Memorable Manitobans: James Edwin Scarrow (1902-1982)
Born at Minto, Manitoba on 14 April 1902, son of George Scarrow and Rosa Maud Newton, he attended grades 1 to 11 at Minto School then he taught at Alcester School in the 1920s before completing his grade 12 education. He attended the University of Manitoba from 1928 to 1931, but poor economic conditions forced him to withdraw before graduation. He returned to teaching, at Riverside School (1931-1934) then served as the Principal of Justice School (1934-1936), Fairfax School (1936-1939), Kelwood School (1939-1942), and Emerson School (1942-1947). He completed his BA degree while teaching.
In 1947, he moved to Winnipeg as Principal of Lord Wolseley School, moving to Miles Macdonell Collegiate in 1952, a position he held until retirement in June 1967. He came out of retirement in January 1968 to serve as the Principal of Regent Park School until final retirement in June 1969.
He was a member of the Canadian Order of Foresters, East Kildonan Kiwanis Club, and the School Masters’ Club.
He died at Winnipeg on 4 June 1982.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
“Know your Principal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 1964, page 3.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 June 1982, page 48.
Page revised: 5 January 2015
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