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Lester B Pearson lived from 1897-1972 He was born on April 23 1897 in Newtonbrooke Ontario now part of Toronto He died on December 27 1972 He was born the son of a Methodist parson As a child he worked very hard in school and he became one of the minority of high school graduates who went on to college In his studies he went to Victoria College and the Methodist College inside the University of Toronto In his free time he played hockey and baseball He then became a medical doctor in the Royal Flying Corps He was Private Pearson in the Canadian Army Medical Corps This took him to numerous foreign countries from 1915-1917 When he returned he went to Oxford University under the guidance of the poet Robert Graves When he graduated he enrolled for the assignment of the Royal Flying Corps He then began taking flight training but as fate would have it he was hit by a London Transport Bus He remained in the hospital until he revived in the spring of 1918 In November 1918 he enrolled in the University of Toronto again On June 5 1919 he graduated Like many other young veterans he was at a loss for something to do Law was a respectable profession at the time so he ground away at the ungrateful task of articling for law After a week he decided that business was more promising He worked at a number of places but in the end he decided to teach at the University of Toronto He taught history in the University of Toronto from 1924-1928 All his students said he was a very unique teacher In March 1924 one of his students Maryon Moody decided to ensure getting her degree by becoming engaged to her teacher And it worked On August 22 1925 Lester Pearson and Maryon Moody got married in Winnipeg From there on they lived just outside of Toronto
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