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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Isadore Lerner (1915-1998)

Physician and surgeon.

Born at Winnipeg on 31 December 1915, son of Moe and Edith Lerner, he took medical training at the University of Manitoba and began a medical and surgical practice. He served as a medical officer with the Canadian Armed Forces during World War Two. In 1943 he received a surgical fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He did research on cardiovascular and general surgery and performed the first successful open-heart surgery in Western Canada, in the 1950s. He was the first Chief of Staff at Seven Oaks General Hospital. He and wife Pearl had six children, including Moe Lerner. He was a school trustee in West Kildonan and helped to establish Governor Semple School, Edmund Partridge School, and West Kildonan Collegiate. He served for many years on the YMHA Board of Directors. He died on 6 June 1998 and was buried in the Rosh Pina Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1998, page C7.

“They are gone, but not forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1998, page A4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 January 2018

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