Howard Ronald Nixon
Born: May 19, 1928 (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
Died: January 6, 2015 (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame (1986)
Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (1987)
University of Saskatchewan Athletic Wall of Fame (2007)
Order of Canada (2000)
A terrific athlete at Bedford Road Collegiate in his native Saskatoon, Sask., Howard Nixon completed his journeyman’s plumping certificate and planned to work in the family’s plumbing business. Instead, he enrolled at the University of British Columbia, where he earned varsity letters in four sports — football, swimming, wrestling and gymnastics.
He soon after was hired as an instructor by the physical education department at the University of Saskatchewan in his hometown. He coached the varsity wrestling and swimming teams before becoming head coach of the football Huskies in 1959 and 1960, when he helped launch the Western Intercollegiate Football Conference.
Nixon became the university’s first dean of the college of physical education in 1972. He was a founding member of the Canadian Association of Sports Science.
In 1966, he released a report for the provincial government titled “Youth in Our Time,” which led to the formation of the Provincial Youth Agency. He later became national co-chairman of Katimavik, the youth exchange program.
Nixon served as elected councillor in Saskatoon from 1982 to 1985.