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MacKenzie, Hugh Francis

  • Person
  • 1895-1971

"Hughie" MacKenzie was born in 1895 in Christmas Island, Cape Breton. The "seanachaidh" of the Gaelic Society of Cape Breton, he taught classes in the Gaelic language and had a weekly Gaelic radio program at the time of his death in Sydney in 1971. In addition to his fluency in Gaelic, he played the bagpipes and violin, as well as composing many Gaelic songs.

Reid, William

  • Person

Dr. William Reid joined the staff of Xavier Junior College in 1953 as Professor of Physics. He served as President of the University College of Cape Breton during 1983-1989.

Hatt, Ernest Samuel

  • Person
  • 1875-1925

Ernest Samuel Hatt was a Nova Scotian photographer, working around the turn of the twentieth century. He was born in Mill Village, on May 8, 1875, to parents Joseph and Lavinia Hatt. Hatt had his own studio on Central Avenue, Inverness, but he was known to travel to find subjects to photograph. He often traveled from Margaree to Judique with his camera in tow. He photographed local events, as well as, churches, schools, families, weddings, coal miners, firefighters, and musicians. Hatt took daguerreotypes and tintypes. He married Eva May MacIntosh in Cumberland County on July 12, 1904, and he is listed as a photographer on their marriage certificate. Hatt later moved from Inverness to New Waterford, N.S. He died on January 14, 1925 in Scotchtown, New Waterford at 74 years of age.

Dr. Sam van der Kloet

  • Person
  • 1942-2011

Dr. Sam van der Kloet was born in 1942 at Hiedenskip, Friesland of the Netherlands. After immigrating to Canada with family in 1947, the van der Kloets bought a farm in Petrolia, Ontario. Sam went to Queen’s University during this period and received at BA in Classics as well as a PhD in Botany. While at Queen's he met Carol Rae and they married eventually having two children named Julie and Peter.

After completing his PhD in 1972, Sam and Carol van der Kloet moved to Wolfville, Nova Scotia where Sam became a professor at Acadia University and curator of the E. C. Smith Herbarium. Dr. van der Kloet taught in the biology department for 29 years and during his career he was a prolific writer, publishing over 70 peer-reviewed works which built his reputation as an authority on blueberry plants and their taxonomy. Dr. van der Kloet also conduct many international research trips as part of his ongoing research including to Papua New Guinea in 1975 and on the Hiep Expedition Vietnam in 1997. He maintained strong external relationships including with the Archbold Biological Research Station in Florida and the Linnean Society of London, serving as a research fellow between 1978 to 1979 and becoming an elected fellow in 1998, respectively.

After his retirement as a professor of Acadia, Dr. van der Kloet continued his work as an honorary research associate at the biology department and as the University Botanist for several years. Dr. Sam van der Kloet passed away in Wolfville on January 26, 2011. He is remembered as an active community member, a respected instructor at Acadia,and for his contributions as a globally renowned expert on blueberry plants.

John Downie Hewer

  • Person
  • December 12, 1930-?

Started as a Midshipman in 1952 and went for #2 junior Air Officer Basic Training in Cornwallis, then to Ontario for sea training, and was then made a sub lieutenant, and had a special duty on Flying course at RCAF station Centralia in 1953. RNAS at Culdrose for OTU. From there he went on to RNAS Eglinton, and the HMS illustrious, then to Shearwater, and the Magnificent in 1954. He made lieutenant in 1955, and trained at Shearwater for Helicopter conversion in 1956, and went on to have duty at Shearwater and the Bonaventure with the HS 50 Squadron in 1957-58. Norfolk and USS Randloph for HS 7 Squadron on staff of Naval Air Atlantic in 1960, then on to the USS Intrepid for HS 3 Squadron, made Lieutenant Commander and went to Gatineau for Watchkeeping training 1964. Transferred back to shearwater as Executive Officer of the HS 50 in 1965 Made commander in 1967, remained at Shearwater with HS 50. Made commanding officer in 1967, transferred to Toronto for Canadian Forces Staff college course in 1969. Was Senior Staff officer at St Hubert Mobile command HQ in 10 tactical Air Group and training 1970. Squadron 450 as Commanding officer 1972. Made colonel in 1975 and was at CFHQ as the Director of individual Training. He resigned from the Military in 1979, and then took up a career in Real Estate, moving from sales into Management.

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