Golden Grads Memory Lane

"For two years before starting university I worked as a letter carrier. On my last day I was in a hurry and cutting across a lawn. This house had a dog leashed out front and it came barking at me, I gave the dog a bit of a nudge away with my boot, and the owner came out and asked me if I could refrain from kicking his dog. I apologized and said I was in a hurry to finish my route.

The next day I went to one of (my first classes) and who do you think was the professor at the front of the class? The same person (Professor Fry, History) who had told me not to kick his dog the day before! I finished his class with an 'A' so he didn't hold our previous interaction against me!"


"I commenced Teacher’s College in Saskatoon in the fall of 1958. My early teaching career included time at Red Deer Hill, Weyburn, North Battleford, and Saskatoon mainly focusing on Grade 1 education.

In 1968, Millicent Marshall was invited to Saskatchewan to share the teaching approach that was fully promoted with young children in England. In the fall of 1970, Millicent was invited to promote the Early Childhood Learning Program to be located at the College of Education, U of S. I chose to enter one year of training that resulted in 5 credits toward my Bachelor of Education in 1972. Professor Marshall freely demonstrated the young child learns best in an environment that fosters experimentation and exploration as they interact freely with other young children and the world around them.

In the fall of 1972, the local preschool adopted the strong recommendations that I firmly learned and valued via Professor Millicent as she promoted in the Early Childhood Program on campus to 1980. I continued to incorporate the training and principals fostered by Professor Millicent throughout my career and saw the positive impact of this approach in a variety of classroom settings."


"I visited the university, engineering building and my residence (Emmanuel College) in 2017 (more than 40 years after I left the university) and I found out the things that have significantly changed for the better. It was great to meet with Professor Roy Billinton who was my supervisor for my MSc and PhD degrees. He very kindly drove me around the university campus to see how things have changed. It was a wonderful experience.

By the way, although I live in Toronto, the Huskies and Saskatchewan Roughriders are still my favorite teams."


"Memories treasured are those of Fr. Bud Pare, CSB who taught Old and New Testament Biblical Literature. He made scripture so “alive”. When asked he also said we would not be studying Wisdom Literature because we were not old enough. When we all laughed he replied, "you don’t do Wisdom Literature until you’re at least 40. I’m not 49 and we’re not doing it." (I was not 40 either at that time.) Many years later I took a Wisdom Lit. class from an older Prof at Gonzaga U. at Spokane. I realized then what Bud meant. He sat on the BACK of his chair. We wondered why he never fell!!"


"I thoroughly enjoyed the U of Sask experience. I cherish the memories. My first year sociology class of over a hundred students. Coming from a small town high-school [Delisle, Sask], such a large class was overwhelming. My first year chemistry class, which I didn't enjoy at all. My first year English lit, which I loved. My second year classes in Far Eastern Studies, Far Eastern Literature, and Shakepeare English, I loved. Classes in Logic, Advanced Algebra and Advanced Trig were delightful. Fond memories all!"


"Favourite prof: Dr. Red Williams

Agro Grad dance.  Pictured: David Steele, Brian McCarthy, Dan Patterson and Don Hepburn. All Agro Grads 1972."


"The first graduating class (10 students) from the new College of Dentistry received their diplomas at the fall convocation October 28, 1972.

Pictured (L-R): Jim Wilson, Bernie White, Paul Teplitsky, Linea Lanoie, Ian Hamilton, Tom Gordon, Nancy Earl, Dennis Lanigan, David Plosz, Dr. Jack Painter -Dean, Don Johnson"


"The Dental class of 1972 had a special relationship with the late Professor Wilf Cotter. He was a wonderful teacher, mentor, and friend.  His patient, caring manner endeared him to each member of this class."




"Photo of old UofS Cougars basketball team coached by Neil Sherlock  and by Ernie Nicholls (pre “doctorates”)"


"Classic greystone house of Crop Science, 1968-69."


"The world-class library of the university."


"Thanksgiving of 1970 at Professor Herman Austenson's (3rd from left). Second from left is fellow grad student Leslie McLean who was later elected to the University Senate."


"I particularly remember Prof Graham Simpson's class on plant physiology in which I had given my unique opinion about the vast untapped potential of aquatic/ plants carrying out photosynthesis and their ability to provide food and feed in the future for consumption by humans and their domesticated animals.

As a PhD student in Crop Science (now Plant Sciences) I was exposed to the world of most advanced scientific research in the subject. Beside earning my doctoral degree for the research I carried out there, my paper authored jointly with my PhD supervisor, Dr. H M Austenson, titled "Analysis of Interrelationships among Seedling Vigor, Field Emergence, and Yield in Wheat" that was published in Agronomy Journal, Vol 65, 1973, was well acclaimed as a milestone in seed science research and was extensively cited in scientific literature. Even almost 50 years after its publication, I continue to receive references to it from scientists around the world. I give a lot of credit for this to the conducive academic environment of U of S in which I was able to pursue my studies."


"1971 College of Home economics Friday nights at Donna Little’s home playing Elvis records and imbibing in “Baby Duck Wine.” TOO MUCH FUN!!!"


"Tribute to Professor Doris Hasell: 

I was first introduced to the College of Home Economics when I met Professor Doris Hasell who spearheaded the Department of Interior Design. After an initial two-hour meeting, she piqued my interest so much that I left that first meeting inspired to pursue a career in Interior Design.

Professor Hasell was a very knowledgeable and gifted teacher with a steadfast manor. She possessed the ability to bring out the very best in her students. She certainly brought out the best in me.

As I was completing my degree, Professor Hasell opened the door for my first job opportunity with Holliday-Scott interiors in Saskatoon. I was soon offered a job in Vancouver, and was off to a strange new city that I had never visited. So many doors have opened for me since those early days. I remain in Vancouver and am honoured to still be working in Interior Design in Canada and have worked in the US. I have had my own Interior Design business for over 30 years and continue to work today with long time valued clients.

All of this after being inspired and mentored by Professor Hasell. She believed in me and guided me to a rewarding career. I want to send a very big thank you to Profesoor Hasell who provided so much guidance and helped shape my career.

Cheers to the Class of 1972!"


"1970 College of Home Economics with Dean Edith Rowles Simpson and Faculty"


"1997 College of Home Economics 25th Reunion in Saskatoon"


"11 members of the 72 EE's met for a 50th reunion BBQ in Riverhurst SK in July. They were joined in a short zoom meeting by an additional 5. We remembered an additional 6 members no longer with us. Gary, who obviously never wore his engineering jacket after graduation, brought it along to remind our senior memories what it looked like."


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