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Memorable Manitobans: Louis Shere (1900-1988)


Born at 26-2-2W2 in Saskatchewan on 8 April 1900, son of Elkon Shere (1870-?) and Hattie Shere (1875-?), he resided at Oxbow and Estevan (c1916) before moving to Manitoba and graduating with a Masters from the University of Manitoba. Around this time, he taught school in rural Manitoba and was Principal of Green Ridge School (1922-1923) and Cypress River School (1923-1925). He then moved to the United States, worked for the New York State Tax Commission (1931-1932), earned his Doctorate (1932) from Columbia University, and was part of a committee studying federal finance known as “The Junior Braintrust.” In 1934, he joined the United States Treasury and rose within its ranks to become Director of Tax Research (1948). He then resigned to become an Economics Professor and Tax Research Director at Indiana University (1948-1970), teaching classes in local, state, and federal finance as well as having financial advisory roles to governments of The Philippines (1950) and Puerto Rico (1951). He retired in 1970 to tax consultancy work. On 7 June 1940, he married Deila Michael Ebert Cohen of Winnipeg at Washington, DC. The couple, who had a daughter, resided at Bloomington, Indiana until his death on 24 August 1988.


Birth registration, Saskatchewan Vital Statistics.

1901, 1911, & 1916 Canada censes, Library and Archives Canada.

Engagements [Cohen - Shere], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 June 1940, page 9.

“[Mrs. Louis Shere has arrived from Washington, D.C.], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 December 1943, page 6.

“U. of M. grad gets post in Indiana,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 August 1948, page 3.

“I.U. expert leave on Manila Mission,,” The Terre Haute Star (Terre Haute, Indiana), 8 July 1950, page 1.

“IU professor to aid Puerto Rico research,” The Republic (Columbus, Indiana), 2 June 1951, page 5.

Obituary [Sarah Cohen], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 February 1972, page 32.

Obituary [Morris Shere], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 1975, page 42.

“Louis Sehre dies at 88, retired economics, profesosor,” The Indianapols Star, 25 August 1988, page 43.

“Economist succumbs,” The Star Press (Muncie, Indiana), 27 August 1988, page 5.

“Louis Shere, tax researcher, 88,” New York Times, 26 August 1988.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 November 2017

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