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Memorable Manitobans: D. Sanger McEwen (1904-1990)

Physician.

Born at Arcola, Saskatchewan on 5 January 1904, he graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1930. He furthered his studies in Philadelphia before turning to Winnipeg to work at the St. Vital Tuberculosis Sanatorium, eventually becoming head of the institution. In 1931, he started a long relationship with the St. Boniface Hospital and the Order of the Grey Nuns. At the St. Boniface Hospital, he held several leadership positions, including Medical Director, from 1939 to 1951. He also served as the Chair of the Committee of Post Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba Medical College, also teaching classes there. His knowledge and experience made him highly in demand as a consultant for other hospitals. In honour of his work at the St. Boniface Hospital, the married interns residence (now the St. Boniface Psychiatric Institute) was named the McEwen Building. He was a member of the Masons, Kinsmen Club, and Manitoba Club. He was also an accomplished photographer and jazz trumpeter. He died at Winnipeg on 24 May 1990.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 May 1990, page 52.

This page was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 21 October 2009

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