Deans and Directors of Household Science and Home Economics

Edith Rowles Simpson, BHSc, MSc, EdD, LLD, PDt (1965-1972)

Dr. Edith Rowles Simpson pursued teacher training in Saskatoon and taught in rural schools prior to attending the University of Saskatchewan. She graduated in 1932, receiving the Rutter Prize as the most distinguished graduate in Household Science. She went on to receive the MSc from the University of Wisconsin and a Doctor of Education from Columbia University. Her academic career at the University of Saskatchewan began in 1932 and included appointments in the Department of Women’s Work, the College of Agriculture, University Dean of Women and the College of Home Economics, first as lecturer in the 1930ies and then Assistant Professor in 1950. She became Dean in 1965. Dr. Simpson provided early leadership and guidance to Homemakers’ Clubs and 4-H Clubs and continued her service to Saskatchewan homes throughout her years as a faculty member. Her academic specialty was Food Science and she conducted research on the preservation and use of cultivated and native fruits of Saskatchewan, and the freezing of vegetables most suitable for prairie gardens. In 1964, she published the highly regarded book “Home Economics in Canada: Prologue to Change.” She received numerous honours and awards from the Canadian Home Economics Association, the Canadian Dietetic Association, the 4-H Council, and the College of Home Economics and was named a fellow of the Saskatchewan Home Economics Association.

At the time of Dr. Simpson’s retirement in 1972, the Edith Rowles Simpson Lecture was established in her honour by alumni, colleagues and friends, and she was awarded the title of Dean Emerita. Dr. Simpson was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1981. In 1987, she was appointed a member of the Order of Canada, an honour which recognizes those who exemplify the highest qualities of citizenship and whose contributions enrich the lives of others. The University of Saskatchewan awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Laws in October 1993, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to homes, families and education in Saskatchewan. Dr. Simpson died in 1997.

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