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Memorable Manitobans: Hugh Russell Makepeace (1926-2017)


Born in Manitoba on 25 November 1926, son of Andrew Makepeace (1877-1961) and Mary Blackwood (1887-1971), he attended Basswood Consolidated School and then Minnedosa High School for two years. At the age of 17, he taught at Makepeace School for one year before attending the Central Normal School. This was followed by teaching at Kenton School (1946-1948), St. James School (1948-1950), The Pas (?-?), and United College (?-?).

In 1959, he was one of 19 faculty and staff to resign from United College in protest against the dismissal of Professor Harry Crowe. He then earned an MA degree from the University of Manitoba and continued teaching, including in Paris (France), East St. Paul Collegiate (1960-1961), and at River East Collegiate until 1967 where he produced and directed several school plays. He then moved to Ontario to teach for one year at Cornwall Collegiate before moving to La Salle Secondary School in Kingston where he was head of modern languages until his retirement in 1986. In 2009, he was a co-recipient, with 15 former colleagues, of the CAUT Milner award in recognition of their solidarity for academic freedom in the Crowe Case.

He died on 5 November 2017 and was survived by his wife Kathleen Finlay and their three sons.


CAUT Milner Memorial Award 2009,

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Drew Makepeace and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 December 2021

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