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A.E. Hetherington

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  • 1867-1928

Albert Edward Hetherington was born in 1867 near Smith’s Falls, Ontario. He grew up in rural Manitoba and attended Wesley College – a Methodist College in Winnipeg – graduating in 1893 with a Bachelor of Arts. He undertook theological studies at Victoria College and, upon graduating with a Bachelor of Divinity, was ordained in 1898. The Methodist Church stationed him as assistant to the Rev. James Turner as a missionary to gold miners in Dawson City (then part of BC Conference). After three years in the north, he held several pastorates within BC, including one in Kamloops and three in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant, Trinity, and Chown. He served also as Superintendent of Central City Mission, and for two years was acting principal of Columbia College in New Westminster. He pursued further studies in Hebrew and religious education at the University of Chicago and at Harvard, earning a Master of Sacred Theology from Harvard. In 1919, he returned to Manitoba to become Secretary of Young People’s Work, and lecturer in religious education at Wesley College. By 1921, he had become a full professor and was also teaching Hebrew. The College awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1925. After Church Union, he served on the United Church’s Board of Religious Education. In his final year of life, he traveled to Egypt and Palestine. Hetherington married twice: first to Stella Alberta Swan, who died in 1903, and to Ethel Mae Sim in 1911. A.E. Hetherington died on December 18, 1928 in Winnipeg.

Abbott, Elizabeth Scott, 1871-1957

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  • 1871-1957

Elizabeth Abbott was the daughter of R.H. Alexander, an early Vancouver pioneer. She was married to J. L. G. Abbott, a Vancouver lawyer.

Aberdeen, John Campbell Gordon, Marquess, 1847-1934

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  • 1847-1934

John Campbell Gordon, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen, was born in Scotland. He was Governor-General of Canada and owned the Guisachan and Coldstream Ranches in Kelowna and Vernon. He later died in Scotland.

Aberle, David

  • Person
  • 1918-2004

David F. Aberle was an American anthropologist and author. Born in 1918 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Aberle completed a PhD in Anthropology at Columbia University in 1947. After returning from a stint oversees during World War II, Aberle began his academic career teaching at Harvard University between 1947 and 1950. Having previously worked in New Mexico studying the Navajo and Hopi, for two summers in 1949 and 1950, Aberle worked for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs in Window Rock, Arizona where he developed an enduring interest in Navajo culture and land rights in the Southwestern United States. Pursuing extensive field research in Arizona in the 1960s and into the 1970s and 1980s, Aberle studied Navajo kinship patterns, economic development and the Peyote religion among the Navajo. He also became an active participant in the Navajo-Hopi land dispute before the American courts in the 1970s, 80s and 90s which centered on the issues surrounding historical land occupation, removal to Reservation lands, land use and grazing rights between the Navajo and Hopi tribes in Arizona. Aberle collaborated on a variety of exploratory reports on the subject, and participated in an American Anthropological Association Ad Hoc Panel on Navajo-Hopi land claims which made recommendations to the courts and government agencies involved in the case. From 1952 to 1960, Aberle taught in the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Michigan, moving to Brandeis University in 1961 and to the University of Oregon in 1963. Aberle and his wife, Kathleen Gough Aberle, also a professor at Brandeis and Oregon, left the United States in the wake of some controversy surrounding Gough’s stated position the Cuban Missile Crisis, which Aberle supported. Both Gough and Aberle were known to have Marxist leanings and openly challenged the US’s position toward Cuba and the War in Vietnam and actively sought university postings in Canada. Moving to Vancouver, Aberle taught at UBC in the Department of Anthropology and Society from 1967 becoming Professor Emeritus in 1984. The contributor to a number of volumes, and author of a number of essays and articles, in 1962 Aberle published the book "Chahar and Dagor Mongol Bureaucratic Administration: 1912-1945". In 1966, Aberle published "The Peyote Religion among the Navajo" and in 1974 he published "Lexical Reconstruction: The Case of the Proto-Athapaskan Kinship System" with Isidore Dyen. The majority of Aberle’s academic career was focused on his work with the Navajo in the Southwestern US. David Aberle died in 2004.

