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Memorable Manitobans: David Bradshaw Stewart (1916-2006)


Born at Ninette on 18 June 1916, son of David Alexander Stewart and Ida Kate Bradshaw (1878-1936), nephew of Beatrice Maude Bradshaw, he graduated in medicine at the University of Manitoba in 1941. After serving as a medical officer during the Second World War, he completed a clinical residency in Scotland before becoming the founding professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the new University of the West Indies in Jamaica in 1952. He became Dean of Medicine and co-authored a book on Obstetrics and Gynecology in the tropics.

In 1941, he married Ruth Mae Rigby (1915-2014) of Killarney and they subsequently had four children. In 1970, he retired to the Killarney area and took a position as a Professor of Zoology at Brandon University. He initiated courses on human anatomy and physiology for nursing students, and later served as Chair of Zoology. After his retirement he wrote Holy Ground, a book on the history of the Ninette Sanatorium, where his father had pioneered the treatment of tuberculosis in Manitoba. He was a member of the Manitoba Historical Society. In recognition of his community service, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977) and an honorary doctorate from Brandon University (1992).

He died on 21 November 2006.


Obituary, Brandon Sun, 29 November 2006, page 16.

Obituary [Ruth Mae Stewart], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 2014.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 September 2020

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