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Memorable Manitobans: John Arthur “Jack” Hildes (1918-1984)


Born in Toronto, he grew up in Northern Ontario and graduated from University of Toronto in 1940. He served with the army medical corps during the Second World War. He returned to Canada in 1949 to join the University of Manitoba physiology department. He became director of Winnipeg Municipal Hospitals in 1951, where he was noted for his work during the 1953 polio epidemic. In 1970 he established the Northern Medical Unit at the University of Manitoba. He was named to the Order of Canada in 1979. He died in Winnipeg on 29 November 1984. His publications include The Circumpolar People: Health and Physiological Adaptations (1966).


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 December 1984, page 62.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 September 2014

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