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Who was Tom Fairley?
Tom Fairley was a member of FEAC from its founding in 1979. Members active at the time fondly remember the tall, distinguished man who brought a voice of reason and experience to the meetings.
Tom's editing career stretched from the 1930s to the 1980s. He held positions at Canadian Press, the CBC, Macmillan of Canada, General Publishing and Copp Clark.
Tom had a keen interest in the North, which was reflected in his two books on the subject and his many newspaper and magazine articles on the Arctic.
Simply to list the positions Tom held, or to mention one or two of his achievements, does not do him justice. He is remembered more for the exceptional quality of his work, for his generous nature, and for the help and advice he gave novice editors.
Tom died in March 1982 at the age of 63. This award for editorial excellence is our tribute to an outstanding editor and person.