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Memorable Manitobans: Gordon Staples Trick (1927-2015)

Chemist, civil servant.

Born on a farm near Stonewall on 6 May 1927, son of Charles Staples Trick (1883-1967) and Ethel Mary Bath (1885-1980), he attended school in Stonewall and graduated in 1945. He then received an MSc degree from Western University and a PhD degree in Chemistry from McGill University. He worked as a chemist at the Suffield Experimental Station in Alberta for over two years and in the research department at Goodyear Tire at Akron, Ohio for 15 years. During this period he authored or coauthored more than two dozen scientific papers in the field of polymer chemistry. He returned to Manitoba in 1971 to become Director of Science and Technology for the provincial government and founding Executive Director of the Manitoba Research Council, holding the position until retirement in 1985. He was instrumental in establishing the Industrial Technological Centre in Winnipeg and the Canadian Food Products Development Centre (now the Food Development Centre) in Portage la Prairie. In 1952, he married Ella G. Kenning (1929-2009) and they had four children. He died at Winnipeg on 23 July 2015 and was buried in the Stonewall Cemetery.

Sources:

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

Obituary [Ella G. Trick], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 2009.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 August 2015.

This page was prepared by Ed Labossiere and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 April 2017

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