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M. L. “Maury” Van Vliet

Multisport Builder - Inducted 1980

Maury Van Vliet has spent his life working in the field of physical education, sport, and recreation. He was the first Dean of Physical Education to be appointed in the Commonwealth and was the instigator of the first PhD. program in Physical Education at the University of Alberta. His leadership role has been unmatched as he fulfilled presidencies and chairman's roles at local, provincial, national, and international levels. He was President of the XI Commonwealth Games held in Edmonton in 1978.

After Induction

In 1997 Maury Van Vliet was named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.  He received the 2005 Alberta Centennial Salute for Sport and Recreation award/medal - one of 100 individuals honoured by the province for their outstanding contributions to the overall development of sport and recreation in Alberta during the past century.

List of Awards and Honours

1978 - Officer of the Order of Canada

1993 - University of British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame

1997 - Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

2005 - Alberta Centennial Salute for Sport and Recreation Award

Honourary Degrees:

1973 - University of Western Ontario

1978 - University of Windsor

1979 - University of Alberta

1980 - Queen's University

1982 - University of Victoria

Born:  August 3, 1913 - Bellingham, Washington, raised in California, moved to Edmonton in 1945.

Died:  April 4, 2001 - age 87