Eldon Foote (1924 - 2004)
Eldon Douglas Foote was born in Hanna, Alberta in 1924. His father, a grain buyer, and his mother, a school teacher, came to Western Canada from Nova Scotia early in the 1900s. His father's occupation led to a number of family moves; Eldon and his older brother Delmar attended schools progressively in Hanna, Drumheller, and Didsbury. It was in Didsbury that Eldon spent his most formative early years.
Upon graduation from the University of Alberta with a BSc degree, Mr Foote enlisted as a private in the Canadian Infantry Pacific Volunteer, 6th Division. In September 1945, following the end of the war with Japan, he returned to the University of Alberta and completed an LLB degree in 1948.
While at the University of Alberta, Eldon was extremely active in extracurricular activities and became a letterman in Track and Field; was President of the Alberta Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity; was Secretary to the Students' Union and graduating class valedictorian.
Following graduation he articled with William G Auxier, KC of the Edmonton law firm Hawe, Auxier & Bryan. Upon completion of his articles he was invited to join the firm and his name was added to the masthead. In 1965 he was appointed to Queen's Counsel.
Taking a one year leave from law practice in June 1967, he moved with his family to Australia and started a business introducing HomCare products consisting of household consumables. This venture proved so successful that he never returned to law practice. Instead, he was asked to join the business and to expand sales internationally. He selected Japan and in 1969 took the franchise to Hong Kong and Japan. Today these HomCare products are being distributed by a sales force of 50,000 Japanese homemakers. In March 1997, Mr Foote sold his interest in the HomCare business so that he and his wife might pursue other interests.
During Mr Foote's years in Business and Law, he continued his interest in the Scouting movement, including the restoration of an old railroad station building in his home town of Didsbury and its dedication as a Scout hall, and his love for athletic competition. After 45 years of retirement from track and field, he entered the Australia Masters Track & Field Meet in 1991 and won a silver medal in the 100 metre sprint--in the 65-69 years of age category.
In keeping with Mr Foote's interest in track and field, the Eldon Foote Track and Field Scholarships have been established to motivate high school track and field athletes to strive for excellence academically and athletically through the University of Alberta.
In his later years, Mr Foote resided on Norfolk Island, a tiny island in the South Pacific separated from Australia by 700 miles of ocean. In spite of busy schedules and geographic separation, Eldon and his wife Anne managed to get together at regular intervals with their eight children who variously reside on Norfolk Island, in Edmonton, and on Vancouver Island.