Memorable Manitobans: Leonard Hylary Shebeski (1914-2010)
Educator, plant breeder, administrator.
Born at Aubigny on 5 August 1914, at the age of three years he moved with his family to a farm near Arborg. In 1941, he received a degree in Agriculture at the University of Manitoba then he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He returned to Manitoba and received a MSc degree in Plant Science at the University of Manitoba then taught at the University of Saskatchewan. He gained an international reputation arising from his achievements in plant breeding.
In 1953, he returned to Manitoba as Head of the Department of Plant Science at the University of Manitoba, then was Dean of Agriculture from 1965 to 1979. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba (1981), Queen’s University, and Warsaw Agricultural University. He was inducted into the Order of Canada (1977) and the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame (2004), and he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977).
He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 3 August 2010.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 August 2010.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 12 July 2015
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