Memorable Manitobans: Baldur Rosmund Stefansson (1917-2002)
Born at Vestfold on 26 April 1917, son of Gudmundur Stefansson and Jonina Sigurbjorg Halldorsdottir, he served in the Canadian Army during the Second World War, after which he received several degrees from the University of Manitoba (DipAg 1949, BSA 1950, MSc 1952, PhD 1966). He worked as a plant breeder at the university where he developed a variety of rapeseed that could be used as an edible oil. It became known as canola. He retired in 1986.
He was inducted into the Order of Canada (1985), Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1988), Order of Manitoba (2000), Order of the Falcon (?), Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame (2003), and Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame (?). 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 and wife Sigridur “Sigga” Westdal (1919-2009) had three children.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
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: 9 April 2022