Fonds SC493 - Jim Rainer fonds

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Jim Rainer fonds

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  • 1978 - 1992 (Creation)

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0.33 m of textual records.

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James (Jim) Arthur Rainer (May 19, 1932 – February 2, 2018) was born to Arthur and Grace Rainer in in Grand Prairie, AB. Jim moved as an infant with his family to Saanich (Victoria). There, Arthur (a World War I veteran and amputee) and Grace raised the family on a modest, rural homestead, growing much of their food. After graduating from high school, Jim studied commerce at Victoria College for two years. In 1953, he married Doreen Florence Rainer (nee Brinham). They moved to Vancouver and two years later Jim had earned his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of British Columbia. In 1957 they moved to Seattle where, in 1959, Jim completed his Master of Business Administration.

The majority of Jim’s long career was spent in the forest products industry. Over 1978 to his retirement in 1992, he held senior executive positions with Vancouver-based Crown Zellerbach Canada Ltd., Crown Forest Industries Ltd., and Fletcher Challenge Canada Ltd. Between 1970 and 1998 he was a member of the executive committee of the Council of Forest Industries. Upon retirement, Jim helped found and for many years presided over an association looking after the interests of retired salaried employees of the company to which he had dedicated most of his working life.

Jim was a man of robust intellect, abundant energy, and many interests. He was an avid gardener, was a long-time member of numerous natural history societies, and for many years was the Field Editor of Wildflower: North America's Magazine of Wild Flora.

Jim was also a voracious reader and book collector. He was a long-time Chairman of the Alcuin Society, Canada’s “only society dedicated to the entire range of interests related to books.” In time, Jim would make generous donations from his book collection to the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University. He died in North Vancouver in 2018.

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The fonds consists of correspondence and ephemeral materials re B.C. forestry and paper production.

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Revised by JF, March 19, 2019.

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