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Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Clarence Ray (1902-1990)


Born in the Belleview on 3 January 1902, son of Mervyn H. Ray and Margaret H. Spurr, he attended Belleview School, Pipestone School, Brandon Normal School, Central Normal School, and the University of Manitoba (BA 1932). His career in education spanned 44 years in Manitoba schools, including teaching (1925-1926) and service as Principal (1926-1935) of Wellwood School, after which he was Principal of Neepawa School (1935-1947), The Pas School (1947-1949), Dauphin Town School (1949-1955), and Fort Churchill School (1955-1963). He was President of the Manitoba Educational Association (1945-1946). On 8 July 1927, he married Marguerita Janet “Rita” Dodds (?-1992) in the RM of Albert and they subsequently had two daughters and two sons. He died at Brandon on 9 January 1990.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Degrees [Bachelor of Arts (General Course)],” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 May 1932, page 6.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Mr. and Mrs. Mervyn H. Ray mark golden wedding day,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 February 1946, page 10.

The History of the Manitoba Educational Association by Ernest Butterworth, MEd thesis, Faculty of Graduate Study and Research, University of Manitoba, 1965.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 January 1990, page 34.

Obituary [Rita Ray], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 August 1992, page D56.

Obituary [Margaret Agnes Tyler], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 June 1999, page C9.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 January 2016

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