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Memorable Manitobans: Elmer Leroy Wice (c1914-1996)


Born in Ontario around 1914, son of George Henry Wice (1888-1974) and Bertha May Orvis (1886-1971), he taught at Weston School (1952-1953) and was Principal of St. Joseph’s Vocational School (1953-1954) before returning to the classroom at Alexandra School (1954-1958). He earned BA (1949), Bachelor of Pedagogy (1952), and BEd (1957) degrees from the University of Manitoba and wrote “A study of the backgrounds, school progress and work records of fifty boys and girls in the junior high ungraded program” (1970) as his Masters thesis. He then worked as a social worker with the Child Guidance Clinic. He moved to Selkirk in the latter half of the 1960s and served as Acting Attendance Officer (c1975) for the Winnipeg School Division, after which his whereabouts are uncertain. Married to Lulu May Hunter, he reportedly died on 4 April 1996.


1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“New graduates are listed by faculties,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 May 1949, page 8.

“Degrees,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1952, page 12.

“Bachelor of Education,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 1957, page 16.

“Truant cases up to schools,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 January 1975, page 17.

Faculty of Graduate Studies (Electronic Theses and Dissertations), University of Manitoba.

Canadian Voter Lists, Ancestry.

Historical Person Search, Elmer Leroy Wice, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 6 April 2016

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