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Memorable Manitobans: Ruth Johanna Eden (1966-2021)

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Ruth Johanna Eden
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Civil engineer.

Born at Hartney on 17 July 1966, daughter of Clifford H. Eden (1932-2007) and Margaret Eden (?-?), she grew up on the family farm near Erickson. In 1988, she received a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba then became the first woman to work as an highways engineer for the Manitoba government. She spent more than 30 years designing and constructing bridges and other structures throughout the province. She later served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Manitoba Infrastructure and President of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (2019). She died at Winnipeg on 4 October 2021 and was buried in the Erickson Cemetery.


“Province mourns first woman hired as engineer,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 October 2021.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 October 2021.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 October 2021

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