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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Everett “Alex” Rattray (1933-2019)

Landscape architect.

Born at Winnipeg on 13 June 1933, son of Gordon Wilson Rattray (1909-1982) and Holly Virginia Forster, his childhood was spent in St. James and Fort Garry, attending Viscount Alexander High School before receiving a degree in Architecture from the University of Manitoba. With a Canada Council fellowship, he pursued a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, after which he worked for the Boston and Worchester Redevelopment Authorities then became chair of the Lowthorpe Department of Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 1969, he returned to Winnipeg to establish a program in Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba. He served as President of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, receiving its President's Award of Excellence. He was President of the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects and an advisor to the International Federation of Landscape Architects. He was married twice, first to Carla Edith Moore (1935-2014) with whom he had two daughters, and second to Angela Luvera. He died at Bassano del Grappa, Italy on 25 November 2019.

Sources:

Obituary [G. Wilson Rattray], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 August 1982, page 48.

Obituary [Holly Virginia Rattray], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 August 1999, page 34.

Obituary [Carla Edith Moore], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 October 2015.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 November 2019.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 January 2020

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