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Crabb, Herbert Philip

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  • Personne
  • 1889-1966

Herbert Philip Crabb was born in Donisthorpe, Leicestershire, England on January 8, 1889. He came to Canada in 1904 as a boy of fifteen and settled at Borden, Saskatchewan. In 1907, after a few years of farm work he joined the staff of the Bank of Commerce in Radisson, Saskatchewan. In 1912, he went to Winnipeg, Manitoba and worked for the real estate firm of Stephenson and Field. In April 1915, he enlisted in Winnipeg in the Canadian Remount Depot of Calgary. In May he went to France with Canadian 3rd Echelon Headquarters. In January 1917, Captain Crabb transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and received flying training in Christ Church, Oxford. He was then posted as a flight instructor and after qualifying for service in the R.A.F., he became wing examining officer with the 26th Wing, R.A.F. at Cambridge. Towards the end of the war (1918), he was training instructor at Fowlmere, Cambridge, on Handley Page bomber aircraft.

In July 1919, he returned to Winnipeg and became a member of Stephenson, Field, and Crabb. It was at Fowlmere that he met Doreen Simons, who was a transport driver with the W.R.A.F. She came to Canada in 1921 and they were married in Winnipeg when he was 32 years old. In 1923, Crabb formed his own firm, Crabb and Company Ltd., with himself as president. He later formed the Crabb Construction Company, which built many of the larger homes in Winnipeg. He was also president of Moss Products Ltd. and General Discounts Ltd. He eventually sold Crabb and Company in 1953 and was then self-employed in the investment business. During the Second World War, he became commanding officer of the 112th City of Winnipeg Squadron from 1937 to 1939. He mobilized the squadron for active service. Every officer and 95 percent of the men volunteered for active service. In December 1939, Crabb transferred to Air Force Headquarters in Ottawa with the rank of squadron leader, going to the Directorate of Manning. He was promoted to wing commander and deputy director of Manning in March 1940, and director in November 1941 with the rank of group captain. He was later second in command of No. 4 Air Training Command at Calgary and then commanding officer of No. 9 Bombing and Gunnery School at Mont Joli, Quebec.

In the summer of 1944, at the age of 55, he returned to Winnipeg. Crabb served for many years on the Assessment Board of the City of Winnipeg and was also regional director for the Dominion Department of Labor. One of his main interests was the development of Canadian aviation. He served as a commissioner of the St. James – Winnipeg Airport Commission. He was a founder-member of the Aviation League of Manitoba, the Aviation League of Canada, and the Winnipeg Flying Club. Along with Bill Straith and Air Vice Marshall John Sully, Group Captain Crabb located and founded the airport in Winnipeg. He was later chosen to investigate the death of young Frederick J. Stevenson (1896-1928) who was killed in a flying accident in Northern Manitoba. On his return he suggested using the name Stevenson Field which is now Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. He was a member of the Winnipeg Gyro Club since its organization in 1920 and the Wartime Pilots’ and Observers’ Association. He was President of the St. George’s Snowshoe Club, and the Winnipeg Real Estate Board and a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, Motor Country Club, and the Winnipeg Winter Club Group. Captain Crabb died in Winnipeg on May 5, 1966 after suffering from a series of strokes. He was survived by his wife, Doreen, and his son, John Philip Crabb.

Matas, Carol

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  • 1949-

Carol Matas was born in 1949 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Western Ontario, which she completed in 1970. She then attended the Actor’s Lab in London, England, graduating in 1972. After returning to Canada, Carol worked as a professional actor in Toronto for a number of years before she began writing. Ever the book lover, she decided to try her hand at writing during the summer of 1977, and published her first book The D.N.A. Dimension (Gage Publishing) in 1982. Since then, she has become the author of 45 books, ranging from children’s books to historical fiction to sci-fi. She is also the author of several works of fantasy in partnership with Perry Nodelman. Her works have been translated into over a dozen languages and adapted into stage productions. She is the recipient of dozens of awards, and has been featured in the New York Times Book Review as well as being nominated for the prestigious Governor General’s Award. She is well-known for her books about the Holocaust and World War II, such as Daniel’s Story (Scholastic Canada, 2018), which was commissioned by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Carol currently lives with her family in Winnipeg.

