Fonds MSS 397 - Gordon Toombs fonds

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Gordon Toombs fonds

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  • 1955 - 2004 (Creation)
    Toombs, Gordon

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1.1 m of textual material

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Gordon Toombs was born on July 31, 1920. He served with the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942-1945. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan in 1940. Seven years later he received a Diploma in Theology from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto and later in 1956 a Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Ethics from the University of Edinburgh. Thereafter, in the 1960s through the 1970s, Toombs was awarded diplomas and certificates from various American organizations specializing in marriage counseling and sex research including the Institute for Sex Research in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition, he served as a Parish Minister in Ruthilda, Carrot River, and Regina, Saskatchewan. From 1963 to 1970 he served as Executive Director of The Pastoral Institute, Presbytery of Winnipeg for the United Church of Canada. From 1970 till 1977 Toombs was an Associate Professor and certified Counsellor at the Student Counselling Centre at the University of Manitoba where he also taught courses specializing in family life, sex education, and human sexuality. In his role as professor he advised Masters students and acted as a guest lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Nursing, and School of Physical Education at the University of Manitoba along with his wife Mary Toombs. He also consulted with local school divisions on subjects like family life and sex education and helped prepare curriculum guides for the Department of Education in Manitoba. As well as publishing and presenting papers on counseling and sexuality, Toombs was involved in the community by serving on various health and religious committees. Dr. Toombs received honors during his career including being appointed a member of the Board of Managers of the Journal of Pastoral Care in 1972, being certified as an Approved Counsellor by the American Association of Marriage and Family Counsellors in 1973 and was appointed as Manitoba Representative for the Association of Couples for Marital Enrichment in 1973.

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Gordon Toombs donated the records to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in 2008.

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The 2008 accession is divided into 8 series. They include biographical information, publishing and manuscripts, counselling, teaching notes, speaking engagements/seminars/committee work, correspondence, conferences, and research material.

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  • English

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No further accruals are expected.

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Created on August 30, 2013 by Jeanette Mockford.

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Material from Gordon Toombs' biographical information was used to develop the biographical sketch.

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