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Memorable Manitobans: Delorie Wessels “Del” Howell (1925-2008)

Educator, administrator.

Born on a farm near Roland on 6 June 1925, the eldest of three children, the family moved to Baldur in 1936 where he completed his education. Soon after graduation in 1943, he enlisted in the Canadian Army but the Second World War ended before he could be deployed. After the war, he turned to a teaching career, serving successively as the Principal of Ninette School (1946-1947), Wingham School (1948-1949), Elva School (1951-1952), Lennox School (1952-1961), Pierson School (1963-1966), and a teacher at Wawanesa School (circa 1962). In early 1967, he was appointed Assistant Superintendent of the Brandon School Division, responsible for high school education. By the early 1970s, he was the Superintendent of the Turtle Mountain School Division at Killarney. In early 1976, he was appointed to the Advisory Board for the Manitoba Department of Education, and resigned as Superintendent to return to teaching at the Killarney Collegiate. He retired from teaching in 1985. He and wife Betty (c1931-2007) had four sons and he served on the Board of Directors for the Westman Media Cooperative. He died at Killarney on 10 November 2008 and was buried in the Killarney Cemetery.

Sources:

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“TV watching helps boost book reading by pupils,” Brandon Sun, 10 May 1967, page 18.

“Turtle Mountain school superintendent resigns,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 May 1976, page 28.

Obituary [E. Betty Howell], Brandon Sun, 10 March 2007, page 18.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 December 2008, page C17.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 October 2013

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