta Healy. After some secretarial training, she obtained a position in the office of an asbestos mine near Thetford Mines and secured enough money to support her studies at the Sherbrooke Protestant Hospital, where she graduated in June 1923. Ms. Banfill traveled to Mutton Bay (Labrador) in 1928 and took a missionary training course at the United Church Training School in Toronto. After travelling to the Magdalene Islands, she opened the new W.M.S. Hospital at Smeaton, Saskatchewan in 1933 and was awarded the a medal from King George V in 1935. She went to the Indian Residential School at Ahousaht in 1937 and went back to the Labrador Mission in 1942-1944. After receiving a back injury that prevented her from doing full-time work, she did part-time duty at Cornwall General Hospital and later in Ottawa. Bessie Banfill wrote books and articles on her nursing experience. This includes titles such as "Labrador Nurse" (1952), "Nurse of the Islands" (1965) and "Pioneer Nurse" (1967). She died on November 13, 1975. Her body was given to Queen's University Medical School. She had never married.
Ross Baxter Ingalls was admitted to Bishop's University in 1931, but did not complete his degree due to his involvement in the war. He received a Distinguished Flying Cross, August 11, 1942, and was decorated by H.M. the King, in February 1943.
Sidney Jellicoe was Professor and Dean of Divinity at Bishop's University from 1952 until his death in 1973. He was the last of a long line of internationally-known Deans of Divinity at Bishop's, as a leading Septuagint scholar of this generation (the Septuagint being the Greek version of the Hebrew Scriptures used by Jews dispersed in the ancient world since pre-Christian times ). "His book, The Septuagint and Modern Study, published by Oxford's prestigious Clarendon Press, is now a standard text set beside Swete's Introduction to the Old Testament in Greek, and Ottley's Handbook to the Septuagint. Its publication in 1968 led to Dean Jellicoe's appointment as Grinfield Lecturer at Oxford for two successive two-year terms. Wherever Septuagint studies continue, his name will be forever remembered. "The Dean" was indeed a Scholar among scholars." (Bishop's University Alumni Magazine, Winter 1974).
Professor and historian, Peter J. Yearwood was born in London, England on May 8, 1948. After graduating from Bishop's University in 1968, he went to Balliol College, Oxford, where he got a second BA in 1970 (which more or less automatically became an MA a few years later) and then went to the University Of Sussex, where he studied under Christopher Thorne, and eventually gained a PhD in History in 1980. After several years in part-time adult education in London, in 1979 he took up a post in the Department of History at the University of Jos in Nigeria, where he reached the level of Senior Lecturer. In 1996 he returned to England to seek employment and push on with writing a book. In 2000, he took up a post as Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Papua New Guinea. He has several publications on British policy in the era of the First World War, on imperial rivalries in Africa, and on the expatriate firms and the Nigerian colonial economy in World War I. He has also worked with colleagues in Jos to develop the historiography of the Central Nigerian area. Author of Nigeria and the Death of Liberal England Palm Nuts and Prime Ministers, 1914-1916. Author note reads: Peter J. Yearwood is Leader of the History, Gender Studies, and Philosophy Strand at the University of Papua New Guinea, and Joint Editor of the South Pacific Journal of Philosophy and Culture. He is the author of Guarantee of Peace, The League of Nations in British Politics 1914-1925 (2009).
Harold C. Frizzell was born on December 20, 1921. While attending the local high school he served on the Students’ Council, played hockey and basketball and was among the school’s skiers. He returns in the third year to continue a B.Sc. course majoring in Chemistry and Physics. He received a B.Sc. from Bishop's University in 1946 married Margaret C. H___ (1922-2007). He served in the Canadian Artillery during WWII and while at Bishop’s volunteered to farm out west. He was grandfather of Raymond Frizzell ’10. (Bishop's Magazine 2011). Harold C. Frizzell died on October 27, 2010.
George Borlase graduated from Bishop's University in 1855. According to the Barreau de Quebec he was on the Role of Order until 1880. The Sherbrooke Weekly Examiner and L'Electeur indicate that he committed suicide in August 8, 1883. He left behind a wife and seven children.
