She helped make a place for women in politics: Sally Merchant worked tirelessly for her community, her province and her country.
DIED: Former oilpatch veteran and businessman Francis C. (Frank) Finn, 85; in his sleep, in Calgary, on March 14. He was born in Holden, Alta., and attended the University of Alberta to study engineering, but left after his second year to join the Royal Canadian Air Force. When he earned his wings, he became a flying officer, training pilots at various bases throughout western Canada for the duration of the Second World War. After the war, he resumed his university studies, but switched faculties and graduated with a commerce degree in 1948. He moved to Calgary in 1951 to join North Canadian Oil, eventually assuming the role of vice-president and director of the company and its affiliate, Northwestern Pulp and Power, until 1966. He went on to be one of the founding members of Prudential Steel and ended his career as vice-president of Scurry Rainbow Oil and then Home Oil. He was also a founding director and then chairman of the Western Canada Lottery Corporation.
DIED: The last surviving veteran of the Second World War from Alberta's Blood Reserve and champion of native soldiers' rights Stephen Mistaken Chief, 84; after a brief illness, in Cardston, Alta., on April 4. Born and raised on the Blood Reserve, he enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1941, serving overseas during the war as a front line soldier in one of its most violent campaigns, the Battle of Ortona in Italy. Upon his return to Canada after the war, he was shocked to learn that, because of his race and colour, he did not qualify for the same postwar benefits as his comrades. Undeterred, he spent the rest of his life lobbying the federal government for better native education, human rights, and adequate housing for his people. He earned a degree in management from the University of Lethbridge and worked as a land researcher for the Blood Tribe land management department.
DIED: Former broadcaster and social worker August Frauenfeld, 82; of cancer, in Edmonton, on March 21. Born in Bruderheim, Alta., he graduated in 1949 from Bob Jones University, a Christian college in Greenville, South Carolina, with a degree in radio broadcasting, drama and music. He worked briefly in radio, and in 1952, started his public service with the Alberta government as public trustee and social worker. He was instrumental in the founding of the Westfield Diagnostic and Treatment Centre (now the Yellowhead Youth Centre) for children with emotional issues. Several years later, he took early retirement and became executive director of the Oak Hill Boys Ranch, a treatment centre for youths in Bon Accord, Alta. He retired in 1997 but remained on the board as a consultant.
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|Title Annotation:||THE RECORD|
|Date:||May 7, 2007|
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