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Walker, Gladys

  • Person
  • 1882 - 1971

Gladys Walker was born in 1882 to Sir Byron Edmund and Mary Alexander Walker. She was the fourth of seven children. She married John S. H. Guest (1874 - 1953) and they had four children: David G. "Dadie" born in 1908, John S. born in 1911, Elizabeth N "Betty" [Osler] born in 1914, and Katherine M "Kitty" [Stevens], born in 1917.

Walker, Harold C.

  • Person
  • 1893 - 1969

Harold C. Walker was born in 1983 to Sir Byron Edmund and Mary Alexander Walker. He was the youngest of seven children. He married Kathleen I.L. Temple (1897 - 1983) and they had three children.

Harold C. Walker was appointed to the Appleby College Board of Governors on April 1, 1924 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Col. James George. This was the same board meeting that it was announced his father, Sir Edmund Walker had died. However, Harold was not appointed to the Board to replace his father. Harold C. Walker was appointed Chairman of the Board of Governors on December 21, 1926. He was in this role until his resignation on February 11, 1953 when Mr. C.L. Gundy was appointed Chairman and took the chair immediately.

Harold C. Walker died on March 23, 1969.

Walker, Wentworth Dillon

  • Person
  • 1917-2009

Wentworth Dillon “Wenty” Walker was born on June 23, 1917 in Toronto to Grace Edith Dillon and Ewart Buchan Walker son of Canadian Business and Arts Patron Sir Edmund Walker. Wentworth attended Appleby College from 1931 to 1935. While at Appleby, he was a member of the Dramatic Club, a librarian in Powell’s House, and was vice-captain of the Badminton team (1934 & 1935). Upon leaving, Wentworth gifted Appleby with a locomotive bell to use a school bell. Wentworth studied at the Toronto University specializing in mathematics and physics. During the Second World War, Wentworth served as a sergeant in the army and was discharged due to medical reasons. In 1942, he married Elisabeth Margaret Walker (nee Steel), and together they had two sons, Brian and Peter. Postwar, Wentworth worked as an auditor for the Shell Oil Company. Wentworth followed in his grandfather’s passion for cultural involvement and philanthropy. His affinity for the arts led him to an involvement with the Hart House Theatre, the Central Ontario Region of the Dominion Drama Festival, the Toronto Children Players, and the John Holden Players, where he performed stage managing and lighting duties. A long-time member of the Arts and Letters Club, Wentworth also championed the preservation of important landmarks and natural resources through the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and the Federation of Ontario Naturalists. He also had a great interest in the Walker family history, particularly the life and time of Sir Edmund Walker, his grandfather. Wentworth Walker died on November 6, 2009.

Wickens, Percival

  • Person
  • [19-] - 1937

In 1934, Percival Wickens was appointed Appleby’s second headmaster. Born in England, Wickens attended the University of London where he specialized in mathematics. During the Great War he served in the Royal Naval Air Squadron and was distinguished for his abilities and became a prominent flight instructor. He was frequently requested to pilot distinguished passengers such as Generals, Ministers, and Royalty across the
English Channel. Before his appointment to Appleby, Wickens was Assistant Master at St. Alban’s School in Brockville. In 1922, the growth of the School warranted the division of science and mathematics as distinct teaching roles which had previously been taught by Mr. Whittington. Thus, Wickens joined the staff of Appleby as mathematics teacher and soon became Housemaster of the New House (now Colley House) in 1923. In 1925, he succeeded the Rev. Mr. Blyth as Housemaster of Powell’s House.

Wickens is best remembered for approaching all activities with enthusiasm, dedication, strict discipline and electrifying power. Whether it was teaching cricket, dramatics, organizing Continental tours, or the Argus, everything was done with precision and efficiency; his personally motto was, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”

Sadly, on June 14, 1937, Wickens lost his battle with cancer and passed away. Even though, Wickens’ service as headmaster lasted a mere three years, John Guest fondly commented in the 1938 Argus these words - “I know that as long as Appleby stands, it will be the greater and finer for all the work and love that he [Wickens] expendedupon it so nobly and ungrudgingly."

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