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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Cross Bigelow (1928-2008)

University professor.

Born on 25 April 1928, son of Tupper S. Bigelow and Helen Cross, he went to the Royal Military College in Kingston, receiving a diploma in chemical engineering in 1952. A year later he received a BASc. in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto. He earned an MSc in 1955 and a PhD (in physical chemistry) in 1957, both from McMaster University. After completing graduate school he worked in the field of protein chemistry at the Carlsberg Laboratory in Copenhagen, Denmark and The Sloane-Kettering Institute in New York City.

He started his teaching career at the University of Alberta and then settled in London, Ontario working as a professor of biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario. He was head of biochemistry at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland (1974 to 1977), Dean of Science at St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia (1977 to 1979), and from 1979 to 1989 he held the position as Dean of Science at the University of Manitoba. On stepping down from the deanship he was named a senior scholar and Dean Emeritus of the university, and later became Provost of University College.

He was elected president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) in 1972. He was provincial secretary of the Newfoundland New Democratic Party (1974 to 1976), president of the Nova Scotia NDP (1978 to 1979) and president of the Manitoba NDP (1982 to 1984).

He died at Victoria, BC on 25 November 2008.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 2008.

Page revised: 12 February 2009

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