Fonds 0192 - Frank Kozar fonds

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Frank Kozar fonds

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CA GPR 0192

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  • [1900]-2005 (Creation)
    Kozar, Frank

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94 cm of textual records
2140 photographs

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Frank Kozar was born August 30, 1929, in Kavanaugh, Alberta to immigrant parents Franz and Anna Kozar. He was raised on a farm in the Sunnybrook district with his two younger sisters, Annie and Martha. Frank received his elementary education at Sunnybrook School. He started Grade 1 in 1936 at the height of the Depression, and had to learn English that first year. After a difficult beginning, he was inspired by a junior high teacher, Mr. Smith, to take up the profession of teaching. He started his career in 1948 as a Supervisor of correspondence lessons at Capbillion School, working on his own correspondence at night. At the same time he served as secretary for the Sunnybrook Local of the United Farmers of Alberta, which gave him the opportunity to attend the Department of Agriculture's Farm Young People's week at the University of Alberta. Here his intentions to study botany in university were shaped. As he could not afford the expense of a University Education, Frank completed his degrees through summer sessions, all the while teaching in the Strawberry School Division south-west of Edmonton. His first degree was a Bachelor of Education in 1956 and his final a Ph. D. in Cygenetics in 1969. After the completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Kozar moved to the Peace Country as Chairman of Liberal Studies at Grande Prairie Regional College. He went on from there to Grant MacEwan College and the University of Alberta as well as consulting for the Alberta Department of Education and being sessional instructor for King's College. Frank married Dolores in 1958 and they had two children, Arlene and Roy. His consuming interests outside of family and career were working with Royal Canadian Army Cadets and photography. Frank passed away February 19, 2005 in Edmonton, aged 75.

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These records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Frank Kozar in 2003-2005.

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The fonds consists of Frank Kozar’s personal papers, including his memoirs and photographs and documents from the Kozar family, and some letters from young men overseas during WWII; educational records for Frank progressing from Elementary School to the University of Alberta; material relating to Frank’s career with the Strawberry School Division, Grande Prairie Regional College, Grant MacEwan College and the University of Alberta; general files regarding the Royal Canadian Army Cadets of Canada and specific files on the Cadet Corps Frank worked with over the years; and a large collection of slides and photographs from Frank’s hobby of photography. There is also a few miscellaneous paper artifacts preserved by Dr. Kozar over his lifetime, including a 1949 programme for the Farm Young People’s Conference in Edmonton; a 1955 Commencement program for Misericordia Hospital; and a 1957 booklet of the Constitution and By-Laws for the Ladies Auxiliary to the Canadian Legion.

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These records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Frank Kozar in 2003-2005.


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Accession numbers: 2001.18; 2001.56; 2002.89; 2003.12; 2004.04

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