Riewe, Rick

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  • 1942-

Rick Riewe was born on June 8, 1942 and attended high school in Detroit, Michigan. He later completed B.A. and M.A. degrees from Wayne State University, Michigan with a major in biology. Thereafter, he was admitted into the Department of Zoology at Memorial University of Newfoundland where he studied under Dr. William O. Pruitt. He continued his studies under Pruitt at the University of Manitoba and completed a Ph.D. in February 1971. Under Pruitt's tutelage Riewe developed photography skills that he used to document the wildlife, plants, landmarks, and infrastructure around him that he later developed into slides and used as examples when teaching. As a Professor of Zoology at the University of Manitoba since 1973, Riewe teaches Wildlife Management, Ecology, Resource Management, and Biology and acts as advisor to numerous masters and doctoral students. His fields of interest include wildlife management, impacts of industrial development upon Aboriginal hunters and trappers, traditional ecological knowledge, native land use, native land claims, and the domestic economy of northern people. He also acted as a Research Associate at the Circumpolar Institute, University of Alberta in the mid-1980s alongside his wife, Jill Oakes.

Since the early 1970s he has taught over one hundred field courses throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe dealing with circumpolar peoples’ culture and anthropology, boreal ecology, and arctic survival. His travels also took him to regions in Northern Canada where he did research on wildlife, Inuit hunters, and the environmental impact of oil exploration among other topics throughout the years. Besides these efforts he has also presented numerous guest lectures and media interviews and has held the position of Co-Editor for the Aboriginal Issues Press since 1994.

That same year he and his wife acted as Chairs of Northern Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario where they gave a series of speeches on Aboriginal people of the circumpolar region regarding culture, economy, and ecology and led a winter field trip. Together with his wife he also curated a traveling exhibit, Inuit Annuraangit: Our Clothes from 1987-1994 that toured the Canadian prairies, Ontario and parts of northern Canada. Along with other academics and on his own, he has published about 100 articles, co-written well-known books with his wife like Our Boots: An Inuit Women’s Art that received Honorable Mention in a 1996 Museum Publications Design Competition and Spirit of Siberia: Traditional Native Life, Clothing, and Footwear for which they were nominated by the Smithsonian Institute for best museum publication of the year in 2000.

MacDonald, Jake

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  • 1949-2020

Jake MacDonald was an award-winning Canadian author based in Manitoba. MacDonald was born in Winnipeg in 1949 and received his B.A. in English from the University of Manitoba in 1971. He supported himself as a carpenter and fishing guide for several years before embarking on a career as a writer that spanned almost four decades.

He is the author of ten critically acclaimed fiction and non-fiction books as well as numerous short stories. He published over two hundred articles and received over twenty-five awards for his work including the Greg Clark Award for best outdoor article in Canada in 1990. He was awarded the National Magazine Award six times. His 2002 book, Houseboat Chronicles, won three awards including the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

His 1997 young adult novel Juliana and the Medicine Fish was made into a feature film in 2015. In 2019, his first play "The Cottage" was staged at Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's John Hirsch Mainstage. Also in 2019, MacDonald won the Winnipeg Arts Council "Making a Mark Award."

Jake MacDonald died on January 30, 2020 after a fall in in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where he was building a house.

Thomas, Joan (Sandra Joan)

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  • 1949-

Joan Thomas grew up on the Canadian prairies. She studied English at the University of Winnipeg and taught English in three different high schools, as well as in a teacher-training program in the Caribbean. She has worked as a freelance writer, reviewer, and editor, and as Writing and Publishing Consultant for the Manitoba Arts Council.

Thomas has been a frequent book reviewer for the <i>Globe and Mail</i> since 1993 and for two years wrote a biweekly feature review in the <i>Globe</i>. In 2010, she, along with Pasha Malla and Alissa York, selected the stories for the <i>Journey Prize Anthology</i> (McClelland & Stewart) and in 1999 she was co-editor (with Heidi Harms) of <i>Turn of the Story: Canadian Short Fiction on the Eve of the Millennium</i> (House of Anansi Press). Her interview-based features with writers have been published in the <i>Winnipeg Free Press</i> and <i>Prairie Fire</i>.

Thomas has been writing fiction since about 2000. Her 2008 novel <i>Reading by Lightning</i> won the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book (Canada and the Caribbean) and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Her second novel, <i>Curiosity</i>, was published in April 2010 by McClelland & Stewart. It was named a Quill and Quire Book of the Year and was nominated for the ScotiaBank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award.

