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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Fletcher Argue (1877-1962)

University professor, cleric.

Born at Stittsville, Ontario on 20 July 1877, son of Mary and Silas Argue, he was educated at Stittsville, later attending Kempville High School and Wesley College (Winnipeg), graduating from the latter with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1911. That same year, he was ordained a minister in the Methodist Church. He served in World War One as a member of the teaching staff of Khaki College, at Bramshott and Ripon, England. Returning from overseas, he became a professor in the English Department of Wesley College. He receiving a Master of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in 1921 then took further postgraduate studies at the University of Chicago and the University of Edinburgh.

He became a lecturer in English at the University of Manitoba in 1923. In 1936 he was appointed Assistant Professor and, in 1943, Dean of Junior Men. He retired in 1952. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree at the University’s 75th anniversary celebrations. He then became minister of Shaughnessy United Church and served with the British and Foreign Bible Society. For the last five years of his life, he was Visiting Chaplain at Deer Lodge Military Hospital.

He and wife Annie had two children: Fred and Edythe. He was a Mason (Ionic Lodge No. 25).

He died at Winnipeg on 4 January 1962 after a long illness and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery. He is commemorated by the Fletcher Argue Building at the University of Manitoba.


“R. F. Argue, former dean, dies at 84” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 January 1962.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 January 1962.

Page revised: 18 May 2009

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