Fonds MG 302 - Richard Rempel fonds

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Richard Rempel fonds

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MG 302

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  • 1928-2003 (Creation)

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20.32 cm of textual records

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Having lost both parents and an older brother during the conflict and typhus that swept Mennonite colonies in Russia in 1919, in June 1923 Jacob (b. 1903) and his brother David (b. 1899) emigrated to Canada, arriving in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, in July 1923. They spoke German, some Russian, but no English; and had the equivalent of $1.25 Canadian in funds. By 1928, however, Jacob had secured a three-year scholarship to the University of Saskatchewan, from which he graduated with the Governor General's Gold Medal and high honours in biology in 1931. He joined the Biology department that year as an instructor, and earned his MSc by 1933. He took a leave of absence in 1936 to attend Cornell, earning his PhD in 1937. He remained with the University of Saskatchewan for the rest of his career, becoming a full professor by 1953 and being named Rawson Professor in 1962. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, awarded the Centennial Medal "in recognition of valuable service to the nation," and upon his retirement in 1970, was awarded emeritus status. He was particularly known for his research on mosquitoes and equine encephalitis. His son, Richard, attended the University of Saskatchewan, earning an honours BA in History and Economics in 1959; he was also awarded a Rhodes Scholarship that year, and earned a BA (1961), MA (1962) and D.Phil (1967) from Oxford. From 1961-1962 he taught as an instructor in history at the University of Saskatchewan; and between 1964-1975, was on faculty with the University of South Carolina. He returned to Canada to join the department of history at McMaster in 1975, and upon his retirement from that institution in 2000, was awarded emeritus status.

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This fonds contains materials relating both to the Rempel family, to the academic careers of Jacob and Richard Rempel, and to the University of Saskatchewan. In particular, it provides the most extensive source available to date relating to Jacob Rempel and Charles Lightbody.

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