Memorable Manitobans: E. Floyd Willoughby (c1889-1956)
Born in Stouffville, Ontario, he came to Winnipeg in 1914 where he worked in the city’s school system for 41-years. Before moving west, he taught in a rural school at Darlington, Ontario for two and a half years and later completed a Bachelor’s degree at McMaster University and studies at the Ontario College of Education. In Winnipeg, he taught science at Kelvin High School where he eventually became Principal in 1946. He also worked as Supervisor and Principal at Mulvey School before retiring in 1955.
During his career as a teacher, he was President of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society (1942-1944), President of the Canadian Teachers Federation (1944-1945), member of the Canadian-United States Committee on Education (1945-1947), and head of the Canadian delegation to a world conference of teachers held in Endicott, New York (1946). He was named by Prime Minister King as a member of the Canadian delegation to the general conference of UNESCO held in Paris (1946). In 1945, he worked for the Wartime Information Board delivering lectures across Canada on national unity and, on behalf of the Canadian Teachers Federation, presented a brief on the subject of education to the House of Commons. He was further honored with a doctorate of pedagogy by the University of Toronto.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 1956, p. 22.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 October 1956, p. 35.
The History of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society by Haraldur Victor Vidal, MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1958.
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