File 30 - Professional correspondence : January-June 1971.

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Professional correspondence : January-June 1971.

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Bernard Herbert Suits, philosopher and professor, was born November 25, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan. Suits attended Denby High School in Detroit and went on to receive his BA at the University of Chicago, his MA in Philosophy also at the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Illinois. Suits' area of philosophic inquiry was games and gaming and he would go on to become an authority in the field. In 1957, Suits began teaching at the University of Illinois and moved on to Purdue in 1959. In 1966, Suits became an associate professor at the University of Waterloo where he would remain until his retirement in 1994.

While teaching at the University of Waterloo, Suits would hold such positions as Chair of the Waterloo Philosophy Department, Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs in the Faculty of Arts and President of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport. Suits was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award in 1982 and was appointed Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 1995.

Outside of teaching Suits published essays in a number of journals and is best known for his book "The Grasshopper: Games, Life and Utopia." Suits was also a visiting professor at the University of Lethbridge and the University of Bristol. In 1982, Suits was a special guest star on the TVO special "The Academy on Moral Philosophy."
Bernard Suits died in 2007.

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File consists of one hundred fifty eight items of typescript professional correspondence between Bernard Suits and others including official departmental correspondence, personal professional correspondence and memos.

Correspondents include:

  • Ages, Arnold
  • Armour, Leslie
  • Brown, Norman
  • Cabot, Roger
  • Callaghan, William
  • Canada Council
  • Centore, F.
  • Cornell, P.G.
  • Cornell, Paul
  • Cross, G.
  • Cross, George
  • Davies, James
  • Duncan, A.R.C.
  • Eastman, M.N.
  • Edwards, Carl N.
  • Hermann, Robert
  • Huertas-Jourda, Jose
  • Hymmen, James
  • Kenyon, Gerald S.
  • Matthews, B.C.
  • McCaskill, David
  • Minas, J.S.
  • Morgan, Charles G.
  • Needham, W.R.
  • Northcote, Margo
  • Palit, Arun Kumar
  • Penelhum, T.
  • Petch, Howard
  • Qualter, T.H.
  • Settle, T.
  • Sievert, Donald
  • Sumner, L.W.
  • Taylor, M.C.
  • Taylor, Mort
  • The British High Commissioner
  • Thomas, John E.
  • Vincent, R.H.
  • Vincent, Una
  • Watson, W.
  • Whitton, Bob
  • Willms, J.F.
  • Yolton, John W.

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