Rhodes Scholars from St. Thomas More College

J. Francis Leddy OC (professor) – 1933

John Francis Leddy is best known in Canada for his time as President of the University of Windsor (1964-1978).  More important to St. Thomas More College, however, is the fact that he taught STM’s very first class - an 8:30 a.m. Latin class taught to two students in the Fall of 1936! (Heartwood, 69)

Dr. Leddy was born in Ottawa, but moved to Saskatoon with his family in 1912.  He had completed both a B.A. (Latin and French) and an M.A. (Latin) at the University of Saskatchewan by 1931.  He later attended the University of Chicago, studying Latin and Greek.  In 1933, he was named a Rhodes Scholar, electing to attend Exeter College at Oxford.  There he focused on Ancient History and received his doctorate in 1938.

After his short stint teaching at STM, Dr. Leddy continued to teach Classics at the University of Saskatchewan.  He also served the U of S as Dean of the College of Arts and Science (1949-64) and Vice President Academic (1961-64).  As mentioned earlier, he then took on the position of President of the University of Windsor until he retired in 1978.

In 1961, Dr. Leddy, along with three others, established Canadian University Students Overseas (CUSO).
He passed away on September 17, 1998, at the age of 87.

Hon. Otto Lang PC, OC, QC – 1953

Born in Handel, SK, the Hon. Otto Lang graduated high school from the Humboldt Collegiate Institute.  He went on to earn his B.A. (1951) and LL.B. (1953) from the University of Saskatchewan before attending Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in 1953.  There he completed his Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) in 1955.  A life-long learner, he later attended the University of Manitoba where he received his LL.D. in 1987.

Otto Lang is best known for his role in Canadian political life.  He was first elected to the House of Commons (Saskatoon-Humboldt) in the 1968 general election.  As a member of cabinet, he served as Acting Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (1969), Minister of Manpower and Immigration (1970-72), Minister of Justice (1972-75), Minister of Transport (1975-79), and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board (1969-1979).  He was named Queen’s Counsel in 1972.

After a busy career in law and politics, the Hon. Otto Lang retired in 2008.

Bernard M. Wolfe D.Sc (Honoris Causa), Western  - 1958

Bernard M. Wolfe is a physician and researcher born in Killdeer, SK.  He is best known for his work in the area of Hormone Replacement Therapy. 
Dr. Wolfe attended high school in Killdeer then attended Campion College, Saskatchewan Teacher’s College, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Munich.  He earned his B.A. in 1956.  Named a Rhodes Scholar in 1958, he attended Exeter College at Oxford from 1958-61, focusing in the area of physiology.

He went on to study and serve at Guy’s Hospital in London from 1960-63.  He won the Lubbock Clinical Pathology Prize in 1961 and earned a Bachelor of Medicine in 1963.  He then returned to Canada, completing his M.Sc. in Experimental Medicine in 1967.  He was named a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1968.  He has taught Medicine at the University of Western Ontario and served as Chief of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University Hospital in London, ON.

Jerome Atrens – 1960

Born in Esterhazy, SK, Jerome Atrens attended Bedford Road Collegiate, graduating from high school in 1955.  He was a student at St. Thomas More College from 1955 to 1958.  Named Rhodes Scholar in 1960, he attended Exeter College at Oxford, earning a degree in Jurisprudence 1st cl. (1962), Bachelor of Civil Law 2nd cl. (1963) and an M.A. (1966).  Returning to Saskatoon in 1963, he articled for Gauley and Co. and practiced there for a year.  From 1965 until his retirement in 1996, he was a professor at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia.

Henry Kloppenburg CM, QC – 1968

Henry Kloppenburg was born in Humboldt, SK, where he attended St. Augustine School and the Humboldt Collegiate Institute.  He earned his B.A. as an STM student in 1965.  He continued onto the College of Law and received is LL.B. in 1968.  That same year, he was named a Rhodes Scholar and enrolled in Exeter College, Oxford.  By 1970, he had completed his B.C.L.  He was subsequently called to the Bars of Saskatchewan (1971), NWT (1977), Alberta (1980) and Manitoba (1986) and created Queen’s Counsel (Saskatchewan) in 1993.

He was clerk to the Hon. Mr. Justice Emmet M. Hall, Supreme Court of Canada, then joined the practice of Goldenburg, Taylor and Tallis before establishing his own practice along with his wife, Cheryl, in 1977.

The list of Mr. Kloppenburg’s community service is extensive.  To name a few examples, he has lectured in the Faculties of Law and Commerce at the U of S, served as the director of the Kidney Foundation of Canada (SK branch), and been Board Chair of the Mendel Art Gallery.  He has been a key supporter of education in Saskatchewan, endowing several prizes in the College of Medicine, supporting students at Humboldt Collegiate and Rosthern Junior College, and establishing the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Literary Excellence Award.  He has served for almost 20 years on the U of S Biomedical Research Ethics Committee.

