Zytaruk, George

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Zytaruk, George

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  • George John Zytaruk

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George Zytaruk was the first President of Nipissing College, a Professor of English Literature, and a renowned D. H. Lawrence scholar. He was born on May 6, 1927 in rural Alberta. He attended the University of Alberta, receiving a Bachelor of Education degree in 1949, followed by Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Arts degrees in English. He worked as a teacher and principal in Edmonton and other Alberta communities until 1962, when he commenced his doctorate at the University of Washington in Seattle. After graduating in 1965, Zytaruk returned to the University of Alberta and taught in the English department. In 1967, he relocated with his family to North Bay, Ontario after being appointed Principal (later renamed President) of the newly-established Nipissing College. As President of Nipissing College from 1967 to 1983, he was instrumental in the college's early development and played a central role in key events including the college's affiliation agreement with Laurentian University (1967), the construction of the College Education Centre (opened 1973), and the establishment of a Faculty of Education following the merger of North Bay Teachers’ College with Nipissing College (1973).

Zytaruk continued researching, writing, and teaching as a professor of English language and literature at Nipissing College both during and after his presidential term. His primary academic interest was the English writer D. H. Lawrence, while other interests included Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. Zytaruk retired in 1992, but remained active in the affairs of Nipissing University, which recognized his contributions by awarding him an Honourary Doctorate of Letters (1992), and naming him its first Professor Emeritus (1997) and President Emeritus (2011). George Zytaruk died in North Bay on April 12, 2013.


North Bay, Ont. (1967-2013)

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President (originally Principal) of Nipissing College - 1967-1983
Professor of English Literature, Nipissing College/University - 1967-1992

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Nipissing University (1967-)

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George Zytaruk was the President (originally Principal) of Nipissing College (1967-1983) and a Professor of English Literature at Nipissing College/University (1967-1992).

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Nipissing University and Canadore College Archives and Special Collections

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Created January 9, 2015 by Peter Houston


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Toronto Star. "Dr. George John Zytaruk obituary." Accessed January 9, 2015. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?pid=164246883

"Introduction of George Zytaruk as speaker." 1966. CA ON00408 F010-S05-0065-11. George Zytaruk fonds. Nipissing University and Canadore College Archives and Special Collections, North Bay, Ontario.

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