Rankin, Laird

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  • Personne
  • [1940] -

Laird Rankin is a Winnipeg resident. Rankin has a Bachelor of Arts degree (1962) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (1964) from the University of Manitoba. He worked in the head office at the Hudson’s Bay Company (1967-1974). Since then, he has worked in the non-profit sector with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, as President of the University of Manitoba’s Alumni Association (1975-1994), as founding Executive Director of Canada's National History Society and publisher of it's magazine The Beaver, now known as Canada's History (1994-2001). He is a published journalist and author of several books.

Storch, R. A.

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  • [1903 or 1904]-1988

Rudolph Alexander Storch was born in [1903 or 1904]. He attended Lord Selkirk School, followed by St. John's Technical School and completed his Senior Matriculation in 1921. In 1927 he received his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He belonged to the Royal Astronomy Society of Canada, and did a lecture on "Problems Involved in Travelling Through Outer Space" in 1944. In 1946 he became vice president of the society. Storch taught at Cecil Rhodes School, St. John's High School (then St. John's Technical High School), as well as Elmwood High School in Winnipeg. There is currently an award named after him at Elmwood High School. He was briefly vice-principal of King Edward School in 1953, then transferred to Earl Grey School as vice-principal in 1954. Storch died on January 14, 1988 at the age of 84.

Stoughton, Arthur

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  • [186-]-1955

Originally from the eastern United States, Arthur Alexander Stoughton (b. 1866? - d. 1955) became a famous architect. After completing his graduate degrees in Europe, he returned to New York City and co-founded the architectural firm Stoughton and Stoughton with his brother Charles in 1894. He married Florence Elsie Stoughton (b. 1879 - b.1961) after a long courtship in 1911. Arthur Stoughton became the first professor of architecture in the Department of Architecture at the University of Manitoba in 1913 and served as the head of the department until 1929. He designed many of the original buildings on the Fort Garry campus. Mr. and Mrs. Stoughton met and became close friends with Mr. and Mrs. Black and their children while in Winnipeg in 1918. The Stoughton's were without children of their own and treated Elinor, the youngest, as if she was their child. They called her "Sweet Childe" or simply "Childe" and implored her to call them Donna and Pater. By 1931, the Stoughton's had moved to Mt. Vernon, New York where Arthur had joined Stoughton and Stoughton once again. In 1950, Stoughton received an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba. He was a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and designed the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in New York City.

MacEwan, J.W.G.

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  • 1902-2000

John Walter Grant MacEwan was born in 1902. His pioneer parents farmed north of Brandon, Manitoba and later at Melfort, Saskatchewan. He attended the Ontario Agricultural College, graduating in 1926. Later, he did post-graduate work in agricultural science at Iowa State University. He received a B.S.A. from the University of Toronto, and an M.S. from Iowa State University. For some years following, Grant MacEwan held senior positions with the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Manitoba. Before taking the post of Dean of Agriculture at Manitoba, he was professor of Animal Husbandry and Farm Superintendent at the University of Saskatchewan. After 23 years of University work, he resigned and moved to Calgary, mainly to write. As an author, Dr. MacEwan was a regular contributor to various farm magazines and newspapers, and saw more than 20 books published. However, he became involved in political life and served on the Calgary Council for 12 years, nine as an alderman and three years as mayor. From 1955 to 1959, he was a member of the provincial legislature and in the last part of that period was Leader of the Opposition. He was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and took office on January 6, 1966. He retired from this post on July 2, 1974. Dr. MacEwan married Phyllis Cline in 1935. They had one daughter and two grandchildren. J.W. Grant MacEwan died on June 15, 2000 in Calgary, Alberta.

