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Memorable Manitobans: Barney Thordarson (1904-1974)

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Barney Thordarson
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Educator.

Born at Langruth on 5 April 1904, the son of Icelandic immigrants, he began a teaching career in 1922, at Mary Hill School. He later held Principalships at Thornhill School (?-?), Elgin School (1931-1934), Carberry School (1934-1938), and Virden School (1938-1943). During the Second World War, he served for 18 months as an education officer and instructor at the Elementary Flying School. He joined the teaching staff of Brandon College in 1945 where he taught arts, science, and education until retirement in 1972. Active in the community, he was the founding President of the Icelandic Canadian Club of Western Manitoba and President of the Brandon Curling Club. He died at Brandon 28 April 1974 and was buried in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

“Long-time BU professor Barney Thordarson dead,” Brandon Sun, 29 April 1974, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 April 1974, page 37.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 January 2019

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