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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick William Brodrick (1879-1958)


Born at St. Catharines, Ontario in February 1879, he graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College in 1903 then in June 1904 joined the Dominion Department of Agriculture as a seed specialist in the Maritime provinces. He came to Manitoba in 1906, joining the teaching staff of the Manitoba Agricultural College which became part of the University of Manitoba in 1924. He retired in 1937.

He was active in the Manitoba Horticultural Association, serving as President (1921-1924) and Secretary-Treasurer (1911-1920). He also served as President of the Great Plains Section of the American Society for Horticultural Science (1919-1920), Director of the Canadian Club of Winnipeg, Vice-President of the Natural History Society of Manitoba, and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Genetic Association, Canadian Society of Technical Agriculturalists, Scientific Club of Winnipeg, and United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada.

In 1913, he married nurse May Stewart Wilson (1879-1987) and they had three daughters: Beatrice Charlotte Brodrick (1920-1978), Katharine Margaret Helen Brodrick (wife of Richard Stanley Harding), and Helen Brodrick (wife of John D. Hare).

He died at his Winnipeg residence, 448 Greenwood Place, on 7 January 1958 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Harding – Brodrick,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 January 1957, page 41.

“F. W. Brodrick 77, retired prof. dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1958, page 4.

Obituary [Beatrice Charlotte Brodrick], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 January 1978, page 129.

Obituary [May Stewart Brodrick], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 April 1987, page 46.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 January 2022

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