MacArthur, Isabel

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  • 1916-1978

Isabel MacArthur, a dietician and a social worker, was born on June 29, 1916 in Winnipeg. She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1937, obtaining a B.Sc from the School of Home Economics. Her intership was at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. After graduation, she worked as a hospital dietician in Brandon and Winnipeg. During the Second World War, she served as a messing officer in the Women's Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force in Canada and overseas. She received a Master's degree (1948) and a Doctorate of Education degree (1952) from Teachers College, Columbia University. In 1952, Isabel MacArthur became the Director of the University of Manitoba School of Home Economics and the President of the Canadian Dietetic Association. She held the position of Director of the University of Manitoba School of Home Economics until 1957. In 1958, she became a dietary consultant for the Manitoba Hospital Commission and, in 1959, joined the staff of the Manitoba Department of Health and Public Affairs. She began to encounter physical disabilities and became a member of the Canadian Paraplegic Association. To eliminate architectural barriers for disabled persons, she joined the Community Welfare Planning Council Committee. She helped to bring changes to the Elections Act to permit disabled persons to vote by mail. For her work on behalf of disabled persons, she received the Order of Canada by the Governor-General, Ronald Michener, in 1972. Her awards and honors include a merit award by the Canadian Paraplegic Association in 1969, an engraved Centennial Commemorative Medal and a bound gold-lettered Centennial Book of Remembrance received from the President of the Manitoba Historical Society in 1971, and a medal of the 10th Anniversary of the Order of Canada, 1967-1977 in 1977. She was awarded a lifetime membership to the Manitoba Home Economics Association and Manitoba Dietetic Associaiton. She was also a member of the American Dietetic Association, the Canadian and American Economics Associations, the University Women's Club, the Women's Club, and the Manitoba Council of Girl Guides. Isabel MacArthur died on December 24, 1978 in the Deer Lodge Hospital at the age of 62.

MacLeod, Margaret Arnett

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  • 1877-

Margaret Arnett MacLeod was born in 1877 in London, Ontario, and later moved to Manitoba with her family. Her father, Lewis Arnett, came to the Red River region with the Ontario volunteers in the Wolseley Expedition of 1870. She was educated in Brandon and Winnipeg and taught in Stonewall, Manitoba, before marrying Dr. A.N. MacLeod. In 1935, she wrote The Frozen Priest of Pembina and, in 1937, wrote Bells of Red River. In 1947, she compiled her most famous work, The Letters of Letitia Hargrave. She also wrote Red River Festive Season (1962) and Grantown, the story of Cuthbert Grant, which she compiled in collaboration with Dr. W.L. Morton in 1963.

Magne, Pierre

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John Boulton was a homesteader in Beaconsfield, Manitoba. He bought and settled on Section 17-6-9 in 1879. He left in 1882 and was living in Seattle, Washington in 1925. John Boulton was the brother of the author Anna Frances Willis. Paul Magne served as Postmaster at Beaconsfield, Manitoba from May 1927 until it closed in November 1929. Pierre Magne is a descendant of Paul Magne.

Makow, Henry

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  • 1949-

Henry Makow was born in 1949. He obtained an M.A. from Carleton University, Ottawa, in 1976, and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1982. He briefly taught English at the University of Winnipeg until 1998, when his sessional contract was not renewed.

Mandel, Eli

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  • 1922-1992

Eli Mandel was a Canadian poet, critic and academic. Mandel was born in 1922 in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Following military service in World War II, he resumed his studies at the University of Saskatchewan where he received an M.A. in English. Between 1953 and 1957, he taught at the College militaire royal de Saint-Jean. On completion of his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, he joined the Department of English at the University of Alberta. His first published work appeared in 1954, a collection of poems in Trio. Thereafter, Mandel published several volumes of poetry including Black and Secret Man (1964), Criticism: The Silent-Speaking Words (1966), Eight More Canadian Poets (1972), The Poems of Irving Layton (1977), Life Sentence (1981) and several others. In the process, he established himself as one of Canada's foremost literary critics.

Apart from his major academic appointments, Mandel has taught courses and given workshops and readings at most Canadian universities as well as in other settings, in Canada and abroad (Europe, India).

By his first marriage, to Miriam Minovitch, Mandel has a daughter (Evie) and a son (Charles); by his second, to Ann Hardy, a daughter (Sara). He died September 3, 1992 in Toronto, Ontario.

Mandziuk, J. Nicholas

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  • 1902-1969

J. Nicholas Mandziuk was born in the village of Kryvche, Borshchiv county, Crownland of Galicia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Ukraine) on December 13, 1902. In 1904, he immigrated with his parents to Canada, where they settled in the Ashville district of Manitoba. He graduated from the Teacher's College in 1921 and taught for several years in various schools in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. In 1933, he graduated with honours from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Law degree. He practiced law in Oakburn, Manitoba and, in 1961, was honoured by being named Queen's Council. In Oakburn, he was active in community affairs, serving as Chairman of the Oakburn School District, President of the Oakburn Board of Trade, and Manager and founding member of Oakburn Credit Union. He was also active in the Ukrainian community, where he served on the following boards and associations: member and Chair of the Board of Oakburn National Home, founding member and executive member of St. George's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Oakburn, President of the Manitoba Ukrainian Self-Reliance Association, and General Secretary of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. His active role in the Ukrainian community resulted in his being awarded the Shevchenko Medal by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Canada Service of Excellence Award by the Ukrainian Self Reliance League (USRL).

