I don't have a bloated idea of my own importance or significance, but
might be interested to know who I am and where I am coming from
my interests and opinions (of which I have great many)
I was born in Pretoria, South
five days before Elvis Presley (go figure - the stars were in a
favourable conjunction during that week!). I was born exactly nine months after the
death of my great grandfather, President Freancis William Reitz.
Coincidence? I think not.
My father was a lawyer
and conveyancer) and my mother a homemaker. I come from a long
notable ancestors originating in Germany, Netherlands, Norway and
(Yorkshire) and I am of mixed Afrikaner-English descent. My
who was a member of Parliament, was once quoted in the paper as
"My son is shortly to marry an English girl. My grandchiuldren
be, neither English nor Dutch, but South African." I have always
taken great pride in that statement. I went to Brooklyn
Pretoria Boys High School. I have
(younger) Martin, who became an engineer, is now retired, and
his time wind-surfing, participating in marathon bicycle races, and
on safari in Southern Africa.
I married Blodwen
from Caledon, Cape Province, in 1961 and emigrated to Canada
1963. I have two children: Philip, born 1969 and Simon born
They are still resident in Windsor, Ontario. Timothy was born on
September 6 1972, and died two days later.
1991 (grew up in Concord, Mass., moved to Waterloo, Ont. and then
Simon, Philip, Blodwen and me,
Farm, near Goderich, Easter 1981
Joanne and me, Carousel of
Philip and Simon join us for Thanksgiving dinner for the first time
on October 11 2004. I could not get used to the fact that
Philip looked like
a clone of me at that age.
Got my B.A. in
Sociology and Criminology at the University of Pretoria, way back
in Librarianship at the University of Cape Town, 1962.
Masters degree in
Library Science, University of Toronto, 1966.
PhD course in
Science, University of Western Ontario, 1986/87.
Masters degree in
English, University of Windsor, 1990.
in administrative studies, human resource management, industrial
relations and comunication studies at the University of Windsor
I learnt about the importance of maintaining a personal portfolio -
is therefore what this web page in essence is - so you have Dr. Tom
to thank for all this stuff!)