In a league of her own: wife, mother and baseball Hall of Famer Millie McAuley was proudest of Edmonton's 1951 victory over Toronto.
DIED: Former teacher, administrator and cabinet minister Ray Gillis Williston, 92; from the complications of a fall in his home, in Sechelt, B.C., on Dec. 7. Williston was born in Victoria and educated in Salmon Arm, B.C. He became a schoolteacher, working for 16 years as a principal and school superintendent before entering politics in 1953. Elected as Socred MLA for Fort George, he served in several portfolios--as education minister (1954-1956) and minister of lands and forests (1956-1962), with water resources added to his ministry in 1962--until his defeat at the polls in 1972. After retiring from politics, Williston was appointed general manager of the New Brunswick Forest Authority, where he worked until 1976, when he returned to B.C. as president of the B.C. Cellulose Company.
DIED: Calgary environmental activist and professor Dixon Thompson, 64; of flesh-eating disease (necrotizing fasciitis), in Victoria, on Nov. 28. Thompson was born in Pincher Creek, Alta., where he developed his love of the outdoors and enthusiasm for conservation of our wilderness playground. His passion for climbing took him on treks to peaks around the world, including a Mount Everest expedition in the late 1980s. For 33 years Thompson was a professor in the faculty of environmental design at the University of Calgary, and also an honorary professor at the Universidad Nacional Santiago Antunez de Mayolo in Peru. He also served as a consultant to governments and industry, both in Canada and abroad. He had planned to retire next year and move to Victoria, but while visiting there he succumbed to flesh-eating disease, from a scrape on the shin suffered while moving into a Calgary townhouse a few weeks earlier.
DIED: Co-founder of Edmonton's Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society Shauna Seneca, 49; from the complications of knee surgery, in Edmonton, on Dec. 14. Born and raised in Edmonton, Seneca graduated from the University of Calgary with a bachelor's degree in social work. After more than a decade working for Alberta's social services, she and her husband founded the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, a non-profit charitable organization helping young children and their families lead healthier lives. The society today runs 14 programs with a staff of 83 people. In 2005, Seneca received Edmonton's Women of Vision award. She also sat on the board of the Edmonton Police Commission between 1998 and 2002.
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|Title Annotation:||THE RECORD|
|Date:||Jan 29, 2007|
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