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Memorable Manitobans: Alvin Valentine Mitchener (1888-1962)


In 1919, he was appointed the first Entomologist at the University of Manitoba, and worked for a time with Norman Criddle. Described as a “very fussy individual with absolutely no sense of humour,” Mitchener worked at the University until 1954, including a term as Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture (1937-?). He was a member of the Fort Garry United Church and the Fort Garry School Board. He died at Ottawa, Ontario on 19 June 1962 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery. He was inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 June 1962, page 29.

Norman Criddle: Pioneer Entomologist of the Prairies by N. J. Holliday, Manitoba History, Number 51, February 2006.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 July 2014

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