Douglas Lochhead, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a life-member of the League of Canadian Poets, was born in Guelph, Ontario in 1922, and served as an infantry and artillery officer in the Canadian Army during World War II. He was a graduate of McGill University and the University of Toronto. He has taught English and been a member of the library staffs of universities in Canada, the United States, and Scotland. In 1975, Lochhead became the Davidson Professor of Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University, and lived in Sackville, New Brunswick, until his passing. From 1987 to 1990 he was the first writer-in-residence at Mount Allison University, and then Professor Emeritus at Mount Allison. He was as a Senior Fellow and Founding Librarian of Massey College, University of Toronto. Douglas Lochhead was the Poet Laureate of Sackville, New Brunswick from 2002 to 2010.
Lochhead’s High Marsh Road was a finalist for the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, and in 2005 he received the Carlo Betocchi International Poetry Prize for High Marsh Road / La Strada di Tantramar. He was also a recipient of the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in English-language Literary Arts, and of many honorary degrees.
Douglas Lochhead passed away, peacefully, on March 15, 2011 at the age of 88 years.
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