Place Name: Balfour Crescent
Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (1992)
Name Origins: Commemorative
Scottish: locative name from the barony of Balfour in Fife.
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
Cultural Affiliation: Scottish
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
Harry Ezra Balfour (b. 1893) was a provincial government director of school administration. Born in Ontario, he came to Alberta in 1911 and served in WWI from 1915, returning to Alberta in 1919. He taught at Victoria High School until 1929, then joined the provincial government inspection staff. In 1940 Balfour rejoined the army for WWII, serving overseas in 1943. In 1945 he was appointed director of school administration with the Department of Education. Balfour retired in 1958.
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