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Memorable Manitobans: Gordon Edward Mark (?-1984)

Educator.

Born at Sebringville, Ontario, son of John W. Mark and Katie Ellen Hodgins (1873-1946) at an early age he moved with his family to rural Manitoba and graduated from the University of Manitoba (BA, 1938). He taught in rural Manitoba, Transcona (?-1937), and high school grades at Fort Whyte School (1937-1940) prior to joining the Winnipeg School Division in 1940, where he worked at General Wolfe School (1940-1942). He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as an Education Officer (1942-1945), and following military discharge, returned to his career as a teacher (1945-1954) and Vice-Principal (1954-1957) at Isaac Newton High School then Vice-Principal (1957-1968) and Principal (1968-1969) of Sisler High School. He retired in 1969, and the next year was awarded the Centennial Medal (1970) by the Manitoba Historical Society for his work with youth, as an educator in the city’s North End, and managerial involvement with the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra. He and his wife Alice had six children. He was a Masonic Past Master (Northern Light Lodge No. 10), executive of the Schoolmasters Club, and an Elder of Knox United Church. He died at the Grace Hospital on 10 August 1984 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.

Sources:

“University,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 May 1938, page 7.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 August 1984, page 35.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 August 2016

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