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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Richard Thom (1908-1988)

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Donald Richard Thom
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Educator, school inspector.

Born near Langdon, North Dakota on 27 February 1908, his family moved to Crystal City in 1920. After attending Crystal City School, he graduated from the Manitou Normal School in 1928. During the course of his teaching career, he also obtained BA and BEd degrees. He taught at rural school around Manitoba, including Somerset School and Morris School. He served as Principal of Sperling School (1944-1952) and Pilot Mound School (1952-1954). In 1954, he was appointed a Manitoba School Inspector for the Boundary School Division, based at Dominion City, and served until 1966. He was the Inspector of the Pembina Valley School Division and Mountain School Division until June 1973, when he retired to Manitou. In August 1938, he married Jean Edith Norrie (1911-2008). He was the first President of the Dominion City Horticultural Society and served for several years as President of the Manitoba Horticultural Association. He died at Manitou on 12 November 1988 and was buried in the Crystal City Cemetery.


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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 November 1988, page 32.

Obituary [Jean Edith Thom], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 2008, page 123.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 January 2019

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