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Memorable Manitobans: Neil John MacLean (1870-1946)

Physician and surgeon.

Born at Lindsay, Ontario on 17 March 1870, son of Archie and Katherine MacLean, he came to Winnipeg in 1882 and was educated at the University of Manitoba. In 1898, he became house surgeon at the Winnipeg General Hospital and acted as surgeon to the St. Boniface Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Tuxedo Military Hospital, and Ninette Sanatorium. He was a Professor of Clinical Surgeon at the University of Manitoba. He served three years with the Cavalry Volunteer Corps. He served as President of the Western Surgical Association and the Winnipeg Medico-Chirurgical Society. In 1911, he married Frankie May Taylor of Winnipeg. Three of his sons became physicians, and a fourth son was killed on the beach at Normandy on D-Day. He was a member of the Scientific Club of Winnipeg (1906-1946), AF & AM, Canadian Club, Motor Country Club, British Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association, and Manitoba Medical Association. He died at his Winnipeg home, 67 Middlegate, on 13 November 1946 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.

See also:

Manitoba Business: Winnipeg Clinic


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Dr. N. Maclean, local surgeon, dies at home,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 November 1946. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 March 2017

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