Joseph Schull, born in Watertown, South Dakota on Tuesday, 6 Feb. 1906, was a playwright and historian.
During the Second World War, Schull worked as an Intelligence and Information Officer with the Royal Canadian Navy. After the war, Schull devoted his time to perfecting his writing.
A graduate of both the University of Saskatchewan and Queen’s University, during a career spanning over half a century, the playwright was responsible for penning more than 200 plays for radio and television.
Beginning in 1951 with the teleplay for the television film “Shadow of the Tree,” Schull was responsible for writing material for the television series “Armstrong Circle Theatre,” “Center Stage,” “Goodyear Playhouse,” “Rheingold Theatre” and “ITV Television Playhouse.”
In addition to the teleplays Schull wrote for television productions, the writer’s literary works included “The Far Distant Ships: An Official Account of Canadian Naval Operations in World War II,” “100 Years of Banking in Canada: A History of the Toronto-Dominion Bank,” “Rebellion: The Rising of French Canada 1837” and “The Great Scot: A Biography of Donald Gordon.”
With prominent playwrights such as Lister Sinclair, Mavor Moore and W.O. Mitchell having their work transmitted over the radio waves of the period, radio listeners would have also been familiar with Schull’s work.
Schull died in Montreal, Quebec on Monday, 19 May 1980. He was 74-years-old.