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Memorable Manitobans: Lennox Gordon “Buzz” Bell (1903-1973)


Born at Winnipeg on 11 June 1903, son of Gordon Bell and Grace Campbell McEwen (1872-1936), he graduated from University of Manitoba Medical School in 1928, then did graduate work at Grey’s Hospital, London. Returning to Winnipeg in 1930, he was in charge of outpatients at Winnipeg General Hospital from 1933 to 1949. Appointed a Professor of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, he became Dean of the Faculty in 1949, and physician-in-chief at Winnipeg General Hospital in 1950. During the Second World War he served as a wing commander in the medical branch of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He shared his father’s dedication to medicine and love for Fox Lake. He wrote Fox Lake: An Informal History (no date); the copy at the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections has original photographs. In 1971 he was inducted into the Order of Canada. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 22 February 1973 and was buried alongside his parents in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 February 1973, page 25.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 October 2019

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