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Memorable Manitobans: Andrew Roy Low (1915-2001)


Born near Moosehorn on 30 May 1915, the youngest of eight children of Mary and Andrew Low, he attended the Winnipeg Normal School in 1934-1935 then taught high school and public school in the country until he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force Radar Division in 1941. He served in the military until 1946 and attained the rank of Flight Lieutenant, teaching radar at Clinton, Ontario and going to Germany on disarmament before the end of the war. He then attended the University of Manitoba and earned an honours degree in Mathematics and Physics. In 1950, he moved to Toronto and taught at the Ryerson Institute of Technology. He returned to Winnipeg in 1963 as the first Principal of the newly-established Manitoba Institute of Technology (now Red River College). He held that position until 1970 and then became involved with implementation of the metric system by the Province of Manitoba. He died at Winnipeg on 16 August 2001.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 August 2001.

“We will not forget them,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2001, page B3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 October 2016

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