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Memorable Manitobans: Carl Bjarnason (1915-2014)


Born at Brandon on 20 August 1915, son of Gurun and Sigurdur Bjarnason, he was educated at Brandon College (BA), University of British Columbia, University of London, and Michigan State University (PhD). He taught at Henderson School (1938-1939), Boissevain School (1939-1941), and Earl Haig School (1942-1943) then served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Returning from military duty, he was a high school teacher in Brandon then was the Principal of McLaren School (1954-1956). He became Superintendent of the Brandon School Division (1956-1960) and, in 1966, a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba where he remained until retirement in 1980. He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 30 January 2014.


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 February 2014, page B11.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 November 2021

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