Tuesday 29 January 2008
Dr. John B. Wynne, the nephew of Professor Arthur M. Wynne who was
Chair of Biochemistry from 1951-1960, was invited to visit the Department.
Marian Packham, Roy Baker and Reinhart Reithmeier treated Dr. Wynne
to lunch at Hart House and then took him on a tour of MSB and the
Donnelly-CCBR. Marian obtained her B.A. in Biochemistry in 1949
and her Ph.D. in 1954 during the time Arthur Wynne was Chair. She
was able to share her memories of that time and how the Department
had changed over the past 60 years.
Arthur Wynne obtained his B.A. and M.A. in Biochemistry from Queen’s
and completed his Ph.D. on bacterial metabolism in 1925 with Professor
H.B. Speakman, Head of Zymology at the University of Toronto. Dr.
Wynne was appointed Assistant Professor in 1929 when Zymology and
Biochemistry merged, with Hardolph Wasteneys as Chair (1929-1951).
Arthur Wynne was the first President of the Canadian Biochemical
Society, now the Canadian Society of Biochemistry, Molecular and
Cellular Biology (CSBMCB). The CSBMCB celebrated its 50th Anniversary
in 2007 and created the Arthur Wynne Gold Medal to be awarded to
scientists who have made outstanding contributions to biochemistry,
molecular and cell biology in Canada over their careers. Dr. Alan
Bernstein, best known as President of CIHR, is the first recipient
of the CSBMCB Arthur Wynne Gold Medal.
John Wynne also has a close association with the University of Toronto,
graduating with an M.D. in 1952 in the same class as John Evans.
His father, Dr. C.S. Wynne is also a University of Toronto graduate,
obtaining his M.D. in 1914. John’s daughter, Kathleen Wynne
is the current Minister of Education in the Province of Ontario.
Professor Emeritus, Marian Packham enjoys lunch with Dr. John Wynne.
Monday 22 October 2007
On October 22,
the Department of Biochemistry hosted a lunch at Hart House Gallery
Grill to honour the many contributions of emeritus professors, lecturers
and former chairs. The lively group was regaled with stories of
the fascinating individuals that made Biochemistry their home over
its long history. These stories and many more will be repeated at
our 100th Anniversary International Symposium to take place May
28-30, 2008, to which all of our current and former faculty, staff
and trainees are invited.
from Reinhart Reithmeier (in front) are Dorothy Painter, Ron Williams,
Harry Schachter, David Isenman, Peter Lewis, Theo Hofmann, Marian
Packham, Robert Painter and Patricia Bronskill.
Wednesday 18 July 2007
Reithmeier's pilgrimage to the oldest Department of Biochemistry
- University of Liverpool
For photos of
the Liverpool visit click
Reithmeier and Huw Rees outside the Johnston Laboratories (1903),
first home of the Biochemistry Department.