Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Henry Gatenby Moody (1903-1991)
Born at Winnipeg on 12 March 1903, son of A. W. Moody and Elizabeth Jane Holland, he was educated at the Royal Military College at Kingston, Ontario and the University of Manitoba, graduating in architecture in 1926. He practiced with the firms of Derby and Robinson (Boston) and Sproatt and Rolf (Toronto). In 1936 he went into partnership at Winnipeg with Robert E. Moore, in the firm of Moody and Moore, continuing for 40 years. The firm was responsible for a number of prominent Winnipeg buildings.
In the Second World War, he served with the Royal Canadian Engineers, Army Third Division, in England and northwest Europe, from 1941 to 1945.
He was married twice, first to Alice Louise Taylor (c1904-1938) of Toronto, Ontario with whom he had two children. On 5 May 1941, he married Lorraine Code (1908-1986), daughter of Abraham Code. They had one child. He was a brother-in-law of Canadian prime minister Lester B. Pearson. He served as President of the Manitoba Club from 1963 to 1964. He was a member of the Lakewood Country Club, the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, past Chancellor of the College of Fellows, and President of the Manitoba Association of Architects (which he joined in 1934 and headed three times during his membership).
He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 27 February 1991 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery at Winnipeg.
Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:
Death registration [Alice L. T. Moody], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Mrs. H. H. G. Moody dies at age of 34,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 April 1938, page 2.
“One-man architectural firms said out-moded in modern era,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 February 1961, page 73.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 February 1991.
Moody and Moore buildings, Winnipeg Building Index, University of Manitoba Architecture/Fine Arts Library.
We thank Jane Moody and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 19 April 2015
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