Bruce Hadgraft is serving as the President of the Okanagan Military
Museum Society having been first elected to the position in 1995.
in Toronto, Bob received his BA (Honour) degree in Chemistry from the
University of Toronto in 1950 with benefits received as a veteran of
WWII. During the war he served in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer
Reserve (RCNVR) in a variety of ships of the fleet including the WWII
Flower class corvette HMCS CHICOUTIMI.
the end of the war thousands of sailors and civilians in Halifax gave
vent to the many stressful years of war by flooding into the streets
in a massive impromptu celebration that turned into a riot. Bob was
caught up in these Victory in Europe (VE) Day riots and years later
he appeared on the nationally televised quiz show Front Page Challenge
for his role in that event.
Thousands of naval personnel and civilians in
streets of Halifax during the VE Day celebrations
the post-war years Bob maintained his connection with the armed forces
serving thirteen years with the 1st Locating Regiment Royal Canadian
Artillery (Militia)and achieving the rank of Major. He is a Life Member
of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, a trustee of the Canadian
Naval Memorial Trust and an active Associate Member of the British Columbia
Dragoons Regimental Officers Mess.
degree in Chemistry served him well in his civilian career as he was
employed in the chemical industry for a total of forty-two years, working
for twenty-two years in Canada and twenty in the United States. He served
in senior executive positions of chemical companies including positions
as a Senior Vice President and President of Reichhold Chemicals, Inc
of Raleigh, North Carolina. Amongst his accomplishments was the privilege
of having a street (Hadgraft Blvd) in Chicamauga, Georgia, named in
his honour by the city fathers. In support of the development of future
chemistry students he established one 3rd year undergraduate and two
graduate student scholarships at his Alma Mater, the University of Toronto
school of chemistry.
has been married to the former Jean Ingram since 1949, with their three
children Susan, Robert and James living in North Vancouver, North Carolina
and Kelowna respectively. Bob and Jean are great supporters of the museum
and local community.