Throughout WWII he served in the Canadian Army. He returned to Canada to command the advance party of Exercise Musk Ox, establishing an airfield on the ice at Baker Lake. He retired as a lieutenant colonel and was appointed secretary and coordinator of the Advisory Committee on Northern Development and later scientific adviser to the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (now INDIAN AND NORTHERN AFFAIRS CANADA). He then joined Carleton University's Institute of Canadian Studies as a research professor. His encyclopedic knowledge of and enthusiasm for the arctic have earned him the respect and affection of several generations of students, arctic specialists and Inuit. His account of his exploratory journeys and excavations in northern Canada have been published as Cold Comfort (1996) and he co-authored The Circumpolar North (1978).
Author JOHN BENNETT