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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Robert Weir (1912-1997)


Born at Winnipeg on 13 July 1912, he received his early education in British Columbian public schools, graduating from the Vancouver Bible School. He subsequently received a BA from the University of British Columbia (1941) then an MA from Syracuse University (1944). He lectured at UBC from 1945 to 1947, then undertook PhD studies at the University of Wisconsin from 1947 to 1951. He was appointed in 1949 as a Professor of Geography at the University of Manitoba, where he founded the Department of Geography in 1951, for which served as Head for 20 years. In 1961, he served as Chairman of the Manitoba Geographical Society. His prepared two atlases of Manitoba, an atlas of the prairie provinces, and an atlas of the City of Winnipeg. In recognition of his community service, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977). He retired to Nanaimo, British Columbia where he died on 13 September 1997 at the age of 85 years.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

Settlement in Southwest Manitoba, 1870-1891
MHS Transactions, Series 3, 1960-61 Season


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 October 2021

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