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Date of Birth: 1940
William Neville was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1940. He graduated from Kelvin High School in 1959. After attending the University of Manitoba, he was named a Rhodes Scholar in 1963 and studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University. He then worked as a professor at Trent University. Between 1969 and 1970, he helped John Diefenbaker organize papers for the National Archive. In 1974, he worked as the Chief of Staff for Opposition Leader Sidney Spivak. In 1976, he joined the University of Manitoba as Executive Assistant to the Vice President. He then worked as the Executive Assistant to the President from 1981 to 1997. After being elected in 1979, he served for ten years as the City Councillor for Tuxedo. Between 1979 and 1989, he chaired numerous boards, such as Winnipeg’s Historic Buildings Committee and the Manitoba Heritage Council. He was also the Manitoba member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. He has won many awards, including the Dr. And Mrs. Ralph Campbell Award for university outreach in 2001, the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for excellence in public administration in 2002, and the Gabrielle Leger Award for his work in heritage conservation in 2006. He has written many columns for the Winnipeg Free Press. After retiring in 2005, he was named a Senior Scholar in Political Studies.