In 1957, Mandziuk ran as the Progressive Conservative candidate for the Manitoba federal riding of Marquette. He successfully won the riding and was re-elected in four subsequent elections. As a Member of Parliament, he served on various committees and represented Canada at international conferences, including acting as Chairman of the Manitoba Caucus, Member of the External Affairs Department, and Chairman of the Private Bills Committee, and serving on Canadian delegations to the United Nations, to the NATO Parliamentary Conference, to the Inter-Parliamentary Conference and to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Nicholas Mandziuk died on September 7, 1969. He was survived by his wife Mary (nee Wlasiuk), their daughters, Sonja Bejzyk and Darcia Zemlianski, and two grandchildren.

Hall, James Deakin

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  • 1854-1936

James Deakin Hall was born in Londonderry, Ireland in 1854. He immigrated to Brampton, Ontario with his parent in 1867 and moved to Toronto in 1868 to join the Notman & Fraser photography studio. In July 1881, Hall settled in Winnipeg and operated a studio with William Johnston at 360 Main Street. Hall bought out Johnson's share six months later and in March 1882, welcomed Skene Lowe as his new partner.

Hall & Lowe specialized in studio portraits as well as Winnipeg buildings and landscapes. They advertised their work as "Indian photos (taken from life), Xmas cards, views of Winnipeg." They also photographed railway construction in Manitoba.

Following a fire in their Winnipeg studio, Hall & Lowe moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he opened a new studio in October 1887. Hall & Lowe dissolved their partnership in May 1892 when Hall became the sheriff of Vancouver.

Hall died in British Columbia in 1936.

Lamont, May Bastin

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  • 1890-1950

May Bastin Lamont was born in the rural municipality of Louise, Manitoba on April 29, 1890. She received a B.A. from Manitoba College in 1910. She enrolled in the Winnipeg School of Art from 1913-1919. In 1916, her painting titled The Homestead received favourable reviews in an exhibition of Winnipeg Sketch Club members' work. She was secretary of the Sketch Club from 1917-1918. Lamont was a member of the United Empire Chapter of IODE from 1912-1950. She was also a member of the University Women's Club and of Westminster United Church. On August 8, 1922 she married Winnipeg lawyer John S. Lamont. Together they raised five children. May Bastin Lamont died June 17, 1950.

Ledohowski, Edward

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  • 1953 -

Edward Michael Ledohowski was born in 1953 and grew up in Poplarfield, Manitoba. He received a Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba in 1977, and later a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Winnipeg. He completed a Master of Arts at the University of Manitoba in 1988 with a thesis titled "Rural Vernacular Architecture as a Cultural and Economic Resource in Manitoba: A Methodology of Techniques for Management of a Rural Resource ". From 1981 to 2014, Ed was employed with the Historic Resources Branch of the Manitoba Department of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection. He initially worked as an architectural field researcher, later as Provincial Heritage Site Designation Officer, and finally as a Municipal Heritage Consultant. He has written or contributed to several history projects and books, particularly on topics related to areas within the province of Manitoba.

Rabinovitch, David

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  • 1951-

David Rabinovitch is an award winning producer, screenwriter, and director of television, radio, and film documentaries. Born in Morden, Manitoba in 1951, he began his career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1967. He moved to Toronto, Ontario to work at CBC headquarters, where he wrote produced and narrated programs for the CBC Radio Network series "Between Ourselves," "Ideas," "Five Nights," "Matinee," "Concern," "Auction Set," and "Alarm Clock". He wrote, directed, and produced the CBC television series "Take 30," "Adrienne at Large," and "Hard Times." In 1977 David Rabinovitch moved to Los Angeles where he produced the Emmy-winning magazine series Here & Now for CBS. He then served for two years as Senior Producer of the documentary unit at KRON (NBC) in San Francisco, California. Since then, his work has been featured on major networks including CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox, A&E, and The Learning Channel. Rabinovitch was Vice-President of Production at KCTS (PBS) in Seattle from 2000-2003.

