Fonds - Lloyd F. Detwiller fonds

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Lloyd F. Detwiller fonds

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  • 1943-1986 (Creation)
    Detwiller, Lloyd Fraser

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10.37 m of textual records and other material

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Lloyd Fraser Detwiller was born on August 8, 1917, in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. He obtained a B.A. in Economics and government from the University of B.C. in 1939 and an M.A. in Economics and Statistics in 1940. He then enlisted in the R.C.A.F., where he served until 1945. After his discharge from the air force, he lectured for a year at U.B.C. in economics, and in 1946 he joined the provincial government as a research statistician. He served the government in a variety of capacities: Secretary of the School Tax Commission; Commissioner of Sales Tax (June 1948-1950); and Commissioner of B.C. Hospital Insurance Service (1950-1955). He left in 1955 to take formal training in hospital administration at the University of Minnesota, but he returned to B.C. in 1957 to the post of Assistant Deputy Minister of Hospital Insurance. In 1962, he left government service to become the administrator of the U.B.C. Health Sciences Centre, a position which he held until his retirement in December of 1982.
Detwiller lectured extensively on medical economics in Canada and in the United States for a variety of universities and professional institutions. Through his speeches and publications he was very influential in the health care economics of countries other than Canada. After Detwiller's retirement in 1982, he continued to serve the UBC Health Sciences Centre Hospital as an unpaid but active consultant. He also served as secretary to the Board of Management of the Imaging Research Centre which he had helped establish. Detwiller continued to write, lecture and attend conferences until his death in 1987. In commemoration of his two decades of service to the Health Sciences Centre, the psychiatric unit of the hospital was named the Lloyd F. Detwiller Pavilion.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, reports, course materials, minutes and agendas, published materials, photographs, and audiovisual materials. It is arranged in fifteen series: Personal Material (1943-1986); Correspondence (1958- 1982); Articles, Speeches, and Reports by Detwiller (1952-1982); Courses Taught (1953-1980); Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops (1964-1984); Greater Vancouver Regional Hospital District (1953-1984); UBC Health Sciences Centre (1946-1986); Hospital Equipment Mission (1967-1980); Study Tour of Australian Health Systems (1972-1979); Publications, Speeches, and Conferences (1953-1984); UBC (1974-1985); B.C. Hospital Insurance Service (1949-1973); Miscellaneous Organizations (1968-1986); Research Collection (1943-1985); and Tapes and Photographs series (1964-1984).

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The first accession (boxes 1-19) was donated to the University Archives by Detwiller in 1986. The second accession (boxes 20-39) was donated in 1987.


Wherever possible, the original order of the papers was maintained to reflect Detwiller's individualistic working style. This is clearly seen in the "day-books" relating to the Health Sciences Centre Hospital, where correspondence, memoranda, minutes, newspaper clippings, and personal annotations were filed together in the order with which they were dealt. Those parts of the fonds which had no apparent order were arranged chronologically. Materials from the second accession included the personal and professional papers which Detwiller kept in his home after his retirement from the Health Sciences Centre in 1982. It is complimented by the previous accession, Detwiller's records from his office at U.B.C. The second accession has been arranged into a number of series, coinciding with several series from the first accession. Detwiller's own division of papers into specific files have been maintained whenever possible and his own titles, if present, have been kept and indicated by quotation marks. However, in order to create coherent series, the files themselves have been re-arranged from the order in which they were originally received.

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BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-121

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Includes published materials, ca. 378 photographs, 7 audio cassettes, 5 audio reels, and 1 phonographic record.

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