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Memorable Manitobans: David S. G. Portigal (1912-1990)

Geologist, photographer.

Born at Winnipeg on 31 July 1912, he graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1935 with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology. He worked as a geologist in northern Manitoba in the late 1930s, having a lake named after him, but subsequently began working as a photographer for the Winnipeg Free Press. In 1943, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a photographer and served overseas with public relations and in a field photography unit. In 1955, he founded his own company, specializing in commercial and publicity photography and was recognized as an Honorary Fellow of the Professional Photographers Association of Manitoba (President, 1965). He was also a founding member and Past President of Brandeis Lodge. He died at Winnipeg on 7 March 1990.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 March 1990, page 56.

This page was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 1 January 2019

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