Since developing his own production company, Fleetwood Films, Rabinovitch has produced several award-winning historical dramas including, "Secret Files of the Inquisition," "The Sultan's Women," and "The Perilous Flight". In addition to winning an Emmy Award, Rabinovitch has also received a Peabody and Canada's Gemini Award for Best Director.

Ellis, O. Jim

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  • [19-?] - 2013

O. Jim Ellis was a researcher of the spiritualist and paranormal. Ellis spent six decades documenting the sittings of direct-voice medium Leslie Flint. Ellis passed away on September 17, 2013.

Flint, Leslie

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  • 1911-1994

Leslie Flint was one of Britain's most well know spiritualists. Born in 1911 Flint stated that he first encountered the dead at the age of eight when he saw the solid figure of his deceased uncle standing in his grandmother's kitchen. Later in life Flint utilized his gift as a direct-voice medium where the deceased would speak in their own voices from space just outside of Flint's body. Many people felt that celebrities and ordinary people alike spoke through Leslie Flint. Sittings were conducted in the dark ostensibly because Flint emitted ectoplasm which would form an "etheric voice-box" through which the dead would speak. Flint was tested repeatedly to verify the legitimacy of his performances. He held water in his mouth during seances, and made use of a throat microphone which demonstrated that no vibrations were emitted from his voice box to deny claims of ventriloquism. Flint died in 1994.

Taylor, Robert

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  • 1940-2013

Robert “Bob” Ross Taylor was born on June 16th, 1940 in Toronto. He earned his diploma in science photography from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in 1963. Taylor was a photographer his entire working life, renowned for his vivid nature photography. Among his favourite subjects were polar bears, grey owls, and other wildlife and nature scenes.

At the age of 14, Taylor spent a summer as a junior volunteer at the Royal Ontario Museum. This experience affirmed his interest in photography and led to his career as a nature photographer. After his graduation, he worked at the Saskatchewan Museum of Natural History, where he helped develop the audiovisual department. In 1967, he transferred to the Manitoba Museum as head of the photographic department for six years. Taylor also served as a wildlife extension specialist for Manitoba Natural Resources for a year before embarking on a career as a freelance photographer. He set up his own photography gallery in downtown Winnipeg in 1975. From that point, Taylor devoted his time to conducting photography lectures and workshops and leading arctic and sub-arctic tours in Canada and safaris in Africa. His photographs have grazed the pages of national and international publications including Equinox , International Wildlife , Life , Reader’s Digest, Airone , Photo Life , Birder’s World , American Birds , Photo Digest , Birds of the Wild , The Beaver , Art Impressions , Wilderness Canada , Native Canada , Ontario Naturalist , and Canadian Geographic . Taylor's work was also featured in several books by various publishers before he established his own publishing company, Windermere House Publishing. Taylor published books depicting the beauty of Manitoba and his favourite subjects, polar bears and grey owls. Publications by him or that feature his photographs include: The Yellowhead Route (1980); The Manitoba Landscape: A Visual Symphony (1990); The Edge of the Arctic: Churchill and the Hudson Bay Lowlands (1992) which was revised as The Edge of the Arctic: Hudson’s Bay Region ; The Great Gray Owl: On Silent Wing (1997); Manitoba: Seasons of Beauty (2002); The Great Gray Owl: Smithsonian Nature Series (2004); and Tales from the Tundra (2005).

Taylor used his work to promote Churchill, Manitoba as a polar bear sanctuary and helped transform it into a popular tourist attraction. Through his photography, he was also able to showcase the landscapes of Manitoba and other Canadian provinces. Taylor helped launch the Prairie Canada Carvers Association in 1986 and served as president of the Professional Photographers Association of Canada and vice-president of the Professional Photographers of Canada and of the Canadian Science Film Association. Because of his love and respect for nature and his dedication to his profession, Taylor received numerous awards, including a fellowship from the Professional Photographers Association of Manitoba, an honour award for Master of Photographic Arts from the Professional Photographers of Canada, the Queen’s Silver and Diamond Jubilee medals and a Bronze Award from the Columbus Film Festival for the film Assiniboine Forest. Taylor was also given an award for Creative Excellence from the US Industrial Film Festival for the film Prairie Insights . A few weeks before his death, he was also awarded the Order of the Buffalo Hunt for his achievements and contributions to Manitoba. Taylor was one of the few photographers who were accepted into the prestigious Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Robert Taylor died on August 15th, 2013 at the age of 73.

