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Memorable Manitobans: John Norison Finlayson (1880-1971)

Civil engineer.

Born at Merigomish, Nova Scotia on 27 August 1880, son of Edward Finlayson and Catherine Smith, he was educated at Merigomish Public School, Pictou Academy, and McGill University. He was a Lecturer in Mathematics and Civil Engineering at McGill University before coming to Manitoba where he was Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba. In 1935, he chaired a provincial commission that considered land drainage questions in southern Manitoba.

He married Ruth Martin of Montreal. They had two sons and a daughter. He was a member of the Scientific Club of Winnipeg (1920-1936), AF & AM (Assiniboine Lodge), American Society Civil Engineers, Engineering Institute of Canada, American Society of Testing Materials, and American Water Works Association. Presbyterian. Address, 11 Chelsea Court, Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1940, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Manitoba.

He died at West Vancouver, British Columbia on 21 September 1971.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 September 1971, page 27.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 December 2012

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