Currie, Gordon G., 1923-2017

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Currie, Gordon G., 1923-2017

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1923-2017

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Gordon Gray Currie was born on May 20, 1923 in Semans, Saskatchewan to Robert Currie and Mary Anne Pool. He received his elementary and secondary education in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Currie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Notre Dame Collegiate in Wilcox, Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Education degree from Mount Allison University, New Brunswick.

After serving four years with the Royal Canadian Navy, Currie returned to Regina, Saskatchewan in 1947 and began his teaching career at Balfour Technical School, where he also coached the football and hockey teams. Currie was head coach of the Regina Rams football club from 1965 to 1976, after which time he returned to teaching at Balfour. He later became principal of Cochrane High School and Campbell Collegiate.

Currie was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1982 and served as a Progressive Conservative MLA for the Regina Wascana constituency until 1986. Currie served in the Grant Devine Government as Minister of Advanced Education and Manpower (1983, 1985); Minister of Continuing Education (1982-1983); Minister of Education (1982-1983); Minister of Science and Technology (1983-1985) and Minister of Telephones (1983-1985).

Currie was Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Educational Communications Corporation (1982); Teacher's Superannuation Commission (1982-1983); Universities Commission (1982-1983); Saskatchewan Science Council (1982-1983); Provincial Library (1982-1983); Saskatchewan Archives Board (1982-1983; 1985); Wascana Centre Authority (1982-1985); Advisory Council on the Status of Women (1983); Saskatchewan Research Council (1983-1985) and Advanced Technology Training Centre of Saskatchewan Corporation (1985).

Currie's cabinet appointments were discontinued on December 16, 1985 when Premier Devine shuffled his Cabinet and reduced the number of ministers from 23 to 19. Currie did not seek re-election in the 1986 provincial general election and Beattie Martin (PC) became MLA for the Regina Wascana constituency.

Currie's many honours and awards include the establishment of the Gordon Currie Foundation (1977); membership in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (1978), Order of Canada (1979), and Canadian Football Hall of Fame (2005); the Queen's Jubilee Medal (2002); Canadian Amateur Coach of the Year (1975) and an honorary degree from the University of Regina (1987).

Currie died in Regina on February 22, 2017.

Gordon Currie married Shirley Corinne Clarke on February 27, 1953. They had three children: Robert, Douglas, and James.

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AMICUS Authorities, July 8, 2002

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The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan

Canadian Who's Who

Obituary published in The Leader-Post, Regina, February 25, 2017

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