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Memorable Manitobans: Muriel Sprague Richardson (1891-1973)

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Murial S. Richardson
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Business executive, philanthropist.

Born at Belleville, Ontario, she came to Winnipeg at the time of her 1919 marriage to James A. Richardson. She was active in war work and volunteer work in the community. She served on the board of trustees of Queen’s University from 1939 to 1966 and on the board of regents of United College in Winnipeg from 1940 to 1951. She was honorary chair of many local and national charities, and served on the Advisory Board of the Winnipeg Foundation. From 1939 to 1966 she was president of James Richardson and Sons Limited. She was awarded honorary degrees by Queen’s University in 1951 and the University of Manitoba in 1958. She was given a Manitoba Golden Boy Award (1961) and a Centennial Medal of Honour by the Manitoba Historical Society (1970).

Sources:

“Eleven Manitobans and radio-TV station to be honored,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 1961.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 May 2014

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