Abernethy, James

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James Abernethy was an employee of the Robert Dollar Co. in Deep Cove, which was concerned primarily with the milling and sale of lumber.

Abkhazi, Peggy

  • Person
  • 1902-1994

Peggy Abkhazi was born Marjorie Mabel Jane Carter in Shanghai, China. She and her mother returned to England in 1905. Her parents died shortly after, leaving her destitute, until she was adopted by acquaintances in Shanghai. Hereafter, she was known as Peggy Pemberton. They resided in England until her adoptive father died in 1918. Peggy traveled extensively with her widowed adoptive mother, during which times she met Nicholas Abkhazi, an exiled Georgian prince, in Paris. Circumstances separated them, and she returned to Shanghai with her adoptive mother. Mrs. Pemberton died in 1938, leaving Peggy financially independent. About this time, Peggy changed her name to Pemberton-Carter. She was interned by the Japanese, 1943-1945. This experience forms the basis of her book. "The Curious Cage", 1981. In 1946, she moved to Victoria, B.C., following friends who had retired there in 1939, and married Nicolas Abkhazi. Together they developed an internationally renowned rhododendron garden.

Abu-Zahra, Nadia

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Nadia Abu-Zahra was appointed an anthropologist in the Anthropology/Sociology Department of the University of British Columbia by Director Cyril Belshaw in the late 1960s or early 1970s. She graduated from Oxford with a PhD in social anthropology, and later lived and taught at Oxford.

Acorn, Milton

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  • 1923-1986

Milton Acorn (1923-1986) was a noted Canadian poet. Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, he worked as a carpenter until the late 1950s. He became known as a Marxist poet, being dubbed "The People's Poet", and was identified with the Montreal School of Poets. His published works included "In Love and Anger", "Against a League of Liars", "The Brain's the Target", "Jawbreakers", "I've Tasted My Blood", and "More Poems for People".

Adair, Alex

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Alex Adair was a merchant tailor in Armstrong, B.C.

Adam, John S., b. 1908

  • Person
  • b. 1908

John Adam was born in Victoria in 1908. Before enlisting for active service with the 1st Battalion of the Canadian Scottish Regiment during World War Two, Adam was a teacher at Sir James Douglas and George Jay Schools. He began his military career as a Private in 1926 and was commissioned in 1928. During the War, Adam was decorated with the OBE, CED, and the Netherlands Award, Commander of the Orange. As a Lieutenant Colonel, Adam served as Assistant Adjutant and Quarter-Master General of the 1st Canadian Division in 1944. Additionally, he served as director of education and officer in charge of relief and rehabilitation for the 1st Canadian army in Holland. He was not active with the militia after the war until his promotion to Brigadier and appointment as Officer Commanding the 25 Militia Group of Vancouver Island on the 16 of March 1955. He served in this position until his retirement from active military service in 1959.

Adams, Darryl

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  • 1947-1999

Darryl Adams was born on September 19, 1947 in Portsmouth, Virginia to parents Harry and Kate Adams. He was the first of five sons. In 1959, the Adams family moved to Poway California, a suburb of San Diego. Adams was a member of the first class to graduate from the newly constructed Poway High School in 1961.

Adams became interested in political activism and social justice at a young age. In particular, Adams became interested in Marxist-Leninist philosophy. While he was still in high school, Adams would attend lectures and meetings at the University of California and other political events around Poway and San Diego. After graduating from high school, Adams was enrolled at the Revelle Campus of the University of California where he studied philosophy. It was there that Adams became more heavily involved in political activism events that were being experienced throughout the United States in the mid 1960s, including the Free Speech Movement and other Anti-Vietnam War demonstrations. In 1966, Adams moved to Santa Cruz with several of his high school friends, where he continued to attend anti war rallies. He would also meet with other philosophers in the area who also believed in Marxist-Leninism philosophy.

