Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Melvin Whitley (1906-2000)
Educator, school inspector.
Born on a farm in the RM of Arthur on 31 August 1906, son of Joseph Whitley and Sarah Jane McLean, he was educated at Chesterfield School and Melita School then attended the Brandon Normal School. He taught at Arnaud School then resumed his education at Wesley College, receiving a BA degree in 1930. He taught at Arnaud School and Elgin School (1930-1934), then was Principal of Boissevain School (1934-1947) and Neepawa School (1947-1953). In August 1953, he was appointed a Manitoba School Inspector, based at Morris and served there until 1966. While at Morris, he received a BEd degree from the University of Manitoba in 1957. He moved to Winnipeg in 1966 where he continued to work as a school inspector until retirement in 1971. He died at Winnipeg on 19 February 2000 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
“B. Scott Bateman to assume post as Deputy Minister of Education,” Steinbach Carillon News, 1 May 1953, page 8.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 February 2000, page C9.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 April 2014
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