Howland, William G.C. (William Goldwin Carrington), 1915-1994

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Howland, William G.C. (William Goldwin Carrington), 1915-1994

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        William Goldwin Carrington Howland was born in Toronto, Ontario, on March 17, 1915. He enrolled in law at the University of Toronto in 1932 after receiving his prepatory education at Upper Canada College. Howland graduated from the Honour Law Course with a B.A. and LL.B. in 1936, and afterwards enrolled in Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the bar of Ontario in 1939. While at law school he articled with the firm of Rowell, Reid, Wright and McMillan, and stayed on to practise law with the firm, which later became McMillan, Binch. Howland remained with the firm until 1975. Between 1942 to 1945, Howland served with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps, attended the 10th Canadian War Staff Course at Royal Military College, and was posted as Staff Captain with the Canadian Army Pacific Force. When he rejoined the law firm after the war, he acted as a junior for D'Alton Lally McCarthy, Q.C. Howland returned to Osgoode Hall Law School in 1950 as an honourary lecturer in mortgage law. He continued to teach until 1967. In 1955, he was appointed a Q.C., and was first elected a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1961. He served as Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada from 1968 to 1970. Howland, as chair of the education committee, was involved in the negotiations leading to the transfer of Osgoode Hall Law School to York University in 1968. He later served as President of the Federation of Law Societies in 1973 and 1974. In 1975, Howland was appointed a Judge to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Ontario. Two years later, he was appointed Chief Justice of Ontario, and remained in this position until his retirement in 1992. As Chief Justice, he instituted and chaired the Bench and Bar Council, which regularly brought together representatives of the bench, bar and government to discuss and resolve problems affecting the administration of justice in Ontario. As well, Howland chaired the Ontario Judicial Council, Ontario Courts Advisory Council, and the Council of Judges of the Supreme Court of Ontario. Howland also served as the National President of the United Nations Association in Canada, and the University College Alumni-Association. He was a member of the Board of Governors for Upper Canada College, as well as a member of the Senate for York University. Howland received many awards and honours during his career, including honourary LL.D. degrees from Queen's University, University of Toronto, York University, The Law Society of Upper Canada, and an honourary D.Litt.S. from Wycliffe College. He was admitted as a Commander of the Order of St. John in 1984, was awarded the Order of Ontario in 1991, and the Order of Canada in 1992. Howland married Margaret Patricia Green, daughter of Kenneth Alfred Green on August 20, 1966. "Patsy" Howland died in November, 1992. William G.C. Howland died in London, England on May 13, 1994.


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