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Memorable Manitobans: Wilfred Cornet Lockhart (1906-1991)


Born in Ontario, he was educated at the University of Toronto and the University of Edinburgh (PhD, 1936). Returning to Canada, he worked at many jobs and served as minister at a number of United Churches. In 1955 he was appointed principal of United College, serving until 1967 when it became the University of Winnipeg. He was first president and vice-chancellor of the University of Winnipeg from 1967 to 1971.

In 1958 Lockhart touched off the “Crowe Case,” the best-known academic freedom case in Canada, when he fired professor Harry Crowe for writing a “disrespectful and irreligious” private letter which was sent to Lockhart by mistake; the fallout continued for years. He later served as moderator of the United Church 1966-1968. He retired to Toronto and died there. He was the author of In Such an Age: Younger Voices in the Canadian Church (1951).

He is commemorated by Lockhart Hall at the University of Winnipeg.

He was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1971) and awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Manitoba (1967) and the University of Winnipeg (1977).


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 14 July 2009

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