Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Sheila Agnes Egoff

Female 1917 - 2005  (88 years)


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  • Name Sheila Agnes Egoff 
    Born 1917  Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 22 May 2005  Vancouver, , British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-150673 
    Person ID I150673  Generations
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 

    Father Daniel Egoff,   b. Abt 1880, , Bulgaria Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1919  (Age ~ 39 years) 
    Mother Lucy Murray,   b. 1890, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1948  (Age 58 years) 
    Family ID F41700  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1917 - Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 May 2005 - Vancouver, , British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • EGOFF, Sheila Agnes - Officer of the Order of Canada, died on May 22, 2005, in her 88th year, at Vancouver, B.C. Born in Auburn, Maine, she grew up in Galt (now Cambridge), Ontario. Her lifelong career as a scholar and critic of children's literature, and pre-eminent promoter of Canadian children's literature in particular, began at the Galt Public Library. After graduating from the University of Toronto and qualifying as a librarian at the University of London (England), she worked at the Children's Room of the Toronto Public Libraries and with their Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, where experience in serving the reading needs of contemporary children was balanced with learning about four centuries of writing, publishing, and illustrating books for children. After a short period on the staff of the Canadian Library Association, she was recruited to join the faculty of the School of Librarianship at the University of British Columbia soon after its establishment in 1961. By her retirement in 1983 as Professor Emerita, she had sent a generation of enthusiastic promoters of children's books and reading from Vancouver to libraries across Canada, in the United States, and elsewhere. They applied her rigorous message "only the best is good enough for children!" by writing children's books, storytelling, practising and administering children's services in public and school libraries, and contributing to the cultural life of their communities. Her own writing and editing include the books "The Republic of Childhood", "Thursday's Child", "Worlds Within", "Children's Periodicals of the 19th Century", "Only Connect", and two annotated catalogues of holdings in the Arkley Collection of Early and Historical Children's Literature which she attracted to the University of British Columbia Library; also articles, survey reports, and published speeches. Retirement did not stop the flow; her final book "My Life with Children's Books" will appear posthumously in a few months. In addition to the Order of Canada, her public honours include honorary doctorates from the Universities of Alberta, New Brunswick, and Victoria. Among many professional honours are the Award for Lifetime Achievement in Children's Literature Scholarship of the Children's Literature Association and the annual British Columbia Book Prize for Children's Literature which bears her name. Predeceased by her brother George and sister-in-law Luella, she is survived by their sons, her nephews John, Brian, and Christopher Egoff, and John's wife and children, all of Cambridge, Ontario. Donations to the scholarship already established in her name may be sent to the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia.


      The Record Newspaper newspaper 25 May 2005

  • Sources 
    1. [S490] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - The Record (1994-March 2008), Obituary of Sheila Agnes - May. 25, 2005.

    2. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.