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1979: Diefenbaker Funeral

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Alumnus, lawyer, politician, Prime Minister, Chancellor: John George Diefenbaker was many things, but he was always a friend of the University of Saskatchewan.  On Wednesday 22 August 1979, six days after his death in Ottawa, he returned for one last  time to the campus that had been such an important part in his life.  First he lay in state in Convocation Hall for the morning and much of the afternoon.  His casket was then carried across campus to a site adjacent to the Diefenbaker Centre, then under construction.  In a ceremony that included Prime Minister Joe Clark, Premier Alan Blakeney, dozens of dignitaries and hundred of mourners, Mr. Diefenbaker and his late wife Olive were buried on the grassy knoll overlooking the South Saskatchewan River.1   Mrs. Diefenbaker’s remains had been exhumed from their former resting place in Ontario, and were buried beside her husbands’ at his request.  In June of 1980, the Diefenbaker Centre was officially opened.  The building is a combination archives and museum housing the papers, library and memorabilia of Mr Diefenbaker.  

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1979a - Diefenbaker, J.G. - Portrait, Feb 1915. Photograph Collection, A-955
1979b - Convocation–Dais, 1 Nov 1969, Photograph Collection, A-7752
1979c - The Green and White, 1979.


1. The Green and White, 1979.

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