Raymond Errol Duval was the founder of the department of Business Administration at Bishop's University, and taught there from 1958-1983. Duval was born in Grand’Mere, Quebec on December 20, 1920. He first came to Bishop’s University as a student in 1939 and took part in all the available sporting activities, playing in each with “the same fiery enthusiasm, that determined desire to win.” He also acted in plays, was editor of The Mitre, and graduated with History Honors in 1942. Immediately after graduation, Errol obtained a commission in the Canadian Army, but his military career was cut short. He was invalided back to Canada from England in 1943. During his convalescence in London, Ontario, he met and married his wife Evelyn in 1949; their twins Greg and Catherine were born in 1951. After regaining his health, Errol entered graduate studies at the University of Western Ontario where he obtained a Diploma in Business Administration in 1951 and an M.B.A. in 1954. He taught Business Administration at Western and at the University of Windsor before he was invited to Bishop’s in 1958 to introduce a Business program. In the early 1960s, a two-member department, just Errol and an accounting professor, managed to offer a Business major for a B.A. degree. Despite these limited resources the program was a great success. Business alumni from that period, including David Williams after whom the Business School is now named, value the education they received. On arrival at Bishop’s, Errol also started an evening course in Executive Development that was extremely successful. Some 450 executives completed the course up to 1968 when it merged with a program given by the Canadian Institute of Management. Errol was also keen that the department should always have the best advice available, and ensured this by establishing an Advisory Committee of distinguished business people. By the time Errol retired, the Department had grown into a Division with twenty faculty and about one hundred graduates per year. Errol made many contributions to the administrative operations of the University and to the local community as a lay reader at local churches and as an enthusiastic member of Lennoxville Curling Club and Milby Golf Club, of which he was a founding member in 1964. The University recognized Errol’s outstanding contributions by the award of a D.C.L. at his retirement in 1983. He went to live in Jersey with his second wife Clare, who came from that island. Errol Duval, Professor Emeritus of Business, died on May 17, 2007.
Cedric Stuart Douglas wa born on 16 December 1890 in East Farnham, Quebec. He was the son of William James and Susan (Pearson) Douglas. He received his BA in 1914 from McGill University, then qualified as a teacher and French specialist and taught in Sutton. In 1916-1917, he was principal at Danville Academy where Marjorie Todd Bridgette was a teacher. In December 1917, he passed an army medical examination, reporting for duty at the end of the school year in July 1918. Attestation Papers induct #2522776 Gunner Cedric S. Douglas in to the 79th Battery Canadian Field Artillery (C.F.A). His battalion, by now the Second Canadian Tank Battalion, sailed from Quebec City on 5 October 1918. En route the Spanish Flu broke out and on arrival in English, everyone was hospitalized until after the Armistice. In England, waiting to be sent home, Cedric was made a Sergeant and taught at Khaki College.
Cedric eventually returned from England and was discharged on 30 July 1919. He had already secured the position of Principal at Cowansville Academy, and promptly wrote to Miss Bridgette, arranged to visit Birchton and in October proposed. Cedric and Marjorie Todd Bridgette were married 3 July 1920. Together they had two children: John Creighton and Robert Keith.
During the 1930s Great Depression, Cedric was Principal at several schools in different parts of the Province, but when Creighton entered McGill, he found a teaching position at Westmount High School in Montreal. At home in Sutton, he ran a small printing business, and after retirement, taught at St. Helen's School in Dunham. Cedric died in Sutton, Quebec on 26 June 1968.
Susan Anglin Winn graduated from Bishop's University in 1961, and later received a M.Ed. from McGill University. In 1996 she retired from the Lester B. Pearson School Board after 32 years as a teacher, consultant and school administrator.
George Whalley (25 July 1915 - 27 May 1983) was a scholar, poet, naval officer and secret intelligence agent during World War II, CBC broadcaster, musician, biographer, and translator.He taught English at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario (1950-80) and was twice the head of the department. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1959. He married Elizabeth Watts on July 25, 1944. His brother, Peter Whalley, was a famous artist and cartoonist. Whalley completed his first B.A. at Bishop's University, in Lennoxville, Quebec, graduating in 1935. As a Rhodes Scholar, he completed his second B.A. at Oriel College, Oxford, in 1939. He received an M.A. from Oriel College, Oxford, in 1945. He completed his second M.A. degree at Bishop's University in 1948. His thesis was entitled "A Critique of Criticism." He received his Ph.D. from King's College, University of London, in 1950. Whalley was a leading expert on the writings of the poet and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Whalley served in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (1940-56) and was on active duty in the
Royal Navy (1940-45). After the war, Whalley served as the Commander to HMCS Cataraqui in Kingston (1952-56). He retired with the rank of Commander in 1956. Whalley's wartime poetry has been praised as displaying a mature range and scope unique amongst second world war poets. George Whalley died in Kingston, Ontario in 1983.
