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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Plant “Dick” Bower (1905-1996)


Born at Kansas City, Missouri on 1 March 1905, son of Thomas Tofield Bower and Mable Truax Hamm, he came to Winnipeg with his family in 1906. He graduated from the University of Manitoba and joined the federal civil service in 1930. He worked as a Canadian trade counsellor in The Netherlands, Java, New Zealand, Australia, and London (England) then, in 1956, he transferred to the External Affairs Department and held diplomatic postings in Venezuela (1956-1958), Argentina (1958-1962), Paraguay (1961-1962), Uruguay (1961-1962), Japan (1962-1966), South Korea (1964-1966), and West Germany (1966-1970). He and his wife Barbara Monteith of Killarney had two daughters and a son. He died in 1996.


“R. P. Bower appointed to post in England,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 June 1945, page 3.

“Named envoy to Uruguay,” Ottawa Journal, 5 April 1961, page 9.

“Japan post for veteran diplomat,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 1962, page 36.

“South Americans know us,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 February 1963, page 16.

Canadian Heads of Post Abroad since 1880, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 January 2015

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