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Arnason, David

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  • 1940-

David Arnason was born in Gimli, Manitoba, on 23 May 1940, to Baldwin and Gudrun Arnason. He received a Bachelor's degree (1961), a Certificate in Education (1963), and a Master's degree (1969) from the University of Manitoba, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick (1983-1984). He began lecturing at the University of Manitoba in 1973. He is currently the chair of both the Icelandic and the English departments with a full professorship. His many accomplishments include acting as founder and editor of The Journal of Canadian Fiction, general editor of the MacMillan Themes in Canadian Literature series, editor of Turnstone Press, and member of the advisory board of Anansi Press. Arnason also began working for the CBC in the early 1970s as a book and theatre reviewer. His work included radio adaptations of books, such as including Frederick Philip Grove's Settlers of the Marsh. Arnason has been and continues to be a prolific writer of short stories, poetry, and novels. His most recent book is Baldur's Song: A Saga (published in 2010 by Turnstone Press). Arnason is married to Carol Dahlstrom and has three children. Arnason is the author of several publications including poetry books Marsh Burning and Skragg and the non-fiction works The Icelanders and The New Icelanders. His works of fiction include: 50 Stories and a Piece of Advice, The Circus Performer's Bar, The Happiest Man in the World, The Pagan Wall, The Dragon and the Drygoods Princess, If Pigs Could Fly, King Jerry, and The Demon Lover. Arnason's plays include Section 23/L'article 23, Welcome to Hard Times, The Hard Life Cabaret and Dewline. He is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio working on adaptations of Tom Jones, The Tin Drum and Settlers of the Marsh. Arnason was the editor of Dorothy Livesay's Right Hand, Left Hand.

Bancroft, Ted

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  • Personne
  • 19??-

Ted Bancroft of Treherne, Manitoba assisted the Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Citizenship in locating a connector trail to the Yellowquill Trail. The trail was originally used by North American natives and European settlers.

Barber, Clarence L.

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  • Personne
  • 1917-

Clarence L. Barber was born in Wolseley, Saskatchewan, on May 17, 1917. He obtained a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1939, a M.A. from Clark University in 1941, and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1952. In 1947, he married Barbara Anne Patchet. They had four sons. Barber taught at McMaster University (1945-48), Queen's University (1954-55), McGill University (1964-65), and then at the University of Victoria as an adjunct professor. However, he did the majority of his work in economics at the University of Manitoba from 1949-1983, serving as head of the Economics Department from 1963-1972. Barber's interests centred on macroeconomic theory, international economics, and monetary theory. In 1982, he was a member of the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada (Macdonald Commission). Barber was made a "Distinguished Professor" of the University of Manitoba in 1982, and an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1988, confirming him as one of the most respected economists in Canada.

Bateman, Leonard Arthur

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  • 1919-

Leonard A. Bateman, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1919, has served all his professional life in the energy industry. Bateman received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1942, joined Winnipeg Hydro after graduation as a design engineer, earned a M.Sc. in 1948, and would remain employed with the company for the next 14 years. During his time at Winnipeg Hydro, Bateman rose steadily through the ranks of the organization, being first promoted to System Operating Engineer in 1948 and then General Superintendent of Production in 1952.

Bateman began his time with Manitoba Hydro in 1956, first working as a Systems Planning Engineer. During his early years with the utility, Bateman was involved with the planning and development of the Grand Rapids Generating Station, the Kelsey Generating Station, and the first 120,000 volt loop around Winnipeg. Beginning in 1967, Bateman took over responsibility for planning functions in Manitoba Hydro and acted as a design liaison for the design of the Nelson River D.C. Transmission System. Bateman was also responsible for the first interconnection negotiations with American utilities beginning in 1967-1968.

In late 1972, Bateman was asked to accept the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Manitoba Hydro. It was during his six-year tenure as C.E.O. of Manitoba Hydro that the utility would experience a period of unprecedented growth and expansion. The 1224 mw Kettle Generating Station was completed in 1974 at a cost of $240 million, with the Long Spruce Generating Station being completed later in 1979 at a cost of $508 million. Other major undertakings initiated or completed during Bateman’s time as Chairman and C.E.O. included the Lake Winnipeg Regulation project, the Churchill River Diversion project, and the second phase of the Nelson River D.C. Transmission project (Bi-Pole II).

