John Bobyk, Mechanical and Industrial Technology (MIT) ’55
“I worked for Stelco, Union Carbide/Linde in Edmonton and Ontario. I spent a great deal of time sailing with my best friend and fellow Ryerson alumnus Donald Mackenzie Green, MIT ’54. I started a manufacturing/assembly plant of Oxy/acetylene and related welding products for a large U.S. multinational in Oakville. Upon retiring from Thermadyne in 1998, I served as chairman of the board of Oakville Hydro for several years, fully retiring in 2008. I am enjoying living in the snowy north with my wife Ann (nee Latimer), Fashion ’56, Ryerson’s first female gold medallist.”
Allan Headon, Electrical and Computer Engineering ’51
“After graduation, I worked for the Ontario Hydro research division, now Kinectrics. I had a very satisfying and varied career for 40 years. After going to Tanzania, East Africa, for a short period with Manitoba Hydro, I worked for a friend for two years at his corrosion protection consulting company. I have been retired for about 30 years, enjoying life with my wife, two daughters and two granddaughters. To keep up with developments in electronics and the use of electricity, I drive a high-tech EV!”
James Philip Steen, Electrical and Computer Engineering ’55
James worked at Westinghouse for three years before pursuing a career in electronics, enjoying a successful and fulfilling career at Motorola for 33 years. James also taught electronics as a night school teacher for 15 years at Centennial College.
Ernest Tucker, Journalism ’54
Ernest was inducted into the CBC News Hall of Fame in December. Ryerson’s first Black graduate in Journalism and the CBC’s first Black journalist, Ernest was born in Bermuda and moved to Toronto at age 14. At Ryerson, he landed interviews for The Ryersonian with boxer Joe Lewis and entertainers Nat King Cole and Josephine Baker. He joined the CBC Toronto newsroom in 1961; when John F. Kennedy was shot in 1963, he wrote and produced the breaking story that went to air. Ernest was promoted to producer on the afternoon news show, Across Canada, writing for announcers Alex Trebek and Lloyd Robertson. He taught radio and journalism for 36 years, and authored three books, including Lost Boundaries, which tackled the subject of police harassment of Black Montrealers. He died Jan. 3, 2019, at age 87.
Rudy Bies, Mechanical Technology ’62
“I remember coming back to Ryerson every September after a very hard and physically exhausting summer working in the mines, construction work and pipeline construction. As exhausted students, many of us were glad to be back at old Rye. Another highlight was the train trip back home for Christmas. I remember watching the World Series games each September in the O’Keefe Brewery on campus as we quaffed pitchers of beer. Remember the standing room only tickets at Maple Leaf Gardens? You never left your spot for three periods. Wonderful years for sure!”
Rudy Bies and wife Gloria have a passion for art collecting. They are seen in a photo by Rosalie Favell (Image Arts ’84) titled Rudy and Gloria Bies with Arthur Shilling painting (2012).