Walter Stewart Owen

Lawyer, Deceased Person

1904 – 1981

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Who was Walter Stewart Owen?

Walter Stewart Owen, OC, QC was the 22nd Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia from 1973–1978.

In his youth, Owen was the first premier of the British Columbia Older Boys' Parliament, which later became the British Columbia Youth Parliament. He became a prominent lawyer in Vancouver. He was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1928 and in 1933 was named the youngest crown prosecutor in Canada at that time. He later went into private practice and co-founded the Vancouver law firm Owen Bird. In 1958, he was elected as the president of the Canadian Bar Association.

In 1956, Owen and business partner Frank Griffiths purchased New Westminster radio station CKNW and co-founded Western International Communications Ltd..

He is the father of Philip Owen, who served three terms as the mayor of the city of Vancouver.

In 1978, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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Born
Jan 26, 1904
Atlin, British Columbia
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  • Canada
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Died
Jan 13, 1981
Vancouver

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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