The Honourable Dr. William Charles Winegard (1924-2019)

The Honourable Dr. William Charles Winegard (1924 – 2019) grew up in Caledonia, Ontario. He joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve at the age of 17 and served in WWII. Following the war, Bill achieved a BSc and a PhD in Metallurgy at the University of Toronto. As a U of T professor, Dr. Winegard was a gifted and enthusiastic teacher and researcher; his 1962 book on the crystallization of metals was translated into many languages. Bill served as the second President of the University of Guelph from 1967 to 1975. He ran successfully as a Progressive Conservative in the 1984 Federal and won re-election in 1988, becoming Canada’s first Minister for Science. Bill was devoted to the City of Guelph and spent his later years fundraising and supporting local causes. Bill’s tireless work for his country and community was recognized when he was awarded the Order of Canada in 1998 and the William C. Winegard Public School was named in his honour. As a member of the Guelph Mens’ Club he supported the repurposing part of the former Ontario Reformatory as a community heritage site dedicated to education and research into urban sustainability and renewable energy.