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Memorable Manitobans: David Alfred Patterson (1891-1974)

Educator, author.

Born near Moffat, Ontario on 13 July 1891, he moved to Winnipeg and there married Georgina Mary McKinstry (c1895-1983) on 9 April 1921. The couple had two children. He joined the staff of the Winnipeg School Division and taught at St. John’s Technical High School (1921-1931), during which time he co-wrote science texts with C. A. E. Hensley and Miss Olive Armstrong entitled Science, Indoors and Out (c1930). He went on to be Principal of Victoria-Albert School (1931-1949) and Hugh John Macdonald Junior High School (1949-1956), followed by a partial retirement before returning to the classroom at Churchill High School (1958-1961). He retired in the summer of 1961.

For his contributions as an educator and author, he was awarded the Manitoba Centennial Medal by the Manitoba Historical Society. In 1971 he co-authored with A. L. Crossin the book Next Stop, Winnitoba! The Story of a Summer Resort which received Honourable Mention in the Margaret McWilliams Awards for 1973. He was a member of Bethesda Church and the St. Vital Curling Club, as well as an avid outdoors-man and photography enthusiast.

He died at Winnipeg on 12 December 1974 and was buried in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Sources:

Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“School broadcast aims outlined at convention,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 October 1949, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 December 1974, page 43.

Obituary [Georgina Mary Patterson], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 November 1983, page 51.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 21 October 2014

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