Mr. Kloppenburg has also received numerous awards, including:  Admission to the Order of Malta (1984), President’s Award for Service from the Kidney Foundation of Canada (1991), Award of Merit from the Saskatchewan Action Foundation for the Environment (1992), Certificate for Distinguished Public Service from the City of Saskatoon (1994), and The Financial Post National Award for support of the arts (with Cheryl, 1994).  In 2004, St. Thomas More College presented him with our Distinguished Alumni Award. Mr. Kloppenburg is known for his generosity of spirit and willingness to share his time, talent and treasure with the wider Saskatoon community.

Erik Pioro – 1980

Dr. Pioro is the Director of the Section of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Related Disorders at the Cleveland Clinic. He completed his undergraduate degree in Anatomy at the U. of S. in 1977 then enrolled in Medicine at the University of Calgary, completing that course of study in 1981.  He earned his doctorate as a Rhodes Scholar at the Oxford University Medical School in 1983.  He pursued his internship at the University of Western Ontario (1984), residencies at the University of Calgary (1985), the Mayo Clinic (1986), and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (1992).  He then took on a fellowship at the latter before moving to the Cleveland Clinic in 1995.

Dr. Pioro “specializes in the care of patients with ALS and other complex neurodegenerative motor neuron disorders and runs clinical trials to find effective treatments for these diseases. His primary research focus is using magnetic resonance imaging to identify and monitor the progression of motor neuron degeneration in the brains of patients with ALS and related conditions, and the correlation of imaging changes with human and mouse ALS brain tissue.” (www.myclevelandclinic.org)


Donald Bobiash – 1984

Donald Bobiash, B.A., M.Sc., D.Phil., is a Canadian diplomat who was born in Zelma, SK.  After graduating from Young McClellan Highschool in 1977, he went on to complete his B.A. at the University of Saskatchewan in 1980.  It is during that time that he was associated with St. Thomas More College.  He then continued his education at the London School of Economics, Université Laval, l’École Nationale d’Administration et de Magistrature in Dakar, Senegal, and, finally, Balliol College, Oxford.  At Oxford, he earned his doctorate in International Relations.

Dr. Bobiash is currently a senior advisor with the Africa Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). Since joining DFAIT in 1989 he has been part of diplomatic missions to Islamabad, Ghana, Togo, and Japan as well as heading a variety of DFAIT divisions in Ottawa. He is the author of South-South Aid: How Developing Countries Help Each Other (1992).  

JanaLee Cherneski – 2004

JanaLee Cherneski recently completed her doctoral studies at Brasenose College, Oxford, in the Department of Politics and International Relations.  Her thesis title was: Three Dimensional Democracy: Minimalism, Deliberation, and Beyond.  Prior to being named a Rhodes Scholar, she completed her B.A. High Honours in Literature and Philosophy at STM and an M.A. in English Literature and Cultural Social and Political Thought at the University of Victoria.

Ms. Cherneski has served as a Senior Editor for the Oxonian Review of Books (Oxford’s graduate journal), edited a number of smaller publications, and has been a contributor to Saskatoon's StarPhoenix.  According to her profile on “Rhodes Scholarship in Canada”, she has recently “delved into the tradition of hand-printing, compositing and designing books of poetry printed on a 19th century printing press.  She is interested in community libraries, journalism, creative writing, social movements, and post-secondary educational policy and practice.” (www.canadianrhodes.org)

Anne Kelly – 2012

Anne Kelly is the most recent STM student to be named a Rhodes Scholar.  After convocating, Anne begin her studies Oxford’s Merton College!  Having attended L’École canadienne-française high school, she then came to St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan to pursue her studies in English.  She recently completed her M.A. thesis entitled, Towards an Aesthetic of Retreat: neo-Stoicism, Recusant Culture and Gardens in Seventeenth-Century Scotland.

Her graduate supervisor, Dr. David Parkinson, says of Kelly:  “Anne’s capacity for leadership arises from her extremely good eye for character and talent.  She is very interested in the ways people work, and work together.  She seems to take delight in encouraging and guiding others to combine their complementary talents.  She earns respect and loyalty by her commitment to the success of others.” (On Campus News, Nov. 21, 2011)

Aside from her academic success, Anne is an accomplished athlete.  For example, she was named Softball Saskatchewan’s “Female Athlete of the Year” in 2008.  She has also volunteered her time with Ten Thousand Villages and Disability Student Services at the University of Saskatchewan.