AU loses one of its long-time community leaders: The Hon. Frank Appleby

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The Hon. Frank Appleby and wife Dorothy Appleby on a visit to the constituency office of The Honourable Jeff Johnson, MLA for Athabasca-Redwater. Photo credit: Jeff Johnson

The Hon. Frank Appleby and wife Dorothy Appleby on a visit to the constituency office of Hon. Jeff Johnson, MLA for Athabasca-Redwater. Photo credit: Jeff Johnson

It is with great sadness we note the passing of the Hon. Frank Appleby, a dear friend and colleague of Athabasca University and a community leader.

Born on Dec. 23, 1913, in small-town Alberta, Frank Pierpoint Appleby lived a long and esteemed life until his passing Monday at the age of 101.

Mr. Appleby was widely revered for his devotion to community service—most especially by our AU family for his invaluable contributions to our institution.

In 2005, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Athabasca University.

Throughout his life, Mr. Appleby was committed to learning, education, community advocacy and development in Alberta. He served as Sergeant in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of General Studies degree from Athabasca University. He also took courses at Balliol College, Oxford; Banff Centre; University of Saskatchewan; University of British Columbia; University of Toronto; and Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.

Mr. Appleby also had a deep passion for politics. In the 1944 Alberta general election, he ran in the “service men” vote. In that election he finished fifth out of a field of seven candidates, taking just over 12 per cent of the popular vote.

Former Premier Stelmach and Frank Appleby cut the ribbon for the official opening of the new science lab at Athabasca University. [Photo Jeff Johnson, 2011]

Former Premier Stelmach and Frank Appleby cut the ribbon for the official opening of the new science lab at Athabasca University. Photo credit: Jeff Johnson, 2011

His political aspirations soared and between 1971 through 1986, Mr. Appleby served as MLA for the Athabasca constituency, working on Premier Peter Lougheed’s team.

He next took on the position of Deputy Speaker where he was responsible for various functions of the Alberta Legislature, as well as member services where he oversaw a staff of 31. He remained in this role for seven years.

Mr. Appleby was widely revered for his devotion to community service—most especially by our AU family for his invaluable contributions to our institution.”

 

•Frank Appleby presents the 2002 Frank Appleby Professional Award to Michael Splinter (left) and David Beck (right) at the CAPF Annual General Meeting, June 14, 2002.  Photo by CAPF

• Frank Appleby presents the 2002 Frank Appleby Professional Award to Michael Splinter (left) and David Beck (right) at the CAPF Annual General Meeting, June 14, 2002. Photo credit: CAPF

He was also a jack of all trades when it came to his many community achievements. He played a significant role in creating the College of Alberta Professional Foresters (CAPF), the organization which annually awards The Frank Appleby Professional Award to a professional forester who has made exemplary contributions to the organization.

In 2005, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Athabasca University.”

The Hon. Frank Pierpoint Appleby, Honorary Doctor of Athabasca University

The Hon. Frank Pierpoint Appleby, Honorary Doctor of Athabasca University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Appleby leaves behind his beloved wife,Dorothy, along with numerous family, friends and members of the Alberta community and beyond.