Pierre Berton
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Pierre Francis de Marigny Berton (1920 - 2004)

Pierre Francis de Marigny Berton
Born in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canadamap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 22 Mar 1946 in British Columbiamap
Father of [private daughter (1950s - unknown)]
Died in Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Jul 2018
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Pierre Francis Berton was born on 12 Jul 1920 in Whitehorse, Yukon, son of Francis George Berton and Laura Beatrice Thompson. Pierre married Janet Constance Walker on 22 Mar 1946 in British Columbia, Pierre passed away on 30 Nov 2004 in Sunnybrook Health Sciences, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and his ashes were scattered in Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada. Find A Grave: Memorial #10007273

  • Found through some research that Pierre Berton's mother and grand father were also writers.
  • Profiles in Canadian Literature 7, Volume 7 by Wilf Cude [1]

If any Canadian author were selected for having a combination of professional dedication, public recognition, and commercial success, that author would have to be Pierre Berton. Across a career now spanning almost half a century, he has placed the imprint of his aggressive personality on our literature, film, radio, and television, becoming in the process something of a national institution.

  • The Canadian Encyclopedia[2]

Pierre Berton, journalist, historian, media personality (b at Whitehorse, YT 12 July 1920; d at Toronto, Ont 30 Nov 2004). Berton was among Canada's best-known writers and was particularly well regarded as a serious popularizer of Canadian history. He worked on the Vancouver News-Herald (beginning in 1942), the Vancouver Sun (1945-47), Maclean's (beginning in 1947) and on the Toronto Star (1958-62). From the late 1950s to the early 90s, he was a staple of Canadian TV as host of his own shows or as a panelist. His first important book was Klondike (1958), a narrative of the Klondike gold rush of 1898 - an event in whose long shadow Berton had lived for years, being the son of a gold-seeker and having grown up in Dawson amid the debris of the stampede.


  • Canadian Author, Historian, and Journalist. A prolific writer, he authored 50 non-fiction books.
  • Awards

1956 - The Governor General's Awards for "The Mysterious North"
1959 - Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour
1972 - The Governor General's Awards for "The Last Spike"
1977 - The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
1978 - Nellie Award for Best Public Affairs Broadcaster in Radio
1981 - The Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for Non-Fiction
1982 - The Canadian Booksellers Award
1986 - The Companion of the Order of Canada
1998 - Canada's Walk of Fame
2002 - The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
2003 - The Toronto Humanist of the Year

  • Honorary Degrees

Prince Edward Island 1973 University of Prince Edward Island Doctor of Laws (LL.D)
Ontario 1974 York University Doctor of Letters (D.Litt)
Nova Scotia 1978 Dalhousie University Doctor of Laws (LL.D)
Ontario 1981 Brock University Doctor of Laws (LL.D)
Ontario 1981 University of Windsor Doctor of Letters (D.Litt)
Alberta 1982 Athabasca University Doctor of Athabasca University
British Columbia 1983 University of Victoria Doctor of Laws (LL.D)
Ontario 1983 McMaster University Doctor of Letters (D. Litt)
Ontario 1984 Royal Military College of Canada Doctor of Laws (LL.D)
Alaska 1984 University of Alaska Fairbanks Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA)
British Columbia 1985 University of British Columbia Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) Ontario 1988 University of Waterloo Doctor of Laws (LL.D)
Ontario 2002 University of Western Ontario Doctor of Laws (LL.D)


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