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Memorable Manitobans: Dorothea Jean MacNeil Broadfoot (1917-2009)


Born at West Kildonan on 29 April 1917, daughter of William MacNeil Broadfoot (1883-1969) and Agnes P. Muir (1886-1961), she was educated locally and at Toronto, London (England), and Minneapolis. In 1940, she began teaching piano in Winnipeg, later teaching at the University of Manitoba (1964-1969) and Canadian Mennonite Bible College (1975-?). Several of her students became renowned pianists, including Emmanuel Ax. She was also an adjudicator at the Manitoba Music Festival and other festivals, and an accompanist for the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir in the 1970s. She served as President of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers’ Association (1978-1981) and Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations (1987-1989). She was a member and pianist of Bethesda Church. She died in June 2009 and was buried with her parents in the Glen Eden Memorial Gardens.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Agnes P. Broadfoot], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 June 1961, page 25.

Obituary [William MacNeil Broadfoot], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 1969, page 28.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 2009.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

Jean Broadfoot, The Canadian Encyclopedia.

We thank Judith Prescott Flynn for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 July 2018

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