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Harry W. Hilborn

Male 1900 - 1978  (78 years)


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  • Name Harry W. Hilborn 
    Born 16 Apr 1900  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1911  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Methodist 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-92008 
    Died 18 Oct 1978  Kingston, Frontenac Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Greenfield Cemetery, Arthur, Arthur Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I92008  Generations
    Last Modified 12 May 2024 

    Father Joseph Hilborn,   b. 7 Jun 1867, Speedsville (Waterloo Township), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1940  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Sophia B. Hagey,   b. 22 Jun 1873, Port Elgin, Saugeen Twp., Bruce Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1967  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 14 Aug 1895  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F13702  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Harry Warren Hilborn had a long and fruitful career in university Spanish teaching and in research in Spanish literature. For his place in Spanish studies and teaching in Canada, it is fitting to pay tribute to him as the first Canadian-trained hispanist and a greatly respected and beloved member of the profession. He was educated at Galt Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto, with a B.A. (Honours) in Modern Languages (1923), M.A. (1925, and the first Ph.D. in Spanish Language and Literature to be conferred by that University (1935). There he received his training in the methods of literary history and research under Toronto's Professor Milton A. Buchanan and he subsequently broke new ground in research on the dramatic works of Calderon de la Barca. Harry began his teaching career at the University of Toronto in 1923, then joined the faculty of Acadia University as Associate Professor of Romance Languages. From 1927 to 1950 he had a distinguished career at Acadia, becoming Professor in 1941 and Head of the Department of Romance languages in 1949. In 1950 he was appointed to the faculty of Queen's University as Professor of Spanish and Italian and Head of the Department, in which capacity he served with distinction until his retirement in 1966. He continued to contribute to the work of the Department following his retirement by teaching for four more years and became Professor Emeritus in 1970. In 1961 he was honoured by Acadia University, which conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa. Dr. Hilborn was the author of two books, A Chronology of the plays of D. Pedro Caleron de la Barca (1938), and The Modern Mexican Essay (1965), an annotated translation from the Spanish, and was a contributor to a third volume, Calderon de la Barca studies 1951-69 (1971). He was the author of some dozen articles on Spain,Spanish Golden Age Drama, and the study and teaching of Spanish. Dr. Hilborn was an active member of a number of professional associations and held office in several, including Chairman of the Comediantes Group of the Modern Language Association of America, Chairman of the Spanish Sub-section of the Ontario Modern Language Teachers' Assoc. and subsequently Vice-President and President of the Association. Professor Hilborn taught classes for 47 consecutive years during his career in Toronto, Wolfville, Kingston and Bermuda. He is remembered by his students and colleagues for his personal touch, his interest in his students, his approachability, his fairness, his lack of arrogance and complete lack of malice, either personal or academic, ... and his good humour. "

      Obituary written by Queen's University.

  • Sources 
    1. [S86] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1901, Waterloo (South/Sud) G-2 Page 13.

    2. [S272] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1911, Div. 7 Page 15.

    3. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Joseph Hilborn Born: Speedsville Waterloo Age: 28 Father: Jacob Hilborn Mother: Caroline Hilborn Born: abt 1867 Spouse: Sophia Hagey Age: 22 born: Port Elgin Father: Peter Hagey Mother: Elizabeth Hagey married 14 Aug 1895 married: Waterloo

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Apr 1900 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Methodist - 1911 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Oct 1978 - Kingston, Frontenac Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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