This image from around 1935 shows Edith Rowles (on the right) with a Mrs. Alty seated beside her.
It’s one of a series of images in the University Archives documenting the Extension Department’s summer lecture tours.
Rowles joined the faculty of the Department of Women's Work in 1932 and subsequently served in several positions: supervisor of girls’ work (1936); assistant professor in the College of Agriculture (1941); University Dean of Women (1944); assistant professor in the College of Home Economics (1950); and professor and Dean of Home Economics (1965-1972).
In her extension work she conducted Farm Girls’ Camps and Extension Short Courses. Her academic specialty was food science, an area in which she taught, researched and published.
In 1964 she published the book, Home Economics in Canada: Prologue to Change, and also married historian and fellow professor G.W. Simpson.
After spending her entire professional life at the U of S she retired in 1972 and was named Dean Emeritus.
Among her many awards and honours are an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the U of S in 1993, induction into the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1981, and the Order of Canada in 1987.