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John Hooper Webb was born on May 11, 1922 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Alfred and Nina (Simpson) Hooper. He was raised in Grandview, Manitoba. Webb joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in December, 1940 and served in Canada and overseas until being discharged in June, 1945. After the war, he attended Regina College and took engineering classes at the University of Saskatchewan.
In 1946, Webb articled with T.G. Tyrer, chief surveyor of the Saskatchewan Land Titles Office, and received his Saskatchewan Land Surveyor (SLS) commission on June 30, 1949. He then moved to Edmonton, Alberta, where he was employed with the survey firm of Phillips, Hamilton and Associates and received his Alberta Land Surveyor (ALS) commission. In 1954, Webb moved to Saskatoon and joined the survey firm of Kent Phillips and Associates. He obtained his Manitoba Land Surveyor (MLS) commission in 1955. In 1957, Webb and R.A. Webster went into partnership to form the survey firm of Webb & Webster Surveys Ltd. Webb received his Canada Lands Surveyor (CLS) commission in 1982 and was active with the firm until his retirement in 1984. During his career, Webb participated in surveys across Saskatchewan and Western Canada.
Webb was active in numerous professional organizations during his career. He served as vice-president of the Alberta Land Surveyors Association (1953); president of the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association (1959-1960); president of the Canadian Institute of Surveying (1979-1980) and was a member of the Board of Examiners at the Univerisity of Saskatchewan. An honorary life member of the Saskatchewan and Alberta land surveyors associations, Webb has written several books on his experiences as a land surveyor.
Webb married Dorothy Helen Pulfer in 1945. They had three children: Rob; Meridee and Tom.