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Memorable Manitobans: Eileen May McFadden (1930-2011)

Librarian, archivist.

Born on a farm in the RM of Daly on 6 July 1930, daughter of Chester James McFadden (1897-1989) and Margaret “Madge” Rutherford (1896-1989), she was educated at the Rivers Consolidated School, graduating in 1947. After attending the Wheat City Business College then working for a year, she attended Brandon College from 1949 to 1953, graduating with a BA degree. The following year, she received a bachelor of library science degree from McGill University. She worked in the library at the University of Toronto (1954-1956) and University of Manitoba (1956-1959) before being appointed Director of Library Services at Brandon College, serving from 1959 to 1977. After receiving a master of library science degree from the University of Toronto in 1978, she became University Archivist at Brandon University, serving until retirement in 1997. She was active in library organizations at the provincial and national level, as well as provincial politics, serving as a Liberal candidate for the Brandon East constituency in the 1986 provincial general election. She died at Brandon on 24 August 2011 and was buried in the Rivers Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary [Margaret McFadden], Brandon Sun, 17 February 1989, page 24.

Obituary [Chester James McFadden], Brandon Sun, 16 May 1989, page 29.

Obituary, Rivers Banner, 2 September 2011, page 13.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 October 2018

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