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Memorable Manitobans: Robert John Cochrane (1900-1978)

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Robert John Cochrane
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Educator.

Born at Saint John, New Brunswick in 1900, he came to Manitoba in 1921, after teaching school for two years. He joined the teaching staff of the Winnipeg School Board and taught at Maple Leaf Junior High School. After three years of army service during the Second World War, he became Vice-Principal of the Lord Selkirk School (1945-1946), and served as Principal (1947-1955). He was the Principal of Kelvin High School (1955-1965). In 1966, he was given a life membership in the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, for which he had served as President (1962-1963). After his retirement, he served on the Winnipeg School Board from 1966 to 1973. He held a BA degree from the University of Manitoba and a MA degree from Harvard University. He was a member of the Griffons Club and the Canadian Club of Winnipeg. He died at his Winnipeg home on 13 October 1978.

Sources:

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

The History of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society by Haraldur Victor Vidal, MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1958.

“Know Your Principal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 May 1964, page 3.

“Teachers honour educationists,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 April 1966, page 5.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 October 1978, page 46.

We thank Mireille Theriault (Manitoba Teachers’ Society) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 February 2019

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