Class of 2001: Builder
From the time he arrived in Canada from his native Berlin in 1927, until his passing in 1980, this exceptional builder’s half century of involvement earned him the title of ‘Mr. Figure Skating’ in his adopted home of Quebec. Involved both on and off the ice, he claimed the 1941 Canadian Waltz title with his partner Helen Malcolm. Dedicated to the growth and development of skating in Quebec, he was a driving force behind the formation of many clubs, always encouraging and facilitating participation by people of all ages.
A two-time Chairman of the Eastern Canada Section, his impact at the national level was felt in many capacities while serving on the CFSA Board of Directors and as an Executive Committee member from 1957-77. Chairman of the 1967 North American Championships Committee, he was involved with the first ever Canada Winter Games that same year, and was awarded the Canadian Centennial Medal for his outstanding contributions.
The strength of figure skating in Quebec and Canada today owes much to the pioneering efforts put forth by this outstanding builder.