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Parrsborough Shore Historical Society

  • Person
  • 1950 - 1994

Note: Having read through the month of January for the years 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953 and 1954 in Binder # 1, I (Gale Boland) am assuming that the residence of the author was in the Boston area of Massachusetts. References are made to the following: ‘WEMX’, which was a Boston radio station; ‘Conrads’, ‘Filerres’, and ‘R. H. Whites’ are stores located in Boston; a Boston Symphony concert; the Massachusetts Wharf; Mt. Auburn Hospital located in Cambridge, Mass.; and the St. Bartholemews Church in Cambridge Mass.
The author often meets with (Sisters) S. Judith, S. Florence and S. Lucille.
Clue: Author received an invitation from Earle and Bernice Seaman to the Seaman Family Reunion in 1990.

McCurdy, William Jarvis

  • Person
  • 1904 - 1988

William Jarvis McCurdy was born in Quebec in 1904, son of the Reverend James Farquarhar McCurdy and Amelia Palmer McCurdy. Following in his father's footsteps, McCurdy was educated at Dalhousie University, receiving his BA in 1926. He earned an MA (1927) and PhD (1929) in philosophy from Harvard, then spent three years teaching at McMaster University before being recruited by the philosophy department at the University of Toronto. He remained there until his retirement in 1969.

McCurdy was active in social and political causes, including the Fellowship for the Christian Social Order (FSCO) and the Workers' Education Association (WEA). He served as a national president for the League for Social Reconstruction (LSR), and later ran for office as a Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) candidate. He was a longtime member of the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto and was lifetime president of Dalhousie's Class of 1926. In 1929 he married Avis Marshall, with whom he raised four children. He died in 1988.

Allen, W. Graham

  • Person
  • 1909 - 1986

William Graham Allen (1909-1986) was a freelance writer and broadcaster, best known for his work with the CBC. He was born in Halifax on 6 January 1909 to William T. and Winnifred (Dodge) Allen. He was a graduate of Dalhousie University's class of 1929, and also studied at Royal Roads Military College and HMCS Cornwallis. In 1928 Allen began reporting for The Halifax Chronicle and worked in various editorial positions until 1941, when he signed on for active duty in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. He served as a Sub-lieutenant and was involved in the theatrical show "Meet The Navy." In 1946 Allen returned to The Halifax Chronicle-Herald, continuing to serve from 1947-1951 as an executive officer for HMCS Scotian, Halifax Naval Reserve Division.

In 1951 Allen was appointed Director of University Liaisons at Dalhousie University, where he also served as editor for The Dalhousie Review from 1953-1957, the year of his retirement from the university. That year he joined the Canadian Broadcast Corporation as the news staff supervisor for the Maritimes. He retired from the CBC in 1975, but continued to broadcast as a freelancer and to host the popular radio program Neighborly News from 1977–1980. Allen was a self described "movie freak" and a large supporter of the arts. He held positions as juror for the Governor General Awards (ca. 1950s); treasurer for ACTRA, Maritimes (1976); Director of Neptune Theatre Foundation (1976); Dal Alumni Executive (1976); Governor of Dalhousie University (1976-1977); President of the Radio Television News Director's Association; and spent several years with Halifax Welfare Council and the United Services Institute of Nova Scotia. He died in 1986.

McCulloch, Thomas, Jr.

  • Person
  • 1809 - 1865

Thomas McCulloch, Jr. was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia. He was the third son of Dr. Thomas McCulloch and was educated at Pictou, first in the grammar school under John McKinlay, and then in the Academy, under his father. He went to teach at Dalhousie College in 1843 and taught there until the end of 1844. When the College was revived in 1849, he was appointed principal and had charge of Latin, Greek, Rhetoric, Belle Lettres, and Natural Science. Previous to this time, he had taught a very successful private school in the schoolroom connected with the Poplar Grove church. Poplar Grove congregation elected him as an Elder and he continued to discharge his office while residing in the city. In 1853 he was appointed one of the professors in the Presbyterian Church in the West River Seminary. In this institution he taught Latin, Mathematics and Natural History. He returned to Dalhousie in 1863 and taught Natural Philosophy only. He kept an ornithology collection of nearly all the birds in Nova Scotia as well as mineral and botanical collections, some of which were still at Dalhousie when last noted in the 1970s. He wrote a book on taxidermy.