Pruitt, William O.

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  • 1922-2009

William Obadiah Pruitt was born in Easton, Maryland on September 1, 1922. He served with US Army Medical Corp during the Second World War. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in 1947. The following year he completed an M.A. followed by a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1952.

After teaching at the University of Alaska, University of Oklahoma, and Memorial University, Dr. Pruitt joined the University of Manitoba in 1969 and retired in 1996. He remained a Senior Scholar in the Department of Biological Sciences following his retirement.

In 1973, Pruitt launched the Taiga Biological Station, a research outpost in the boreal forest and he has been called has been called "the father of North American boreal ecology." Pruitt personally provided some of the original funding for Taiga.

Pruitt published extensively over a fifty-year period (1951-2001) and is known world-wide for his research on the influence of snow on animals.

He received several awards and honours including the Government of Canada Northern Science Award Centenary Medal in 1989 and the Vilhjalmur Stenfansson Award by the University of Manitoba Northern Studies Committee the same year. He was also a Fellow of the Explorers Club. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Alaska in 1993 and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Memorial University in 2001. Dr. Pruitt died on December 7, 2009.

Leitch, William G.

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  • 1914-2009

William Graeme Leitch was born 28 September 1914 to Jim and Ethel Leitch of Winnipeg. William Leitch was a Boy Scout during his youth and in 1930 was a member of the team that won the Wallace Nesbitt Junior Championship First Aid Competition. He attended Wesley College prior to entering the University of Manitoba, from which he graduated in 1938 with a B.Sc. degree in zoology and geology. On 27 November 1939 he married Inez Isabel Fines, and in 1947 they had one daughter, Janet.

In 1939, he enlisted in the RCAF as a pilot officer, spending most of the war with the Easter Air Command in Canada’s maritime region. He retired in 1945 with the rank of Squadron Leader. Following the war, Leitch began graduate studies in wildlife management at the University of Toronto, then returned to Winnipeg to continue his studies at the University of Manitoba. He graduated in 1952 with a Master of Science degree in wildlife ecology.

Leitch first joined Ducks Unlimited in 1939 as a field biologist following graduation from the University of Manitoba. After the war, he re-joined the company and in 1951 was appointed Chief Biologist, a position he held for 26 years until his retirement in 1977. Leitch was also one of the founding members of the Winnipeg Skeet Club, serving as its president in 1966, and was the Manitoba Skeet Champion in 1963 and the 410 Gauge Champion in 1969.

Leitch’s published works include: Ducks and Men: Forty Years of Co-operation in Conservation (1978), Fireside Waterfowler: Fundamentals of Duck and Goose Ecology (1987), and numerous technical and professional papers. Recognitions for his work included the Province of Manitoba’s Professional Wildlife Conservation Award and the establishment of the William G. Leitch Habitat Project in the Couteau Hills of Saskatchewan by Ducks Unlimited (Canada).

William Leitch passed away on 2 January 2009.

Morison, Glenn

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  • 1959-

Glenn Morison was born in 1959 to James and Doreen Morison of Winnipeg. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada who has worked throughout Canada, and is a chaplain at the Winnipeg Remand Centre. He has been a sessional instructor for the Faculty of Theology at the University of Winnipeg in the area of theology and the arts.

Before ghost writing Nick Ternette’s autobiography with Ternette, Morrison had published opinion and humour pieces for newspapers and magazines , as well as a book titled “Quitting”. Morison is married to Alexandra Merrill and has two children, Matthew and Morag.

