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Memorable Manitobans: Martha Elizabeth “Beth” Douglas (1913-1987)

Educator, musical director.

Born at Winnipeg on 28 April 1913, only child of Annie Josephine “Nan” Burns (c1885-1962) and Joseph Samuel Douglas (?-1968), she taught at Aberdeen School (1937-1940) and Victoria-Albert School (1940-1943) before spending 13 years on the staff of the Manitoba Normal School. At the time of her retirement she had been a music consultant and coordinator for the Winnipeg School Division for some 21 years. She was an honorary life member of the Manitoba Music Educators Association and the Canadian Music Educators Association, and was President of the Wednesday Morning Musicale, President of the Women Administrators Association, Director of the Winnipeg Boys Choir, Director of the Bethesda Church Choir, and Director of the Vivace Ladies Choir. She was inducted into the Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1981) for her “service in the field of music education in Manitoba.” She was a member of the Bethesda Church. She died unmarried at Winnipeg on 9 November 1987.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Annie Joseph Douglas], Winnipeg Tribune, 18 January 1962, page 80.

Obituary [Joseph Samuel Douglas], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 1968, page 26.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 November 1987, page 68.

This page was prepared by George Stewart and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 May 2020

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