W.C. Desmond Pacey

Curriculum Vitae

May 1, 1917         Born Dunedin, New Zealand

May 1, 1924         Went to England, with mother (father killed
                    in World War I)

1928-1931           Magnus Grammar School, Newark, Notts.,

Sept., 1931         Came to Canada (to a farm in Glanford
                    Station, Ontario)

1931 - 1934         Caledonia High School, Ontario

       1934         Won three entrance scholarships to the
                    University of Toronto and the first Carter
                    Scholarship for Wentworth County, Ontario

1934 - 1938         Victoria College in the University of Toronto
                    -  honours course in Philosophy, English and
                    History; editor of Acta Victoriana; Speaker
                    of Debating Parliament; member university and
                    college soccer teams; President, University
                    Soccer Club.

1938                B.A. (Toronto), First Class Honours in
                    English and Philosophy.  Awarded three gold
                    medals and the Massey Travelling Fellowship
                    for study at Cambridge University.

1938 - 1941         Research student in English literature, and
                    Dominion and Colonial Exhibitioner, Trinity
                    College, Cambridge

1939                Married Mary E. Carson of Ottawa (3 sons and
                    4 daughters: Philip, Mary Ann, Patricia,
                    Peter, Margaret, Michael, Penelope)

1941                Ph.D. (Cantab.) Dissertation: "The Reception
                    and Influence of French Realistic Fiction in
                    Victorian England."

1940 - 1944         Professor of English, Brandon College,
                    University of Manitoba.

1943 (June - Dec)   Executive Officer and Editor, Wartime
                    Information Board, Ottawa.

1944 - 1969         Professor and Head of the Department of
                    English, University of New Brunswick,
                    Fredericton, N.B.

1952 - 1969         Secretary of the Faculty, U.N.B.

1955                Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of

1955 - 1956         Acting Dean of Arts, U.N.B.

1960 - 1970         Dean of Graduate Studies, U.N.B.

1962 - 1963         Senior Research Fellow, Canada Council, at
                    Cambridge University.

1964 - 1966         Secretary, Canadian Association of Graduate

1966 - 1968         President, Canadian Association of Graduate

1966 - 1969         Secretary, Section II, Royal Society of

1967 - 1970         Member, Academic Panel, Canada Council

1968                U.N.B. Delegate to Sydney, Australia,
                    Conference of Universities of the

1969                Guest Lecturer, Yeats International Summer
                    School, Sligo, Ireland

1970                Vice-President (Academic) U.N.B.

1972                Awarded Lorne Pierce Medal of the Royal
                    Society of Canada for "distinguished
                    contribution to Canadian literature"

1972 - 1973         Acting President, U.N.B.

1973                Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) Mount
                    Allison U.

1973                Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) U.N.B>

1973                Member, Board of Directors, Association of
                    Universities and Colleges of Canada

1973                U.N.B. Delegate to Congress of Commonwealth
                    Universities and Colleges of Canada

1974                Chairman, Committee of Academic Vice-Presidents, Association of Atlantic

1974                Chairman, AUCC Status of Women Committee

1974                University Professor, U.N.B.

"At U.N.B., have served as first Chairman of the Humanities
Association, Chairman of the Library Committee, Chairman of the
Founders' Day Committee, President of the Faculty Club, Chairman
of the Committee on Graduate Studies (1945-50), Associate Editor
and Chairman of the Editorial Board of The Fiddlehead, Chairman
of the Senate Budget Committee 1968-69, Chairman of the Honorary
Degrees Committee, Chairman of the Academic Resources Committee,
Vice-Chairman of the University Senate, Vice-Chairman of Academic
and Campus Planning Committee, Chairman of the Senate Committee
on Appointments, Promotions and Tenure.

In Fredericton, have served as Secretary and later President of
the Charlotte Street Home and School Association, President of
the Fredericton Council of Home and School Associations, member
of the English Curriculum Sub-committee of the Provincial
Department of Education, Secretary and Chairman of the
Fredericton Branch of the Canadian Institute of International
Affairs, Vice-President of the Community Concert Association.

Have given guest lectures at the following institutions and
organizations: University of Auckland, University of Canterbury,
University of Otago, Cambridge University, University of British
Columbia, University of Manitoba, University of Toronto,
University of Western Ontario, Sir George Williams University,
Bishop's University, Mount Allison University, Association of
Commonwealth Language and Literature (Brisbane, Australia),
National Council of Teachers of English (Vancouver, B.C., and Las
Vegas, Nevada), Royal Society of Canada, Association of Canadian
University Teachers of English, Association of Universities and
Colleges of Canada, Canada Studies Foundation, Association of
Canadian Clubs, University Women's Club, etc.

Author of 9 books including Frederick Philip Grove (1945),
Creative Writing in Canada (1952, 1961, 1966), The Picnic and
Other Stories (1958), Ten Canadian Poets (1958), Ethel Wilson
(1968), and Essays in Canadian Criticism (1969); editor of 10
books including A Book of Canadian Stories (1947, 1950, 1961,
1967) and Our Literary Heritage (1966) and Tales from the Margin
(1971); co-editor of A Literary History of Canada (1965);
contributor to 10 books; author of some seventy articles and
thirty short stories which have been published in Canada, the
U.S.A., the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, France, and New Zealand."


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