Allan, Hugh

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  • Personne
  • 1917-2004

Hugh Jeffery Gray Allan was born on May 14, 1917 in Cypress River, Manitoba. The Allan family moved around alot when Hugh was a child, but Hugh spent most of his adult life in Winnipeg. Allan was a well-respected photographer whose work has been displayed in many publications including: The Winnipeg Tribune, Time magazine, Swedish Press International, Maclean's magazine, and Sports Illustrated. Allan attended Gordon Bell High School and designed the school's crest. In 1947 while Allan was working at the Swift's Plant in St. Boniface, Harold Plant and Art Smales, Swift's news correspondents, knew of Allan's work as an amateur photographer and thought he would be the ideal for taking pictures for the Swift's newspaper. Allan used this as an opportunity to improve his technique and to produce better quality photographs. Over the next few years, Allan began to establish himself as a high quality photographer within the Winnipeg region. Allan was one of the first photographers to perfect the panoramic shot and to use bouncing light to conquer harsh shadows. Allan's big break happened during, the 1950 Manitoba flood disaster where the Winnipeg Tribune hired him to help their photo staff cover the flood. By October 1950, the Winnipeg Tribune hired him as a full time staff photographer. Allan became a well-respected photographer within the Tribune for over twenty years but decided to leave and form his own free lance business in 1970. During Allan's long career, he had the opportunity to cover many exciting events, sports and people such as: the Winnipeg Centennial celebrations, royal visits, the last steam locomotive passenger train, John F. Kennedy in Grand Forks, ND, the 1967 Pan Am games, the Bobby Hull signing at Portage and Main, the Winnipeg Jets, the Blue Bombers, the 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series, and visits to Winnipeg by Gypsy Rose Lee, Harry Belafonte, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Gordie Howe and many more.</p>
Allan's love of sports was evident by his participation and his photographic coverage of sports. Allan especially enjoyed golf and curling. Allan was a founding member of the Grey Owl Tournament and was five times skip champion at the newsmen bonspiel tournament. Allan was also one of eight media journalists to begin the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, (M.S.S.A.) and in 1956, they inaugurated the annual dinner and awards ceremony for Manitoba Athlete of the Year. Allan covered many sport including golf, curling, the Blue Bombers, the Winnipeg Jets, and M.S.S.A atheles of the year.
Allan accumulated awards and honours based on hi swork and contributions to photojournalism which include: the Floyd Davis Memorial Award for substantially contributing to the preservation of the bonspiel (1973), he was inducted to the Media Roll of Honour from the M.S.S.A. (1989), and he was inducted to the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Media Roll of Honour (2002). Hugh Allan passed away on May 30th, 2004.

Lebrun, Richard

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  • Personne
  • 1931-

Richard A. Lebrun was born in Milton, North Dakota, USA on October 1, 1931. He is married and has six children. He has resided in Winnipeg, Manitoba since 1966. Lebrun graduated from St. John’s University in Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1953. In 1957 he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master of Arts in History, followed by a PhD in History in 1963. He specializes in the histories of modern Europe, France, Catholicism, and in particular 18th- and 19th-century French intellectual history.

Lebrun held various positions from lecturer to Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa from 1960 to 1966. In 1966 he became an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba; he was promoted to Professor in 1972. He was Associate Head of the Department of History from 1968 to 1969 and Acting Head of the department from 1969 to 1971. He was then Associate Dean of Graduate Studies from 1971 to 1973. Lebrun has been a Professor Emeritus since 2002.

O'Hare, John

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  • Personne
  • 1876-1964

John O’Hare was born on July 1, 1876. He participated in the Yukon Gold Rush between 1896 and 1901. He operated a grocery store in Winnipeg from 1902-1921. He later worked as a Sales Manager with Marvin’s Limited until he retired. John O’Hare served as a City of Winnipeg Alderman from 1921-1929, Winnipeg Police Commissioner in 1924, and was the President of the Thistle Curling Club, President of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada, Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias, member of the Winnipeg Caterers Benevolent Association and honorary life member of the Manitoba Curling Association. O’Hare passed away on April 26, 1964.

McKinnon, Linda

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  • 1947-

Linda McKinnon was born on September 17, 1947. She founded Prairie Agro Photo Ltd. in 1976 with her husband Jack McKinnon. Linda served as the manager of the company while Jack developed products and sought out new markets. They used infrared technology to provide farmers with close-up views of their crops in development. The company was expanded to the world market by 1990 taking photos in Australia & Malaysia.By 1992 the company made Manitoba Business Magazine's top 40 intermediate businesses employing a staff of twelve. The McKinnon's sold their interest in the business in 2014.

Neilly, Robertt W.

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  • Personne

Robertt W. Neilly was one of the youngest members of the Toronto Society for Psychical Research (TSPR) and the New Horizons Research Foundation (NHRF) when he joined in 1972 at 19 years old, and he was an active member for at least 9 years. In 1986, he graduated from the National Institute of Broadcasting with a diploma in Radio-TV Broadcasting, and from 1990 until the present [2015], he has taught computing and business writing at the Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto, Ontario. In 2006, he graduated from Assist University as a Virtual Assistant. He is currently [2015] the sole proprietor of Words By Delphian, a Toronto-based company that offers business and social media content writing.

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