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Fitt, Michael S., 1947-2019

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  • 1947-2019

Mike was born in the borough of Harrow, London, England on April 8, 1947 to Sidney and Edna Fitt. He spent his teenage years developing a passion for jazz at the 100 Club, and the Ken Colyer Jazz Club in London. In 1971, Mike and Canadian wife Liz Macfarlane moved to Canada, living in Jasper, Vancouver, and Edmonton, where Mike managed a family business, worked as a bank clerk at CIBC, and in sales and purchasing at HMV, Virgin Megastore, and A & B Sound (Edmonton). A keen collector, he amassed a significant collection of phonographs from the 1920’s through 1990’s, with a focus on British Trad-revival and Duke Ellington. He also wrote detailed discographical notes and assisted with research on the 24-volume The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord. He returned to the United Kingdom permanently in 2015 due to poor health. He died in August, 2019.

Gray, Dorothy, 1941-2012

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  • 1941-2012

Dorothy Helen Gray was born in Brantford, Manitoba on May 28, 1941 and spent her early years in Calgary and Toronto. She received degrees from the University of Alberta, a BEd in 1966 and an MEd in 1990. In 1979, Dorothy became a faculty member of Grant MacEwan Community College. During her time at MacEwan she was the recipient of both the MacEwan Medallion and the Emeritus Award.

During her professional career as an English instructor and following her retirement, she was actively involved in volunteering with the Students' Association, MacEwan Day and Open House. Passionate about local history, she maintained a close connection with Dr. J. W. Grant MacEwan and his family.

Following her death in February 6, 2012 at the Edmonton General Hospital, the Dorothy Gray Award was established to recognize a university employee who had demonstrated service and support to Students' Association programs, services and initiatives above and beyond their job requirements. In 2012 the Students' Association named the Gray Gallery, space for student art works, in her honour.

Hauff, Donna von, 1952-

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  • 1952-

Born in 1952, Donna attended Senior University Management and Risk Management at the University of Manitoba from 1997 – 2002, and Executive Management Courses at the Banff School of Management from 1996 – 2004. As a freelance journalist and editor, she contributed to the following works: Everyone’s Grandfather: the Life and Times of Grant MacEwan (author, 1994), Buffalo - Sacred & Sacrificed (editor, 1995), and The Story of the Peaceful Valley Project (editor, 1996). She also served as Vice President at Concordia University in Edmonton, Alberta from 1997 – 2005.

Hutton, John, 1943-1990

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  • 1943-1990

John Hutton began his career at Grant MacEwan Community College on September 1, 1979 as a full time instructor in the Social Work program. His education included a master's degree in social work (University of Calgary), a degree in theology (St. Stephen's College, University of Alberta), and a doctorate in social work (Columbia University, New York) earned during a leave of absence from 1985-1987. During his time at GMCC, he served on Academic Council, the Faculty Association negotiating committee, and as co-chairman of the Family Institute. He taught outreach courses at Slave Lake, Grouard, High Level, the Blood Indian Reserve near Fort Macleod, and the Mennonite Centre for Newcomers in Edmonton. He also worked with a number of groups, including serving as a board member for the AIDS Network, past-president of the Alberta Association of Social Workers, and with city agencies Operation Friendship and Urban Manor. He died December 24, 1990 at age 46. The John Hutton Memorial Award for Social Work students excelling in the Social Policy course is named in his honour.

MacEwan, Grant, 1902-2000

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  • 1902-2000

John Walter Grant MacEwan was born on August 12, 1902 in Brandon, Manitoba. Educated at schools in Brandon and Melfort, Saskatchewan, MacEwan graduated from Ontario Agricultural College in 1926 and from Iowa State College in 1928. He was professor of animal husbandry at the University of Saskatchewan and department head from 1928 to 1946, and dean of agriculture, University of Manitoba, from 1946 to 1951. He moved to Calgary and was elected alderman in 1953, 1955, 1957 and 1959; he was mayor from 1963 to 1966. Elected MLA in 1955, he became Alberta Liberal leader in 1958, but was defeated in the election of 1959 and resigned the leadership in 1960. He was lieutenant-governor of Alberta from 1965 to 1974 and was invested with the Order of Canada 1975. He published four agricultural texts (two collaborations) and some 50 books on historical subjects. Grant MacEwan Community College in Edmonton was named in his honour. Grant MacEwan Day began on February 28, 1985 as a day to pay tribute to the college's namesake. In 1986, it also became a day to recognize employees who had made an outstanding contribution to the college. Events included a breakfast and presentation of the MacEwan Medallion by Dr. MacEwan. The first MacEwan Medallion was awarded to Chuck Day, Vice President, Academic on February 27, 1986. He died on June 15, 2000 in Calgary, Alberta.

Mallon, Darci, 1954-

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  • 1954-

Born in 1954 in Edmonton, Alberta, Darci received an honours diploma in painting from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Alberta, and an MFA in painting from York University in Toronto, Ontario. As a professional artist, her work has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout Canada. She joined MacEwan University in 1990 where she worked as an instructor as well as the Chair of the Fine Art program. She retired in 2019.

Meen, Donald

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Registered as a psychologist in 1979 in Alberta, Donald was program head of the Youth Development program at Grant MacEwan Community College from 1973 to 1982. He has been an instructor in the Psychology Department at Douglas College, New Westminster, British Columbia, from 1990 to the present, as well as an adjunct professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University from 1999 to 2010.