First University of Alberta Law Graduate to serve as Mayor of Edmonton, 1965 – 1968. He also served as Member of Parliament for Okanagan North, B.C.
Vince Dantzer had a varied career before enrolling at the U of A law school. He was a born in 1923 in Rush Lake, Saskatchewan. At the age of 19, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and served as a flying officer in the Burma Campaign. He obtained an Honours degree from the University of Saskatchewan and earned a Masters of Arts in Economics from the University of Toronto in 1949. He worked for the Government of Canada in the Department of Trade and Commerce in Ottawa as a research economist and later took up a position with the Government Budget Bureau in Saskatchewan.
In 1952, Vince Dantzer moved to Edmonton as a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. He appeared to combine his teaching duties with law studies and graduated from the Faculty of Law in 1955. After beginning practice in his own law firm he quickly became involved in politics. In 1959, he was elected to the Separate School Board and became the Board’s Chair. In 1962, he was elected to Edmonton City Council and served as Mayor from 1965 to 1969.
In 1970, he moved to Vernon, British Columbia, became the senior partner in a six person law firm that he founded. From 1980 –1988, he sat as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Okanagan North, B.C.
Vince Dantzer died in 2001 in Vernon.