In late 1967, Adams received a draft notice from the US Government. In order to avoid being conscripted into the US Army, he and Shelia left California and came to Vancouver in March of 1968. Even in Vancouver, Adams maintained his interest in social justice and other political activism movements. He was a core member of the Vancouver American Exiles Association (VAEA), which campaigned against the America's continuing involvement in the Vietnam War, and for amnesty for Americans who came to Canada to escape the draft. In 1976, Adams received amnesty from the United States Government, although he opted to stay in Vancouver.

In addition to this and other Anti-Vietnam War movements in Canada, Adams was also interested in other movements, such as: labour rights for the working class; women's rights; rights for Indigenous people and minority groups; political movements in Latin and South America; and, communist, socialist, and Marxist-Leninist movements in Vancouver, Canada, and the United States.

Adams interest in social justice is reflect through his career as a researcher and consultant. Upon his arrival in Canada in 1969 to 1971, Adams worked as researcher for SFU Instructor John Legget, researching "blue collar consciousness" in East Vancouver. In 1971 to 1973, Adams worked at the Vancouver Public Library, where he also worked as a researcher specifically in the Historic Photographic Section of the Library. From 1975 to 1977, Adams was hired by the Legal Service Commission of BC, where he worked as a Public School Legal Education Advisor. After working a few years as a freelance writer and researcher, Adams moved into the Health Sector, where he worked as a consultant for the Coast Foundation Society from 1980-1985, and then the Canadian Mental Health Association in 1987. In all of these positions, Adams worked as an advocate for the working class and rights for minority groups. In 1999, Adams passed away in his home in Vancouver.

Adams, Joan

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Joan Adams and Becky Thomas were researchers.

Adams, Joe

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Biographical information not available at this time.

Adams, Norris, d. 1992

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  • d. 1992

Norris Adams was a resident of Vancouver, B.C., and was a principal in the Target Rails Group.

Adams, Theodore

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  • 1899-1981

Theodore Francis Adams was born April 7, 1899 in Winnipeg Manitoba. He moved with his family to North Enderby in 1912, where he stayed with his relatives, the William Jones family. In 1912 his father Frank purchased a house on Granville St. in Enderby. Theodore Adams married Georgina Broom in 1921 and they had 3 daughters: Kathleen, Marjorie, and Francis. He was the manager/owner of the Enderby Opera House, 1921-1922. He was on the Enderby hockey team in 1922 when they won the Coy Cup; his nickname became "Mosie". After working in Vancouver and Alberta, he returned to Enderby to manage the Enderby Creamery, 1924 to 1928. The family moved to Vernon, where he worked as a car salesman for Vernon Garage. Theodore Adams returned to the Enderby area when he owned Hupel Store and Garage, 1947-1954.

Adams, Walter Robert

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  • 1877-1957

The Most Reverend Walter Robert Adams was born in London, England, on September 1, 1877. A first class Honours mathematical scholar at University College, Durham, he was ordained deacon in 1901 and priest in 1905. After parish work in England, he answered a call to Canada and served as a missionary in the Diocese of Qu' Appelle, Saskatchewan (1907-1912). He returned to England and was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Archbishop of Canterbury. This was followed by an academic career. In 1925, Reverend. W.R. Adams returned to Canada as the first Bishop of Cariboo (1925-1934). In 1933 he was elected Bishop of Kootenay (1934-1947) and for two years, 1933-1934, he looked after both dioceses - Cariboo and Kootenay. He guided the diocese of Kootenay during the difficult years of the depression and World War II when he had also the responsibility of ministering to the large number of Japanese displaced from the coastal areas of British Columbia. In 1942 he became the third Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia (1942-1951) while continuing his diocesan duties. In 1947 he became Archbishop of Yukon (1947-1952) just after that diocese was transferred from Rupert's Land to British Columbia. While in this position, he was also Acting Primate of the whole Canadian Church (1950-1951). He relinquished his duties in 1952 and retired in Vernon, B.C. where he lived until 1957. His funeral service was held in Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, and he was buried in Lambeth Parish Church, England. The Most Reverend Walter Robert Adams had an active episcopal career, as well as the unusual distinction of serving three dioceses in the province of British Columbia, as Metropolitan for eight years, and as Acting Primate for one year.

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