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Memorable Manitobans: Dwight Lyman Johnson (1898-1972)

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Dwight Lyman Johnson
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Physician, MLA (1943-1945).

Born at Rapid City on 26 March 1898, son of William Lambert Johnson and Elizabeth Ann Kiteley, he was educated locally then, during the First World War, served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in an infantry battalion. Returning from overseas, he attended the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1926 with a medical degree.

He then spent five years as Superintendent of a hospital at Iloilo, The Philippines. He practiced medicine at Brandon from 1932 to 1959, during which time he was elected to succeed George Dinsdale as MLA for Brandon in the Manitoba Legislature, but was not re-elected in 1945. He later continued his medical practice at Gibsons, British Columbia from 1960 to 1971.

He married nurse Dorothy Jessie Hawes (1902-1976) and they had two children: Beth Johnson (wife of G. A. Stone) and Vernon A. Johnson.

He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 3 June 1972.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Attestation Papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 June 1972, page 18.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 January 2021

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