Fonds MG4255 - David Lorne Gales Fonds

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David Lorne Gales Fonds

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  • 1911-1991 (Creation)
    Gales, David Lorne, 1911-1991

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1.8 m. of textual records
33 audio reels
8 audio cassettes
11 audio discs : 12"
8 audio discs : 7"
1 audio disc : 10"
19 film reels : 16mm
2 artifacts : graduation cape & plastic McGill shield
1 honorary Doctorate of Law
1 rowing certificate
927 photographic materials : photos, slides, negatives

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David Lorne Gales was born in Montreal on January 6, 1911 (his parents being George Gilbert Gales and Ada Belle Clarke). From 1920-1928, Gales attended Lower Canada College, a private elementary and secondary school for boys in Montreal. Gales was a member of the McGill Rowing Club (1928-1935), rowing for Canada at the British Empire Games in 1930. At McGill University, he earned a B.A. (1928-1932), later earning a B.C.L. (1932-1935) and was also the President of the Students' Society from 1934┬Ěto 1935.

Gales married Isabel D. Graham Dawson (daughter of A.O. Dawson) on January 5, 1939 and had four children: Pamela Joan, Robert Lorne, Howard Richard, David Graham. His mother passed away on February 1945, as did his son, David, in 1972 in a car accident. D. Lorne Gales died on October 8, 1991.

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Donated by Pamela Miller in 2006-2007.

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The fonds consists mainly of documents relating to Gales' private life, including correspondence with family and friends during the war years (1931-1946) and correspondence documenting his social networking amongst graduates (1978-1985). The fonds also includes agendas (1967-1982), covering his years working at McGill University and into retirement.

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English with a very small amount in French:

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