Fonds Fonds 81 - RS Ridgway fonds

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RS Ridgway fonds

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Fonds 81

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  • 1938-1999, predominant 1943-1985 (Creation)

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1.95 metres of textual records
69 photographs
memorabilia

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Ronald Sidney Ridgway was born on 17 April 1923 in Cannock, Staffordshire, England. He began studies at Sheffield University in 1941. He became a member of the University Air Squadron, enlisted and was mobilized in May 1942. Following initial training in England, Ridgway was posted for training as Observer to Canada. He was commissioned in 1943 and served in India, Burma (Myanmar), and Ceylon. He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in July 1945, and released from active duty in August 1946. Following his return, Ridgway earned a BA from Sheffield University in 1948. He emigrated to Canada in 1951, where he earned an MA from the University of Manitoba (1953). He first joined the University of Saskatchewan as an instructor in French, in July 1953. Ridgway earned a Docteur de l'Université from Université d'Aix-Marseille in 1958. He served as head of the department of French and Spanish from 1965 to 1976, and served as acting head of Germanic Languages in 1973. The high regard in which Ridgway was held by his peers is evident both in the reviews of his scholarly work and in the numerous university committees on which he was asked to serve. Ridgway was awarded Professor Emeritus status upon his early retirement from the University in 1985.

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This fonds contains material relating to RS Ridgway's military service, his scholarly research concerning the work of Voltaire and Chamfort particularly, his career with the University of Saskatchewan, and his work on internal university committees, professional associations, external agencies (such as CUSO and the Saskatoon Symphony Board), as well as materials relating to his classes and lectures

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Personal information relating to faculty, staff, or students is restricted.

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Copyright on all published and unpublished manuscripts is retained by RS Ridgway under the terms of the Copyright Act.

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