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Memorable Manitobans: Aaron Jenkins Perry (c1877-1952)

University professor.

A graduate of Acadia University and Yale University, he taught at a high school in Victoria, British Columbia and at Okanagan College before coming to Winnipeg in 1912 to join the English Department of the University of Manitoba. Appointed Head of the Department in 1930, he stepped down five years later to focus on his teaching and research on Middle English. While in Winnipeg, he was a member of the Canadian Club, and President of the Dickens Fellowship and of the Winnipeg branch of the Canadian Authors’ Association. He served on the executive of the Poetry Club and was a member of the Modern Language Association of America. He retired from the University in 1941 and moved to Victoria, British Columbia in 1945, where he died on 7 January 1952.

Sources:

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Prof. A. J. Perry,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 January 1952. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

“Former English professor here dies at Victoria,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 January 1952. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 October 2016

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