Memorable Manitobans: Baldur Rosmund Stefansson (1917-2002)
Born at Vestfold, Manitoba, son of Gudmundur and Jonina Stefansson, he served in the Canadian army during World War Two, after which he attended the University of Manitoba (DipAg 1949, BSA 1950, MSc 1952, PhD 1966). He and wife Sigridur had three children: Bjorgvin, Helga, and Paul.
He worked at the University of Manitoba to develop a variety of rapeseed that could be used as an edible oil. This became known as canola. He retired in 1986. His was made an Officer of the Order of Canada (1985), a member of the Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1988), a member of the Order of Manitoba (2000), and a member of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon. In 1977, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Manitoba (1997) and the University of Iceland (2000).
He died on 3 January 2002. He is a member of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame and the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Brookside Cemetery: A Celebration of Life, Volume 1, published by E. R. Publishing & Communications Ltd., Winnipeg, 2003, ISBN 0-973346-0-5 (paper).
“They will never be forgotten”, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, pages A8-A9.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 4 September 2011
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