Memorable Manitobans: Allan J. Ryckman (1910-1982)
Born at Winnipeg in 1910, he graduated from United College in 1931. He began his teaching career at Oakville in 1932 then joined the teaching staff of the Winnipeg School Division in 1934. He taught at Robert H. Smith School and Kelvin High School, and was Director of Athletics at Kelvin. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1940 to 1945, and following his military discharge, he joined the staff of Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, later being appointed Head of its Science Department. He served as Vice-Principal of Earl Grey School (1953-1954) and Principal Sparling School, and was later Principal of Principal Sparling School (1954-1956) and King Edward School (1956-1961). In 1961, he became Principal of St. John’s High School, serving in this capacity until retirement in 1971. He was a member of the Masons (Prince Rupert Lodge), United College Alumni Association (Past President), Greenwood United Church, Winnipeg Mentors Club (Past President), and Civic Caledonian Seniors Club. He died at Winnipeg on 6 November 1982, after a long illness.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
“Know Your Principal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 April 1964, page 3.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 1982, page 44.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 April 2015
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