A change in the political climate in the late-1970s would spell the end of Len Bateman’s career with Manitoba Hydro, though he would continue to operate a successful private consulting firm for the next 25 years. Leonard Bateman was President and/or Vice-President of several professional organizations, including The Canadian Nuclear Association, The Canadian Electricity Association, and The Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba. He is the past and founding President of The Canadian Society of Senior Engineers and in 2003 was invested into the Order of Manitoba.

Bell, J. Jones (Josiah Jones)

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  • 18??-1931

Josiah Jones Bell was born to Robert and Emeline Sedate (ne Jones) Bell in the 1800s in Carleton Place, Beckwith Township, Lanark County, Ontario. He had a sister, Isabella, and a brother, Robert William. Bell was an Ensign with the Ontario Battalion in Colonel Garnet Wolseley's Red River Expedition of 1870. The expedition was intended to exert Canadian sovereignty in the newly created Province of Manitoba. Bell passed away on 23 October 1931 in Rockcliffe, Carleton County, Ontario.

Birse, Donald John

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  • Personne
  • 1???-19??

Donald Birse was born in Minnesota and moved to Canada early in life. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in geology. His work as a student assistant in the Canadian Geological Survey from 1924-1926 prepared him for an outdoor career, primarily in northern Manitoba. Birse worked for several geological companies over the course of his career. He also worked as a geological consultant. He conducted geological explorations for new mineral sites, and evaluated the economic viability of numerous mining and land claims.

Black, Charlotte S.

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  • Personne
  • 1902-1979

Charlotte Black was an alumna of the University of Manitoba. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics at the Manitoba Agricultural College in 1925. Her sister, Elinor Black, was the first female head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine.

Walters, Frank J.

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  • Personne
  • 1898-

Frank J. Walters was born ca. late-1890s in Winnipeg. As a boy, Walters pumped a church organ on Sundays for a quarter. As a young man, Walters drove the night taxi for free. His recollections about life in the Red River Settlement are compiled in a manuscript he wrote and edited titled Pieces of the Past: A Collection of Tales of Old Red River.

Block, Morris

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  • Personne
  • 19??-

Morris Block graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. in 1953 and a B Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1955.

Brand, Oscar

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  • Personne
  • 1920-

Oscar Brand was born in Winnipeg, the son of a Portage La Prairie pioneer. He spent his childhood alternately in Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York. On completion of his service with the United States army in 1945, he took a position with a New York radio station where he began his professional singing career. His programs, Folksong Festival and The World of Folk Music became award-winning shows. Brand went on to become the music director of NBC-TV's weekly children's programme. He lectured weekly at New York University and occupied the rest of his time recording, writing, and composing. He has worked on several radio shows and films in Washington, New York, and Toronto.

Bryce, George

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  • Personne
  • 1844-1931

George Bryce was born in Mount Pleasant, Ontario. He graduated from Knox College in Toronto in 1871. Commissioned by his church, he came to Winnipeg in 1871 to be the minister of Knox Presbyterian Church, the first Presbyterian congregation in the city. He was a founder of Manitoba College in 1871 and co-founder of the University of Manitoba. He spent many years researching the early history of Canada and he wrote several books. Many dealt with the Selkirk Settlers and the early pioneers of Manitoba. He was named Doctor of Letters in 1883 by the University of Manitoba and awarded a Doctor of Divinity by Knox College in 1903.

Butler, Royce

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  • Personne
  • 1914-

William Royce Butler was born January 23, 1914. He was Director of Libraries and Professor of Bibliography at the University of Manitoba from 1971 to 1979. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 1939, a Master of Library Science and Master of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkley in 1959, and a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto.

Carritt, Leah

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  • Personne
  • 19??-

Indian residential schools were created across Canada in the nineteenth century through the Gradual Civilization Act of 1857. The Canadian parliament administrated the enculturation of Indigenous peoples across Canada with compulsory attendance for children aged 6 to 15 and Christian based curriculum which forbade traditional knowledge and languages. This process of enculturation has been largely referred to as “killing the Indian, saving the child.” Due to major under-funding from churches and the federal government, the upkeep and subsistence of the residential school depended on the forced labor of students. The compulsory residential school system lasted until 1948 and official closings of residential schools occurred into the 1990s. Residential schools varied in their corporal treatment towards the students, which has culminated in mixed emotions about individual experiences, though overwhelmingly the residential school program has been condemned by Indigenous people and regretted by portions of the Canadian government. The first official state apology to Indigenous peoples over the abuses incurred at residential schools was made in 1998, followed by an open inquiry into individual and community experience through a Truth and Reconciliation program beginning in 2006.

