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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Roy Donovan (1893-1983)


Born at Brockville, Ontario on 30 October 1893, son of D. D. Donovan, he received a doctorate in Medicine and Masters degree in Surgery from Queen’s University (Kingston). He also received a PhD from the University of Toronto. In 1917, he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served in the Royal Canadian Medical Corps until 1919, after which he interned at the Montreal General Hospital and also did postgraduate studies at the Brooklyn Hospital in New York.

In 1919, he came to Manitoba as the physician at the Selkirk Hospital for Mental Diseases, leaving in 1925 to establish a private medical practice at Stonewall. In 1930, he joined the Public Health Service of Manitoba, eventually serving as Director of Health Services and Deputy Minister of Health and Public Works. He retired in 1955. He was an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Medical Association, Manitoba Medical Association, Canadian Public Health Association, Canadian Public Health Association, and Canadian Institute of Sanitary Inspectors. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

He died at Winnipeg on 28 June 1983 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 June 1983, page 50.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 June 2014

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