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Memorable Manitobans: Ingolfur Gilbert Arnason (1901-1990)


Born at Winnipegosis on 7 May 1901, son of Sveinbjorn Arnason and Maria Bjarnadottir, brother of Terry A. Arnason, his family moved to Winnipeg when he was young. He attended United College, graduating with a BA degree in 1922, prior to which he taught at Arnes School for one year. He received MA (1929) and PhD (1952) degrees in Zoology from the University of Manitoba, and did post-graduate work at the University of Chicago and Yale University.

He taught science at Isaac Newton School (?-?), Aberdeen School (1927-1930), Daniel McIntyre Collegiate (1930-1938), and Kelvin High School (1938-1945) before becoming Vice-Principal at Machray School (1945-1946). He later served as Principal at Mulvey School (1955-1958), Lord Nelson School (1960-1962), and Luxton School (1963-1966). For two years (1958-1960) he was in charge of the RCAF No. 2 Wing school in France. He retired in 1969 after returning to Kelvin High School for the last three years of his career.

He and wife Elsie Arnason (?-?) had a son, Bary Arnason. He was a member of Crescent Fort Rouge United Church for 60 years and served as church secretary for many years. He was a Mason and a member of the Scientific Club of Winnipeg.

He died at Winnipeg on 28 May 1990 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Five more depart,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 April 1969, page 27.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 May 1990, page 39.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 May 2020

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