Memorable Manitobans: Adalsteinn F. “Steini” Kristjansson (1923-1992)
Lawyer, community activist.
Born at Winnipeg in 1923, son of Fridrik Kristjansson and Holmfridur Jonsdottir (1892-1983), he graduated from the Manitoba Law School in 1947 and received the Honourable Alexander Morris Exhibition Award for highest academic standing during his four years there. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1948 and practiced law, being made a Queen’s Counsel (1981).
On 6 August 1949, he married Carol Joy Palmason at the First Lutheran Church. They had a son and two daughters. He served as President of the Logberg Heimskringla weekly Icelandic newspaper for five years and co-chaired a committee to raise funds for an endowed chair in Icelandic Language and Literature at the University of Manitoba. He was a director of the Canada Iceland Foundation (1984) and served five terms as President. He was President of the Lions Club of Winnipeg (1968-1969), President of Lions Manor (1975-1977)m and was one of the founders of the Lions Eye Bank.
He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 13 December 1992.
“Mothers and daughters honor Carol Palmason,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 July 1949, page 9.
“Carol Joy Palmason weds Adalsteinn Kristjansson,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 August 1949, page 10.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 December 1992, page 35.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 June 2022