Peter Baptie

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With regret I must report that Mr. Peter B. Baptie, ALS, DLS and life member of our association passed away February 19, 1981.

He was born on February 8, 1898 at Lakefield, Ontario, came west in 1913 and grew up in Calgary.

Mr. Baptie began his survey career in 1925 on mountain photographical surveys for the federal government and continued with them until 1930. He completed the DLS preliminary examinations in 1930 but was unable to find survey work for four years.

From 1934 to 1936 he articled to Mr. L.E. Harris, ALS, DLS.

Mr. Baptie was commissioned as a Dominion Land Surveyor in 1941 and as an Alberta Land Surveyor June 3, 1942.

He was employed by Imperial Oil 1942 to 1947 at Turner Valley. He entered private practice in Calgary 1948 to 1949 and during this time surveyed a new addition to Waterton Lakes Natural Park and a boundary retracement of Elk Island National Park.

From 1949 until 1963 he was employed as a district surveyor with the Department of Highways, provincial government, on road surveys in Southern Alberta.

He then returned to private practice in Calgary and was active surveying until a few months before his death.

Mr. Baptie was appointed a life member of our Association April 28, 1977. He and his family were very proud of this appointment.

Mr. Baptie was married July 17, 1942. He was a member of the First Alliance Church and was active in the Gideon Association.

Those of us who worked for Peter and were associated with him will remember his likeable personality and good humor. I remember several times in the field when he got us out of difficult situations with a joke and a smile. Peter enjoyed his time on this earth and was a credit to our Association.

He will live long in the memories of us who knew him.

Clayton Bruce, ALS