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Memorable Manitobans: George J. “Bob” Houser (c1916-1988)

Linguist, professor.

Born at Pottsville, Pennsylvania around 1916, he attended school there until his graduation in 1933. He worked in Pennsylvania until the Second World War, when he served in the United States military and rose to the rank of Sergeant. After the war he worked in New York City until 1955. He then moved to Canada and obtained a BA degree from Concordia University and an MA degree from McGill University. He took advanced studies at Uppsala University in Sweden and eventually obtained a PhD degree from the University of Iceland in 1978. Fluent in several languages, he lectured in Icelandic Studies at the University of Manitoba, and translated and published articles and books on the Swedish and Icelandic communities in Manitoba. He died at his Winnipeg home on 28 July 1988.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 August 1988, page 43.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 October 2022

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