Dr. Darlene (Darl) Pollock Forrest’s rich career in nursing began in 1954 when she entered the University of Saskatchewan’s Nursing Diploma program at the School of Nursing (now the College of Nursing). One of eight children, Darl grew up in a close-knit family on a farm near the small town of Abbey, SK. Her older twin sisters were both nurses and were her inspiration in her career choice. Following graduation she started working at the University Hospital and then was lured to California where her sisters had settled. There she enjoyed further professional development with exceptional mentors and a lifestyle that provided lasting friendships and strong family ties.
You wouldn’t typically associate a business school with fine art, but alumnus Sam Schwartz saw a fitting connection. He has donated the largest Inuit and First Nations sculpture collection in the university’s history, in memory of his wife and avid art collector, Margaret Lois Schwartz. He hopes it will inspire students in the Edwards School of Business, the college that he graduated from in 1950.
The collection of nearly 100 pieces, which includes Inuit sculptures, Alaskan carvings and north-west coast figures made from argillite, a black slate stone indigenous to Haida Gwaii, BC, had been carefully acquired by the couple over a span of nearly 40 years, Sam explains. Margaret was the driving force behind the collection. As a nurse and artist, with a great interest in human and animal anatomy, Sam says she was impressed with the beauty and realism of Inuit art, and how faithfully the artists would execute their carvings.