Alberta Association of Former MLAs
The Frank Appleby Story
He worked in sawmills, as a fisheries officer and was an air force officer until he decided to pursue education and became a school teacher. He loved teaching but at
Not many people live to be 100 years old. One of Alberta’s former MLAs will celebrate
“I was teaching social studies and English at Edwin Parr High School in Athabasca and was really enjoying it. I had no intention of pursuing a political career although I was impressed by Peter Lougheed—the young man who wanted to be premier. Our school principal, Bob Macgregor and local Liberal Dave Hunter encouraged me to run,” recalls Frank. “I also got a lot of help and encouragement from Peter Lougheed and Hugh Horner.”
Frank Appleby was first elected in 1971 and served until 1986. “When Peter Lougheed stepped down, I thought it was time for me as well,” says Frank.
“The highlight of my term as MLA was getting Athabasca University. I remember the Minister of Advanced Education wasn’t convinced but Peter Lougheed stepped in and informed him that it wasn’t a question of “if” but a matter of “when the University would be built in Athabasca,” says Frank. He received an honourary degree from Athabasca University in 2005.
Frank Appleby served as Deputy Speaker from 1979 to 1986 when he retired. “I got along with everyone—it didn’t matter what party they belonged to. I remember that
Dorothy is still by Frank’s side. They celebrated their 54th anniversary on June 24. When he was at the legislature she managed the farm. “I did all the farming except for
“The greatest part of being involved with politics was the friends we made,” says Dorothy. “It was so good to meet all the members and their wives. We had a lot of respect of all of them—especially Grant Notley and another great friend, Bill Purdy.”
“Although I am not active like I used to be,” says Frank, “I still am a conservative party
This article appeared in the November 2013 issue of Orders of the Day.l Frank Appleby passed away May 18, 2015.