Richard H. Knight

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Richard H. Knight, ALS
Known for ALSA President, 1921

Richard H. Knight was born in the little town of Bruce Mines on Georgian Bay. He attended public school here and high school at Port Arthur and Richmond Hill. He graduated from the School of Practical Science at Toronto in 1902 and supplemented this course by post-graduate work in mining and metallurgy, receiving the degree of B.A.Sc., from the University of Toronto.

The early part of Mr. Knight's surveying and engineering career was spent in northern and western Ontario where he was actively engaged in the location and construction of the Algoma Central and Hudson Bay railway, the Algoma Eastern railway, and the Lake Huron and Northern Ontario railway.

In December 1905, Mr. Knight married Miss Ada McKinley, B.A., of Seaforth, Ontario, a graduate of the University of Toronto, and the following year took up residence in Edmonton. Here he joined the engineering firm of A. Driscoll & Co., and under the new firm name of Driscoll & Knight carried on a general engineering and surveying practice.

In 1904, Mr. Knight obtained his commission as Dominion Land Surveyor and since 1906 had been engaged almost yearly on some type of survey work for the Dominion Government.

He moved to Ottawa, and became a member of the staff of the Topographical Survey of Canada.

While in Alberta he was an active member of the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association and the Professional Engineers of Alberta. He served as president of the ALSA and for a number of years was the representative of the Association on the Senate of the University of Alberta.

He died suddenly at Jasper Park on October 16, 1931. For the previous five years, he had been superintendent of Jasper Park, where his pleasing personality had made a host of friends.