Charles, John L.

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  • Personne
  • 1892-1992

Major John Leslie Charles was a Chief Engineer for Candian National Railway's (CN) Western Region and consulting engineer for CN. He was born in 1892 in Weybridge, Surrey, England and immigrated to Canada in 1910. His first railway job was on a location survey for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in the Rocky Mountains. He later became responsible for much of the engineering and construction in western Canada, northern Manitoba, and the Northwest Territories. In 1926, he was appointed as a transit man for a survey crew and surveyed the second section of the Hudson Bay Railway (Limestone- Fort Churchill). He collected photographs and slide shows of his work and travel throughout his career. Several of his photographs are included in the Western Canada Pictorial Index held at the University of Winnipeg Archives.

J. L. Charles was a veteran of two wars. He served overseas with the Canadian Railway Troops in the First World War and attained the rank of major. During the Second World War, he recruited the 20th Field Company of the Royal Canadian Engineers at Winnipeg and commanded that unit on the Pacific Coast. After the war he helped the US Army locate a military rail line between the Canadian Pacific Railway in BC and US Forces in Alaska. He also published studies of the Great Slave Lake Railway, the first railway to enter the Northwest Territories and the most northerly railway connected to the continental system.

Major J.L. Charles was a recipient of many awards and honours. He was awarded the greatest engineering honour in Manitoba, the Gold Medal Award, in 1981 for his sixty years as a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba, including a term as president. In 1973 he received the Order of Canada. His autobiography, Westward Go Young Man, was published in 1978. Major J.L.Charles is author of many articles published in the Manitoba Professional Engineer, Engineering Journal and Canadian Geographical Journal.

He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba in 1973. Major J.L. Charles established the Canada Northlands Development Award in 1970 in memory of his son, John Hamilton Charles, who was killed in action in 1942 during the Second World War. The award is given to third year engineering students at the University of Manitoba. Although he retired at the age of 65 in 1957, Major J.L. Charles was still very active and worked on many engineering projects after his retirement. At the age of 73 he surveyed proposed railways in Zambia-Tanzania, Liberia. He traveled around the world at the age of 89 and kept a pictorial history of his journey as a continuation of his autobiography. Major J.L. Charles passed away on January 10, 1992. He was remembered as resilient and sincere man who was admired for his perseverance in building railway lines that had pushed back the northern frontiers.

Chown, H. Bruce (Henry Bruce)

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  • Personne
  • 1893-1986

Dr. Henry Bruce Chown was a prominent Winnipeg physician who is best known for his work on the prevention of sensitization of Rh-negative women. He was born and raised in Winnipeg. He received his B.A. from McGill University in 1914. After four years of military service he enrolled in medicine at the University of Manitoba, receiving his M.D. in 1922. Upon graduating from the Manitoba Medical School, Dr. Chown embarked on a three-year, post-graduate training course in pediatrics and pediatric pathology. On completion, he joined the Children's Hospital as a pathologist and assumed a number of teaching and administrative posts which included Professor and Head of the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Manitoba. He became known for his work in the areas of prevention of kernicterus by replacement, transfusion, and the prevention of stillbirth by early delivery. The Winnipeg Rh-Institute was established in 1944 with Dr.Chown as Director. His first wife Gladys Webb died in 1948. He married Allison Grant a year later.

Clark, Joe

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  • Personne
  • 1939-

The Right Honourable Joe Clark was born in High River, Alberta in 1939. He obtained a B.A. (History) and M.A. (Political Science) from the University of Alberta. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1972, 1974, 1979 and 1980. He became the Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and Leader of the Opposition in 1976. As the 16th Prime Minister from May 1979 to March 1980 he was the first native westerner and youngest to hold office. Later in 1980 he became Leader of the Opposition until he lost the party leadership in 1983. Clark did not return to active federal politics until 1998 when he became the federal Conservative leader. After leaving party leadership, he served as Canada's Minister of External Affairs in 1984. In 1991 he became the President of the Privy Council and Minister Responsible for Constitutional Affairs. Clark was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of New Brunswick, 1976, an Alberta Award of Excellence, 1983, and Honorary LL.D.s from the University of Calgary in 1984 and University of Alberta in 1985. In 1976 he married Maureen McTeer, a well-known author and lawyer.

