Ross Patterson Alger
Mayor of Calgary
In office
October 31, 1977 – October 27, 1980
Preceded byRod Sykes
Succeeded byRalph Klein
Personal details
BornAugust 20, 1920
Prelate, Saskatchewan
DiedJanuary 16, 1992(1992-01-16) (aged 71)
Calgary, Alberta
Childrentwo daughters, one son
Professionchartered accountant

Ross Patterson Alger (August 20, 1920 – January 16, 1992) was a politician in the Canadian province of Alberta, who served as mayor of Calgary from 1977 to 1980.[2]

Born in Prelate, Saskatchewan, he moved to Alberta with his family in 1930s. He received a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Alberta in 1942. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. After the war, he received an MBA from the University of Toronto. He settled in Calgary and started a career in accounting.[1]

In 1958, he was a public school board trustee, and later became the chairman. From 1971 to 1974, he was an alderman on Calgary City Council. In 1974, he ran for mayor losing to Rod Sykes. He was elected mayor in 1977 and served one term until 1980. During Alger's term, notable accomplishments include the construction of the Ctrain’s first leg, the bid for the XV Olympic Winter Games, and planning for the Olympic coliseum.[3] His brother was Harry Alger.[2] Alger died of cancer in 1992, which had first been diagnosed in 1985.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Friends, foes laud ex-mayor: [Final Edition] Herald Staff. Calgary Herald [Calgary, Alta] 17 January 1992: B1.
  2. ^ a b "Ross Alger Former Calgary mayor was gentleman in politics". The Globe and Mail. January 18, 1992.
  3. ^ a b Olson, Kirsten (October 19, 2013). "5 Calgary Elections More Interesting Than This One". CBC News.