Deans and Directors of Household Science and Home Economics

Helen Abell, BA(HSc), MSc, PhD (1973-74)

Dr. Helen Abell was an internationally recognized rural sociologist. She studied at the Macdonald Institute, Ontario Agricultural College, and at the University of Toronto, from which she received the Bachelor of Household Science degree. She went on to Cornell University for the Master of Science degree in Home Economics and a PhD in rural sociology, with minors in agricultural economics and home economics education. Upon graduation, Dr. Abell moved back to Canada to head the Rural Sociology Research Unit for the federal Department of Agriculture. She later held teaching positions at the Ontario Agricultural College and the University of Waterloo. While working with the Department of Agriculture and various universities, she completed a number of overseas projects for the Canadian International Development Agency, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Food and Agricultural Organization. She also spent four years with the Canadian Women’s Army Corps during World War II and a year as the Social Affairs Officer, Community Development Group for the United Nations. Dr Abell joined the University of Saskatchewan as Dean of Home Economics in 1973.

Dr. Abell left the University in 1974 to re-enter the international field, and led a two-year agricultural and economic project in Indonesia. She went on to publish numerous studies and was a well-known speaker and consultant. She passed away in 2005.

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