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Historic Gift to New Library Will Spark Research and Learning Across Health Sciences

November 6, 2020
by University of Alberta


Donation by Geoffrey and Robyn Sperber one of the largest ever to U of A Library.

The night before his first lecture, Geoffrey Sperber sat in a quiet dorm room of Athabasca Hall. He pored nervously over the pages of Gray’s Anatomy, unsure whether he really knew enough to take his place at the front of the classroom.

It was 1961, and at 27 years old, Sperber had just arrived in Edmonton to teach in the new dental hygiene program launched by what was then known as the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Dentistry.

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