Fonds UBCA-ARC-1514 - Nathan T. Nemetz fonds

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Nathan T. Nemetz fonds

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54.6 cm of textual files and photos.

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Nathan T. Nemetz was born in Winnipeg in 1913 and moved to Vancouver when he was 10. Nemetz attended the University of British Columbia and graduated in 1934. He was very involved with the UBC community for his entire life following his graduation. He was a member of the UBC Senate, chaired the Board of Governors from 1965-1968, received the Great Trekker Award in 1969, was the Chancellor of the University from 1972-1975, and served as a Chancellor Emeritus following his term. Nemetz studied law and joined the British Columbia Bar in 1936. He was made Supreme Court Justice of British Columbia in 1963 and a Justice of the Court of Appeal in 1968. He was made the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1973 and the Chief Justice of British Columbia in 1979, which he held until his retirement in 1988. In 1989 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, and in 1990 he was awarded the Order of British Columbia. In addition, he was awarded honorary doctorates from Tel Aviv University (1991) and the University of British Columbia (1975).

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The fonds consists of legal decisions, arbitration reports, letters, speeches, photos and two photo albums.

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Donated to the University Archives by Justice Nemetz’s son, Dr. Peter Nemetz, in April 2017.


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Researchers are strongly advised to check with the University Archives regarding permission to publish or otherwise use materials from this fonds.

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