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Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Ernest “Alf” Deacon (1902-2004)


Born at Winnipeg in November 1902, son of Thomas Russ Deacon and Lily Dingman (1871-1945), after receiving a medical degree from the University of Manitoba, in 1929, he trained in orthopaedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota during the 1930s. He also received a MS degree from the University of Minnesota. Returning to Winnipeg, he served on the orthopaedic staffs of the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital, Grace Hospital, Winnipeg General Hospital, and Winnipeg Shriners Hospital until retirement in 1968. He was also an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Manitoba. He was a founding member of the Winnipeg Orthopaedic Society. On 16 June 1931, he married Janet Pollock Dickson (1907-2005) at Winnipeg. They had no children. He died at Winnipeg on 19 February 2004.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 February 2004.

Obituary [Janet Pollock Dickson Deacon], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 October 2005.

We thank Frances Kasper for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 March 2021

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