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Memorable Manitobans: John Robert Beattie (1910-1987)

Civil servant.

Born at Greenwood, British Columbia in May 1910, son of banker John Thomas Beattie (1880-1965) and Maude Minkler (1882-1966), he came to Winnipeg as a child and attended Earl Grey School and Kelvin High School, graduating from the latter in 1926. He studied mathematics and economics at the University of Manitoba, receiving a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University (1929) and the Governor General’s Gold Medal (1930). He was Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada from 1955 to 1971.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Rhodes scholar,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 November 1929, page 3.

“Name Robert Beattie next Rhodes scholar,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 November 1929, page 1.

“Coyne, Beattie named to top bank positions,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 November 1954, page 1.

Obituary [John Thomas Beattie], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1965, page 36.

Obituary [Mary Margaret Maude Beattie], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 January 1966, page 32.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 June 2015

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