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Memorable Manitobans: Agnes McCausland Richardson Benidickson (1920-2007)

Philanthropist.

Born on 19 August 1920 in Chaffey’s Locks, Ontario, eldest daughter of James A. Richardson and Muriel Sprague, she moved with her family to Winnipeg and spent her youth there. She was active in the Winnipeg branch of the Canadian Red Cross during the Second World War. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario in 1941. She married William Moore Benidickson in 1947. They had three children.

She was president of the National Association of Canadian Clubs, and president of the Canadian Council on Social Development. She was elected to Queens University’s board of trustees in 1969, and from 1980 to 1996 she served as the first female Chancellor of Queens University. In 1992, she was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Manitoba.

She died at Ottawa, Ontario on 23 March 2007.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 2007.

“They left their mark”, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 December 2007, page B2.

Agnes Benidickson, Queens University, History, Campus and People.

This profile was prepared by Angela Graham.

Page revised: 20 November 2009

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