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