Memorable Manitobans: Virginia Gingerick Berry (1915-2003)
Born in the United States in 1915 and took her MA and PhD degrees in Medieval Studies at the University of Chicago. In 1943, she moved to Winnipeg on her marriage to Edmund G. Berry (1915-2005) of the Classics Department at the University of Manitoba. She taught at St. John’s College from 1943 to 1944.
She was active as a board member and as a member of the women’s committee of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. In 1986 she was made a member of the Order of Canada for her work in the arts community. In 1987 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters at the University of Winnipeg. As guest curator of the Winnipeg Art Gallery she wrote two book-length exhibition catalogues. In 2003, she completed a manuscript on the role of women in Manitoba art. She was a long-time member of the Manitoba Historical Society, from which she received a Margaret McWilliams award in 1984 for her institutional history A Boundless Horizon: The Winnipeg Art Gallery.
In 1986, she was inducted into the Order of Canada.
Berry died on 22 March 2003, in Victoria, British Columbia where she lived in retirement with her husband.
Her articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 March 2003.
“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2003, pages A6-7.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 31 October 2014