Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Francess G. Halpenny

Editor, Professor Emeritus

Born in Ottawa in 1919.

Received a Master's degree in English language and literature from the University of Toronto in 1941 at a time generally unsupportive towards women academics.

Joined the Editorial Department of the Toronto Press in 1941. By 1965, becoming Managing Editor and then the Associated Director in 1979.

Her contribution to scholarly publishing in Canada is outstanding. Realizing that knowledge of Canadian history, scholarship and publication needed to be increased, much of her work as an editor, writer and professor has focussed on that area.

Awarded the prestigious Molson Prize in 1983 for her formidable editorial work on the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Halpenny has also received eleven honorary degrees from various Canadian universities.

Became a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1984.


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