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Memorable Manitobans: Albertus Hermanus “Burt” Kooyman (1918-2002)

Fisheries manager.

Born at East Kildonan on 18 November 1918, son of Tenna Rientges, he graduated with a BSc degree from the University of Toronto and did two years of postgraduate work. During the Second World War, he served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

In 1947, he joined the Manitoba Department of Mines and Natural Resources as a student assistant, and was active in all aspects of biology and lake management. In 1960, he was appointed Director of the Fisheries Branch, succeeding the retiring Sigurbjorn Sigurdson. He later worked as a fisheries biologist with the Canadian federal government.

He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 31 March 2002.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Fishery post for Kooyman,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 April 1960. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B12, page 11]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 April 2002.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 December 2021

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