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Lyman J. Chapman

About the Interviewee: 
Research Fellow and Director, Physiography Dept. Ontario Research Foundation 1932-73

Lyman Chapman was born on a farm near Agincourt ON and raised on a farm near Weston. (This was just north of the present Woodbine Race Track, where Humber College is now located.) He graduated from OAC in 1930 and as an undergraduate worked on the fertilizer plots at Simcoe, which initiated him to soils work. After graduating, he helped with ‘soil survey’ field work in Kent, Grenville, and Middlesex counties and later was employed by the Ontario Research Foundation (ORF) to describe the soil and climate conditions in which farmers operate and the responses of crops to them. This led to a career at ORF that resulted in the publication of three editions of the ‘Physiography of Southern Ontario’ and several descriptions of the climate conditions in Ontario and Canada. He retired to establish an apple orchard on a farm near Thornbury ON. Lyman was an avid hockey fan and coached minor hockey teams in Mississauga ON. He described some of his famous classmates who made major contributions to society and gifts the Class of OAC ’30 donated to the University.

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Interview Date: 
N.R. Richards
Call Number: 
RE1 UOG A1340029