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On January 30, 2002, Alexander (Alex) Edward Spalding passed away at the Toronto General Hospital, at the age of 78. Alex Spalding was a former Hudson’s Bay Company Post manager, government education administrator, linguist, writer and poet. He was the author of several Inuktitut grammars and a recently published Inuktitut dictionary. He also published a memoir called Aivilik Adventure about his years in the North, along with several studies and poems based on Inuit myths relayed to him by his friend and fellow linguist, Thomas Kusugaq.