University Archives & Special Collections, A.S. Morton fonds, ASM 25. (Patrick Hayes)

Jean Gordon Bayer

Jean Gordon Bayer, shown in academic dress, joined the staff of the university in 1909 as President Walter Murray's secretary. She previously had been his secretary at Dalhousie University. She arrived in Saskatoon in time to witness the registration of the first students.

In those early years she was involved in all aspects of university life.

She was the President’s secretary, university librarian, and unofficial adviser to students. She helped choose the university colours and motto, and was one of the founders of the Pente Kai Deka Society.

In 1915, due to staff shortages caused by the Great War, Bayer was appointed Instructor in English. When she returned from educational leave in 1921 she was appointed to faculty, a post she retained until her death in 1945.

A scholarship in her name is available to a student who has completed at least two years of university studies. 

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