Fonds Fonds 17 s.1-4 - W.P. Thompson fonds

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W.P. Thompson fonds

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Fonds 17 s.1-4

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  • 1913-1965, predominant 1958-1965 (Creation)

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4.67 m of textual records

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Walter Palmer Thompson was born near DeCewsville, Ontario, 3 April 1889. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA (1910), and from Harvard with a AM (1912) and PhD (1914). Thompson came to the University of Saskatchewan as Professor and Head of the Biology Department in 1913. He served in a variety of administrative positions: Dean of Junior Colleges (1934); Dean of Arts and Sciences (1938); Acting President (1942); Director of Summer School (1948); and President of the University (1949). Dr. Thompson retired in 1959. During his academic career, Thompson gained international recognition for his work as a geneticist; particularly for the development of rust resistant wheat hybrids. Upon his retirement as President, Thompson was appointed Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Medical Care. The recommendations of this committee were an important foundation for the provincial Medicare system Thompson was awarded the Order of Canada and received honourary degrees from several universities. He died in Toronto in 1970.

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This fonds contains correspondence; minutes; reports; working papers; briefs and submissions; both for the Advisory Planning Committee on Medical Care, and for the Oil and Gas Conservation Board. Additionally, there is material from Thompsons's tenure as President of the University of Saskatchewan; material related to the International Botanical Congress and the International Congress of Genetics; and several reference books, primarily dealing with Medicare in Canada and abroad.

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Related material: See also Alumni files, Faculty Biographies, Faculty Publications, and history of biology in the photograph collection.

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