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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Kahana (1900-1993)


Born in Romania on 4 May 1900, son of Marcus Kahana (1967-1932) and Mindel “Mina” Kahana (1868-1930), he accompanied his family to Canada at the age of six. Having settled with his parents in Winnipeg, he attended St. John’s High School and the University of Manitoba, where he studied political economy, later graduating with BA and BEd (1954) degrees. He participated in 1919 General Strike and, in 1927, was an unsuccessful Communist candidate for the Winnipeg School Board. On 7 June 1927, he married Ray Priser (1904-1992) at Winnipeg and had two sons. He took teacher training and worked at rural schools, eventually becoming Principal of Ashern School (1930-1937) and Sifton School (1937-1939), after which he returned to Winnipeg. Frequently teaching mathematics, he worked at Hugh John Macdonald School (1944-1960), St. John’s High School (1960-1966), and the Winnipeg Adult Education Centre (1966-1969). He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 30 January 1993.


Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“University examination results; convocation takes place today,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 May 1920, page 8.

“Hundreds hear Communists outline political views,” Manitoba Free Press, 25 November 1927, page 12.

“University lists 940 for Degrees, Diplomas, Awards,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1954, page 3.

“Kahana - Jacoby,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 June 1964, page 11.

Obituary [Ray Kahana], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 1992, page D7.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 May 1993, page D5.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 May 2017

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