Clifton Thomas Williams Hyslop
1917 - 1998
Clifton Thomas (Tom) Williams Hyslop was born on February 12, 1917, in Hamilton, Ontario. After graduating from high school he attended the Ontario Agricultural College (later becoming the University of Guelph.) In 1940 Hyslop joined the Royal Canadian Navy and was seconded to the Royal (British) Navy spending most of the war in the Mediterranean where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant. Lieutenant Hyslop was posted to Victoria in 1944 and was discharged from the Navy at the end of the war in 1946. He moved back to Ontario where he worked in the tobacco industry for two years and then returned to Victoria where he joined the British Columbia government in 1947 as an inspector with the Department of Lands and Forests then in 1955 he was appointed Superintendent of Lands. In June 1962 he resigned his position for a position with the Federal Government as Chief of the Resources Division of the Department of Northern Affairs and Natural Resources in Ottawa. Much of his work related travel was in Canada's Arctic regions, an area that he loved and for which he had a strong affiliation. Eventually this department became the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and in the later years he worked on Land Claims in British Columbia and the Yukon. Hyslop retired from the Federal Government in 1976 and remained in Ottawa until 1985. He then returned to Victoria where he resided until his death.
Hyslop married Cynthia Yarrow in 1945 and they had two sons and a daughter but later divorced. In 1961 he married Fiona Anderson and had one son.
Hyslop took up mountaineering when he was about forty (mid 1950's) and joined the Vancouver Island section of the ACC. He attended alpine summer camps in the Bugaboo's and Purcell Mountains and his last alpine summer camp was in 1965. He also held the Chairman's reins for the Vancouver Island section in 1962 before he moved to Ottawa. Hyslop valued the challenge and friendship the Alpine Club offered and it was a special group for him. After moving east he enjoyed XC skiing as he lived in the Ottawa region's Gatineau Park. He did have one other interesting pastime; the history of the Canadian Fur Trade with particular attention to the movement of alcohol by the traders. Although he never wrote any papers, all his research notes were eventually deposited with the Rupert's Land Research Society.
In 1992 Hyslop's research of the Fur Trade was severely curtailed when he developed macular degeneration and it was no longer possible for him to read. Tom Hyslop passed away on December 15, 1998, at the age of eighty-one.