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Memorable Manitobans: Borden Brownlee Johnston (1911-1996)


Born at Lena on 3 September 1911, son of Robert George Johnston and Harriet Martha Brownlee, he attended Lena School and Killarney School and graduated from the University of Manitoba (BSc 1936, BEd 1964). He taught in rural Manitoba and was Principal of Shellmouth School (1937-1938), Connor School (1938-1939), and Carroll School (1939-1941). From the 1940s to 1960s, he taught at the Manitoba Commercial College, interspersed with work elsewhere, such as teaching at Ralph Brown School (1953-1954). He later worked for the Correspondence Department of the Department of Education, from which he retired in 1976. On 7 August 1943, he married Margaret Nettie Sheardown (1914-1991). They had three children and lived on Valour Road in Winnipeg. He died at the Golden West Centennial Lodge on 28 August 1996 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.

“Result of entrance examinations for province announced [Inspector W. J. Parr's Division],” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 21 July 1925, page 9.

“Presentation of diplomas [Bachelor of Science],” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 14 May 1935, page 4.

“2,106 get the word that they have passed exams [Bachelor of Education],” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 May 1964, page 31.

Obituary [Margaret Nettie Johnston], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 July 1991, page 43.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 1996, page C6.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 30 December 2019

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