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Donald Rawson was an oustanding wrestler and scholar at the University of Toronto where he earned his doctorate degree in biology. He joined the faculty at the University Saskatchewan in 1928.
A founding father of wrestling in Saskatchewan, "Doc" Rawson formed the university wrestling club in 1929 and coached the intervarsity wrestling team until 1952.
In 1936, Donald organized the first Western Canadian Intervarsity wrestling competition, known as the Assault-in-Arms. The Huskies won the title from 1936 to 1943 and took 11 titles in all with Rawson as coach.
As well as coaching, Donald developed a set of amateur wrestling rules which were used in university competition until the mid-1950s.
In his professional work, Donald was internationally recognized for his research in fisheries and he played a prominent role in developing the W.P. Thompson Biology Building on campus.