Cohen, Dian

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  • Personne
  • 1932-

Dian Cohen (nee Nusgart) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1932. Before attending the University of Toronto, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in 1956 in Economic History and Political Science, Cohen worked in London, England as a foreign exchange clerk. She furthered her education at McGill University where she studied Banking, Public Policy, and Econometrics until 1963. Cohen then embarked on a long career as an economics commentator on television and radio, first with the CBC and then with CTV. In 1968 she commenced a long-term position as a syndicated newspaper and magazine columnist on personal money management, economic, and business affairs. Cohen would later publish several popular books on economic matters. She parlayed her talent of making economics understandable to the general public into a successful career as an educator on several academic radio programs and as an economics consultant and public speaker. Cohen also volunteered her time to several organizations, serving on numerous boards often as Director. Cohen's talents have been recognized over the years with the many awards and recognitions she has received including the Order of Canada in 1993.

Cohen, Maxwell Charles

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  • Personne
  • 1926-

Born in Alberta and raised in Winnipeg, Cohen graduated from the University of Manitoba where he wrote for the Manitoban and other student publications. After completing a degree in Social Work in Toronto, he worked there and in Montreal as a social worker, writing in his spare time. In 1956 his wife, Dian Nusgart, encouraged him to turn to writing full time. Within the first two years he sold over fifty scripts, set-up a theatre company with two others, and wrote a regular column on theatrical activities for the Montrealer. In 1960 he received a Canada Council Grant for the study of drama in New York and London. Initially Cohen wrote mainly half-hour dramas for radio and television. He wrote a series of plays dealing with Canadian history, numerous scripts for the National Film Board, and several other productions. His first major success was the film-play Dry Landers produced by the National Film Board. His flair for historical drama led him to modest acclaim in Canada and to a much wider audience south of the border. Many of his television screenplays were aired on American television in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s; the best known was Roots.

Cooley, Dennis

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  • Personne
  • 1944-

Dennis Cooley, a prairie poet, is a professor in the English department at the University of Manitoba. His literary work is a great contribution to prairie literature. As a founding member of Turnstone Press and a president of the Manitoba Writer's Guild, he helped many aspiring new writers to establish themselves in the Canadian literary world. He provided valuable expertise as an editor and a literary critic.

Dennis Cooley was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, on August 27, 1944, and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.E. (1966) and B.A. (1967) degree. He received an M.A. degree (1968) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D.(1971) from the University of Rochester. His teaching experience started at the University of Saskatchewan in 1967 and now has over 40 years of teaching experience as a professor at the University of Manitoba and a visiting professor at the prestigious European Universities.

Dennis Cooley is the author of various poetry collections: Leaving (1980), Fielding (1983), Bloody Jack (1984, 2002), Sunfall (1986), This Only Home (1992), Irene (2000), Seeing Red (2003), Country Music (2004), The Bentleys (2006), Correction line (2008), and many unpublished manuscripts in process such as Love in Dry Land and others. As a literary critic, he published collections of essays on prairie writers such as Vernacular Muse (1987), Eli Mandel and his Work (1992), and the anthology of prairie poetry Inscriptions (1992). He kept detailed journals of his European travel and shared his experience with his readers by publishing some of them in the publications Passwords (1996) and Scotland (unpublished). He also contributed articles to many literary periodicals including Prairie Fire, CVII, Canadian Poetry, Canadian Forum, Border Crossing, ECW, and many more. By publishing two anthologies, RePlacing (1980) and Draft: an Anthology of Prairie Poetry, he introduced prairie writers to readers in Canada and Europe. Dennis Cooley's main interest lies in contemporary poetry. He is still teaching courses at the University of Manitoba.

