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MHS Centennial Organization: Manitoba Association of Optometrists

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The Manitoba Association of Optometrists, known at its founding as the Manitoba Optical Association, is the regulatory body for optometrists in the province. It is responsible for licensing and granting registration certificates for optometrists. Through the years, it has promoted the adoption of quality and educational standards with its members.

The Association itself was formed in 1907 by a few of Winnipeg’s optometrists. On 1 July 1909, in response to lobbying by the Association and its president Wellington G. Maybee, the Province of Manitoba passed the Manitoba Optometry Act. It formalized the profession and gave the Association its powers. A Board of Examiners was appointed to oversee the training and testing of optometrists in the province. The initial Board, made up of the first five members of the Association, comprised W. G. Maybee (chair), H. A. Nott (secretary), R. T. Butchart, F. A. E. Leach, and J. H. Bartlett.

An MHS Centennial Organization Award was presented by Gordon Goldsborough to the Manitoba Association of Optometrists at a ceremony on 18 April 2009.

Presidents

Period

President

1909-1911

Wellington Graham Maybee (1866-1929)

1912

Herbert Arthur Nott (1880-1963)

1913

Archibald Murdock McDougall (1862-?)

1914

John E. Tulloch (1880-1945)

1915

David Allan Maguire (1879-1946)

1916-1917

Frederick William Dudley (1878-1950)

1918-1919

James Ferguson Tulloch (c1891-1956)

1920

Norman Herbert Neill (1875-1956)

1921

Maitland Tinlin (1876-1934)

1922-1923

Henry Scovil “Harry” Nowlan (1887-1977)

1924

Benjamin F. Armstrong (1876-?)

1925-1926

James Franklin Hiscox (1888-1983)

1927

Maitland Tinlin (1876-1934)

1928

Stanley Norman Cochran (1890-1971)

1929

Archie Reuben Pippy (1891-1968)

1930-1931

David Allan Maguire (1879-1946)

1932

William E. Nott

1933-1934

Benjamin F. Armstrong (1876-?)

1935-1936

Charles A. Dempsey

1937-1939

Henry Scovil “Harry” Nowlan (1887-1977)

1940

Charles A. Campbell

1941-1942

Earl Ira Cummings (c1896-1960)

1943-1944

James T. Westby

1945

James Franklin Hiscox (1888-1983)

1946

Charles A. Dempsey

1947

Donald C. Small

1948-1950

William M. Lyle

1951-1952

Herbert W. Moore

1953-1954

Emanuel M. Finkleman

1955-1956

Donald C. Small

1957-1958

Herbert W. Moore

1959-1960

George E. Dunkin

1961-1962

Bernard M. Rosner

1963-1964

Elwood J. Spearman

1965-1966

Manuel Norman Lecker (1913-2007)

1967-1969

?

1970-1971

James D. McQueen

1972-1973

Neil R. McCaughey

1973

A. Harry Basman

1974-1975

D. Roderick Small

1976-1977

?

1978-1979

A. Harry Basman

1980-1993

?

1994-1995

Jane E. Thrall

Founding Members

The following members were registered as of 1909.

No.

Member

Community

1

Wellington Graham Maybee (1866-1929)

 

2

Herbert Arthur Nott (1880-1963)

 

3

Robert Thompson Butchart (1866-1930)

 

4

James Henry Bartlett (1869-1929)

Souris

5

Frederick Arthur Edmond Leach (1875-1930)

 

6

Charles Clinton Gorrie (1885-1968)

 

7

John E. Tulloch (1880-1945)

 

8

Norman Herbert Neill (1875-1956)

 

9

Frederick William Dudley (1878-1950)

 

10

Frank Depew Culp (1883-?)

 

11

Thomas Turnbull Malcolm (1874-1938)

Dauphin

12

Reginald Coulson (1874-?)

 

13

A. C. Whittaker

 

14

Charles Joseph Western (1878-?)

 

15

Archibald Hector McIntyre (1857-?)

 

16

James Andrew Dunkin (1876-?)

 

17

George Stevenson (1870-?)

 

18

William Edward Crawford (1865-1947)

Hartney

19

James William Young Collins (1876-?)

 

20

Joseph Frederick Higginbotham (1868-?)

 

21

Percival James Horwood (1877-?)

 

22

Robert Arthur McRuer (1880-1974)

St. Boniface

23

Henry James May (1874-?)

 

24

Harry Josiah Stevenson (1878-?)

 

25

David Anson Reesor (1860-1940)

 

26

William Mackenzie Campbell (1878-?)

 

27

Samuel Alwyn Bartlett (1881-?)

 

28

Duncan Alexander Kennedy (1883-?)

 

29

Charles Frederick Hasslefield (1876-?)

 

30

Sanford T. Tyndale

 

31

Richard Skinner (1875-?)

 

32

John Howard Germain (1885-?)

 

33

Carl P. Johnston (1877-?)

 

34

Charles Clackson (1869-?)

 

35

Robert Edgar Hunter (1883-?)

 

36

Allen Leon Oratio Baker (1877-?)

 

37

Charles Carnaby Parker (1877-?)

 

38

James Fraser Cameron (1875-?)

 

39

George Abram Wallar (1886-?)

 

40

Charles Selby Squires (1879-?)

 

41

Hjortur Davidson (1874-?)

 

42

George P. Stirling (1876-?)

 

43

Thomas William Brady (1864-1943)

 

44

James William Cairns (1882-?)

 

45

Andrew George Carter (1872-1925)

 

46

Arthur John Winchell (1855-?)

 

47

John Rowland Orr (1876-?)

 

48

Henry Sheppard (1868-?)

 

49

William Young (1870-?)

 

50

Leston Sobeski Arnold (1872-?)

 

51

Robert John Patton (1875-?)

 

52

Frederick Ernest Stevenson (1880-?)

 

53

Charles Norman Andrew (1877-?)

 

54

William Albert Vrooman (1867-?)

 

55

Russell Edward Matthews (1890-?)

 

56

John William Fleming (1868-1928)

 

57

William J. Freek (1879-?)

 

58

Halsey Maurice Park (1873-?)

 

59

Lorne Douglas Campbell Bricker (1879-?)

 

60

Benjamin Stewart (1863-?)

 

61

Arthur Piercy (1877-?)

 

62

Bertram Augustus St. John (1872-?)

 

63

William Stephen McLelland (1870-?)

 

64

Fred Scott (1877-?)

 

65

Robert Stewart Ramsey (1887-?)

 

66

John Anderson Battram (1876-?)

 

67

Morton Shelley Buckman (1883-?)

 

68

Venember Allen (1888-?)

 

69

Marie A. E. Lachance (1886-?)

 

70

William Robert Fowler (1877-?)

 

71

John H. Cochran (1863-?)

 

72

William Aubrey Cochran (1889-?)

 

73

Stanley Norman Cochran (1890-1971)

 

74

John Robert Kinley Graham (1873-?)

 

75

William Thomas Muirhead (1887-?)

 

76

Clinton Parsons Church (1885-?)

 

77

William John Carson (1875-?)

 

78

Archibald Murdock McDougall (1862-?)

 

79

Kate Hurley (1869-?)

 

80

William Edward Cowans (1856-?)

 

81

Thorold Johnson (1870-?)

 

82

John Mooney (1871-?)

 

83

Wilbert Alexander Robertson (1881-?)

 

84

Louis V. Newton (1885-?)

 

85

John Clifford Tucker (1884-?)

 

Sources:

“James Henry Bartlett,” Brandon Daily Sun, 1 March 1929, page 4.

Obituary [Reta Evelyn McRuer], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 February 2015.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 November 2017

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