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Memorable Manitobans: William Thomas Easterbrook (1907-1985)

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Economist, writer, professor.

Born at Winnipeg on 4 December 1907, son of William James Easterbrook and Emily McKerr, he took his early education in Winnipeg, matriculating from Daniel McIntyre High School. He attended the University of Manitoba. During his undergraduate degree he received several Isbister Scholarships, and upon graduation in 1933 he received the Royal Bank’s economics fellowship.

Easterbrook obtained a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Toronto in 1935. While at the University of Toronto he received the Alexander McKenzie Economic fellowship as well as the Maurice Cody Economic Fellowship. In 1938 he graduated with a PhD in Economics from the University of Toronto. He joined the faculty of Brandon University, then called the Brandon College of the University of Manitoba.

In 1941 he was among the first Canadians to receive a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. His project for the fellowship was Studies in the Economic History of the Pacific Northwest. In 1963 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Manitoba.

He died on 27 March 1985. His papers are located at the University of Toronto.


“Easterbrook gets research fellowship,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 March 1941.

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

We thank Christian Cassidy for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Angela Graham and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 May 2014

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