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Hans Allgaier

Hans Allgaier taught English at the College from 1974-1998. He was a strong believer in the value of a liberal arts education, and especially in the value of studying literature.


Hans participated actively in College activities. He was a long-time editor of the Caledonian, a CNC journal which provided a venue for faculty to publish creative works and thoughtful articles on issues relating to higher education. He convened public sessions on topics such as “Religion and Education” (1980), and the “Canadian Constitution” (1980, 1992). He worked on a unique translation project for the history department, subtitling a German film, “Ich Klage An” (“I accuse”), into English. And he wrote a number of plays, which were published by CNC Press and well reviewed in Canadian literary circles.

  • Philosopher and Barbarian (1991) is a chronicle play of the last years of Roman civilization
  • Pride and Punishment (1994) covers the missionary career of Father Morice of Fort St. James
  • Israel at Sinai (1995) is a two-act play about the conflict between pagan beliefs and the belief in one God

Copies of his publications are in print, and also available for borrowing in CNC Library. The Library also has videos of his public presentations in Archives.


Colleagues were saddened to learn of his sudden passing due to heart failure in 1998.


In his memory, family and friends have set up the Hans Allgaier Memorial Endowment Scholarship, an annual award which is open to students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree with a major in English Literature.


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