This Week in History
An Educator Through and Through
|For the week of Monday, January 11, 2016
On January 11, 1864, Henry Marshall Tory was born in the small town of Guysborough, Nova Scotia. Tory would become a great academic and a champion of higher education and research in Canada.
In 1916, Tory joined the Canadian Forces as a colonel. He went to England to set up “colleges” on military bases for soldiers to begin or to continue university studies. Known as “Khaki College,” Tory also tackled illiteracy among the ranks by offering basic education. Veterans returned to Canada with recognized university credits.
In 1928, Tory left his presidency at U of A to become the first president of the National Research Council (NRC). He was a driving force behind the NRC’s establishment of laboratories, and made the council’s work more relevant to Canadian needs by urging more agricultural research.
After retiring from the NRC, Henry Marshall Tory became the founder and first president of Carleton College (now Carleton University) in Ottawa in 1942. He held the post until his death in 1947. Tory was designated a person of national historic significance in 1949 and is commemorated by a plaque on the Academy Grounds in Guysborough, Nova Scotia.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Research Council of Canada. The National Research Council Laboratories is a federal heritage building. To learn more about Canada’s scientific history read Harriet Brooks: A Woman of Science, Married to the Rocks, and One Very Scholarly Scot! In the This Week in History Archives.
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