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Lieut. Hugh Philip Bell

Soldiers of the First World War database entry - H.P. Bell

Lieut. Hugh Philip Bell

Lieut. Hugh Philip Bell


Listed in The Canadian Who's Who, Vol. IV, 1948:

BELL, Hugh Philip; university professor: b. Halifax, N.S., 22 Feb. 1889: s. Charles; e. Halifax Co. Acad.; Dalhousie Univ., B.Sc. 1912, M.Sc. 1914; Univ. of Toronto, M.A. 1920, Ph.D. 1922; m. Mary Marguerite Lawson, 8 Aug. 1917; PROFESSOR OF BOTANY, DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY; vice-princ., Lunenburg Acad., 1912: Morris St. sch., Halifax, 1914: served in World War, 1914-19; capt., 40th Bn., and in France with Roy. Candn. Regt.; wounded;. Protestant; Address 53 Oakland Rd., Halifax, N.S.

Obituary; Halifax Mail Star, Saturday, October 26, 1957. (Source.)


Former head of Dalhousie University biology department and noted botanist, Dr. Hugh Philip Bell died at his home, 53 Oakland Road, Friday night at the age of 68. Educated in Halifax schools, Dr. Bell attended Dalhousie University where he studied botany and played an active part in college activities. He was for a time teacher at Morris Street school, Halifax, Lunenburg Academy and Cape Breton schools.

During World War One he served as captain with the RCRs in France where he was severely wounded. On returning from the war he received his doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Toronto then joined the staff of Dalhousie as professor. He was appointed head of the University botany department and was a member of the University senate - posts he held until his retirement three years ago.

Following his retirement Dr. Bell became an associate of the Nova Scotia Research Foundation. He had published about 50 scientific papers on development of Nova Scotia plants dealing in particular with apples and blueberries. Besides his wife the former Marjorie Lawson, he is survived by two sons, James, Chatham, Ont.; Mitchell, Newcastle, N.B.; two daughters, Peggy, wife of Dr. Anthony Woolhouse, Montreal; Janet (Mrs. Barrie Humphrey), Hamilton, Ont. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew's church. The remains will be taken to Saint John, N.B., for cremation.

Regimental Obituary Notice

Capt Bell's death is noted in the Spring 1958 edition of The Connecting File:

In Memoriam

Capt Hugh P. Bell

At Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the 25th October 1957. Capt Bell served with the Regiment during World War I, and was a member of the Cornwallis Branch, Canadian Legion.

Date of Birth - 22 Feb 1889; Halifax, Nova Scotia

Date of Death - 25 Oct 1957; Halifax, Nova Scotia

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