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Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Savage (1889-1970)

Animal pathologist.

Born at Montreal, Quebec on 10 August 1889, he was educated at McGill University (BSA 1911), Cornell University (DVM 1914), and Edinburgh Royal. During the First World War, he served from 1915 to 1919 with the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps. Returning from military duty, he taught at Macdonald College from 1919 to 1921. He joined the Manitoba Agricultural College in 1921.

From 1930 to 1945 he was Professor of Animal Pathology and Bacteriology, and Dean of Agriculture from 1933 to 1937, during which time he insisted on keeping the faculty open despite the hard times of the Depression. He was Provincial Animal Pathologist from 1938 to 1957. He was a member of the Society of American Bacteriologists, American Veterinary Medical Association, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (President, 1952), Scientific Club of Winnipeg, and Wildwood Club.

He and wife Mary Savage (?-?) had a son and a daughter.

He died at Winnipeg on 14 January 1970 and was buried in the St. John's Cathedral Cemetery. He was inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 January 1970, page 35.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 December 2021

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