Raymond Compton Dearle [1919-58] (Toronto, MA, 1917, PhD, 1919), replaced Western's first Physics professor Ernest Franklin Barker, in 1919. and he continued as Head of the Department for the next 30 years, until 1949. His energy, scholarship and administrative talents were a dominant factor in the development of the new department. Following completion of his graduate work at the University of Toronto with Professor J.C. McLennan, he was offered a position in McLennan's spectroscopy group, but at the same time he was approached by Western. In spite of the evident difficulties at Western, which that year had only 44 freshmen in the entire faculty of Arts, Dr. Dearle saw the opportunities of the position at Western, and took it up in September 1919 (Gwynne-Timothy, 1978, p.270; Misener, 1971, p.42).
The Dearle Family has endowed a Raymond Compton Dearle Gold Medal in Physics. For many years this award has been personally presented by the Reverand Paul Ross, grandson of the Raymond.
Photo above shows Paul Ross presenting 2015 winner Brian Duong with the award.