Sylvia Olga Fedoruk

Sylvia Olga Fedoruk, physicist, educator, lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan (born at Canora, Sask 5 May 1927; died at Saskatoon, Sask 26 Sep 2012). Fedoruk joined the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic in 1951 after completing her education at the University of Saskatchewan, winning the Governor General's Gold Medal for her academic achievements. While at the clinic she established her reputation in nuclear medicine, pioneering research into the medical uses of radioactive isotopes. She was instrumental in helping to develop the first cobalt radiation unit, now in wide use as a chemotherapy treatment for cancer. She became a full-time professor at the U of Sask in 1973 and was the first woman to be named chancellor of the university in 1986.

Throughout her career Fedoruk was deeply involved in the international nuclear medicine community and served as a consultant in nuclear medicine to the International Atomic Energy Agency. In Canada she was the first female trustee of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and in 1973 she was the first woman appointed to the ATOMIC ENERGY CONTROL BOARD, a post she held until 1988.

Fedoruk, an active sportswoman and avid fisherman, excelled in baseball, track and field, and curling. She has been president of the Canadian Ladies Curling Association and is a member of Canada's Curling Hall of Fame. She was installed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1986 and her contributions to Saskatchewan and Canada were recognized with her appointment as lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan in 1988. She served until 1994.