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Fiche créée le : 2005-10-23
Décès le : 2005-10-23
Parution : 2005-10-27
Conjoint(e) : Doris Margeson
Paru dans : Ottawa Citizen, ON

CURTIS, George F.O.C., O.B.C., Q.C. Suddenly on Sunday, October 23, 2005, at his much-loved home in Vancouver, where he lived for almost 60 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Doris Margeson, and his son Robert. Survived by his sons, John and Peter, his daughter, Joanne Duchastel, and Robert's widow, Cushla, grandchildren, Catherine, Devon, and Matthew Curtis, Jean-Pierre and Nicole Duchastel and great-grandchildren, Saskia and George Gilmer, and Marguerite Hannan. He will also be remembered by Anne M. K. Curtis, George Bonnaud, Judy Angelstad, Hudson Gilmer and Andrew Hannan. Special thanks go to Deborah Hamilton who for so long has been a reliable and constant presence in his life. Also thanks to the "Merry Wives of Allison Road" who brought much fun and caring to his final years. Born in Stogumber, Somerset, on September 4, 1906, he was raised as a "prairie boy" in Saskatchewan and, after having studied law at the University of Saskatchewan, went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Returning to Canada, he practised law in Regina, before becoming a professor of law at Dalhousie University from 1934-1945. Responding to the wish of the Bar of British Columbia that a law school be established in the province, the University of British Columbia appointed him the founding dean of the new law school. Remaining active at the law school right up to his death, he has influenced the lives and careers of some of Canada's top judges, many of its distinguished teachers and thousands of its practising lawyers. At the international level, he was a delegate to four Commonwealth Education Conferences resulting in the creation of the Commonwealth Scholarships, served as a special advisor to the Government of Canada at the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and represented the country at two United Nations Law of the Sea conferences. Some of his other accomplishments, of which he was particularly proud, were having initiated the first program of public health insurance as a student at the University of Saskatchewan, having drafted the Farmers' Creditors Arrangement Act which saved the family farms of Dirty Thirties from rogue creditors, having been a part of the first post-war committee to revise Canadian competition policy, having encouraged and actively overseen the graduation of the first aboriginal Canadian from a law school in Canada, having been a member of the first federal electoral boundaries commission, having been the labour arbitrator who kept the Empress Hotel open in 1958, having been the one in 1953 to suggest naming the Queen Elizabeth Islands in order to reinforce Canada's Arctic claims, having been the one in 1963 to name Simon Fraser University, having helped to establish and draft the constitution of the Association of Universities and Colleagues of Canada (A.U.C.C.) and the Council of Canadian Law Deans. On a personal level, he spoke passionately of his love for the contemplative art of fly fishing. He received many awards over his lifetime, from the Governor-General's Bronze Medal at the age of 18, to honorary degrees from several Canadian universities, to being the first recipient of the Law Society of British Columbia Award in 1986, to being named to the Order of British Columbia in 1995, and to the Order of Canada in 2004. A funeral service will be held at St. Anselm's Anglican Church, 5210 University Boulevard, Vancouver, at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 2, 2005. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Doris Curtis Memorial Scholarship or the George F. Curtis Student Endowment Fund, UBC Faculty of Law, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1. Published in the Ottawa Citizen from 10/27/2005 - 10/29/2005


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