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Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth Merle Crawford “Betty” Lord (1918-1994)


Born at Fort Garry in 1918, daughter of Robert Murray Crawford (c1891-1965), she graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1939 and became a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1944. She was the first woman to be registered as an architect in Manitoba, having her own architectural office as of 1953. On 5 September 1942, she married teacher H. Murray Lord at Holy Trinity Anglican Church and they had two sons and two daughters. She served on the Board of the Young Women’s Christian Association and was Chair of its Building Committee. She chaired the housing and town planning committee of the Winnipeg Council of Women, and was a member of the executive for the provincial council. She died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 20 May 1994.


“Engagements herald new high in marriages for September,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 August 1942, page 10.

“Mrs. Elizabeth Lord,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 1960, page 76.

Obituary [Robert Murray Crawford], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 1965, page 50.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 June 1994, page 23.

Obituary [Elizabeth Hunter McGuire], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 March 2018.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 March 2018

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