Larry Fowke, PhD, DSC, FRSC

Dr. Larry C. Fowke was a faculty member in the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan for 36 years.  During that time, he taught biology, introductory cell biology, senior-year plant cell biology, and a graduate course dealing with the use of electron microscopes.  He has forty-two years of research in plant cell biology, has published over 170 articles dealing with plant cells, and co-edited a book on the topic of plant protoplasts.  In addition, he has lectured at conferences around the world.  Like his dad, Larry is a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Dr. Fowke lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with his wife, Lynne.

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Don Fowke, FCMC
(Larry Fowke's Brother)

Mr. Fowke holds a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan and an S.M. from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management. He has served as visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Fowke was a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hickling-Johnston Limited for ten years and a Managing Director of William M. Mercer Limited for five. He is a Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Ontario. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.


Bonnie Fowke, CMC
(Larry Fowke's Sister-inlaw)

Mrs. Fowke holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Saskatchewan, is a graduate of the Paul Rebillot School of Gestalt and Experiential Learning in Switzerland and is graduate of the Organization and System Development Program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.. Mrs. Fowke was a Principal with Hickling-Johnston Limited and an Associate with William M. Mercer Limited. She is a Certified Management Consultant with the Alberta and Ontario Institutes of Management Consultants in Canada.

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Lynn Tupper (nee Fowke)
(Larry Fowke's Sister)


Vernon Clifford Fowke, PhD, FRSC
(Larry Fowke's Father)

Vernon Clifford Fowke, economic historian and professor. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1929, and immediately joined the teaching staff. He continued his graduate studies at the University of Chicago and University of Washington, where he received his PhD in 1942. His doctoral thesis, published as Canadian Agricultural Policy (1946), remains a key study and established him as the most influential historian of Canadian agriculture. It was supplemented by The National Policy and the Wheat Economy (1957) and (with George Brittnell) Canadian Agriculture in War and Peace (1962) and numerous articles. Fowke also advised numerous royal commissions including the Rowell-Sirois Royal Commission on Dominion-Provincial Relations  and, after 1946, served on the Transportation Advisory Board, where he played a key role in defending the CROW'S NEST PASS AGREEMENT. One of the most influential Canadian economists of his day, he was elected a member of the Royal Society of Canada in 1954.

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Edith Fowke, MA
(Larry Fowke's Aunt)

Edith Fowke was one of Canada’s leading folklorists, dedicated to revealing ‘the hidden submerged culture lying in the shadow of the official civilization about which historians write.’

From 1950 to 1972, she hosted CBC radio programs such as ‘Folksong Time,’ ‘Folklore and FolkMusic,’ ‘Folk Sounds,’ and ‘The Travelling Folk of the British Isles.’ She joined the English Department of York University in 1971 until 1984.

In the 1980s, Fowke also taught folk music in the University of Calgary’s Kodaly program and was president from 1985 to 1986 of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada. Fowke received many honours, including honourary doctorates from four Canadian universities, Companion of the Order of Canada in 1978, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1983 and a Lifelong Achievement Award from the Folk Alliance conference.

Edith’s interest in folksong and her disappointment in the small quantity of Canadian songs published and recorded led her to begin her own research in the mid-1940s. Among Fowke’s more than twenty publications were topics of folksongs, including Folksongs of Canada (1954, with Richard Johnston), Traditional Singers and Songs From Ontario (1965), Lumbering Songs From the Northern Woods (1970), The Penguin Book of Canadian Folksongs (1973), and Sea Songs and Ballads From Nineteenth-century Nova Scotia (1982).