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Memorable Manitobans: James McKenty (1866-1940)

Physician and surgeon.

Born at Collinsburg, Ontario on 19 May 1866, son of John McKenty and Bethia Mary Rennie, brother of F. D. McKenty, he was educated at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) then commenced a medical practice at Neche, North Dakota in partnership with Patrick C. Donovan. The next year he moved to Gretna. He moved to Winnipeg in 1902. He served as a Professor of Theoretical Surgery with the Manitoba Medical College. He was Chief of Surgery of St. Boniface Hospital (1907-1927); Chief of Staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital (1923-1937); and Chief of Staff (1920-1921), Chief of Surgery (1921-1931), and Consulting Surgeon (1931-1940) at the Misericordia Hospital.

On 15 February 1900, he married Marie H. Siegel (?-1933) of Trois Rivieres, Quebec. They had four daughters. In 1911, the famly lived at 232 Donald Street, Winnipeg. He served as President of the Canadian Medical Association, Manitoba Medical Association (1916-1917), and Winnipeg Medical Association. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Manitoba Medical College and, from 1931 to 1939, was a member of the Senate of the University of Manitoba. He was a member of the St. Charles Country Club, Manitoba Club, and Knights of Columbus.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 145 Academy Road, on 11 August 1940 and was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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.

“Dr. James McKenty succumbs”, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 August 1940.

“Death climaxes careers of many notable people in course of 1940”, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1941, page 1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 September 2016

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