Memorable Manitobans: Royden Frederick Lee (1917-2006)
Educator, school inspector.
Born in 1917, son of Frederick William Lee and Ida Ethel Gibson (1886-1967), he was educated at Melita School and the Brandon Normal School. He taught at Patricia School (1938-1939) then was Principal of a two-room consolidated school in the Swan River area. During the Second World War, he served as a navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force. On his return from military duty, he attended United College (BA 1947) where he met his wife Edith Shirley Ivey (?-2000), and they subsequently had two daughters.
He taught for several years at Gordon Bell High School until being appointed a School Inspector in the Seven Oaks School Division (1959-1964). He was later Director of Teacher Certification and Records in the Manitoba government, and helped to establish the Program for the Education of Native Teachers (PENT) at Brandon University. He was President of the Manitoba Educational Association (1967-1968) and a member of the Board of Regents for United College (1960s). He also served as a Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, and church elder.
He died at Winnipeg on 24 February 2006.
“Local notices,” The Western Prairie Gazette, 31 August 1939, page 1.
Engagement announcement, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 August 1948, page 12.
“Six new school inspectors,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 May 1959, page 6.
“McLean names six to inspectoral staff,” Grandview Exponent, 28 May 1959, page 5.
“Royden F. Lee,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 February 1960, page 5.
“Royden F. Lee,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 April 1967, page 17.
Beneath the Long Grass by Glenboro and Area Historical Society, 1979, page 97.
Obituary [E. Shirley Lee], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 August 2000, page 36.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 March 2006.
We thank Catherine Lee for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 25 March 2023