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Memorable Manitobans: James Ogden Turner (1913-1998)

Educator.

Born at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on 11 August 1913, he lived in the village of Central Butte until moving to Winnipeg in 1930 to finish grade 12 at Kelvin High School. He returned to Saskatchewan during the Great Depression where he was active in Boy Scouts. He attended the Moose Jaw Normal School and, in 1932, began his teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse at Grandview, Saskatchewan. Two years later, he taught at Willmar, Saskatchewan. He then returned to Winnipeg, received a degree from the University of Manitoba and, in 1939, joined the teaching staff of Ravenscourt School.

In 1950, he became the first Headmaster of the combined schools of St. John’s and Ravenscourt. He joined the staff of the University of Manitoba in 1955 and was Professor of English when he retired in 1979.

On 2 April 1945, he married Rosemary Joan Townend (1923-2008) at St. George's Anglican Church and they subsequently had a daughter and a son. He was a board member of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation, a founding member of the Manitoba Theatre Centre and he was involved in the formalization of the Manitoba Arts Council. In 1995, he received the Prix Manitoba Award in recognition of his many years of volunteer service.

He died at Winnipeg on 28 February 1998.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Carter House (251 Harvard Avenue, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Photo caption, Winnipeg Tribune, 3 April 1945, page 7.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 March 1998, page 96.

Obituary [Rosemary Joan Turner], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2008.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 October 2021

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