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Symes, Oliver - 1987

PortraitOliver Symes

Oliver Symes, internationally-recognized authority on agricultural engineering, was raised on his familyís farm near Pense. Born August 13, 1913, he attended public and hi h schools at Pense and went on to teacherís college in Regina in 1931-32. He taught in several Saskatchewan schools before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941.

Following the war he enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan, earning a bachelor of arts degree in 1948 and a bachelor of engineering (agricultural engineering) in 1949. He was hired by the Ford Motor Company in Regina as tractor and implement sales representative for Saskatchewan.

He left Ford in 1950 to become acting head of the department of agricultural engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. He became full department head in 1953 and served in that capacity until 1955 when Ford Motor Company hired him back, giving him world-wide responsibility for tractors and implements. But the yen for teaching remained with him and two years later he returned to the agricultural engineering department as a professor. In 1981 he was once again department head. In 1985 he established a research and development section which added an important dimension to his department.

Oliver Symes was a valued counsellor to Saskatchewan farmers on the use of farm machinery. He was in great demand as a speaker at field days, farm safety workshops and farm mechanization conferences. His work with tractors and tillage implements was recognized internationally and he was called on to provide advice to industry and governments across North America, Europe, Australia and even to sugar cane growers in Hawaii.

An abiding interest was the development of Pion-Era and the Western Development Museum and he provided valuable technical advice and organizational ability to both. He was on the board at the founding of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame and was still serving that body at the time of his passing in 1986.

He served a term as president of the Canadian Society of Agricultural Engineers, and as chairman of the north central region, American Society of Agricultural Engineers. He was named a fellow of the Canadian Society. He was an active worker in his community, his province and his country.

"Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 1987
by the College of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural
Engineering and College of Engineering."

 

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