Memorable Manitobans: Arthur David Thomson (1903-1983)
Born at Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan on 29 May 1903, son of William Murray Thomson and Grace Jeanie White, he was educated at the Regina Collegiate then taught for three years in rural schools in Saskatchewan. In 1926, he joined the teaching staff at Saskatoon then, the following year, became Principal, serving until 1948 when he became School Superintendent there. While working, he received a BSc degree from the University of Saskatchewan (1934) and MEd from the University of California (1939).
In 1950, he resigned to become Assistant Superintendent of the Winnipeg School Division, serving until retirement in 1968. He wrote two textbooks used in school social studies classes: The Story of the Americas (?) and The Story of the Empire (1943), and a book on handwriting It’s Fun to Write (1952).
Married with two children, his hobbies include choral singing and art. He was a member of St. Aidan’s Church.
He died at Grand Forks, North Dakota on 8 September 1983.
Birth registration [Arthur David Thomson], Saskatchewan Vital Statistics.
Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by W. G. Pearce. [University of Manitoba Libraries]
“Superintendent honored,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 June 1968.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 1983, page 47.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 24 March 2023