Divay, Gabriele

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  • Personne
  • 1947-

Gaby Divay was born in Augsburg, Germany. She received an Honours B.A. in French Literature in 1970, and an M.A. in French Literature and Linguistics in 1972, both from Universite Laval. In 1975 she received an M.L.S. from McGill University, and in 1984 received a Ph.D. in French Literature and Linguistics from Universite Laval. In 1993 she received an M.A. in German Literature from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Divay has worked at the University of Manitoba as a German Cataloguer (1975-1994), German Bibliographer and Cataloguer (1981- present), Curator (1989-1990), Head of Original Cataloguing Section (1991-1992), Curator and Rare Book Librarian (1995-present), and Adjunct Professor in the Department of German and Slavic Studies (1997-present). Gaby Divay has been involved in many organizations and associations as a member, chair, director, representative, secretary/treasurer, vice president, and president. She has also written and presented numerous publications since 1981.

Dorsey, John Worthington

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  • 1887-1972

John W. Dorsey was born in Elliott City, Maryland. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1908 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1910 he joined the faculty of the University of Manitoba as a lecturer in electrical engineering. He retired in 1952. Dorsey performed pioneering work in the use of high voltage mercury tubes in dust precipitators, conducted high voltage commutation experiments, and designed the Dorsey Booster Charging System. Due to his pioneering efforts in the area of high voltage direct current studies, Manitoba Hydro named the converter station located near Rosser, Manitoba, in his honour.

Dukes, Caroline

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  • 1929-2003

Caroline Dukes was a Manitoba artist and painter. She was born in Ujpest, Hungary on May 19, 1929. She studied art in Hungary at the studio of sculptor Sigiesmund de Strobl and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest (1951). After the defeat of the Hungarian uprising against Communism, her family immigrated to Toronto in 1958. She moved to Winnipeg in 1967 and resumed her studies at the School of Art, University of Manitoba. She graduated in 1972.

Caroline Dukes' paintings were influenced by her experiences as a Holocaust survivor and as a witness to Communist cruelty in Hungary. Her work was displayed in galleries across the country. She was a recipient of many grants and awards, including the Highest Quality and Most Original Painting Award (1973) and the Outstanding Prairie Interpretation Award (1976). Her paintings were admired by people around the world.

Caroline Dukes' paintings were organized into the following series: Interior, Building, Nude, Landscape, Cities and At the Focus of Forces. She created her most intense personal work in 1992. It is titled Remember...Relate...Retell and is a multimedia work including drawings, photographs, text, ready-made objects, video, audio, and constructions. This work was influenced by her childhood memories. In 1995 she became a founding member of Site Gallery and in April 2003 she completed an autobiographical work called Circus. She died in Winnipeg on June 8, 2003. In July 2003 the Manitoba Artists for Women Art established the Caroline Dukes Legacy Fund which is administered by the Winnipeg Foundation.

Earl, Paul D.

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  • 1941-

Paul D. Earl was born in 1941 in eastern Canada. He received his M.A. in Transportation Planning from the University of Toronto and proceeded in 1970 to join the "Grains Group," an interdepartmental advisory body. In 1975 he became Director of Corporate Planning at United Grain Growers Limited (UGG). Four years later Earl took a job with the Grain Transportation Agency (GTA). In 1986 he left in order to complete a PhD. studying the roots of the Canadian grain industry since the 1920s. Earl initially returned to the GTA and then to UGG for five years. In the 1990s he began work on a book which was published as Mac Runciman: A Life in the Grain Trade (2000). His experience in the industry gave him a unique insight into Runciman, a former president of UGG. Since 1996 Earl has held the position of Policy Manager in Manitoba for the Western Canadian Wheat Growers.

Fahrni, Gordon S.

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  • 1887-

Gordon S. Fahrni was born in Gladstone, Manitoba, in 1887. He graduated from Wesley College in 1906 and from the Medical College in 1911. Fahrni practised at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg for forty years while teaching surgery at the Medical College. He specialized in thyroid surgery and was president of the Manitoba Medical Association in 1923 and the Canadian Medical Association in 1941.

FitzGerald, Lionel LeMoine

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  • 1890-1956

Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald was born in March 17, 1890, in Winnipeg to Lionel Henry FitzGerald and Belle (Hicks) FitzGerald. Leaving school when he was 14, L. L. FitzGerald worked at Stovel's publishing house and Eaton's department store while pursuing art in his spare time and taking classes at the Keszthelyi School of Fine Art. In 1912, FitzGerald married Felicia Wright (1883-1962) whom with he had two children, a son, Edward, and a daughter, Patricia.