McCulloch, Thomas

  • Person
  • 1776 - 1843

Thomas McCulloch, Dalhousie's first president, was a Presbyterian minister, author and educator. Born in 1776 in Fereneze, Scotland, to Michael and Elizabeth McCulloch, he was raised in a prosperous, intellectual environment engendered by a community of highly-skilled textile workers. He graduated in logic from Glasgow University in 1792, started medical school, and continued independent studies in languages, politics and church history before training as a minister at the General Associate Synod in Whitburn. In 1799 he was ordained, assigned a presbytery in Stewarton (near Glasgow), and married Isabella Walker, with whom he eventually had nine children.

Four years after his appointment in Stewarton, McCulloch requested an assignment in North America. He was intended for Prince Edward Island, but in 1804 he was inducted into the Harbour Church in Pictou, Nova Scotia. In 1806 he opened a school in his house, a first step toward his dream of establishing a non-sectarian institute of higher education in Nova Scotia. By 1818 he had helped to establish Pictou Academy, where he served as principal. Although an academic success, with a fine collection of scientific instruments and a distinguished library and natural history collection, from its beginning the school was under political and financial pressure.

In 1824 McCulloch resigned from the ministry to concentrate his efforts on teaching and educational reform. He remained at Pictou until 1838, when he became the first president of Dalhousie College as well as Professor of Logic, Rhetoric and Moral Philosophy. McCulloch’s belief in the importance of mathematics, natural philosophy and the physical sciences was integral to his understanding of a liberal education. He gave public lectures in chemistry, established a museum of natural history at Dalhousie, and continued to pursue insect collecting. He also wrote on theology and politics and composed popular satirical stories, including The Stepsure Letters. McCulloch died in September 1843.

In 2018 Thomas McCulloch was named one of 52 Dalhousie Originals, a list of individuals identified as having made a significant impact on the university and the broader community since Dalhousie's inception in 1818.

Matheson, Charles Winfield

  • Person
  • 1878 - 1968

Charles Winfield Matheson was born in 1878 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, to Charles and Jane (MacRae) Matheson. He was educated at Prince of Wales College, Dalhousie University (BA, 1903) and the University of Washington (MA, 1928). He was called to bar in PEI in 1908 and in Alberta in 1909, where he practised law for the bulk of his career. In 1942 he was appointed as Acting Clerk in Chamber at the the Calgary Court House. In 1909 Matheson married Annie Burn, with whom he had six children. He died in 1968.

Homer, Kenneth Churchill

  • Person
  • 1915 - 2003

Kenneth Churchill Homer was born in 1915 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He was educated at Mount Allison University and worked briefly for CBC Radio Halifax. He was the sole broadcaster remaining at the Springhill Mines after the explosion in 1958, reporting across the continent on the surviving miners. For the next four decades he lived in New Brunswick, working as a freelance writer and broadcaster. He was married to Mary Dees Clark, with whom he had one son. He died in 2003.

MacKenzie, Charles Guy

  • Person
  • 1889 - 194?

Charles Guy MacKenzie was born in 1889 in Sackville, New Brunswick. He graduated from Dalhousie University in 1915 and became a United Church minister. From 1936-1940 he served at Sackville United Church in New Brunswick.

Dawson, Robert MacGregor

  • Person
  • 1895 - 1958

Robert MacGregor Dawson, born in 1895 in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, was a graduate of Dalhousie and Harvard universities and the London School of Economics. A leading Canadian political scientist, he taught at Dalhousie, Rutgers and the University of Saskatchewan before taking up an appointment at University of Toronto in 1937. He wrote several major works on the government and constitution of Canada, including a textbook, The Government of Canada, which achieved its sixth edition in 1987, nearly 30 years after his death in 1958. He left the University of Toronto in 1951 to write a biography of MacKenzie King, but died before it was completed.

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