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Memorable Manitobans: Roland Gustave Lauze (1905-1970)

Educator.

Born at St. Jean on 24 July 1905, son of George Lauze and Maria Paul, he was a school teacher for the Department of Indian Affairs at Nelson House from 1929 to retirement in 1967. While there, he was a sports organizer, choirmaster, organist, cooking instructor, and violin teacher. He died unmarried at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 6 February 1970 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery. He was commemorated by Roland Lauze School at Nelson House. In 2013, as yet unsubstantiated allegations were made that he had sexually assaulted students in his care.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Ex-Nelson House teacher used to fear scalping,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 December 1969.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 1970, page 27.

Winnipeg Grant of Probate, Volume Y96, Folio 19, Archives of Manitoba.

Suit alleges sex abuse at school decades ago,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 2013.

We thank Anne Lindsay for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 December 2021

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