Marie Aimeé Warrot was born in France on the 18th of February 1915. She gave her first piano recital at the age of seven. From the age of nine she attended the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris, until the age of fifteen when she was awarded the first prize in piano. She worked with Robert Casadesus and Alfred Cortot, and also studied in Vienna, Austria with the great pianist Emil von Sauer, who had been a student of Franz Liszt and Nicholas Rubinstein. Marie Aimée Warrot's musical tour of Europe was interrupted by World War II, and recommenced in 1944, encompassing North America in 1955. She gave recitals for television and radio, and appeared with many of the great European orchestras playing all over Europe. In 1969 Marie Aimée Warrot came to live in the Eastern Townships with her husband Bishop's University Professor Claude Treil. Marie Aimée Warrot made two critically
acclaimed musical recordings, the first in 1970 and the second in 1971. In March of 1971 she gave a last recital in Centennial Theatre at Bishop's University. She died in September of 1971.
Beulah Lilian Marlin Walker graduated from Bishop's University in 1938 with a High School Diploma' and her sister Millicent Marlin graduated in the same year. In 1942 Beulah Marlin married Frederick Walker. She was a teacher at Granby High School, 1939-1941; Assistant Principal at the Brownsburg Intermediate School, 1941-1942; and later office clerk Superheater Company, Sherbrooke.
Guido Tondino taught Drama at Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Quebec from 1979-1983. He is one of the country's top designers, having worked professionally since graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada/NTS. He also studied at Tulane University. For Centaur Theatre , with whom he has had a long relationship, he designed the premieres of Vittorio Rossi's The Chain and Paradise by the River; David Fennario's Moving; Kit Brennan's Having (1999); as well as Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, David French's Salt-Water Moon, and Paul Ledoux and David Young's Fire. He has also designed for the Saidye Bronfman Centre (Cold Storage), Neptune Theatre (Les Canadiens) and Tarragon Theatre (Something Red).
From 1986-91 he was the associate director and resident designer for Theatre Calgary where he designed, among other works, Hamlet and Waiting for Godot. He has worked extensively at the Stratford Festival, drawing critical raves in 1997 for his design for the company's Death of a Salesman. For the company he also designed Much Ado About Nothing, The Night of the Iguana, Filumena and The Little Foxes (among others). He designed productions of Present Laughter (Soulpepper Theatre Company 2001); Lenin's Embalmers by Vern Thiessen (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre and Harold Green Jewish Theatre 2010); La Peau d'Elisa by Carole Fréchette (2011), L'Homme du hasard, Grace & Gloria by Tom Ziegler (trans Michel Tremblay (2011), and Porc-épic by David Paquet (2012) at UniThéâtre. He has also designed in the United States, where he lived from 1980 to 1986, for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, and the National Theatre of Romania. From 1998 to 2002, he was the director of design at the National Theatre School of Canada. He is currently in the faculty of the University of Alberta Drama Department.
James Sweeny received a B.A. from Concordia University in 1975, and an M.A. from Bishop's University in 1994. The subject of his thesis being A History of the Faculty of Divinity, Bishop's University, 1843-1971. He is also the author of Our saints and our stories : a history of the churches in the Greater Parish of St. Francis of Assisi (1996) and A short history of the Diocese of Quebec 1793-1993 (1993). For many years he was the editor of the Quebec Diocesan Gazette. He also worked at Bishop's University Library and served as the Diocesan Archivist for the Diocese of Quebec. He retired in 2019.
Trevor C. Stevens attended Bishop's University in 1935-36, and his twin brother, Basil Webster Stevens, graduated in from Bishop's in 1936. His granddaughter, Martha MacLaurin, graduated also from Bishop's in 1994. The donor of these records, Charlotte Stevens MacLaurin, is his daughter. Her aunt and mother also attended Bishop's 1935-1938.