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Memorable Manitobans: Ralph Sotolov (1924-2019)


Born at Winnipeg on 14 May 1924, one of three children of Isidore Sotolov (c1894-1959) and Dora Israelovitch (c1896-1993), he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, remaining in the military after the war and working as an education officer. He was the Principal of Brookdale School (1950-1951) before returning to university and receiving an Education diploma, and BEd and MEd degrees. He taught science at Viscount Alexander School (1959-1960) and then biology at Vincent Massey Collegiate in the early 1960s. He served as Vice-Principal (1965-1967) and Principal (1967-1987) at Vincent Massey until his retirement in 1987. He was married twice, first to Dorothy Zanewich (1924-1976) with whom he had a son, and second to Barbara Tessler (1939-1999). He died at Winnipeg on 19 December 2019 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.


Marriage registration [Isidor Sotolov], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Isidore Sotolov buried Monday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 February 1959, page 5.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary [Dorothy Sotolov], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 June 1976, page 29.

Obituary [Dora Sotolov], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 November 1993, page 49.

Obituary [Barbara Sotolov], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 November 1999, page 46.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 2019.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Robert Israel and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 September 2021

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