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Memorable Manitobans: Kathleen Joan Moreland “Kay” Rowe (1910-1995)

Journalist.

Born at Winnipeg on 10 June 1910, she attended St. John’s Technical High School where she won medals for public speaking, in 1923 and 1924. She moved to Brandon following her marriage, on 11 July 1932, to G. R. Rowe. Known for her stylishness, her career in journalism began in 1935 when she began to write book reviews for CKX Radio. In 1939, she became a society columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press and, from 1945 to the 1980s, she was a freelance columnist for the Brandon Sun, writing on fashion, the arts, and people. She won gold medals in 1958 and 1960 for the best fashion stories of the year in Canada, and in 1970 she received a Margaret McWilliams Award from the Manitoba Historical Society for the best newspaper story on Manitoba history in the province’s centennial year. She died at Brandon on 16 December 1995 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.

Sources:

“Engagements,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 June 1932, page 19.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Sun columnist elegant and eloquent,” Brandon Sun, 19 December 1995, page 18.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 22 December 1995, page 32.

Brandon Cemetery transcriptions.

We thank Sheila Ingle for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 June 2014

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