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The Edith Rowles Simpson Recognition Fund

Edith Rowles Simpson has made a major contribution and a lifelong commitment to the well being of families and to the profession of Home Economics in Canada.

Edith RowlesGraduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 1932 with the degree of Bachelor of Household Science, Edith Rowles received the Rutter Prize as the most distinguished graduate in the School of Household Science. After graduation, she joined the Department of Women’s Work of the Extension Department at the University of Saskatchewan. She became Girls’ Work supervisor in 1936 and is credited along with Bertha Oxner with the establishment of Homecraft Clubs for girls in Saskatchewan, the forerunner of today’s 4-H Homecraft Clubs. In 1939 she completed the Master of Science degree in Extension at the University of Wisconsin. From 1944 to 1950 she served as Dean of Women as well as Assistant Professor in the College of Home Economics exhibiting her commitment to the development of women students.

 
In 1950 she became a full time professor in the College of Home Economics and completed her career at the University with a seven year term as Dean, retiring as Dean Emeritus in 1972. Her achievements during those years included completing a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, publishing a book on the history of degree programs in Canada and conducting some of the first research in Canada on freezing foods. The publications on freezing vegetables and the preservation and use of cultivated and native fruits were widely used throughout the prairies and beyond. Under her leadership, College programs were revised, new specializations were added and the first graduate students were admitted. In 1964, Dr. Rowles married Dr. G.W. Simpson, the distinguished former head of the University of Saskatchewan’s History Department. He died in 1969.

Dr. Simpson’s contributions to the profession of home economics were equally significant. She was one of the founders of the Saskatchewan Home Economics Association and served as its president, she was president of the Canadian Home Economics Association, active in organizations of deans and directors of university programs in home economics in Canada, published articles on the history, development and philosophy of the profession and presented papers at many professional meetings including the International Federation of Home Economics conference in Helsinki.

Her work and commitment were recognized by awards from the Saskatchewan and Canadian Home Economics Associations, the Saskatchewan and Canadian Dietetic Associations and the Saskatchewan 4-H Council. Other honours included induction to the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1981, a Century Saskatoon award in 1982, installation as a member of the Order of Canada in 1987 and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree conferred by the University of Saskatchewan in 1993.

Dr. Simpson died December 29, 1997 at the age of 92. Her humanity, love of Saskatchewan and its people, her integrity and sincere concern for others were admired by all who knew her. The Edith Rowles Simpson Recognition Fund will ensure that the influence of this remarkable woman continues.

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Funding for the award is provided through the Dr. Edith Rowles Simpson Recognition Fund made possible by donations from friends and colleagues of the late Saskatoon home economist. The Canadian Home Economics Foundation administers the fund. The overall objective of the fund is to support work in family finance that will help empower families to enhance their quality of life.  It targets potential leaders in the field who will invest their knowledge and expertise in improving the quality of life for families.  The first award was made in 1994.  The deadline for applications is June 30.


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