FitzGerald first exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy in 1913. In 1918, he sold his first painting to the National Gallery of Canada. In order to keep abreast of current artistic trends, FitzGerald spent the winter of 1921 studying drawing at the Arts Student League in New York. Upon his return to Winnipeg, he held his first one-man exhibition in September at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. His increasing success as a painter earned him a job as an art teacher at the Winnipeg School of Art in 1924, where he was appointed principal in 1929. By 1932, FitzGerald's art had attracted the attention of the Group of Seven. With the exhibition of his seminal work, Doc Snyder's House, he was unanimously granted membership of the group, replacing J. E. H. MacDonald. With the dissolution of the Group of Seven in 1933, FitzGerald became a founding member of the Canadian Group of Artists. He was also an active member of the Winnipeg Sketch Club and the Manitoba Society of Artists.

After 25 years as an art teacher, FitzGerald retired from the Winnipeg School of Art in 1949. His contribution to fine art in Manitoba was recognized by the University of Manitoba with an honorary degree in 1952. L. L. FitzGerald passed away from heart attack in 1956. Numerous posthumous exhibitions of FitzGerald's work have served to bolster his reputation as one of Canada's most significant artists of the twentieth century.

Garland, Aileen

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  • Personne
  • 1892-

Aileen Garland was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba in 1892. She received her B.A. from the University of Toronto and her M.Ed. from the University of Manitoba. She also did some post-graduate work at Teachers' College, Columbia University, New York, and the University of Minnesota. Garland began her career as a teacher in Treherne, Manitoba. She moved to Minnedosa and then to Winnipeg in 1918, where she continued to teach for thirty-five years. For the last fifteen years of her career she was Principal of William Whyte School. On her retirement, in 1953, she returned to Montreal to work as a research assistant to G.R. Stevens, writer of social and industrial history. Garland wrote Canada Now and Then (1956) and Trails and Crossroads to Killarney (1967).

Gauvin, Marshall J. (Marshall Jerome)

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  • 1881-1978

Marshall J. Gauvin was born near Moncton, New Brunswick in 1881. As a youth, he worked for eleven years for the Canadian National Railways as a carpenter and a cabinet maker. After years of self-education and preparation, he embarked on a career as a freelance public lecturer and educator. He lectured for fourteen years in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis. In 1926, he came to Winnipeg at the invitation of the One Big Union. He founded the local branch of the Winnipeg Rationalist Society and lectured weekly for fourteen years on rationalism and humanism in the Metropolitan, Garrick, and Dominion theatres. He became well known for his anti-religious sentiments and his weekly "anti-sermons" during the 1920s and 1930s. On retiring from the lecture platform in 1940, he worked for the duration of the war at MacDonald Aircraft Ltd. building and repairing planes for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Gauvin also wrote monthly articles for the Truth Seeker magazine until his health failed.

Gilson, J. C.

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  • 1926-2000

James Clayton "Clay" Gilson was born in Deloraine, Manitoba on February 7, 1926. He served in the Canadian military for two years during World War II. He entered the University of Manitoba in 1946, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1950 and a M.Sc. in 1952. He received a Ph.D. from Iowa State in 1954. That fall he joined the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba. He was named Department Head in 1967 and the following year was awarded a three year term as the Dean of Graduate Studies. From 1971 to 1978 he was the Vice-President of Research. In 1981, Gilson won a Distinguished Professor Award. In 1982, he was the Federal Representative on the Western Grain Transportation Task Force. He was also the Chairman of the Board of the Manitoba Crop Insurance Corporation. In 1993, he was named a member of the Order of Canada. That same year, upon his retirement, he was made a Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. In 1996, he was elected to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. In his nomination, he was credited with presenting 383 papers at seminars, meetings and conferences and contributing to 75 major journal publications. Beyond his academic life, Gilson was the Federal Representative on the Western Grain Transportation Task Force in 1982 and served as Chairman of the Board of Manitoba Crop Insurance. Gilson died on June 11, 2000.

Gray, John Morgan

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  • 1907-1978

John Morgan Gray was born in Ontario in 1907 and was educated at private schools and the University of Toronto. He joined the Macmillan Company of Canada soon after leaving college. During World War II, he enlisted in the Toronto Scottish Regiment and was assigned overseas. After the war, he rejoined MacMillan and swiftly rose to become President of the firm, which is the Canadian offshoot of the MacMillan book publishing firm established in Britain.

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